This popular annual event kicked off Thursday evening and lasts through tomorrow (Sunday, June 22). I attended for the first time this year, and now I see why the event usually sells out: The four days bring local wines and fresh-to-your-palate small bites from the county's finest eateries.
My "I don't live near San Luis Obispo" will no longer suffice as an excuse to not have tried these restaurants. I need to make time to take the drive north and spend time eating. Take a look at the participants: http://www.slowine.com/events/barrels-in-mission-plaza.php
I sampled tiny plates from the new Comfort Market, Creekside Brewing, the Kitchen at Niner Wine Estates, Luna Red and Mother's Tavern. Everything was sublime.
The wines I sipped were the current chardonnay release from Cal Poly's Wine & Viticulture Program; Niner Wine Estates sauvignon blanc; Clesi Wines' malvasia bianca; Talley Vineyards' cabernet sauvignon (my token red wine, an ode to the afternoon heat); the verdelho from Filipponi Ranch Cellars; and pinot gris from Sinor-LaVallee.