My better half and I attended the CP wine festival at Santa Margarita Ranch last Saturday. It was a really hot, sunny day which got pretty warm under the big tents, but we were thankful for the shade. Of course, many local wineries were featured, but some out of area wineries were represented as well. I was a bit under the weather, so my taster was a bit off. The best part of the festival was actually the food though. We were surprised to find that food tasting was also available at no extra cost. The Cracked Crab (Pismo) served crab bisque in a nice little cup that fit right on top of your wine glass. Splash Cafe had little miniature bread bowls filled with their yummy chowder, as well as mini chocolate croissants. Corner View restaurant offered generous portions of a delicious asian noodle salad with chicken. The Park restaurant served a nice Spanish estofado with chicken and garbanzos. My very favorite was shrimp tostadas from Pacific Harvest catering. We basically got a great lunch to go with the great wine. The Paso Robles Zin Fest grand tasting also had food offerings, but not nearly as many providers as this fest. I hope we are seeing a new trend starting here. It was fun to get some food, and stroll around to find a suitable paring. The event takes place every year around the end of April. We are gearing up for Paso Robles Wine Fest in May, and actually even more enjoyable (less crowded) is the Atascadero Wine Festival in June.