Wine & Beer

Eat and drink your way around downtown at a new SLO tasting event

Organizers hope the new Sip ‘N’ Saunter event on Sept. 29 becomes an annual happening in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Organizers hope the new Sip ‘N’ Saunter event on Sept. 29 becomes an annual happening in downtown San Luis Obispo.

to Downtown San Luis Obispo will be transformed into one large tasting event Sept. 29, as retailers pair with wineries, breweries and restaurants to offer sips and samples.

Each of the 28 shops participating in Sip ‘N’ Saunter will offer tastes from a local winery, brewery, cidery or spirit-maker, with most offering bites from a local eatery as well.

Downtown SLO Executive Director Dominic Tartaglia described the Friday night event as a pilot but said it will likely become an annual tradition.

“We wanted to mix things up a bit and foster partnerships within the community among retail, beverage and food purveyors and expose more people to the various shops downtown,” Tartaglia said. “The event leverages the environment of downtown businesses to create a fun, small-town atmosphere that people love about our community.”

Tickets are $40 and include a reusable Govino glass. Live music in two spots will provide entertainment as people stroll among the shops. Participants must check in at Mission Plaza between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to get their glass and wristband.

The event, similar to wine strolls held in Paso Robles and elsewhere, comes as the downtown area has boosted opportunities to sample the area’s wine and beer offerings.

Five breweries began selling cans and bottles of their beers at the Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers Market last month, with one offering educational tastings each week. The market has explored adding wine tasting as well.

This week, the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce-operated Visitor Center in downtown SLO debuted wine sales, offering bottles from a dozen area wineries.

Sally Buffalo writes about wine, beer and spirits. Reach her at or on Twitter or Instagram @sallybuffalo.

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