Independent Grape Growers - Paso Robles Area
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Canceled Chili Cookoff

Due to a lack of sign-ups we regretfully had to cancel the Chili Cookoff

We regret this decision and we are asking your help in determining the reason(s) for the low response rate for this event.

In the past it has been a popular event.

If you can respond to this email with the reasons you feel this was not an event that was popular we would greatly appreciate your input.

Please send a personal email to with your confidential comments

Thanks for you help

Lowell Zelinski

Members: Please join us for the Annual IGGPRA Member Meeting

Spaghetti Western Annual Meeting & MixerFriday, February 16, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Atascadero Lakeside Pavilion
9315 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA  93422


The 2018 Annual Meeting is this Friday and we hope to see all of our members there.

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Thank you everyone who joined IGGPRA for the 2017 Harvest Hoedown

This year’s Harvest Hoedown was a rockin’ good time! Thanks to all the members and guests who joined in on the fun and festivities.

IGGPRA hopes you got to join us for the Harvest Hoedown, a great way to celebrate the coming Harvest amongst friends, neighbors and the grape growing community! As always the Loading Chute provided a great venue for the party and a nice break away from the summer heat.

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2017 Harvest Hoedown

Celebrate the coming of harvest in the Paso Robles Wine Country

at the Third Annual 


August 5, 2017 (Paso Robles, California) – Wine grape harvest is just around the corner in the Paso Robles wine country. Traditionally, farmers held celebrations at the onset of harvest to help usher in a bountiful season. The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is bringing this time-honored tradition back with its 3rd Annual Harvest at The Loading Chute barn in Creston, California on August 5, 2017, from 6 pm – 10 pm.

The Harvest Hoedown is a good ol’ fashioned harvest celebration where many old customs are brought back to life. The event was developed to let local growers kick of a little steam and to help promote the burgeoning wine region.

2016 Harvest Hoedown

“The Harvest Hoedown is an opportunity for wine lovers and other guests to mix and mingle with local growers,” said IGGPRA president, Lowell Zelinski. “One of the missions of our organization is to promote local wine grape production and help educate the wine loving community about what we do. Events like this are rare opportunities for consumers to meet growers and see another side of the industry.”

There will be a wood-pit barbecue, barn dance and a pie baking contest that all guests are welcome to enter. Guests can also take part in a Wine Walk, which is a spin-off of cake walks that were held in yesteryears. Everyone can participate in the Wine Walk and have a chance to win wine or other prizes.

Winners of 2016 Fruit Pie Contest

To help set the scene, the event is held in the historic barn at The Loading Chute in Creston, California. The small country town with a population of 94 people is set in the Paso Robles wine region. It was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huehuero Mexican land grant, and now has its own defined AVA (American Viticulture Area) called the Creston District AVA. It has been home to celebrities such as Alex Trebek, Carrie Fisher and L. Ron Hubbard. The Loading Chute restaurant, where the event is being held, is a local, iconic favorite.

This year, guests can kick up their heels to the sounds of local favorites The Shawn Clark Family Band. They’ll be playing old and new country favorites. The barbecue includes tri-tip and chicken with all the fixin’s.

After dinner, guests can sample an array of pies entered in the pie baking contest. There are two categories: fruit and cream pies, and anyone can enter. The winners will be determined by popular vote. Complete details on entering the contest are on the website and you may enter when you purchase your tickets. Seating is limited and guests must be over the age of 21. Discounted early admission is $25/pp and $15/pp for IGGPRA members through July 26, 2017. After that regular admission is $40/pp and $25/pp for IGGPRA members.

Tickets are available online at

For more information or to register by phone, please call (805) 591-4204.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible:

A-whoopin’ and a-hollerin’ Harvest Hoedown

IGGPRA’s second annual Harvest Hoedown was a hoot and a half!

Held at the Loading Chute’s Barn in Creston on August 27th, we enjoyed a great BBQ dinner under the stars and twinkle lights. Good food, good music and lots of fun with friends old and new.

Harvest Hoedown



After dinner we got down to the business of tasting and voting on the Pie Baking Contest entries, they

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Winning Fiesta de Amigos Guacamole Recipe by Reddy and Siri Reddy

IGGPRA Fiesta de Amigos Mixer ~ Winning Guacamole Recipe
Reddy and Siri Reddy


3 Just ripe Avocadoes
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch cilantro
5 pitted pickled olives
1 jalapeno pepper
3 limes
5 Ripe Roma tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
Mexican grated cheese
Pappy’s  Garlic Herb – Add last to taste
Secret ingredient: 

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Becky’s Fiesta Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Field Greens Fiesta Salad with a Chipotle Vinaigrette

Becky Zelinski brought a delicious green salad to the Fiesta de Amigos mixer and requests have been coming in for the recipe. Thank you Becky for bringing the salad and sharing your recipe! As the days get warmer, this is sure to be a refreshing addition to your table, with just a little bite of spice to kick things up.




Serves 8-10 people


12 oz. Spring Mix

¾ C. Blue Cheese (I used Gorgonzola)

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Winning Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe by Ayako Williams

Saturday, April 30, Ayako Williams of Kula Vineyards ( took First Place for the Fiesta de Amigos Salsa Contest, she graciously shares this delicious winning recipe:



Grilled Corn Salsa


4 fresh corn ears
1/2 red onion
1/2 green pepper

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Get ready for the Fiesta de Amigos

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Get ready to “mix it up” at the Fiesta de Amigos April mixer sponsored in part by Precision Ag Consulting at the beautiful Four Sisters’ Ranch in San Miguel, Saturday, April 30, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Start by mixing up your favorite guacamole or salsa recipe to share in the “Guac Off” (details below) and then come out to mix and mingle with old and new friends. At Fiesta de Amigos, we’ll be keeping the traditional Spanish social flair with some fun, new exciting twists like:

  • Taco Bar by Choco’s Mexican GrillIMG_1056
  • Live Mariachi Music by Mariachi Voces Tapatias
  • A Guac Off – guacamole and salsa competition (details below)
  • Spanish wine varietal tasting (you bring the wines)

All you have to bring is your favorite homemade guacamole or salsa and a Spanish wine varietal to share at the tasting table. No place settings are needed for this one. The cost is FREE for members (two guests per membership) and $20/pp for non-members (before April 25) and $25/pp for non-members (after April 25 or at the door).

Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends. It’s sure to be a “buen tiempo.”


For more information, visit Fiesta de Amigos. If you have any questions about registering, or you’d like to register by phone, please call Michelle Hido at 310-795-7263 or write to her at If registering by phone or email, please include the number of people (members and non-members) in your party and their first and last names.


A homemade guacamole and salsa competition where winners will be decided by a popular vote. Chips will be provided. To enter, simply mix-up your favorite guac or salsa recipe and bring it to the event. If you’d like to share your recipe, please type or print it on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and give it to the host/hostess at check-in.

August Social

Social Chair’s Report-
What a fantastic night. Lowell and Becky deserve many kudos for making the evening truly memorable. For those of you that helped particularly Steve and his wife, Doris, Angela, Renee and Lou Collins-THANKS. For those of you that did not make the party you missed clearly the best Social IGGPRA in years and this is not only my assessment but those of our attending members.



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