If you missed the 2011 Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival on June 24th you missed a watershed event for the Central Coast. This little festival at Atascadero Lake has been quietly growing in size and quality for 16 years. This year it broke out of its "local" label by attracting visitors from as far away as Virginia. Nearly 80 wineries, including some of the best little "boutique" wineries in northern San Luis Obispo County poured. The lush, green lake park was filled with food and music and more than 2,000 visitors. Unlike other festivals in the area, this one doesn't feel hot and cramped. Wine-tasters aren't fenced in and the atmosphere is high-quality and laid-back, just as wine-tasting itself should be. Something that also should be noticed is the participation by Atascadero's new wine association. These fine little wineries produce some of the best wine we've tasted. Names include Ancient Peaks Winery, Blue Belly Estates, Frolicking Frog Winery, Gremark Vineyards, Hidden?Oak Winery, Laraneta Winery, Pomar Junction Winery/Vineyard, St. Hilaire Winery, and Indigene Cellars. If you can't wait until next year's festival to try them out you can look them up at wineatascadero.com. You can also go to www.atascaderowinefestival.org.