Tuesday, February 7, 2017

5 Reasons Why Every Wine Drinker Should Visit Paso Robles Wine Country

Do you enjoy drinking wine?  Do you consider yourself to be a wine enthusiast?  If so, have you ever visited Paso Robles wine country?  If  not, you will want to consider adding it to your to do list.  After all, Paso Robles wine country is most well-known for its large number of wineries and all of the great activities they hold.

There are many reasons to visit Paso Robles wine country, if your looking for a a few good reasons, we can help. However, you may be content with sipping your favorite wine from the comfort of your own home (which we can arrange at the Paso Robles Wine Club).  Even if this is your preferred method of drinking wine, there are still a number of reasons why you should make the trip to wine country.  Just a few of those reasons are touched on below.

1 – Your Options
Your options are unlimited, literally, when visiting Paso Robles wine country.  Did you know that Paso Robles has over three hundred vineyards and wineries?  They do and many are open to the public, often all year round.  What does this mean for you?  It means that you can have the vacation of your dreams, as you are able to hand pick just about every step you take.

2 – Winery Activities
The biggest draw to Paso Robles wine country is the wineries.  As previously stated, you have a large number of wineries and vineyards to choose from.  Those aren’t your only options either.  Paso Robles wine country has so many wine related activities for you to enjoy that you may not even know where to start.

Although you will find some variations, depending on the public winery in question, many offer a variety activities.  These activities may include wine tours, individual winery ground tours, wine tasting, educational classes with a focus on wine, wine and food pairings, annual wine festivals, and much more.  

3 – Easy to Plan
Whether you live in New York State or in California, planning a trip to Paso Robles' wine country is relatively easy to do.  Did you know that many vacation packages are available to you?  These vacation packages may include a stay at a hotel, your airline reservations, as well as a car rental.  Vacation packages are a nice way to make travel arrangements, as they are quick, easy, and convenient.

As for wine tours, they are also easy to plan.  Tourists have the option of touring local wineries on their own, independently, or they can book reservations for a guided wine tour.  Guided wine tours are often the simplest option, as every aspect of your tour is already planned out for you. Our personal recommendation is The Wine Wrangler, one of the best in the area!

4 – Other Fun Activities for You to Enjoy
As if the above-mentioned wine themed activities that you can in enjoy in Paso Robles' wine country weren’t enough, there is so much for you to do and see.  If you are interested in planning a vacation, you can make visiting and touring wine country just a portion of your vacation.  However, we recommend spending at least two days touring the area and local wineries.  Many other fun vacation activities in Paso Robles include driving to the coast and enjoying a day at the beach, hiking, boating, shopping, and much more.

5 – An Experience You Will Never Forget

Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should consider planning a trip to Paso Robles wine country is because it is something you will remember for years to come.  Even those who aren’t wine drinkers, report having a memorable experience.  The beauty of California wine country is breathtaking.  With that said, you are more likely to enjoy at trip to wine country if you are a wine drinker yourself.  This is because, as previously stated, most of the activities you gain access to have a wine theme, such as winery tours and wine tasting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Gift of Wine

Holidays, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays are all special events that require a thoughtful and unique gift—exactly the sort that membership in the Paso Robles Wine Club can provide. 

Most gifts are quick to excite and easy to forget, but with regular shipments of award winning wines from the Paso Robles AVA, your gift will be remembered and savored long after the special event has passed.

You can choose the shipment that fits your budget and the occasion and you can select red or white wine, or a mix. 

Choose from these packages:
  • Rustler: Looking for the perfect way to taste the best the Paso Robles AVA has to offer—but in a smaller package? The Rustler fits the bill. You’ll receive 3 bottles of premium wine three times a year.
  • Wrangler: Thrill your palate with a varied selection of premium wines from the Paso Robles AVA. This package includes 6 bottles of premium wines shipped three times a year.

Membership in the Paso Robles Wine Club comes with many other benefits, including:
  • 15% discount on current releases
  • 20% discount on all case reorders
  • 20% off all Wine Wrangler Tours
Don’t wait any longer to sign up for the Paso Robles Wine Club that selects and ships wines from over 300 wineries in the Paso Robles AVA. Your shipments are guaranteed to arrive in excellent condition and will never include bulk, closeout, or private label wines.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wine Corks Explained

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wine Corks
Perceptive wine drinkers all along California’s Central Coast have noticed that their favorite wines often come with two distinctly different wine tops—the classic cork stopper and the fairly new arrival, the screw top. Members of The Paso Robles Wine Club often receive shipments of wine with both types of bottle toppers and quite often, the question arises if one is better than the other. So to better answer the question, today’s post will look at both and provide a little history along the way.

Interestingly enough, the screw top, as it’s commonly referred, was invented in the 1950s by the French. However, traditionalists by nature, the screw top never gained popularity amongst the French winemakers and instead, was commonly used in the United States as the bottle closure of choice on some of the lowest priced wines in the market—think Boones’ Farm and Mad Dog 20/20.

In 1970, a company called Australian Consolidated Industries acquired the manufacture rights, renaming the screw top closure, Stevlin. Of course, back then, the Australian winemaking industry was a sleeping giant and winemaking was the sort of agricultural hobby that happened in conjunction with farming, and then, amongst family and friends.

Then in 2005, a group of winemakers in Australia’s Clare Valley decided to put the screw top to the test and collectively bottled 250,000 bottles with the screw top. The following year, with great anticipation, they decided to check the wine to see how it was aging; they found the wine was aging so well that they couldn’t discern a difference between the screw top and the cork. Thus, the Australian’s led the way in bringing public acceptance to screw cap wines.

Well, that is, just about everywhere, but among luxury winemakers—and drinkers—who still have reservations about the screw top. The cork, of course, has deep roots in winemaking and for many people, the ritual of using a wine opener to pull a cork is part of savoring the experience.
The introduction of the cork came by way of the Benedictine monks, or more specifically, Dom Perignon, who was looking to replace the commonly used wooden stoppers with something that wouldn’t regularly pop out of the bottle. Cork was widely available and plentiful. Made from the bark of Cork Oaks, native to Mediterranean regions, corks quickly replaced the wooden stoppers and were embraced by wine makers.

While the debate still rages on whether screw tops or corks are better, aside from personal preference, here are some guidelines: white wines and those red wines that are meant to be drank very young, are perfectly suited to the screw top. However, for big wines that are better with a little age, the cork allows for a little oxygen, perfect for softening tannins.

To sample a variety of unique and boutique wines produced in Paso Robles Wine Country, join The Paso Robles Wine Club and you’ll receive regular shipments of wine—some with screw tops, and others with corks—and all, perfectly suited for enjoying with family and friends.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

All About Reds

Learn More About Red Wines

When it comes to wine tasting, whether you’re tooling around the Paso Robles Wine Region on a wine tasting tour with The Wine Wrangler or curled up on your sofa with your latest wine shipment from the Paso Robles Wine Club, knowing about the different varietals will give you a better appreciation of wine.

Read on to learn more about the top 5 red varietals and their flavor profiles:

Mourvedre: This Native from Spain is a winner with most wine drinkers who fall in love with its earthiness and flavors of chocolate, coffee and mint.

Zinfandel: A staple in Paso Robles, this varietal thrives in a climate that has hot days and cool nights. Flavors range from intense blackberry and black pepper to anise.

Petite Sirah: This varietal also goes by the name durif and originates from France. When ripened, the small, intensely colored berries are herbaceous with flavors of blueberry and licorice. This varietal is particularly suited to a dry climate and hot weather, making it a favorite in the Paso Robles Wine Region.

Syrah: In 2004, this varietal was the 7th most grown grape in the world. This hardy varietal is prized for its flavors of chocolate and spice, anise, leather and jam.

Grenache: This varietal arrived in California in the 1860s and has been a favorite ever since. A vigorous grower, it’s particularly suited to a hot dry environment. Flavors include intense fruit, menthol and black pepper.

Expanding your knowledge about the different varietals and their flavor profiles can enhance the wine tasting experience. The next time you’re out tasting wine—whether on your own or with The Wine Wrangler, look for these varietals and the common flavors they add to wine.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Winning Wines at The California Mid State Fair

How Winning Wines are Selected at The Mid State Fair
If you’ve been to the California Mid State Fair, you’ve most likely seen the Central Coast Wine Competition. The competition is open to local wineries and both the “Gold Medal” and “Best of…” wines are on display for the public to see. The winning wines are then shown at 4 other county fairs: the Monterey County Fair, the San Benito County Fair, the Santa Barbara County Fair, and the Ventura County Fair. The additional exposure helps market the award winning wines, promotes the tasting rooms, and gives wine lovers the chance to hear the story behind the winners.

Historically, one of the reasons people attended the county fair was to discover new products--and wine was no exception. California’s wine history dates back to the 1800s—well before media outlets were in place to introduce wine to people. Back then, the fair was just about the only place a winemaker could share the fruits of his labor.

After Prohibition, county fairs were instrumental in helping the wine industry regain its footing and they still play an important role. Today, the county fair helps promote local wineries, showcase local wines produced in a region, and helps guide the consumer in choosing wines.

The Paso Robles Wine Club has a similar goal. As a member, you’ll enjoy tasting through a variety of award winning wines from the Paso Robles AVA, but we go the extra mile by selecting wines from boutique producers who are still too small to show up at the Mid State Fair. In fact, membership in our wine club means that you’ll taste local wines that most locals won’t even get to taste. And, if you discover one that you really love, we’ll go the extra mile and ship more your way. Join our wine club today, and start tasting the best the region has to offer.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Choosing the Right White Wine

Let The Paso Robles Wine Club Help You Find the Right Wine
Many of our Paso Robles Wine Club Members first learn about us when they take a wine tour with our sister company, The Wine Wrangler. Based in Paso Robles, The WineWrangler offers both social and private tours throughout the beautiful Paso Robles AVA. It’s no wonder that so many people fall in love with California’s Central Coast—rolling hills dotted with vineyards and oak, pastoral backroads, and ocean vistas. We think our area is one of the best places to venture off the main road and find an idyllic picnic spot.

If you’re on a wine tour with The Wine Wrangler, your expert guide will lead you to the perfect spot and if you choose, provide you with a gourmet deli style lunch, but if your picnic basket is at the ready and you’re venturing off on your own, you might be looking for a few suggestions of the best white wines to take along.

Summer weather on California’s Central Coast can be a little warm, so choosing a white wine to accompany your picnic fare, might be best.

Here are a few recommendations:

Chardonnay: Full-bodied and velvety, Chardonnay ranges from nuanced oak, butter and caramel, with notes of melon, coconut and vanilla. Pairing well with cheese and fruit, it’s also good served alongside dense bread and cured meats.

Sauvignon Blanc: Herbaceous and grassy with notes of green apple, white peach, and apricot, 
Sauvignon pairs well with fresh cheeses—feta and chevre—pasta salad, and antipasto.

Moscato: Sweet and musky with the flavors of roses, peaches, orange and honeysuckle, Moscato is excellent when served with fresh cheeses, fruit and desserts.

Beautiful scenery and world class wines make Paso Robles Wine Country the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wines to Drink with Your Burgers

Enjoy Your Burger with The Paso Robles Wine Club
Paso Robles Wine Country is the perfect place for wine and food lovers and for members of The Paso Robles Wine Club a new wine shipment usually means it’s time to invite friends and family over for a wine and food pairing. Once summer arrives, though, it’s all about taking the fun outdoors, firing up the grill, popping a cork, kicking off your shoes and kicking back and enjoying the season.
One of the most popular items to throw on the grill on a summer’s day is a burger and on the California’s Central Coast we have just the wine to pair with your favorite. So whether you prefer a meaty Hearst Ranch beef burger, a hearty lamb burger, a juicy turkey burger, a succulent salmon burger, or a delicious veggie burger, read on for the best wines to pair with your burger.

Classic Cheeseburger: Not many people can resist this all American classic and when made with Hearst Ranch Beef, sharp cheddar cheese, and a brioche bun, all resistance goes by the wayside. Pair this delectable combination with classic Paso Robles Zinfandel.

Lamb Burger: We can’t decide what the best thing is about a grilled lamb burger—the succulent, moist meat or the grassy, herbaceous flavor, but one thing we do know—this burger rocks when paired with a glass of Grenache.

Turkey Burger: Even well past Thanksgiving, it’s pretty easy to find locally raised turkey to make this California classic. Top with thick slices of heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and avocado and pile onto a grilled bun. Pour a glass of fruity Pinot Noir and put your feet up.

Salmon Burger: A summertime favorite, salmon burgers pair well with many things growing in your garden—corn, tomatoes, tarragon—and a range of wines. Our favorite, though, is a glass of chilled rosé and if you can swing it, a place to sit where you can dig your toes into the sand and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.

Veggie Burger: Far too often, when it comes to pairing food and wine, the vegetarian options get left out, but veggie burgers pair well with wine, too. Choosing the right wine will depend on what kind of veggie burger you’re putting on the grill—grain or bean-based, Portobello mushroom—and whether or not you’re putting cheese on it, but two of our favorite wines to pair are Riesling or rosé.

Summer’s here and there’s no better time to celebrate the burger—or enjoy a glass or wine—so fire up the grill, open up your wine shipment from The Paso Robles Wine Club and enjoy!