|Winter in the Vineyard|
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Riding along the backroads of California’s Central Coast during the winter months, particularly throughout Paso Robles Wine Country, it may appear as though work in the vineyards is over and that the vineyard managers, crews, and winemakers are off to more tropical and balmy destinations. However, while the bare bones of the vines appear dormant beneath the gray skies, it’s a busy time of year—good news for Paso Robles Wine Club members who are looking forward tasting new wines in the coming months.
A vineyard is never really dormant, for the work goes on year round. Here are some of the things that are happening in the winter vineyard:
Preserving and Improving Soil Conditions: During the winter months, cover crops, such as mustard, clover and alfalfa are planted to enrich the soil and prevent erosion. These cover crops also serve to increase fertility and to produce a habit for beneficial insects.
Pruning the Vines: There’s a greater purpose to a manicured vineyard that goes beyond creating a pleasing visual landscape. Pruned vines increase productivity—in both yield and harvest—and increase efficiency.
Repairing and Installing the Trellis System: The winter months are when crews can tend to repairing old trellis systems and installing new ones. A strong trellis system improves the health and yield of the vines and increases productivity of vineyard management.
Tending to the Wine: Inside the wineries, winemakers tend to their barrels and checking on the fermentation process—all of the little things that add up to putting a quality product into the bottle and eventually, into your class.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
|12 AVA's Approved in Paso Robles Wine Country|
When Paso Robles was named 2013 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine it was a huge accomplishment—Paso Robles was recognized for producing world class wines on California’s Central Coast. Now, after a great deal of work and numerous scientific studies, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved the petition to divide the Paso Robles AVA into 12 distinct geographical regions. This is welcome news for wine makers, wineries and wine lovers throughout Paso Robles Wine Country and beyond.
Members of The Paso Robles Wine Club are familiar with the vast differences in geography along California’s Central Coast. The area encompasses 612,000 acres and is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, Monterey County, the Pacific Ocean and Santa Margarita. It’s the most diverse variance in soil differences than any wine region in the United States and with temperature differentials of 40-50 degrees and varying amounts of rainfall, it’s easy to see why it would be important to have different designations.
The approval to divide the Paso Robles AVA into 12 designations came after the American Viticulture Area Committee—a collective comprised of 59 members who own or manage over 10,000 acres of vineyards—petitioned the TTB to make the change.
These new designations allow the wineries to develop their own identities, tell their stories and explain the variances in grapes grown in different soils and micro-climates.
Here are the 12 new AVA’s of Paso Robles Wine Country:
San Juan Creek
Santa Margarita Ranch
As a member of The Paso Robles Wine Club, you’ll continue to taste the best wines from Paso Robles Wine Country, but now, you’ll be able to talk about the wine with greater confidence as you learn the nuances of each distinct geographical area. You’ll also enjoy the scenery from a different perspective when you go on a wine tasting tour with the Wine Wrangler, since you’ll be more aware of the how changes in the terrain and geographical features add to the profile of the wines.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
|Cozy Up: The Perfect Wines to Pair with Winter Meals|
In Paso Robles Wine Country, we enjoy beautiful weather all year long and even on the chilliest of winter days, we can go wine tasting at over 200 wineries along California’s Central Coast. One of the benefits of our temperate—and envious climate—is that we can enjoy the bounty of local foods that pair perfectly with wines from Paso Robles. We may not brave snow and ice the way some of our friends do, but we like to cozy up around the fire and enjoy a hearty winter meal.
Pairing wine with food is a practiced skill, but in general, it’s about bringing out the nuanced flavors of a dish by pairing it with a complimentary wine.
Here are some of our favorite winter dishes and our recommendations for wines that pair well:
French Onion Soup: If done right, it’s hard to call this classic French staple a soup—it’s more a heavenly feast of caramelized onions, bread and cheese. The French have it right when they pair it with a simple vin blanc, so we recommend the same; try a Central Coast Chardonnay.
Cioppino: Tomatoes, saffron and plenty of garlic characterize this beautiful and hearty seafood stew. For a lovely compliment, pair the dish with a rosé.
Beef Stew: Fancier names exist for this classic dish, but no matter the name, this stick-to-your ribs stew chockfull of meat, earthy root vegetables and winter herbs begs to be paired with a hearty Cabernet Sauvignon.
Join the Paso Robles Wine Club and we’ll deliver the best wines of California’s Central Coast and Paso Robles Wine County direct to your door. You’ll enjoy a selection of premium wines delivered right to your door, which means you’ll never have to brave the cold to find the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your winter meals.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
|Enjoy the Health Benefits of Wine|
Statistically, by the end of January, most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions, but if you resolve to drink more wine in 2015, not only will you be happier, but you’ll be healthier, too. If you live anywhere on California’s Central Coast, drinking more wine will be an easy resolution to keep since there are over 200 wineries in or near Paso Robles. But, if you live elsewhere, no need to worry—your membership with The Paso Robles Wine Club will keep your wine cellar stocked with the best selection of hard to find local wines—and give your health a boost, too.
Here are 3 reasons why you should drink more wine in 2015:
Lower Your Cholesterol: Wine—especially red wine—is full of antioxidants and flavonoids, most notably, Resveratrol, which increases HDL (the good cholesterol), protects the arteries, lowers blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart attack.
Protect Your Smile: The same antioxidants and flavonoids that protect your heart can protect your smile, too. Recent studies have shown that grape seed extracts create a ‘slick’ surface on the teeth, preventing cavity causing bacteria from sticking.
Fight Off the Common Cold: It could be that a glass of wine helps strengthen your immunity by giving you time to pause and enjoy life—friends, laughter and a little relaxation, but scientifically, wine can help you fight off the common cold because it contains several flavonoids that work specifically against nasal viruses.
The New Year is full of possibility, so stop and make a toast to your good health. Raising a glass of wine has many life enhancing properties, but drinking wine can also promote a healthy heart, a cavity free smile and protection from the common cold. Resolve to drink more wine in 2015—and let us help you keep your resolution with your membership to The Paso Robles Wine Club.