Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer Whites

Enjoy Summer Whites with Membership in The Paso Robles Wine Club

Crisp white wines are the perfect antidote to the rising mercury. Their herbaceous and citrus characteristics are just the ticket to refresh the palate and they pair perfectly with the lighter flavors of summer foods. Wondering what to drink on those hot August nights? Prepare for the hottest days of summer by venturing out in search of white wines. The Wine Wrangler can arrange to take you on a Private Wine Tour through Paso Robles Wine Country, or if you, like, Monterrey to the north, or even Santa Ynez or Santa Barbara to the south. Or, if you'd rather stay home and lounge by the pool, join The Paso Robles Wine Club and receive regular shipments of the best white--and red--wines from the Paso Robles Wine Region.

The Central Coast of California is home to over 200 wineries and with several microclimates, there are so many varietals to try. Even if you’re a steadfast red wine drinker, we urge you to lighten up this season and give white wines a try—and if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try a rose or two, as well.

Here are of our favorite whites to try:

Chardonnay: Typically full-bodied and velvety, Chardonnays can have a buttery tone, and nuances of melon, coconut, and vanilla. Chardonnays pair well with fish or chicken.

Sauvignon Blanc: Unlike Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc tends to be herbaceous and grassy, often with undertones of green bell pepper, sour fruits, green apples, and even the tropical flavors of ripe melon or mango. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with salads and chicken.

Moscato: The darling of both newbies and old timers, Moscato can have a heavily perfumed aroma, often with notes of honeysuckle, rose and orange blossoms, and peach undertones; it’s also sweet smelling and often musky. Surprisingly, Moscato can pair well with cheese.

In the same way that we lighten up our summer wardrobes to keep cool, hot summer weather calls for crisp summer whites that pair well with seasonal fare and are pleasing to the palate. If you’d like to venture out and find the perfect white wines for your palate, take a Private Wine Tasting Tour with The Wine Wrangler.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Art of Making a Memorable Toast

Cheers! Paso Robles Wine Club
As we near the end of summer along California’s Central Coast, many people think that wedding season is on the wane. However, with striking views and nearly 200 wineries, Paso Robles Wine Country is a popular venue for late summer and early fall weddings. As a member of the wedding party, or even a close family friend, you may be asked to make a toast to the couple. After taking a moment to put your nerves at rest, you might be left wondering how to make a memorable toast.
Here are 3 tips for making a memorable toast:

Keep it short: Before you start working on what you’re going to say, the first thing to remember is brevity. Keep your sentiments short. It’s easier for people to pay attention and your words will be more memorable.

Have someone introduce you: It’s hard to get the group’s attention, especially during a festive event. Research shows that when someone else introduces you, the group is more likely to give you the floor, pay attention, and see you as an authority. Your introduction need not be grand, just a short, “Here’s ______ with a few special words."

Tell a story: We all come from a long line of storytellers, so it’s no wonder that we’re hardwired to prefer short narratives. Whether you’re telling a story about the bride or the groom—or both—remember that the best anecdotes entertain and make a point, but don’t embarrass.

Life’s special moments are meant to be celebrated and shared. If you’re asked to make a toast, a few simple tips can help you make one that’s memorable. As for the perfect gift— a membership to  The Paso Robles Wine Club will provide the couple a selection of wines to make the most of life’s special events. Our club members enjoy regular shipments of unique, boutique wines from Paso Robles Wine Country and always include wines to enjoy now and others, to put away for a special event.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Best Sparkling Wines to Pair with the Perseid Meteor Showers

A Sparkling Night with Paso Robles Wine Club
No matter the season, Paso Robles Wine Country has long been a popular destination for romantics, but every summer, lovers, young and old head to our picturesque landscapes to lie beneath the skies and count shooting stars. In August, as the Swift-Tuttle Comet makes its way through the inner solar system, and the skies light up with hundreds and hundreds of meteors over the course of just a few hours. With her rolling landscapes and inky dark skies, California’s Central Coast is the perfect place to watch the Perseid Meteor Showers.

While the pre-dawn hours are the best times for viewing the meteor showers, a great way to honor this August tradition is to stay up late and enjoy a glass—or two—of a locally made sparkling wine. 

Here are a few of our favorites:

Carmondy- McKnight Pomegranate Cuvẻe: What could be more festive than a pretty pink sparkler with the addition of California pomegranate?  A specialty of Carmondy-Mcknight Vineyards, this popular sparkling wine is perfect to match for an evening spent star gazing.

Laetitia Brut Coquard: Creamy, toasty and layered with the flavors of hazelnuts, cherries, and pears, this lively sparkler will put a little kick into the night.

Derby Sparkling Brut Rosẻ: This salmon-hued palate pleaser from Derby Vineyards is a well-chosen accompaniment to the perfect warm summer night, but more importantly it has everything a true romantic could want in a sparkling wine—from the notes of raspberry and almond to the soft pretty bubbles.

Soon enough, the lazy days and nights of summer will come to an end—all the more reason to kick back and enjoy the Perseid Meteor Showers. The Paso Robles Wine Club can help you make the most of summer’s best moments. Our wine club members enjoy regular shipments of unique, boutique wines from Paso Robles Wine Country and always include wines that you can enjoy now, or put away for a special event.