Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Find Your Perfect Match

Find Your Perfect Match: Join The Paso Robles Wine Club
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you might be wondering how you'll ever find your perfect match. Don't worry--with a membership to The Paso Robles Wine Club you will have a chance to sample wines selected from throughout  Paso Robles Wine Country and with regular shipments and a variety of wines to taste, you're bound to find one--or several--that are a perfect match for your palate. 

One of the best ways to find a wine you love is to taste as many wines as possible. This will help you learn to identify the flavor profiles that are pleasing to your palate. As a member of the Paso Robles Wine Club, you'll enjoy a selection of premium wines from the Central Coast delivered right to your door. This will give you an opportunity to taste hard to find boutique wines in your home, without having to figure out what to buy on your own.

By tasting wines regularly, you’ll also develop your palate and become accustomed to certain flavors in wine. To start, learn how to identify the 4 most common fruit groups found in wine. They are:

Black Fruit: Think about how jam tastes. This group includes black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, black currant and fig. Look for these flavors in Cabernet.

Red Fruit: To best understand this group, think of candied cherries, raspberry, strawberry, cherry and cranberry. Grenache, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir are often loaded with red fruit flavors.

Tree Fruits: Summer fruits like apricots, peaches and nectarines make for this flavor, but late harvest fruits like pears and apples also fit the profile. Characteristic of white wines, like Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

Citrus Fruits: Crisp and sometimes tart, look for pink grapefruit, Myer lemon, Key lime, orange and even the tropical fruits, pineapple and passion fruit. You’ll likely taste these in white wines, such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio.

Finding your perfect wine match takes time—tasting wine, exploring flavors, learning how to find and identify the fruit profiles—but like any good relationship, the payoff is well worth the effort—and besides, who doesn’t like to taste more wine?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Find the Right Wine to Pair With Your Girl Scout Cookies

Join The Paso Robles Wine Club and Find the Perfect Match for Your Thin Mints
Anyone still sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions is about to meet up with the most unavoidable temptation of the year: Girl Scout Cookies! All along California’s Central Coast and throughout Paso Robles Wine Country, the Girl Scouts are out in full force with an ample supply of those tasty little treats. Everyone has their favorite—Thin Mints®, Samosas®, Tagalongs®--so, it’s not a matter of which cookie you’re going to eat, but which wine to pair with it.

No need to worry, we’re happy to make a few recommendations—the first, of course, is to join the Paso Robles Wine Club, so you’ll always have a variety of award winning Central Coast wines on hand to enjoy whenever you’d like. Membership is free and we offer a variety of plans to suit both your palate and your pocketbook. Now, back to those cookies….

Most people don’t realize it, but Girl Scout Cookie have been around since the early 1900s. For the first few decades, the cookies were baked at home by the girls and their moms and the only cookie that was made was a traditional shortbread cookie, sometimes topped with a sprinkling of sugar. It wasn’t until decades later that the cookies were baked commercially and trucked all over the United States.

Thankfully, they’re everywhere now and you no longer have to wait weeks to get an order. You can find the Girl Scouts selling them right outside your local Paso Robles grocery store. So graba few dozen boxes, pick up a few wines and host a Girl Scout Cookie and wine tasting.

Here’s our 5 favorite cookies and an idea of what to pair with them:

Trefoils®: Based on the original recipe that started it all, these buttery shortbread cookies are perfect with a sparkling wine or Champagne.

Thin Mints®: The perennial favorite—chocolate mint wafers covered in chocolate mint—goes well with Syrah, or a deep ruby Port.

Samosas®: These popular toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate cookies are perfect with paired with a tawny Port or dessert wine.

Tagalongs®: Peanut butter cookies drenched in chocolate are to die for when paired with a Syrah.

Do-si-dos®: These delectable cookies feature a peanut buttery filling sandwiched between two perfectly round disks of oatmeal and peanut butter cookies. 

Girl Scout Cookies are a seasonal treat, and the money the Girl Scouts raise goes to help support their troops. So, go ahead and buy a few (dozen) boxes and enjoy them. You’ll have fun pairing them with good wines and sharing them with your friends and family—or, if you prefer, eating them all by yourself.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

There's Still Work to Be Done: Winter in the Vineyard

Kick Back this Winter and Enjoy a Glass of Wine with The Paso Robles Wine Club

If you're out 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.

Work in the vineyards ensures wine lovers everywhere that they will enjoy many good wines in the months to come. As a member of The Paso Robles Wine Club, you’ll enjoy regular shipments of award-winning boutique wines from Paso Robles Wine Country. Each shipment is hand-selected and delivered to your door to enjoy at your leisure with friends and family, or tuck into your cellar for a special occasion. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Make a New Year's Resolution You Can Stick With

Drink More Wine with The Paso Robles Wine Club
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 2016, 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 2016:

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 2016—and let us help you keep your resolution with your membership to The Paso Robles Wine Club.