Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spring Has Sprung: Paso Robles Vineyards

Enjoy Spring with The Paso Robles Wine Club
This year Spring is coming early and all along California’s Central Coast and throughout Paso Robles Wine Country, the vineyards are starting to come alive. Seemingly overnight, the vineyard managers, crews, and winemakers are back at work (although in reality, they never left). The bare bones of the vines begin to show the green of bud break and soon enough, the canopy will explode and the vines will run wild until the fruit forms. 

Spring is a busy time of year in the vineyard—good news for Paso Robles Wine Club members who are looking forward to tasting new vintages in the coming years.

In spring, the dormant vineyard bursts with life and activity and there is much work to be done. Here are some of the things that are happening in the spring vineyard:

Cultivating Fertility: After the winter rains, the greenery needs to be mown. This mowing helps cultivate a fertile soil by adding rich nutrients.

Building Soil Tilth: For many, this may be a foreign concept, but in the vineyard, building soil tilth is the process of cultivating healthy soil to support root growth as well as making sure there is adequate air filtration so that water can move through the soil and reach the roots. Finally, soil tilth is about establishing and maintaining a healthy soil ecosystem that allows the vines to flourish.

Maintaining the Vineyard: Maintenance goes on all year long, but in the spring, the vineyard crew is on high alert for any pests or diseases which could endanger the vines. They’ll also train the shoots for maximum sun exposure, but in general, they won’t pick up their pruning shears until early May.

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, February 17, 2016

For The Win: An Academy Award Wine Pairing

Enjoy The Academy Awards with The Paso Robles Wine Club
We’re less than two weeks away from the 88th Academy Awards and all over the Central Coast of California, people are working out the details of their get-togethers and parties, all while the pace increases to see as many of the nominated films as possible. And while less than 300 miles away in Los Angeles, Hollywood is a beehive of activity, in Paso Robles Wine Country the pace is a lot slower—thankfully—so, this year, instead of getting swept up in the hustle and bustle, break out your most recent Paso Robles Wine Club shipment, put together a buffet of your favorite comfort foods, and kick back and watch the Academy Awards from your sofa.
Here are our 5 favorite Academy Award worthy comfort foods and the wines to pair them with:

Hot Buttered Popcorn: No matter how star-studded the guest list or chic the venue, there’s nothing that pairs better with the movies than hot buttered popcorn. For the best at home version, do it the old fashioned way by popping the kernels in hot oil and then tossing the hot popcorn with copious amounts of butter. Serve with plenty of napkins and a Central Coast Chardonnay.

Fried Chicken: Can’t think of the Academy Awards without thinking of bubbles? You’re not alone. Champagne and sparkling wines are a top choice for both home and Hollywood parties and while the thought of bubbles may make you think of smoked salmon or caviar, the best food to pair with it is fried chicken. Not only is a sparkling wine a great palate refresher, but the acidity and effervescence are perfect for cutting through all of that delicious crispy, buttery, batter and skin. Choose one of the many Central Coast sparkling wines for a match made in heaven.

Pizza: With so many great pizzerias along California’s Central Coast and throughout Paso Robles Wine Country, the toughest part of the evening will be choosing which one to order your pie from—and the toppings. The best match for pizza is the wine that put Paso Robles Wine Country on the map—Zinfandel. Pick a fruity Zinfandel with lots of blue, black and red fruit, mild tannins, and a little bit on the peppery side.

Chicken Wings: Take a look at the red carpet processional with all of those jaw dropping dresses, glitzy jewelry, and expensive tuxedoes and the last thing that may cross your mind is a plate full of saucy chicken wings, but they’re one of the top party foods for Academy Award parties—and every other party throughout the year. Slather on the BBQ sauce and with the sweetness of brown sugar, molasses, and maple, choose a Central Coast Zinfandel for a star performance.

Chocolate Brownies: A favorite of just about everyone, extra dense, rich chocolate brownies are a real winner—and take very little effort. Pair them with a Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon rich with black fruit—black cherries, black currants, blackberries—and vanilla and caramel.

The best part of enjoying the Academy Awards from home isn’t just that you can watch them in your pajamas, but that you can pair your favorite comfort foods with wines form the Central Coast of California and Paso Robles Wine Country and, if you’re a member of The Paso Robles Wine Club, you don’t even need to leave your house to buy wine; we’ll ship it right to your door. Now that’s a real winner.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Corks to Pop this Valentine's Day

Add a Little Sparkle with The Paso Robles Wine Club

When the famous Parisian fashion designer, Coco Channel quipped, “I only drink champagne on two occasions. When I am in love and when I am not,” she quickly summed up what we all feel—there’s never a bad time for champagne. However, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner and the landscape throughout the Central Coast of California springing into bloom, at the Paso Robles Wine Club we couldn’t think about a better time to extoll the pleasures of drinking pink—bubbles, of course.

There’s no need to head off in search of a bottle of French bubbly—there are several fabulous sparkling wines produced throughout Paso Robles Wine Country. The Wine Wrangler offers a variety of wine tasting tours where you can enjoy sampling some of the county’s finest, or you can head off in search of one of these blushing beauties:

Goat Bubbles Rosẻ: With grapes grown in the Solomon Hills Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA, Flying Goat Cellars ups the romance with this pretty pink sparkler with notes of apple and kiwi. Enjoy it with steamed Dungeness crabs dipped in draw butter and served alongside crusty sourdough bread.

Pomegranate Cuvẻe: Pretty in pink goes heart-thumping rougẻ--a pink sparkler with the added benefit of pomegranate—long revered for added vitality. Woo your sweetheart with this beauty, or better yet, enjoy it overlooking the spectacular romantic landscape of Carmondy-Mcknight with a picnic lunch and a book of poems.

Derby Sparkling Brut Rosẻ: This salmon-hued palate pleaser from Derby Vineyards has everything a girl could want—from the notes of raspberry and almond to the soft pretty bubbles.

Whether you’re looking to pop a bottle of bubbly, or pop the question, there’s nothing more fun or festive than going pink. And, if you’re looking to win someone’s heart for keeps, we suggest a gift membership to the Paso Robles Wine Club. With regular shipments of Central Coast wines throughout the year, you’ll never be out of that special someone’s mind—or heart. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Super Bowl Wine Maker

Enjoy Kickoff with The Paso Robles Wine Club
As the kickoff for Super Bowl 50 nears, people all along California’s Central Coast are preparing their menus and choosing which wines to serve from their Paso Robles Wine Club shipments, but not many people know that one of our local winemakers is a former Super Bowl star himself, with football roots that run deep.

TH Estate Wines is located just off the 46 in Paso Robles in the Willow Creek AVA. Owners Jennifer and Terry Hoage, were drawn to the Central Coast and after discovering a beautiful piece of land to farm, they never looked back. Planting a vineyard and making wine, while often romanticized, is risky business, but for Terry Hoage, a former NFL safety, it was a risk he was willing to take.

Terry Hoage’s NFL career spanned 13 seasons, during which he played on six teams—The New Orleans Saints, The Washington Redskins, The Philadelphia Eagles, The San Francisco 49ers, The Houston Oilers, and the Arizona Cardinals. In 1992, it was with the Washington Redskins that he won a Super Bowl.

TH Estate Wines produce some of the best wines on the Central Coast. In fact, they were even given a nod of approval by Robert Parker who said, “This is the kind of wine the Central Coast should be producing more.”

TH Estate Wines are Rhone-style wines. Many of them have names that pay homage to Terry Hoage’s football career, including:

Skins: Grenache
The Pick: Grenache Cuvee
5 Blocks: Syrah Cuvee
The Hedge: Syrah
The 46: Grenahce-Syrah

No matter who you want to see win Super Bowl 50, it’s a good bet that if you pick up a bottle or two to share with friends this Super Bowl weekend, you’ll be the real winner. To enjoy tasting the wines of Paso Robles Wine Country and California’s Central Coast, join The Paso Robles Wine Club and receive regular shipments of the best wines from the area.