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2013 California Harvest Review

Vintners and growers throughout California reported another high quality and generous vintage in 2013.  Following a warm and dry spring with near ideal conditions for bringing grapes to maturity, harvest was remarkably smooth and wineries are at capacity and working with some very high quality winegrapes. Reports by region.
 

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Riverstar Vineyards
A complete Paso Robles Wine Country experience at RiverStar Vineyards. Wine Tasting, Vacation Rentals, Event Venues.... let the journey begin!
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
Jada Vineyard & Winery
Visit our west side Paso Robles winery amidst the vineyards and oaks. We produce Jersey Girl Syrah, a Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petite Verdot fruit, a non-traditional Rhone blend with Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot and a 100% Syrah.
Clautiere Vineyard
Paso Robles - A Winery Like No Other - Come visit this vibrant, colorful & energetic tasting room, gift shop and commercial kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Veris Cellars
Paso Robles - Try our 100 percent estate grown wines; blending the subtle differences of east and west side Paso Robles grapes. The wines are fruit forward with soft tannins and are a good value. Visit our country casual farm house.
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Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting
The Rhone Rangers annual event in San Francisco takes place every year in March and culminates with a Grand Tasting at the Mason Center. Last year over 2,000 people tasted some 500 wines from more than 100 Rhone Rangers wineries.
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Better Wine Tasting: The Winery Advisor Tasting Room Personality Profile
As the Winery Advisor, I visit hundreds of California tasting rooms each year collecting information to prepare detailed winery profiles for the California Winery Advisor.com website. We document the wine tasting experience by cataloging the amenities, ambiances, tasting fees, pricing and wines. And, yes, we like our job. After visiting almost 600, I have found they fall roughly within five categories.
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How To Match
Here are some basic guidelines to making the right decisions when combining wine with food. The key is balance—balancing heavy foods with rich wines, moderate foods with medium bodied wines, lighter foods with light wines and sweet foods with sweet wines. Also look for complementary or contrasting flavors to make an impression on your palate (think blue cheese and Port). Ultimately it comes down to your individual tastes but here are a few tips, hints, ideas, and thoughts.
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Paso Robles - 200 Wineries!
The Paso Robles region has been growing grapes and making wine since the Mission period in the late 1700's. In the past 10 to 15 years the area has seen a surge in quality grape production and wine making facilities. 217 bonded wineries reside here but almost 60% of the grape production is sold outside the county.
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All Corked Up
The most common closure is of course the Natural Cork closure that roughly 80% of wineries in North America use. They vary in size (some are as long as my thumb!) and quality but get the job done. They are expensive ($.75 to $.90 each) but many consumers equate quality wine only with natural cork. Not so say the experts!
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