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California Wine Month

California Wine Month in September celebrates one of our signature agricultural products and all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State.

September is also a great time to plan a visit to California Wine Country. Wineries and regions throughout the state will be marking the harvest and celebrating California Wine Month with special tastings, festivals, wine immersion experiences, tours, concerts and more. See more here.

 

Napa Valley Earthquake

Shift in Napa from earthquake to havest. Read more.

Napa Valley was shaken and stirred at 3:20 a.m. by an earthquake that measured 6.0 on the Richter scale – the most severe in northern California in 25 years. For the wine industry, at least the timing was fairly fortunate.

Authorities said more than 120 people sought minor medical care and that a child was in critical condition after being crushed by a fireplace. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the wake of the 3:20 am quake, which ignited fires, burst water mains, caused gas leaks and even cracked roads. Read more.

 

Suggested Wineries
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.
Rotta Winery
Founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, it is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Visit us and taste our great Zinfandel.
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.
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.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. New tasting room opening soon.
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Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes
This reality televison series follows American Idol producers Nigel and Ken as they negotiate with local farmers and winemakers, cursed the wild boars and vineyard pests and are welcomed into the wine community- while Nigel gets locked in the Hoosgow during the Paso Robles Pioneer parade. See the video...
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Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Video
Santa Maria Valley is home to hundreds of acres of premium wine grapes as well as more than a dozen wineries. Many have tasting rooms open to the public with such amenities as wine caves, vineyard tours, food and wine pairings, as well as some of the states best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here is a short video to get the "flavor" of the region.
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Temecula's Surprising Wine Country
Temecula is 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles and produces award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Viognier, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris, sparkling wines and dessert wines. Visitors can taste wines from almost 40 wineries.
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How To Read A Wine Label
Are wine labels straightforward in what they tell us about a wine? Yes, if you know the rules that wineries have to follow and understand the nuances of labeling laws. Here are the basics of what a wine label tells us. You may be surprised to find that a wine labeled Chardonnay may in fact be made up of 25% of other grape varieties.
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Ask the Advisor, Roses & Grapes
Roses in the Vineyard? Why is this? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poem Sacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
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