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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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Suggested Wineries
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.
Riverstar Vineyards
A complete Paso Robles Wine Country experience at RiverStar Vineyards. Wine Tasting, Vacation Rentals, Event Venues.... let the journey begin!
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.
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
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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From Carneros to Oakville
Napa Valley is itself an appellation and has 13 unique sub appellations (AVA’s) within its boundaries. Each AVA has a distinctive microclimate, soil, terrain, and elevation that imprint identifiable characteristics into the fruit. Starting in the southern district of Los Carneros we explore eight AVA's of the southern Napa Valley...
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The Rare Scheurebe Grape
Scheurebe is a white wine grape variety created by Georg Scheu in Germany in 1915 as a cross between Sylvaner and Riesling. In Austria it is known as Sämling 88 as well as Scheurebe. It is responsible for many of Germany's sweet wines and one California wine made by Joseph Phelps.
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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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Roll Out the Barrels
Roll Out the Barrels Weekend, every May, has over twenty participating wineries from the San Luis Obispo Wine Region. Plan a visit to the San Luis Obispo Wine Country for a weekend you'll never forget! See Video.
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Taste of Pismo
Every year in April Pismo Beach hosts a weekend food, wine and music affair at the bluff-top Dinosaur Cave Park in Pismo Beach. Under the big tent just steps away from the beautiful Pacific local chefs and winemakers share their creations. It's where food and wine meet the surf!
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