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2014 Harvest Is On!

Napa Valley Harvest 2014 Has Begun  

AThe first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.The first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.

The first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers began picking grapes around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, just two days earlier than the start of last year’s wine grape harvest. Although this past winter was one of the driest on record, Napa’s vintners and growers are predicting an abundant, high-quality harvest for the third year in a row. Read more.

 

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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.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. New tasting room opening soon.
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.
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.
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Greg Graham -at it again
Greg Graham was the winemaker at Rombauer Vineyard since 1988 and began producing wine under his own label in 1992. He purchased a 13-acre Zinfandel vineyard in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County. The soils in the Red Hills appellation are red, rocky and well drained, and are ideally suited for the Rhone varietals.
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Host a Tasting Party
There are a number of ways to host a wine tasting party and it depends of course on how formal you want to be, if you are going to have food to sample, and what kind of wine focus do you want. These events can be elegant and regal or professional and sober (must you spit at the table?) or just great fun. I have created a list of things to consider and some specific tasting ideas and plans. If you live in the wine country you might ask if a winemaker or winery staff person could lead a tasting. The wine buyer at your local market or wine shop might love the opportunity to be involved.
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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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In the Grape Land of Lodi
Lodi is a major California grape growing region with over 75,000 acres of vineyards and almost 60 wineries. Its vineyards grow over 40% of all the California Zinfandel, including many 100 year old vines, and dwarf every other region. Its grape growing history goes back to the mid 1800’s. Today it has a thriving industry with dozens of wineries, many with excellent visitor facilities...
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How To Technically Taste Wine
How do you technically taste wine? Many books have been written about the ‘Art and Science of Wine Appreciation’ and it is difficult to summarise it in condensed form. However, there are a number of simple ‘rules’ to be aware of...
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