Picking is Done

November 18th, 2011

Picking of fruit for 2011 is now done.  Last week was a non-stop pick and process fest as a big storm was heading into town and things needed to get off the vine before the wet weather arrived.Being a winemaker means you are obsesed with weather.  This time of year,...

Just Because I Like to Use The Word “Burgundian” {Calcareous)

October 3rd, 2011

By: Jason Joyce The unpredictable nature of the harvest allows for all sorts of opportunities to the open minded winemaker. The small blocks we farm are tailor made for trying whatever experiment comes to mind during crush. And then, if you let your mind wander, one new idea leads to...

2011 Harvest is Here… Barely {Alta Colina}

September 25th, 2011

Harvest 2011 has commenced…finally! Last week we brought in our Grenache Blanc and we’re looking towards next week’s Viognier pick to keep the harvest train rolling. We’re a solid three weeks behind usual but despite the delay the quality of fruit is looking amazing so far. These longer, cooler seasons...

Chronic Harvest Begins {Chronic Cellars}

September 23rd, 2011

Harvest 2011 is upon us!! Here at Chronic Cellars we just brought in our first load of Zinfandel from one of our local growers. The fruit is looking awesome once again. Here are some photos of our first production this season. We will keep you posted on our progress this...

Corkiness: Not Just for Wine These Days {Tablas Creek}

September 14th, 2011

Once you learn the musty, wet cardboard smell of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) it’s unmistakeable.  TCA-infected wine is commonly referred to as “corky” or “corked”.  I’ve been smelling TCA a lot lately.  No, we haven’t been experiencing a raft of corky wines.  In fact, the quality of corks has never, in my...

 

Harvest 2011 Recap {Tablas Creek}

Harvest 2011 finished on November 9th with a flurry of activity, including at one point 62 different bins of grapes scattered around the winery and on the crushpad, waiting to be destemmed.  My favorite part of the photo (blow it up to see it) is the bemused look on Ryan’s...

Raynold’s Has Spoken! {Alta Colina}

Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar was back in town and his notes on our 2009 wines are in!  2009 marks our third vintage and the Grenache and Toasted Slope Syrah are already available for purchase.  We will release the GSM around January and the Mourvedre and Old...

Fall in the Vineyard {Halter Ranch}

Check out Halter Ranch’s stunning property: http://blog.halterranch.com/2011/11/15/fall-in-the-vineyard/

Meet Winemaker Terry Culton {Adelaida Cellars}

  Adelaida Winemaking Meet winemaker Terry Culton!  He joined the Adelaida Cellars team in 2003 after a tenure at Calera Wine Company.  Twelve years earlier, Terry began his career at Wild Horse here in the Paso Robles AVA where he worked with fruit from the fabled Hoffman Mountain Ranch.  Upon...

Fall 2011 Vineyard News {Zenaida Cellars}

Harvest is underway, kinda… It is mid-October as I write this quarter’s newsletter, and I’m wondering if it is all going to happen. Usually the column for this newsletter is one of the hardest to get done. It is due to the fact that I am juggling ten things at...

Tablas Creek: Why Paso Robles will make CA’s Best Wines in 2011!

Last Thursday, as I was driving down to a couple of events in Los Angeles, I received an email (clearly addressed to a larger distribution list) from Tim Fish of the Wine Spectator. Tim was soliciting photos of inundated vineyards, rotted grape clusters or other signs of damage from the...

A Winemaker Comes to His Senses {Calcareous}

By: Jason Joyce I firmly believe there is single most important job for a winemaker, deciding when to pick the fruit. The best a wine will ever be is the moment you pick it.  All you can hope to accomplish is to lessen how much it degrades. The techniques you...

Exciting News at Edward Sellers: New Winemaker – Jeremy Weintraub

If you have visited the Tasting Room lately, you may have noticed a flurry of activity in the winery. This is not just some cellar rat, this is Jeremy Weintraub, our new Winemaker.Jeremy joined us at Edward Sellers in early June and has gone through every barrel and walked every...