Thank you to Tasting Panel Magazine for the write up about us in their latest July issue! It was such a pleasure to share the evening with Meridith May and Bill Brandel of Somm Journal/Tasting Panel Magazine as well as the sommeliers Mike Madrigale of Boulud Sud & Bar Boulud (New York City), Paul Coker of St. Regis Monarch Beach (Dana Point), and Jared Hooper of Faith & Flower (Los Angeles). These gentlemen are so cool, by the way, that I wish I had had more time to just listen to them. We feel so blessed to have had them taste through some of our wines and hear our story. Also, a thank you to Doug Young for covering the dinner with his camera skills (it admittedly was tough for this photographer to sit still).
The delicious dinner was in May during the media week of the CAB Collective and the setting was the beautiful Thomas Hill Organics in Downtown Paso Robles. The dinner highlighted our wines perfectly. From a delicate hors’d crab salad floating in cucumber water with shaved radishes and a oyster half shell laying in a bed of infused Silken Blanc salt served with our 2013 Silken Blanc to an entree of cocoa crusted venison with vanilla scented creamed potatoes served with our 2012 Petite Sirah, the dinner was stellar to put it simply. We even had a party crasher as Linda Parker Sanpei joined us, so it must have meant the wine and food was good!
We are thrilled that the 2012 Petite Sirah would receive such a lovely description and 94 point rating from Meridith….
“Sings about violets, with dark chocolate, chalky tannins as the chorus. There’s an underlying creaminess – melted chocolate – topped with cranberry and strawberry. The blue fruit surges up, staging and securing its positing at the finish.”
She perfectly describes what this wine is all about and it delivers a wonderful experience. It also recently received a Silver at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, so we couldn’t be prouder. It is available at the tasting room and online.
In the end, the article showcases that Paso Robles is up and coming. We have a lot of great things happening in our area! I am excited to see what things will continue to grow and what things will hopefully continue to stay the same to represent our heritage. For instance, we have wonderful wineries, restaurants, shops, and galleries. We are growing, but then we have hometown things like Concerts in the Park and the Lavender Festival that I hope continue to only age with beauty.
Again, a thank you to the Tasting Panel Magazine as we are truly humbled by this story and the time you took to share with our family. A big thank you to Debbie and her team (Lannon) at Thomas Hill Organics. And lastly,Chris Manning for his culinary talent.