Rain in the Forecast – Time to Pair

With more rain in the forecast, at least in some parts of the country, it means staying in. Here’s some fun pairings for staying in this weekend!

wine_oct17-2340

2014 Zinfandel paired with Games – The lighter body, raspberry notes, and playfulness of the Zinfandel will pair perfectly with game time.

We love games in the family. Chinese Checkers, Bananagrams, Yahtzee, Scribblish…there’s too many! One fun game to check out is Bubble Talk, which is like Apple to Apples but with photos. A fun twist is to add some personal old photos to the stack for more laughter…the more embarrassing and ridiculous the better. Another game that we love/hate is Clue. We love it because it’s a classic, but some of us hate it because SOMEONE always wins (David Parrish, no fair Professor Plum!).


2013 Petite Sirah paired with Reading – The moody Petite Sirah will lend itself to a thoughtful and quiet time with its large palate of purple fruit and rich tannins. It will give you something to think upon, just like a book.

Growing up my parents read a lot, but unfortunately, I never got into reading quite like they did. My parents, David & Lynn, love reading mysteries and James Herriot books because the stories remind them of our farm life. After meeting Ethan, my interest for reading has grown. We sometimes read together and there is something so idyllic about it for me. We usually read something for personal growth like C.S. Lewis. Lately, I can be found with my nose in a book about bread…there are so many bookmarks. The great thing about reading is that it can be for groups, solo, and with wine!


2013 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Blanket & Fire – The Cabernet will be another great lingering wine for the palate with its black cherry and cocoa notes making it perfect for savoring the moment. This might even be perfect with some cheese…make a picnic by the fire with maybe some gouda, charcuterie, and bread.

This is almost a duh, but there is nothing like watching the weather with a cozy blanket and a warm fire near by. I like to pull my two fur ball dogs into the blanket, while we sit on the floor and watch the wonderful drops of rain. It’s peaceful and relaxing…something we all can use in our busy lives.


What about a white?! Okay, okay. So, I’d say get to cooking or baking with the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. I find this to be my cooking wine as it gets my creativity going with its lightness and brightness. Maybe make a pizza from scratch, or learn a new recipe.

Lastly, all that’s missing is music…what’s your jam in the kitchen? I must be an old soul as I listen to a lot of acoustic guitar, instrumental music, and a little French cafe. My go to for a rainy day is Dave Brubeck.


Whatever your plans are for the weekend, may they be enjoyed and stay dry!

-Cecily

 

Serving Wine

wine_oct17-2293

Happy Friday!

The seasons have surely changed here in Paso Robles with cloudy skies, showers, and autumn leaves. It’s definitely gotten chillier. With the drop in temperatures, it brings up what temperature is recommended to store and serve wine at? We get this question quite a bit in the tasting room, so with Thanksgiving just around the corner it makes sense to serve up some tips in preparation. I’m sure there have been moments of “How to serve Cabernet Sauvignon” when planning for the holidays, well at least this girl has.

Our PFV Wine List:

Sauvignon Blanc: 45˚-50˚ F for serving

Chardonnay & Viognier Blend: 50˚-55˚ F for serving

Rosé: 45˚-50˚ F for serving

Zinfandel (cool grape,lighter style): 55˚- 60˚ F for serving

Petite Sirah: 60˚- 65˚ F for serving

Cabernet & Petite Sirah Blend: 60˚- 65˚ F for serving

Cabernet Sauvignon: 60˚- 65˚ F for serving

Of course some prefer 40˚F white wine, or 70˚F red wine, and that’s totally fine. It reminds me of Blast From the Past with Christopher Walken’s character preferring Dr. Pepper warm, while most of the public prefer cold. Everyone has his or her preferences and that’s what makes wine like art, it’s subjective.

Wine Storage

For wine storage, the recommendation for long term storage is 55˚F. If you do not have a wine fridge (understandable), I generally recommend a regular fridge over a dark closet because wine ages 4 times faster in those conditions. What does this mean? It means that it will loose structure, color, and could possibly develop faults. I just wouldn’t plan on long term storage in a regular fridge.

Hopefully this information was helpful. We hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with warmth, love, and memories. I feel so thankful to have my family, good food & wine, and a home as I know that not everyone has these things. If you are looking for a way to give this season, we work with Must! Charities and Paso Robles has a free meal at the Centennial Park on Nov 23rd that needs support. And lastly, there is a wonderful wine event to continue the support of Santa Rosa/Napa/Sonoma in December!

Cheers & Blessings,

Cecily

 

Foodie Friday: Rosé & Berry Quinoa Salad

Hi all!

It’s almost the weekend and it is going to be a hot one here in Paso Robles! This calls for a crisp wine and light, refreshing dishes. First thing that comes to mind is our newest release, the 2016 Rosé. This Estate Grenache was stomped after harvest. Yes, like I Love Lucy, but with clean rubber boots and probably less hilarity…well, maybe not, I found it pretty funny. Anyways, this light, pastel pink wine has a nose of rose petals and a refreshing palate of strawberries, hibiscus, citrus, and a little bit of minerality. This could be enjoyed on its own, but if you are like me, we love food pairings, so what to pair with this wine?

A quick, fresh, and light Berry Quinoa Salad. The berries are in peak season right now, so it is the perfect time to showcase them. I love eating straight berries, but I think we all know that they are delicious on a salad as it’s a great contrast…vegetal meets sweet. The quinoa and candied pecans add some depth with earthy, nutty flavors. Then the vinaigrette picks it all up with a little zip and herbaceous notes. This is a beautiful and simple compliment to the wine. AND by the way, healthy with great antioxidants.

What would you pair with a lovely Rosé?

Cheers to your weekend and happy Friday!

-Cecily

0602ff-2187-Edit

Berry Quinoa Salad
2 cups Mixed Greens
Hand full of Blueberries
¼ cup Sliced Raspberries
4 Sliced Strawberries
½ cup of Quinoa
Sprinkled Candied Pecans
Mango Basil Vinaigrette
(optional) Parsley Buds
(optional) Chèvre


Quick Candied Pecans
1 cup Pecans
1 tablespoon of Agave Syrup
¼ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Two pinches of Sea Salt (or to your taste)

Heat a saucepan, sprayed with cooking spray of choice, over medium heat. Add pecans, agave, vanilla, and sea salt. Stir consistently making sure the pecans are covered and don’t burn. It will take about 5 minutes for them to reach perfection. Watch towards the end not to burn the pecans because it can happen fast.


Mango Basil Vinaigrette
3 Tablespoons of Basil Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Mango Balsamic
Optional salt & pepper.
Can’t find Mango Balsamic, try a Champagne Orange Vinegar.



Pantry Links

Pasolivo Basil Olive Oil

Mango Balsamic

Champagne Mimosa Vinegar

Fully Cooked Organic Quinoa

Candied Pecans

Chevre

Talley Farms Fresh Harvest CSA

Wine & Cheese Séminaire

cheese event

Wine & Cheese Séminaire
Saturday, October 15th • 11am
122o Park Street, Downtown Paso Robles

Join Cecily Parrish Ray of Parrish Family Vineyard & Sophie Broban-Doering of Fromagerie Sophie for a guided journey of wine, fromage, viande (meat), and other accoutrements. Learn details of your favorite wines along with how they pair them and the background on the fromage. The experience will feature six Parrish Family wines and twelve delicious pairings.

$50.00 per person
wine club discounts apply

Tickets Available at parrishfamilyvineyard.com

-limited seating available-

Cool Off with White Wine

daydreaming_instagram

It’s hot today!  It only makes sense that white wines are on our minds. Here’s what the PFV staff daydreams about…

“The Sauvignon Blanc, Sutter Creek on a patio with my daughter Dakota enjoying the the mountain air..ragtime music in the background enjoying truffle salt marcona almonds and lemon citrus gruyere.” -Lynlee, Lead Tasting Hostess


“The Sauvignon Blanc at Concerts in the Park. Enjoying a nice evening listening to local music and watching people have fun and enjoy life. Just being around neighbors and the community.” -Cyndi, Executive Administrative Assistant


“I’d pick the Silken Blanc. Sunset under an oak…a gentle breeze. My husband, family, and closest friends at a table with candles and fresh lavender. Lots of joy and laughter. Roasted rosemary chicken, grilled market veggies, and fresh baked bread with either olivet foin or fromage d’affinois.” -Cecily, General Manager


And it’s still Wednesday, but at least tomorrow is Concerts in the Park here in Downtown Paso bringing us that much closer to the weekend! 

New Cheese Experience!

I am happy to announce that we have partnered with Fromagerie Sophie to create a new cheese pairing experience for the tasting room! This new cheese flight will be unique in allowing guests to have more than one experience per wine. It gives one the opportunity to taste the different paths that wines & cheeses can travel together, which I find fascinating.

fromage16_-51

The journey to this new pairing offering was of course tough. Sophie and I had to sample many cheeses with the wine, while we sat in their beautiful vine-laced courtyard as clouds passed over head. It’s a job that someone has to do, right?

In between small talk, we pin point and separate flavors…

“Wild Blueberries, and a pop of Dark Cherry at the finish.”

“Nutty, Caramelized.”

“Earthy, Mushroom.”

“Herbaceous…thyme!”

“Oh, man…which one?”

After 5 cheeses, how do you choose what to pair with a wine? That can be the tough part of the pairing process as there are sometimes more than one positive flavor profile to choose from. The most important thing is to not pick something that will compete with the wine and vice versa. They should be harmonious. My favorite thing is being surprised. Sometimes the least expected pairing works beautifully. That is the cool thing about food & wine pairings is there is no single formula.

So, join us for this new experience at our Downtown tasting room. We, also have our delicious 7 cheese pairing from Vivant and 7 chocolate pairing from the Chocolate Stache.

Cheers!

Cecily

IMG_3144

 

 

Wonderful Winter Events

christmaseve (1)sm
Christmas Eve: Wine. Art. Chocolate.
Thursday / December 24th / 1-5pm

Taste

Special Wine & Chocolate Pairing Flight
featuring the Chocolate Stache
$18.00 + tax

View
PasoJules
Unique Moonstone Jewelry
Join us as we host Julie Parker! Julie finds every stone in Cambria. She uses jade, jasper, and agates as well as the beautiful quartzite stones known locally as Moonstones.  After finding the stones, she spends 7-8 weeks polishing them into shiny, beautiful jewels.

__________

Complimentary Warm Beverage for Kids & DD’s!


newyears
NYE: New Year’s Eve
Thursday / December 31st, 2015

Open 1-7pm / Music & Special Pairing 4-7pm

Celebratory Wine & Pairing Flight

Featuring Vivant Fine Cheese
2013 Sauvignon Blanc – Mango, Ginger Stilton
2012 Zinfandel – Capicola Ham & Pecan, Cranberry & Rosemary Crostini
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Tiramisu Mascarpone with a Cocoa Nib Cookie
$15.00 + tax
Live Music with Guitarist Jeff Peters

Wine by the Glass Specials 


Paso Robles Wine Stroll 012016
Winter Wine Stroll
Saturday / January 16th, 2015 / 5-8pm

Stroll charming, historic Downtown Paso Robles, California and discover 13 different tasting rooms with unique experiences that will welcome you with a wine and a pairing. Tickets sell out for this event.

$25.00 per person for a wine tasting & pairing at each tasting room

Purchase Your Tickets Online!
www.pasorobleswinestroll.com

All the tickets are the same, but choose where you would like to check in and start first! At 5pm (or after), please check in with the designated winery for your wristband, map, glass, and first pairing experience. Thank you!