Wine & Christmas Movies


Happy Thursday!

It’s almost the weekend and I thought it would be a great time to share some fun pairings, but not the edible kind, more like the feeling kind. The holidays are (for the most part) very warm and fuzzy with wonderful family traditions….a twinkling tree, warm cookies, joyful symphonies, glasses of cider or wine, and Christmas movies. Christmas movies were a staple in our house and we had a list we would faithfully watch every year. We still do even if my parents and I aren’t under the same roof. So without further ado, here are a few of our favorite movies paired with our wines:

2013 Sauvignon Blanc – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 1966

2016 Estate Rosé – Love Actually, 2003

2013 Silken Blanc – White Christmas, 1954

2014 Zinfandel – The Santa Clause, 1994 & Home Alone, 1990

2013 Petite Sirah – Christmas Carol, 1951

2012 Reserve Silken – While You Were Sleeping, 1995

2013 Reserve Silken – Miracle on 34th Street, 1947 

2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946  

It looks like I’m going to be busy with this list! What would you pair with your favorite Christmas movie?




Serving Wine


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,



Wonderful Winter Events

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


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

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!

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 

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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!

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!

Thanksgiving Foodies – Noni & David

Noni and David now share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes!

Noni’s says that this easy sweet potato casserole is like desert with the buttery and sweet topping.  It truly sounds delicious!  And David goes for the classic with turkey and gravy.  He does seem eager to carve the turkey every Thanksgiving!  Although, as the carver he hands out little samples to everyone in the family.

Sweet Potato Casserole 
PFV Pinterest Recipe:
Pair With: GSM belnd

Turkey (Apple Cider Glazed Recipe)
PFV Pinterest Recipe:
Pair With: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine

Bourbon Gravy
PFV Pinterest Recipe:

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, joy, and gratitude! 

Share in the season’s joy with us:

Thanksgiving Foodies – Bree & Cecily

More Thanksgiving foodie thoughts! Here’s what Bree and Cecily (that’s me!) had to say regarding their favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

Bree shares a delicious roasted butternut squash dish that sounds perfect for Thanksgiving, or anytime during the fall/winter months.  I’m thinking you could even substitute the butternut squash with pumpkin!  My favorite dish is Pecan Pie because it’s not only a delicious way to finish the meal, but it brings back memories of being with my grannie who also loved pecan pie.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash 
PFV Pinterest Recipe:
Pair With: Chardonnay

Classic Toasted Pecan Pie
PFV Pinterest Recipe:
(the recipe is in the comments)
Pair With: Port, Sherry, GSM Blend

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, joy, and gratitude! 

Share in the season’s joy with us:


Thanksgiving Foodies – Lynn & Ethan

At Parrish Family Vineyard, we are foodies and also fans of the holidays!  Check out what Lynn and Ethan had to say regarding their favorite Thanksgiving dishes:


Lynn chose a very classic gelatin dish that has been one of our holiday standards.  Nana was a very joyful person who loved singing, being with family, and cooking for Thanksgiving.  Ethan, being the Turkey Master of the family, picks two delicious proteins of the holiday…turkey and bacon!

Nana’s Salad 
PFV Pinterest Recipe:
Pair With: a slightly sweet Sparkling Wine

PFV Pinterest Recipe: 
Pair With: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, or Parrish Family Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel

Some Things with Bacon
PFV Pinterest Recipe:
Pair With: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, joy, and gratitude! 

Share in the season’s joy with us:

Pair Me With – Cabernet Sauvignon

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Keeping with the spirit of Bordeaux wines today, I thought it was time to talk about the food that pairs best with the big, the bold…Cabernet Sauvignon.  A wine that can hold its own and be well known by three letters, CAB, is saying something.  It is definitely our pride and joy.

Cabernet Sauvignon is really a perfect addition to a Christmas celebration with your loved ones.  Whether it is smooth, fruit forward, and medium in body, or it is big, peppery, and full of richness, this is a wine that can go with many classic Christmas dishes.  An added bonus is that its red color keeps you festive!  A classic holiday dish and one of my favorites is Prime Rib.  When I graduated from AAU, I celebrated that evening with my family at The House of Prime Rib and what did we have with our meal?  Cabernet.  The creamy, richness of the meat creates wonderful harmony with the black fruit notes as well as the pepper in the wine.  It’s heavenly delicious.  Another great cut of beef to pair with a Cab is a New York Strip.  New York Strips are flavorful and peppery and would go well with a more medium bodied Cab as your palate wouldn’t become over powered by too much boldness.  It would allow for the fruit to merry with the natural flavors of the cut.  Honestly, any cut of beef would go well with a Cab and I feel almost silly writing that, but hey, some of our readers may just beginning their wine ventures.

Another red meat that says classic Christmas dinner is Lamb.  I called my mom yesterday to discuss the Christmas dinner game plan and she shared that she had already gotten lamb.  I was excited because I love lamb and well, it means Cab.  A beautiful herb crusted rack of lamb would be perfect with just about any Cabernet.  The herbs, the rich lamb flavors, and the slight pepper compliment this red.  On Pinterest, I found a recipe for Pesto Crusted Lamb…this would be a fun twist.

The awesome thing about Cabernet is that it can be used in dishes.   It’s a great wine to reduce into a sauce to pour over delightful red meats.  It’s not too difficult to do and it can take a dish like, filet mignon, to another level of rich flavor profiles that will cause a good silence around the dinner table.  Butter, wine, and herbs will never do you wrong…well, except if used excessively.

Lastly, if you live in Whoville, I’m sure a lovely Roast Beast will be complimented by the Cab.  It’s something that even the Grinch can get on board with.

Below is a list of our Cabernets and what they would work best with based on their individual personalities.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  Cheers to you and your loved ones…may it be full of warm memories!


2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Veal, Lamb, Venison 

2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Ribeye, New York Strip, Pork Roast

2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Veal, Bison, Wild Boar 

2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Our Double Gold Winner, 90pt Wine) – Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Lamb