Rain, Fire, & How You Can Help

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We received rain yesterday in Paso Robles, which is great with us being in the state of California, but ironically, our grapes needed more time as mildew can arise depending on tightness of the cluster (we’ll just have to see!). The agricultural community is used to fighting unusual weather. We are used to having to fight for water, warmth…you name it…farming is about learning to be resourceful and adjust. My great grandfather never told my dad it was going to be easy and my dad certainly has never told me straight to my face that this would be a cake walk. That is why you have to love what you do and see beyond these things such as something precious like rain coming on the wrong day.

The rain did make me stop and think about the areas that needed the water most yesterday. We have many fires that are going on in California, 13 to be exact, but there are 3 that are thousands of acres of fiery threats to lives, homes, livestock, and our California scenery. The largest are these:

Valley Fire (Lake County) / 67,000 acres burned  / 15% Contained

Butte Fire (Amador & Calaveras County) / 71,660 acres burned / 37% contained

Rough Fire (Fresno County) / 139,133 acres burned / 40% contained

The Rough Fire amazes me at how much it has burned and sadly, I know there has been a death associated with the Valley Fire. We recently had a fire here in our county that burned 3,000 acres and Santa Margarita, where the fire was closest, went unscathed, so we were fortunate. Before this post drives you to a full bottle of wine, believe me I have a point, so I will get to it.

I have had customers from around the country talk to me about how concerned they are since they have seen that A.) we are in a drought and B.) we are on fire. I have appreciated the concern for our state, but there are ways people can help!

The Red Cross:

  • 1-800-Red-Cross  and you can designate by saying California Wildfires
  • Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Donations to Burn Support Organizations:

UCDavis Health System – Burn Unit

Firefighters Burn Institute – Sacramento

Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California

Valley Fire:

State Senator Mike McGuire, who represents Lake County, has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

More Ways to Help and the Source: CAPRADIO 

Lastly, if you believe in prayer, pray.

My family is praying and so thankful to all the firefighters working out there. We would like to offer a complimentary wine tasting to firefighters working on these fires and a 10% off on a purchase (must have id to receive special). Join us when you are on break or when all this finally ends. We hope soon. This offer is good till the end of the year.

In conclusion, we are grateful for the rain we got yesterday even though it wasn’t perfect timing, but we’re praying for rain over these fires.

-Cecily

Tasting Panel Magazine – July 2015 Issue

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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!

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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.

-Cecily

4th of July Festivities!

For the 1st time, we’re going to have our doors open for 4th of July since it’s on a Saturday this year!

Join us as we’ll have a Red & White Special…buy 1 Red and 1 White wine and receive 15% off in celebration of our independence!

Also, we will be having fun festivities with our friends of Chateau Lettau Winery, Grizzly Republic Wines, and Lusso Della Terra. Serving up yummy American bites and other specials like live music and games.

(We’ll be hosting some games!)

Happy 4th!

From all of us at PFV

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Concerts in the Park in Downtown Paso!

Starting June 18th join Downtown Paso Robles for live music in the beautiful park with the Rec Foundation!

Variety of talent to enjoy all summer long and the beat doesn’t stop till August 21st! Music starts at 5:30pm!

Here’s the summer line up:

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Par

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Parrish Family Vineyard! May it be full of blessings and joy! http://ow.ly/i/7EBYO