Seeing Purple – Harvest 2016

On Monday we rang in the harvest season with our only green, golden grape-child, Sauvignon Blanc. It was beautiful and looks like it’s going to be a fantastic vintage! The rest of the season will be filled with blue, purple, and red grapes. Soon it will become a blur of purple as we will be harvesting a total of 11 estate varieties, forecasted to be 60 tons! This will be our busiest season ever, but our proudest.

Since 1995 we have been harvesting our own Cabernet Sauvignon, but this year will be the first year we harvest all estate fruit! Estate just means that it is from our vineyard. So, anytime you see “Estate” on a wine label, it means that the grapes came from that winery’s vineyard. Furthermore, it means that the winery has watched these grapes from slumber, bud, flower, veraison, ripe to juice. It’s a lot more work, but a dream for any winery. This is why this harvest will mean that much more to us.

So, what is on the line up…well, Sauvignon Blanc is one, but the other ten are: Cabernet Sauvginon (obviously, with it being us), Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Zinfandel. These grapes are coming from three terroir-diverse vineyards in Creston, El Pomar, and Adelaida, which are sub-AVAs of the Paso Robles District. Here’s a quote of my dad, David, from a recent article:

“Every year, the fruit is going to be different thanks to weather,” says Parrish. “But what we can count on are these three sites producing certain characteristics consistently. Creston, with its granitic soil and high calcium content produces grapes with beautiful color and flavor. El Pomar produces enormously round fruit and earthy flavors along with great mouthfeel. And in our Adelaida vineyard, with the mix of clay and calcareous, we get pronounced acidity, both full high tannins, great structure, and spice.”

This is why I find wine so fascinating is that every wine is going to be unique due to not only the variety, weather, winemaker style, but also the location (terroir) that the grapes were grown. As my dad says regularly, wine starts in the vineyard…how a vineyard is kept and its location will determine the grapes’ quality. So, here’s a cheers to the 2016 vintage as we feel it will be a great one!

Visit us next week (Labor Day Weekend, hurray!) at the tasting room as we’ll have out some of our Award Winning Wines!

Happy Harvest-


Oct16th-18th / Harvest Wine Weekend: Fiesta & Siesta


Join us during Harvest Wine Weekend for our Wine Fiesta & Siesta. Two days of music & food and one day of rest with massage all at our tasting room in Downtown Paso Robles! 

Friday, October 16th – Fiesta
Complimentary Empanadas & Cheeses with Wine Tastings
Spanish Guitar with Jeff Peters from 4:30-7:30pm

Saturday, October 17th – Fiesta
Complimentary Empanadas & Cheese with Wine Tastings
Live Music with Richard Villanueva from 4:30-7:30pm

Sunday, October 18th – Siesta
Complimentary Neck/Shoulder Massage with McD’s Mobile Spa Service from 2-4pm
Enjoy your massage with one of our by the glass specials or a wine tasting!

I’m personally looking forward to this weekend as I think it will be a lot of fun. We will have great music from two of my favorite guitarists. These gentlemen are both sweet guys. Jeff Peters used to be my husband’s (our asst. winemaker) grandma’s neighbor. He moves around the room and strums beautifully. Then the following night we have Richard Villanueva, who we have frequently from Visalia, because he is a family favorite due to his upbeat presence & personality. He will be playing a lot of notable favorites.

As for the complimentary bites on Friday & Saturday, we will have simple empanadas from Splash Cafe…beef, chicken, and spinach/feta. We will also have delicious cheese from Vivant Fine Cheese, but that’s not too surprising for us!

Lastly, we are very excited to invite Heather McDermott to join us the last day of Harvest Wine Weekend to help us all relax with a neck and shoulder massage. She and I used to be coworkers a long time ago, so I am happy to be able to work with her again in a new way! So, I think massage and wine are a given.

Stop in and check out the fun if you are in Paso Robles. We’re in Downtown, just down from our lovely Park. October 16th-18th. Hope to see you then!



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Tour & Sip – First Glimpse of Adelaida

This past weekend, during Paso Wine Fest, we invited our club members to join us at our picturesque Adelaida Vineyard. It was a wonderful time of sharing two new wines and our future home for Parrish Family Vineyard!


David and Lynn Parrish

First about the wines! The wines we released to our wine club was our 2013 Silken Blanc and 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 Silken Blanc is our first white blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Viognier. It’s a delicious summer wine that welcomes you with an orange blossom nose and a jasmine, fresh citrus palate with a hint of cream and spice. This wine will be available in the tasting room starting Thursday, May 21st!

The 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is probably better than our beloved, gold winning 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is, of course, fine to have happen! It has a rich body with great structure of blue and black fruit such as blackberry, blueberry, and cassis. It was aged in new and neutral oak for 22 months…giving it plenty of time to develop its full-bodied character. This wine, while newer, is only going to get better with age.

2013 Silken Blanc and 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Silken Blanc and 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The wines accented the beautiful day and of course, the vineyard, which our club got to explore with a walking tour. My dad, David, began the tour with showing them the calcareous wall that will be a great highlight of our tasting room experience. For those not familiar with calcareous soil, it is from fossil shell beds. It becomes gold for vineyards when mixed with a top layer of clay. That is why you will frequently hear about calcareous from wineries because it is what makes vines flourish and fabulous future wines.

Calcareous and clay

Calcareous, Clay, Mix Display Box

David sharing about the planning of the vineyard and calcareous

David sharing about the planning of the vineyard and calcareous (just a peak at our calcareous wall)

Our club members were shown the view of the future tasting room and the blocks of the vineyard. The Adelaida vineyard is made up of 7 varieties, mainly Bordeaux grapes, that will become our Estate Wines. The Bordeaux varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvginon Blanc. There is also a small amount of Zinfandel and Syrah. We are of course thrilled to be adding such fantastic varietals to our wine portfolio!

The blocks

The blocks against the view

Club members

Club members listening and enjoying the view

David in the vineyard

David in the vineyard talking about spacing and maintenance 

Club members

Club members in the vineyard 

Club Members

Club member, Katie listening with some wine

The show and tell continued with our talented architect, Shana Reiss, being present. She shared with our members through out the event about the vision for the future winery and tasting room. We are so thankful to have Shana apart of our team and for all her hard work she has done in the last couple years.

Shana with her plans

Shana with her plan boards 

Shana talking about the site

Shana talking about the tasting room site

Shana sharing with Tedde

Shana sharing with club member, Tedde, about the floor plans

Shana’s sister, Michelle, even joined us for a while and worked on pastel landscapes of the vineyard!

Michelle working on pastels of the vineyard

Michelle working on pastels of the vineyard



While we all enjoyed the education of the event, we also enjoyed the company, live music (with a little impromptu karaoke) with Richard Villanueva, delicious food, and great wine!

Thank you to our club members who came to visit us on Saturday. We look forward to many more occasions to celebrate with you!

Also, a big thank you to Richard & Theres Villanueva, Next Door Bistro, Wandering Cookie, All About Events, and our staff Cyndi, Noni, Adrielle, Shannon, Ben and our club member Diane who worked to make the event perfect!

Here’s some more photos….

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Winter Wine Stroll

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Join the Downtown Paso Robles Wineries for the first Winter Wine Stroll on January 17th from 3-7pm!  This event is much like the Mid Summer Wine Stroll, but showcases the downtown’s beauty and charm at winter.  Enjoy a special wine & pairing at each of the participating 14 tasting rooms.  It’s a perfect way to enjoy a 3 day weekend!

Tickets are $20.00 per person

Tickets can be purchased at any tasting room.

To purchase tickets with Parrish visit us at our tasting room at 1220 Park Street, or online at!

After you pay, we make your reservation and you will just have to check in with us on January 17th to start your stroll!

For Downtown Wineries Info: