SF International Awards

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We are celebrating new scores for some of our favorite wines. Judges at the San Francisco International Wine Competition acclaimed the 2014 Silken and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon as some of the best they’ve tasted.

The 2014 Silken received a Gold Medal and was awarded 92 points! It’s great that our flagship blend captured the judges’ attention and admiration as much as it does ours. We love sharing this wine and watching responses to it. It brings us joy that everyone likes it as much as we do.

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon received a Silver Medal. This wine is smooth with nice structure and restrained tannins. It’s perfect for easy drinking with jammy flavors and dark chocolate on the flavors. Just delicious!

The 2014 Silken is currently available for our Wine Club Members. Please contact club@parrishfamilyvineyard.com for more information! The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon will be released to the Wine Club later this year. Thank you for your continued support as we move along this wonderful journey creating beautiful wines that will eventually be the cornerstone of our new boutique winery.

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-


Wines Receive High Marks

We are excited to announce that we have recently received high marks from competitions in California as well as from Wine Enthusiast Magazine! 
2012 Reserve Silken

93 pts. – Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal – Orange County Fair Wine Competition

2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
92 pts. – Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal – Orange County Fair Wine Competition

2013 Petite Sirah

Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal – Orange County Fair Wine Competition

2013 Reserve Silken
92 pts. – Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal – Orange County Fair Wine Competition

2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 pts. – Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal – Orange County Fair Wine Competition
While the 2013 Petite Sirah and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon are available to everyone, the 2012 Silken and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon are currently club only wines, but join us Labor Day weekend for a celebration of these beautiful wines that weekend only! 

Award Winning Celebration 
September 2nd-4th (Friday-Sunday)
Enjoy a special flight of our award winning wines, including the club only wines for the weekend only, paired with the decadent cheese from Fromagerie Sophie.
2013 Petite Sirah, 2010 Reserve Silken, 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Reserve Silken, and 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.


Enjoy a 10% discount on the 2013 Petite Sirah and 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
By the glass specials on the 2013 Petite Sirah and 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
$8.00 + tax
Acoustic Guitar on Saturday, Sept 3rd with Jeff Peters


Pair Me With – Silken

Pairing Silken

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Happy Monday!

Days away from Thanksgiving and the stores are really starting to hop, aren’t they?  Well, Parrish Family Vineyard is open today from 1pm-5pm for those last minute wine needs.  Starting tomorrow (Tues) we will be closed till Friday.  So, we’re taking a day off from our staff thankfulness to share another pairing idea!  Today we share some pairing ideas for our Silken blend!  Now not every place has a Silken because it is my dad’s blend, but it is a favorite among customers.  Right now we are selling our 2007 Silken (blend of our Estate Cabernet, Petite Sirah, and Syrah) and the 2009 Silken (blend of our Estate Cabernet, Petite Sirah, and Petite Verdot).  The 2007 Silken is well known for being a great dinner party wine as it pairs with just about everything and I’m not just saying that…I’ve made countless dishes and this wine just works.  For the sake of this post, I will share what I think this wine would excel most with at the Thanksgiving table.

Silken would do wonderful with a ham, if you are not a huge turkey fan (it is definitely less to wrestle into the oven).  Adding some cranberry sauce, it would be delightful, especially with the wine.  You can totally spice up the traditional cranberry sauce.  We’ve posted on Pinterest a yummy recipe for Raspberry Cranberry Sauce, or check out Trader Joe’s as they are selling a wonderful Cranberry Orange Relish.  Ethan and I sampled the relish on Saturday and we immediately put one in our cart for Thanksgiving.

A side dish that is classic with ham is scalloped potatoes.  Another recipe on our Pinterest is for scalloped potatoes with leeks.  I love using them over onions because they are so much milder and when caramelized they deliver a wonderful rich flavor to dishes.  Lastly, roasted mushrooms with herbs would be a wonderful pairing with the dinner and the Silken.  The mushroom’s earthiness would pair well with the tannins and the fruit forwardness of this wine blend.  I’d probably even splash some Silken over the mushrooms while they cooked because I try to cook with wine whenever I can.

Regardless of what you eat or what you pour, we hope that this week is full of laughter, joy, and cheer with those you love!  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Parrish Family Vineyard!