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-

Cecily

Cool Off with White Wine

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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! 

2015

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Happy Almost New Year Everyone!

2015 was a busy, busy year and it flew by, but not so much that it is a blur. We definitely felt all the wonderful ups and even the downs, which is life. As I reflect, I’m thankful and feel so blessed.

First Harvests of Estate Grapes: We excitedly got to harvest some of our grapes for the first time at our Templeton Vineyard! This was thrilling for us and it is a step towards having all estate wines. We harvested Grenache, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Thankfully, despite the crazy weather, we had great fruit come in this year!

Wine & Winery Attention: This year we had our 2012 Silken receive a Silver at the San Francisco International. It is a beautiful wine. Our 2012 Petite Sirah received a Silver as well at the international competition and received 94 points from the Tasting Panel Magazine! It is a delicious, rich wine and Meredith May’s write up is perfect. With that, we had a great write up from the Tasting Panel Magazine in their July 2015 issue.

We also had wonderful writers and bloggers share about us. Such as Kara Sweet, who wrote a great article about us. She also wrote an article about labels and featured our P.O. Box 1 label. Then Sue Ray from the U.K. shared about her experience at the Cab Collective Panel in Santa Barbara, which means Paso Robles is definitely getting noticed not just nationally, but globally.

Then to wrap up the year, we ended up being featured on the Travel + Leisure list of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays. Go Paso Robles!

New Staff: This year we had Lynlee, Cyndi, and Caysi come on board. I personally feel blessed to have these ladies on our team. They work hard and care about our customers as well as our family. We are also thankful to have Noni still with us as she is just a beautiful person inside & out. I’m also excited to have Jessica and Erika join our team as on call staff and look forward to seeing how they grow!

Adelaida Vineyard & Development: With a long, long wait, we finally were permitted in September. Obviously, there will be changes in the coming years, but we will always stay a boutique winery. We are working to make the property sustainable by dry farming the parts of the vineyard that we can, putting in a water recycling system at the winery, bringing in a quieter frost control fan called Tow & Blow, and we will be installing solar. One of the most exciting elements is we are going to restore the Adelaide creek. With the financial support of SLO County and the efforts of the RCD, we will be bringing back native vegetation and also help restore the aquifer.

Thank yous:

In conclusion, thank you to our staff and those who have helped us this year. Our development team who have waited patiently with us and have worked hard by our side. Thank you to our club members who are just a blast to be around! We are blessed to have so many great relationships with you. To our Adelaida neighbors who have welcomed us and been supportive…we appreciate it more than you know. To those in the industry who have encouraged us to keep reaching & learning and for your friendships. To our family and friends, who love us and support us. We look forward to 2016!

Cheers & Best Wishes to Everyone for the Coming Year!

-Cecily

Thanks – Giving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. It is actually my husband (our Asst. Winemaker), Ethan’s, absolute favorite holiday and well, it hasn’t taken much convincing for me to join him. I’m sure it is the warmth of the colors, the candles, the comforting food, and being around loved ones that make it so. I’m sure the hot stoves and ovens actually make it a warm house too, but it’s the actual warm, fuzzies that stick with us.

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Even though we are off that day, we do not sleep in as we have work to do! Ethan and I love being apart of the food prep as it is our way of showing love to our families.

Ethan is our turkey guy in the family. He spends time slowly prepping the turkey for cooking by chopping herbs, garlic, and citrus. He is very thoughtful about this whole process.

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As for me, I make a pecan pie which stirs up memories of my Grannie, who used to be the one that made them. The smell as it bakes brings a sense of comfort as I remember her laugh and smile.

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We usually then delegate the rest of the dishes. Taking turns each year cooking our style of yams, stuffing, and green beans. The day is really a family effort. Every person contributes.

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Of course, we always make sure that we have wine with the meal as well as sparkling cider!

  • 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
    • Cheese Plate & Pear
  • 2013 Chardonnay
    • Duck
  • 2012 Zinfandel
    • Turkey
    • Stuffing
  • 2010 Silken Blend
    • Ham
    • Green Beans

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With all these things, there is so much to be thankful for. And it really makes me stop and become overwhelmed by the fact that we are so blessed. We know that not everyone is fortunate to be blessed to have a family, or even a plate of food. That is why we are wanting to help this holiday season with not only being thankful, but the giving.

On Dec. 1st, next Tuesday, it is #GivingTuesday and we have been partnering with Must! Charities for over a year. They give to our local Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club, which both are organizations that need on going support.

If you would like to join us in giving now or on Dec 1st, please feel free to at mustcharities.org and share an unselfie, using the graphic below, with us using #mustcharities #parrishfamilyvineyard as we will be posting a collage of those who have given so far on Dec 1st to inspire others. The idea is to spread the spirit of giving and being other minded, which is something that our world needs. If you are unable to give, be inspired to give in a way to someone in need whether it is encouragement, or a small token of love.

Thank you and be blessed this Thanksgiving, no matter where you are.

Cecily

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

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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!

Cheers!

Cecily

Here’s the tag we use… #ParrishFamilyVineyard

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: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846730722832/
Pair With: GSM belnd

Turkey (Apple Cider Glazed Recipe)
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846730723058/
Pair With: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine

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PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846727320842/

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

Share in the season’s joy with us:
http://www.parrishfamilyvineyard.com

Wrapping Up 2013!

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2013 has been quite a year!

Our 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Received 2 Gold Medals & a 90 Point Review

We planted our 2nd vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

We released new P.O. Box 1 Wines with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc being Voted #1 of 2013

We were apart of many wonderful events like the CABs of Distinction, Wine for Paws, and  The SOMM Wine Crawl

There were 4 harvests with the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon looking like the best Cab yet for us

Lot’s of great things this year and we look forward to 2014 & all that it holds!

As we finish up this year, David would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped make 2013 fantastic…

To our Loyal & Wonderful Wine Club Members: You are our biggest supporters that encourage us to keep going.  You have also been amazing at spreading the word about PFV and helping our club grow by 40% this year.  We thank you so much for rooting us on!

To the PFV Staff:  Whether you work in the vineyard or in the tasting room, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today!  Each of you is important.  Ethan, Cecily, Lori, Sue, Rachel, Aleks, and Noni…thank you for all the hard work you’ve done this year.  Also, to our on call staff and those who were with us a short time, we thank you for jumping in when we needed you; Hannah, Stephanie, and Marcy.

To Those Who Helped With Vineyard Development: A big thank you to our vineyard manager, Dean Harrell, for all he does as well as Vineyard Professional Services.  Duarte Nursery for their flexibility and help with the vines this year.  A&P Ag Structures, for your support and all the hard work you’ve done with installing our vineyards! 

To Those Who Helped with the Wine Making:  Scott McLeod for your never ending knowledge, encouragement, and friendship.

To All Those Who Have Helped Promote Our Wine:  Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes, Mercari PacificMonet’s Bistro, Thomas Hill OrganicsEl Colibri Hotel & Spa, Central Coast Food Tours, Vivant Cheese, Paso Robles CAB Collective, Paso Robles Downtown Wineries, KRUSH 92.5

Cheers and Happy New Year!