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

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!

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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.

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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!

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The blocks against the view

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Club members listening and enjoying the view

David in the vineyard

David in the vineyard talking about spacing and maintenance 

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Club members in the vineyard 

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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.

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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

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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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