Cool Off with White Wine


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! 

David Parrish: Driving the Future of Parrish Family Vineyard


Source: Wine Industry Advisor

July 12, 2016 (Paso Robles, California)– As a child working the 740-acre vineyard planted in Atascadero by his grandfather, David Parrish knew he wanted a life among the rolling vine rows of wine country.

Years later after graduating from UC Davis, Dr. Mark Kliewer, the then-head of his alma mater’s Viticulture Department, recruited Parrish to assist in a 5-acre vineyard trial exploring new trellis techniques. The trial not only helped boost Napa Valley vineyards, his work led Parrish to develop 24 proprietary patents for modern trellising systems and structures that are still used today.

His trellising work caught the attention of the then-fledgling Napa community, and soon, in the late 1970s, Parrish was working alongside Napa’s most innovative grape growers, including the legendary Robert Mondavi.

Mondavi and his neighbors believed Napa could be a world-class wine region, and that it all started in the vineyards.

David Parrish helped them achieve that lofty goal.

“It was quite an exciting time. None of us knew we were making history. We were just going for it and working our tails off,” says Parrish.

“What I did know while working up there, and with Mondavi, was that this idea of transforming an area into a world-class region was not exclusive to Napa—that the same could be done in Paso Robles. To put it another way, as I finished up in Napa, I knew my work was just beginning.”

With the vision of continuing the family legacy on the central coast, David planted 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on his Creston ranch in 1995. In 2004, David crafted his first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon; in 2011 he and his family opened the tasting room in Downtown Paso Robles; and in 2013 and 2014 he planted 80 acres in the Templeton Vineyard, and 30 acres in the Adelaida Vineyard.

“Much has changed in Paso Robles since I was a kid working alongside my grandfather. We have become a world-class region and we’re dedicated to ensuring that continues for generations to come. Parrish Family Vineyard is proud to be part of this community that knows the key to great wine starts with the farming, and farming requires constant innovation,” says Parrish. “This brings up another thing I learned from my days working with Mondavi, that the key to success is to wake up every day with one single goal: to make each vintage better than the last.”

Today, Parrish Family Vineyard is a notable marquee destination for discovering award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal wine. David and his family will be opening a new winery and tasting room in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles next year.


David Parrish: The Veteran Wine Star Who’s Driving the Future of Parrish Family Vineyard

the Thursday Sip

Today begins Concerts in the Park for Paso Robles! Every Thursday, during the summer, from 5:30-7:30pm join locals for a free concert featuring local music in the Downtown City Park…bring the kids, pack a picnic, and stop by for some wine along the way!

On your way to the park, stop in for our Thursday Sip as we feature by the glass specials from $5  P.O. Box 1 wines and $10 Reserve. Also, we’ll have chilled bottles of our delicious white blend, the 2013 Silken Blanc at 15% off ($25.50). Just mention Concerts in the Park!

And a tip for your sip is that you can enjoy the Thursday music from our patio as next week we’ll be extending to summer hours.



Concerts in the Park Line Up:

June 16th: Truth About Seafood

June 23rd: The Small Kicks

June 30th: Monte Mills

July 7th: Ricky Montijo & the Mojitos

July 14th: Route 66

July 21st: Ry Bradley

July 28th: Mama Tumba

August 4th: Incendio

August 11th: The Martin Paris Band

August 18th: Shelly & the Classics

At Parrish Family Vineyard, Traditions Are Passed Down


At Parrish Family Vineyard, Traditions Are Passed Down From Father to Daughter

Paso Robles winery is headed up by father-daughter duo David Parrish & Cecily Parrish Ray

June 14, 2016 (Paso Robles, California) – As Father’s Day approaches, Parrish Family Vineyard is a reminder of the power of a dynamic father-daughter duo.

With a welcoming tasting room, managed by General Manager Cecily Parrish Ray, coupled with quality Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by her father, Winemaker and Owner, David Parrish, Parrish Family Vineyard is the quintessential family-run winery.

Parrish Family’s legacy of viticulture began more than 90 years ago with David’s grandfather Earl Henderson – a grape grower who planted over 740 acres of grape vines in Atascadero in 1927.

Fast forward to David Parrish, who started in the wine world in the 1970s developing new trellising techniques in Napa working alongside greats like Robert Mondavi. With the vision of continuing the family legacy on the central coast, David planted 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on his Creston ranch in 1995. In 2004, David crafted his first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon; in 2011 opened the tasting room in Downtown Paso Robles; and in 2013 and 2014 planted 80 acres in the Templeton Vineyard and 30 acres in the Adelaida Vineyard. Truly committed to a family-run winery, David and Cecily are joined in the business by David’s wife and co-owner, Lynn, and Cecily’s husband and Assistant Winemaker/Vineyard Manager, Ethan Ray.

Cecily grew up watching her dad work the land, inventing a number of trellising parts, systems and structures, and worked alongside him on their family farm where she learned the importance of hard work. Thus, Cecily didn’t jump right into the role of General Manager, it was important to David that she learn all aspects of the business.

“My dad has always wanted me, as well as Ethan, to start at the bottom and work our way up in order to see the many sides of the business,” said Cecily. “He had me start working in the vineyard over the summers. I actually loved working with the vines because it was somewhat idyllic, but being a bit clumsy led to it not being a good fit for me. At least, I’ve got the experience and a couple of good stories.”

One of the reasons for Parrish’s success hinges on the fact that there was no pressure for Cecily or Ethan to join the family winery. The young couple already loved wine and winery work.
“It just naturally grew into a family business. I think this is a good way to have a business become a family business – no real pressure to become part of it,” said David.
Cecily says the most rewarding part of working alongside her dad is the chance to spend quality time with him over the years.

“I knew my dad before, but when you are both working to achieve something as a team your relationship is bound to grow. I feel really blessed to be able to call my dad a friend and admire him greatly,” she said.

David, Cecily and the rest of the family are teaming up to launch a new winery and tasting room in the Adelaida District in 2017.



Paso’s Best Wines ft. 2013 Sauvignon Blanc


Thank you Chris Kern for featuring our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc in a blind tasting! This was fun to watch with the guest tasters being “blind” and our wine featured. I can’t really describe the feeling as I felt slightly nervous and intrigued to see what the tasters would say. I won’t say much more as I’ll let you watch the results, but I will say that this encourages one to do this at home. We have been doing blind tastings as a team and it is educational as well as a blast. All you need is glasses, paper bag, numbers/sharpie if you have more than one wine, wine (of course), paper/pen, and voila…you’ve got Friday night planned.

Our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is definitely a favorite among guests and is perfect for the sunny season. We are thrilled to be harvesting our first Sauvignon Blanc this year for the 2016 vintage! So, the Sauvignon Blanc will soon be estate.  The 2013 is available in our tasting room, website, and (which I recommend checking out for more videos and wines).



Parrish Picnic – Memories

On May 21st, we hosted our Parrish Picnic at the Creston Ranch & Vineyard, and it was a blast! This year we invited wine club members and guests to join us at our lakeside spot for wine releases, fishing tournament, vineyard walk, luncheon, and just all around relaxing time. We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather wise, as the only downside was the wind. Not only was the weather great, but the people were as well. From our wine club members, guests, caterers, to our staff…it wouldn’t have been such a success without the people. That is what makes this body of water so special is that it brings people together.

There was something meaningful to us, the family, to see the lakeside speckled with people relaxing and fishing. It brought back memories of family reunions, holidays, and just summer days spent fishing & swimming as a family.

Memories from the past.

This lake is really the livelihood of our ranch as it assists our vines, creates a home for fish, and is a source of water for the wildlife on our ranch. These things alone make it worth something, but add memories and it becomes irreplaceable. We are so blessed.

Check out the photos of the event below. We released our 2013 Petite Sirah, which will be showing up in the tasting room very soon.  The hit of the picnic was our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is currently available for wine club only.

Thank you to our staff (Lynlee, Caysi, Cyndi, and Erika), Two Cooks Catering, Vivant Fine Cheese, Negranti Ice Cream, and All About Events.


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New Cheese Experience!

I am happy to announce that we have partnered with Fromagerie Sophie to create a new cheese pairing experience for the tasting room! This new cheese flight will be unique in allowing guests to have more than one experience per wine. It gives one the opportunity to taste the different paths that wines & cheeses can travel together, which I find fascinating.


The journey to this new pairing offering was of course tough. Sophie and I had to sample many cheeses with the wine, while we sat in their beautiful vine-laced courtyard as clouds passed over head. It’s a job that someone has to do, right?

In between small talk, we pin point and separate flavors…

“Wild Blueberries, and a pop of Dark Cherry at the finish.”

“Nutty, Caramelized.”

“Earthy, Mushroom.”


“Oh, man…which one?”

After 5 cheeses, how do you choose what to pair with a wine? That can be the tough part of the pairing process as there are sometimes more than one positive flavor profile to choose from. The most important thing is to not pick something that will compete with the wine and vice versa. They should be harmonious. My favorite thing is being surprised. Sometimes the least expected pairing works beautifully. That is the cool thing about food & wine pairings is there is no single formula.

So, join us for this new experience at our Downtown tasting room. We, also have our delicious 7 cheese pairing from Vivant and 7 chocolate pairing from the Chocolate Stache.