Thank you Paul for your holiday spirit. As a Merry Christmas to you and yours we are extending the sale on our 2009 Fireside Claret. Come in this weekend or until the 31st and receive 15% off of the Claret. If you are already a wine club member, we will stack this discount on top of yours. Cheers!
We’ve had lots of holiday orders already. This year’s favorites seem to be the 2011 Primate and the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. For those of you who are hesitant to come out to the tasting room to get your wine for the holidays you can have it shipped. Until this Monday at noon we are offering $0.01 shipping in California and also out of state if 6 bottles are purchased. Our brand new releases this year that I will be enjoying with my Christmas dinners are the 2010 Lodestone and the 2013 Roussanne. And don’t forget, if you want to save 15% (will be added to the club discount to!) on wine be sure to order our 2009 Fireside Claret. Its our winemaker’s pick for the holiday and he has asked us to put it on special. Contact the tasting room!
Today is black Friday and tomorrow is small business Saturday. As you make your holiday gift selections don’t forget the unique, intriguing, and always sustainable products vinted at Hearthstone and sold in the tasting room. Come by the tasting room today and tomorrow to receive the following discounts as you select our hand-crafted wine.
3 bottles- receive 20% off
6 bottles- receive 25% off
12 bottles-receive 30% off
Are you already a wine club member? Please receive an additional 20% off of your wine club discount when you purchase 3 bottles or more today.
Be sure to come on in this upcoming weekend to get your last minute wine for your holiday meal. We will be closed Tuesday-Thursday (25-27) of next week, but open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Do you need a fun place for social hour with all of your family in town? Our hours that day are 11-5pm. Don’t forget we produce every variety your turkey dinner could be wanting. We hope to see you!
We have discovered a hidden stash of fun and exciting library vintages in our storehouse and will be pouring one each day. Each library wine costs $25 but if you buy 3 of them you may receive 50% off. Due to such limited quantities of each wine and to protect its quality and our inventory this special will only be available to you if you come in to the tasting room. They are available while supplies last. Here is a list of what we will be featuring:
Grenache: 2004, 2006, 2007
Profundo: 2006, 2007, 2008
Slipstone: 2006, 2007
Fireside Claret: 2008
Nobody likes messing up their food and wine pairings. It can ruin your food, your friendships, and worse yet, your wine.
With Halloween just around the corner, we know you’re stressing about pairing wine with candy. No worries, we’ve got you covered.
With this easy-to-use infographic, you can find out which wines work with which candies, so you know just the wines and candies to indulge in this October.
As many of you know, our tasting room and vineyard are actually about 8 miles away from each other. Confusing? Why yes, it can be. Especially since we are now considered to be located in 2 separate AVAs. What is an AVA? An American Viticultural Area is a grape growing region distinguished by the Trade & Tax Bureau that can range in shape and size. This is a very similar concept to the European appellations of origin or the Italian Indicazione Geografica Tipica. How ever, our AVAs do not control the blending and wine making methods that we use. Also, it truly only signifies the location the wine grapes were grown for that bottle. And, to top it off, only 85% of the grapes making up the wine had to have been grown there. But, don’t be alarmed. Yes, here at Hearthstone we remain 100% estate and we use only our grapes for our wine making. Our 40 acre vineyard is located in what is now considered the Adelaida AVA where we share a fence line with friendly and organic Tablas Creek. Is that a helpful reference? But, to come taste this estate grown delicious wine you will need to find yourself in the Paso Robles Willow Creek AVA. Our tasting room is nestled between Dover Canyon (home of the big dog and great Zin) and Denner Vineyards (pioneers in healthy water conservation). Now some of you might be wondering “why all the fuss?”. Well, these new AVAs will actually help the budding wine connoisseur. Don’t get me started on the various microclimates, water tables, and soil types happening in Paso Robles. That is for another blog. But, long story short, we have so many different types of possibilities in terms of resulting textures, flavors, and colors in the numerous varieties growing. Each AVA will produce these different personalities accordingly because of its natural surroundings. And now, instead of being confused, you can read a Paso Robles wine label and know what you might expect in the resulting wine based on the AVA you read.
We have seen this every so often, where between tastes, a customer will rinse their glass with water. Now that we are truly experiencing the effects of our severe drought here at Hearthstone we have become a bit more aware of water consumption. Our friends over at Stillwaters Vineyards offer some wonderful advice on reasons not to use our water for glass rinsing and also what you should do instead. Here is the link to their blog and you can read it below. http://www.stillwatersvineyards.com/2013/07/give-your-glass-a-rinse-with-wine-not-water/
Give your glass a rinse with wine, not water.
We see this is a lot in the tasting room and at offsite tastings, people rinse their glass between tastes with water. Although this isn’t a huge problem, (sometimes you really want to drink water), it definitely can change the taste of the wine you are about to receive. Rinsing your glass with water will dilute the wine, can leave a chlorine taste or aroma in the glass and possibly even change the alcohol content. The residual water left in the glass will change the texture of the wine, alter the finish, and you will have a hard time getting the wine to coat the glass to evaluate the legs.
What should you do instead? Remember that there is no real need to rinse between tastes. Most wine tastings are designed to taste from lightest to heaviest. The composition of the small remainder of wine that is left in the glass is more similar to the wine that you are about to taste than water would be. If you still feel the need to rinse, you can “prime” your glass with the next taste of wine. Ask your server for a very small sample to rinse your glass then dump and ask for your full taste. They will appreciate that you are asking for a proper taste of their wine.
Cheers and enjoy your next wine tasting!
Fall 2014 Wine Club Tasting Notes
2013 Roussanne – Toasted buttery cream with accents of cinnamon and pear. This great aperitif has a balanced and lingering finish. 14.8% alc.
2010 Grenache – This Grenache makes an elegant entrance on to the palate with cranberry chocolate. Its lean acidity dries the mouth, brushing the teeth with a wash of blackberry-peppered jam. 14.6% alc.
2010 Sangiovese – Sour black cherry melds with dry tannins – continually dusty – just holding on to the teeth. Rustic and earthy, this red begs for food with its taut acidity. 14.5% alc.
2010 Zinfandel – This wine is refined yet plump, and leads to a memorable finish. The deep ruby color hints of a nose filled with ripe blackberries, cracked white pepper, and clove. The minute subtlety of an array of flavors and the balanced acids leave a lingering finish. 14.7%
2010 Lodestone – 60% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre- Fragrant aromas of dark fruit lifted by notes of fresh flowers and smoky minerals. Sweet and velvety but precise, offering anise and a touch of black pepper. Closes on a spicy note, with good finishing clarity and sappiness. 14.8 alc.
2010 Fireside Claret -50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot-This wins has a nose of cherry cola, cedar and violets- likely from the Cabernet Franc. On the palate it is more bright with lively flavors of raspberry and cherry with a bit of truffle and dried coconut. 14.2% alc.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Enjoy dark smoke and a plume of rich dark cocoa on the nose. Bold oak and acidic tannins with a black fruit and walnut character linger on the finish. Enjoy now or in the next 10 years. 14.5% alc.