Every year around Thanksgiving the same question presents itself at the tasting bar. “Why are the grapevines dead?” Please, let us reassure you, without death there is no life. This is the natural order of the vine. Each Autumn the leaves turn brown and fall. Just like a tree! This leaves the vine bare with a few stragglers looking discolored and rotten, maybe there is even a shriveled up cluster of grapes hanging on for dear life. Because after we harvest our choice fruit, the vine continues the process of photosynthesis. This creates carbohydrate reserves which the vine will store in its trunk and root. Once it has filled itself full to satisfaction the chlorophyll in the leaves begin to break down and the leaves begin to change to their fall colors. Then, when the temperatures fall low enough, the leaves drop. This signals to the vine to stop its metabolic activity. The vine is asleep, it has gone dormant. This stage in the vines yearly cycle is argumentatively the most important stage. This is the time when we will go through the vineyard and prune back growth that is unnecessary to the next year. Because, while the vine is sleeping, it will not bleed its water and sugar. Instead it will heal over and harden where we cut. Shortening its size so it can grow again without detrimental affect. It is conserving all of its stored energy so that when the Spring comes it can burst forth, all at once actively, visually, and effectively producing new growth.
With the weather chilling and the rain falling we’ve had some time to sit and mull over our favorite wine for the holidays. The 2010 Cabernet Franc is tasting so great right now that we are going to give an additional 15% off to our wine club members. This offer is through the tasting room only as we only have 25 cases left. To get in on the goods call the tasting room at (805)238-2544 or email Renee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From 3pm-6pm Hearthstone Estate will be featuring 3 wines newly awarded by Josh Reynolds and 3 of our winemaker’s favorite barrel samples of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, & Petit Verdot. Pair these Hearthstone favorites with appetizers themed from various regions of the world. Appetizers will be catered by Fig Good Food. This food and wine pairing will cost $10 and your fee will be waived per bottle purchase.To celebrate we will be staying open an extra hour on the patio.
- Our Pinot Noir came in on Tuesday at 24.5 brix. Its a heavy bin at 1,215 lbs. We sorted a bit of fruit to keep the most quality for our fermentation.
- The fruit travels down a conveyer belt that we call a sorting table. There is a bin in the center that removes the grapes from the stems. The grapes continue down the line to be sorted through and saved for fermentation while the stems are dropped down into this bin. We also discard the unwanted fruit into this bin leaving only the choicest quality fruit to be turned to wine.
Our vineyard tours are starting again this week and packages are available to purchase on our website. For $35 your party of two can walk in the vineyard and learn the secrets about growing wine grapes and how the drought has effected vineyards in Paso Robles. Our goal is to share our story and give you a sample of our farming operation. We hope our passion for the growing of vines can spread and inspire each of you. These tours are given Thursdays through Saturday at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. After purchasing your ticket you will need to make an appointment by calling the tasting room. These tours are by appointment only and you will need to pre-purchase your package. We hope to see you out there!
Timeless Collection available now
Storing a wine to visit later down the road is a tradition celebrated by amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Here at Hearthstone we see eyes light up with every wine we pour and claim to be age worthy. Now we have put together a collection for you whether this a new adventure or a practice you have celebrated with our wine already. If you are a wine club member this offer is available to you. Because our case packages are limited this package can only be purchased from the tasting room by phone or in person.
$180 includes: 4 bottles of the 2010 Bruno Di Paso
4 bottles of the 2010 Fireside Claret
4 bottles of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
What a day! Blending our own bottles of wine and lamb burgers! It was almost too much to handle. A big thank you to Hearthstone supporters for coming out, we had a full house. We made new friends, two people came all the way from Alaska.
Hearthstone’s signature lamb burgers are back in action with several backyard barbecues lined up for our patio. What better way to enjoy our wine and your afternoon. Your burger and a garden salad will be served up for just $10 from12pm until sold out (usually around 4pm).The cost does not include your wine tasting. No reservations are required.
We have wonderful news! Thanks to generous donations from our wine club members we were able to take Glitter in for a proper diagnosis on her ear. Because it is squamous cell carcinoma, all we need to do is remove her ear and expect a full recovery. As love and support flows in we will be making her excision appointment in the next few months. All of Glitter’s loved ones in the tasting room are very grateful and thankful for the ongoing support. Stay tuned for an update next month when we schedule her appointment.