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Sept. 6 dinner on the patio

August 28th, 2014

With the end of summer in tow we are experiencing delicate and warm breezes, crisp and clean air, and beautiful sunsets coming earlier each night. Come enjoy all of these comfort qualities of the harvest season on our patio from 5-8pm while sipping fine wine and munching on tacos catered by Los Robles Cafe. Musical ambiance will be provided live by Wind & Waves. Tickets are $10/person and $5/club member. Our most recent evening on the patio sold out early so be sure to RSVP by either calling the tasting room or emailing me at hearthstonevineyard@gmail.com

Fireside Claret vertical tasting seminar

August 11th, 2014

On August 30th from 5-7pm join winemaker Paul Ayers at a vertical tasting seminar as he opens our Fireside Claret (Cab Sauv, Cab Franc blend) vintages ’04-’11. Tickets are $40 and will include a bottle of our Fireside Claret in the vintage of your choice to take home. Light appetizers of gourmet cheese will be served. Please purchase your ticket at our website before August 25th. We will sell out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the tasting room.

Hang time on the vine!

August 7th, 2014

estate grown zinfandel in paso roblesPictured is a great example of zinfandel experiencing veraison, transitioning from green to purple. Zinfandel is notorious for wanting to ripen unevenly, with one side ripening first and then the other following. This is why shoot thinning is so important for a zinfandel vine. Removing excess foliage allows sun to evenly touch the grape clusters allowing for more even ripening.

Veraison can last for several months depending on the local climate. During this time the grape is developing sugar, acid, tannic, and mineral structures making this phase in development crucial.

Climate and variety plays the deciding roles in ripening a grape and the date of harvest. In hot climates grapes may be harvested as soon as 30 days after veraision if they are a soft skinned berry. Much cooler climates can take as long as 70 days after veraison to fully develop, especially if the berry itself is thick skinned. Last year we harvested in October across the board due to a beautiful weather pattern of warm sunny days and cool nights lengthening the growing season.

Great Party!

August 4th, 2014

A big thank you to everyone who came to our Midsummer dinner on Saturday,. The weather, food, and company could not have been more perfect. Stay tuned for upcoming news and events. We hope you can make it next time.wine events in a paso robles tasting room

Dinner and a sunset

July 10th, 2014

hearthstone vineyard and wineryFor those of you who joined us last weekend for our July 5th tri-tip bbq, you’ll remember it was a fabulous hit so we will be doing another event on August 2nd from 5-8pm in much the same fashion. On that note, we also sold out of tickets on the 5th, so for our mid-summer dinner be sure to RSVP ahead of time. We will be cooking up kabobs(vegetarian, chicken, or shrimp) and other sides for $10/plate, $5/club members. To enhance the ambiance, we will be joined by pianist Brett Mitchell. You can reserve your ticket by contacting the tasting room at (805)238-2544 or hearthstonevineyard@gmail.com

“pick-up” party Spring 2014

March 27th, 2014

I wanted to be sure to remind everyone who would like to attend our wine club “pick-up” party to RSVP. The event takes place over the course of 2 nights from 5-8pm (Friday April 4th & Saturday April 5th) so let us know which night will work best for you. This event is going to be so much fun. For the first time at Hearthstone your evening will be accompanied by bongo drums! You heard right! For dinner, enjoy some delicious lamb burgers paired with side dishes of Mediterranean influence. Be sure to call us at the tasting room (805) 238-2544.

The wine to be featured are:

2011 Pinot Noir   2009 Profundo

2010 Syrah   2010 Pioneer  2010 Bruno Di Paso

2012 Roussanne    2009 Lodestone  2009 Fireside Claret

We’re getting ready to bottle our wine!

March 7th, 2013

hearthstone vineyard and winery

As you are all aware, there are many festivities coming up this Spring to keep our winemaker Paul Ayers really busy. To top it all off, he is getting ready to bottle some new Hearthstone wine. Our 2012 Pearl, 2012 Roussanne, and 2012 Grenache Rose are coming soon. As we speak, we are getting ready to move our wine from our barrels into tanks necessary for our bottling hook-ups. You can learn more about this special operation and the machinery used by clicking this link and watching our YouTube video. It might seem like quite the operation, but without this machinery, our assembly line would move ten times as slow. Keep these fun facts in mind next time you pop open Hearthstone wine. I hope you are all as excited as we are about these upcoming releases!