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Valentine’s Day food and wine!

February 9th, 2015

Come by Hearthstone on Saturday February 14th from 12-4 and enjoy a vertical tasting of Pinot Noir alongside delightful desserts. $20 includes your wine tasting and food pairing ($10/club member). From your $20 tasting fee, $10 will be credited toward a bottle purchase. With any questions just call the tasting room.

Library wine release at Hearthstone Estate!

November 6th, 2014

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

Mourvedre: 2007

Lodestone: 2007

Fireside Claret: 2008

Our new AVA. What is an AVA?

October 10th, 2014

AVAs of Paso RoblesAs 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.

How do we destem our grapes?

September 15th, 2014

For those of you that watched our video last harvest about sorting fruit by hand, here is a quick explanation about what happens to that fruit once it is sorted. Pictured below is our grape destemmer. Although winemaker Paul likes a little green growth in with the fruit for added tannic acid we don’t want an entire tree falling in there. Once reaching the end of the vibrating sorting table our fruit falls into the cylinder below. Paddles spin inside of the machine so quickly that the fruit is forced through the holes leaving the foliage behind. A little green is still attached to the berries, and sometimes Paul will throw a bit more in as well. After being destemmed the fruit goes down yet another vibrating table. This table is designed to allow berries smaller than your desired size to drop out of the crop (raisins and unripened green berries). And now the very best is left for winemaking. The grapes will then fall into a big bin full of dried ice where we will begin controlling its fermentation.

 

The last weekend of June!

August 28th, 2014

paso robles vineyard tourAs usual, this first summer month was a hot one. But, we still had a lot of fun. We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who came out to the tasting room and kicked off our summer vineyard series. Beginning again on July 11th we will be learning more about how a grape ripens and why that is important to wine. Contact the tasting room for details on the package. Also, Monday June 30th is the last day to place a wine order to be shipped.

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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

Mid-Summer Dinner. Food, wine, music, and a sunset!

June 5th, 2014

paso wine eventCome enjoy a breathtaking sunset on the patio while sipping Hearthstone wine and enjoying fresh made, gourmet food. Musical ambiance will be provided by local pianist Brett Mitchell. Our midsummer dinner is on August 2nd from 6-8pm and will cost $30pp/$20club. Your ticket includes a tasting flight of 6 wines and a dinner entree. Additional glasses of wine may be purchased for $5. Contact the tasting room to make your reservations no later then Monday, July 28th.