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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.

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.

July 5th Independence BBQ!

June 16th, 2014

In honor of Independence in our country Hearthstone Estate is serving up a bbq of tri-tip and other goodies to go along side an award winning wine selection, fun music, and great weather from 12-3pm. Tickets are $20 and include a meal and a flight of 6 wines. Contact the tasting room if you have questions.

Mother’s Day patio event

April 18th, 2014

Stop by our tasting room and enjoy a cheese & wine pairing with your mom on Mother’s Day, May 11th, 2014. $15 will include a flight of 6 wines to be accompanied by cheese, dried fruits, and nuts. Our tasting room opens at 11am and closes at 5pm. For those of you who have yet to enjoy the view from the patio this would be a wonderful day to do so.

“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

Zinfandel Festival is upon us!

March 13th, 2014

This Saturday from 12-4 we will be offering a chocolate, cheese, and wine pairing. Our tasting fees will be collected upfront this weekend but can be refunded with a bottle purchase. And, wow, we are pouring from some fun new bottles of wine. Here is a list of our wine pairing:

2012 Pearl-pair with a swiss cheese

2010 Grenache- pair with a goat gouda

2010 Pinot Noir

2010 Zinfandel- pair with toasted hazelnut and green tea truffle

2010 Pioneer- pairs with a pistachio & sea salt fudge

2011 Primate- pairs with espresso truffles

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon-pair with salted caramel fudge

Come and celebrate with us all weekend long! Thursday-Monday. Also enjoy the beautiful artwork from photographer Josh Kimball. We will have his art display up all weekend as well.

Here is your upcoming club shipment details!

March 6th, 2014

A few IMPORTANT DATES: MARCH 21st is the last day to update any information to your wine club account. MARCH 25th is when your credit card will be charged.  MARCH 31st is when your wine will be shipped or the first day you can pick up your wine.

3 bottle mixed club-$74.97 + tax & shipping

  • 2012 Roussanne ($26)
  • 2011 Pinot Noir ($42)
  • 2010 Syrah ($30)

 

3 bottle red-$84.80 + tax & shipping

  • 2009 Profundo ($34)-Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
  • 2011 Pinot ($42)
  • 2010 Syrah ($32)

 

6 bottle red-$145.60 + tax & shipping

  • Bruno Di Paso ($40)-Brunello clone Sangiovese
  • Pioneer ($28)-Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2011 Pinot Noir ($42)
  • 2009 Lodestone ($30)-Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
  • 2010 Syrah ($30)
  • 2009 Fireside Claret ($38)-Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

 

Remember if you want to add any additional wines to you wine club shipment you will receive an additional 5% discount off of the added wines and you will NOT be charged any additional shipping!

April 4th and 5th Wine Club Pick Up Party! 5-8 p.m. on either Friday or Saturday pick the day that works best for you. Come taste the new wines and pick up your shipment.  RSVP’s are required and each member may bring 3 additional people complementary! 805.238.2544 josslyn@hearthstonevineyard.com

 

Raining and Pouring

February 27th, 2014

We have big news! The rain is here! You heard right, Paso Robles is expecting to get 4 inches of rain tomorrow. And, just 1″/acre equals 27,000 gallons of water. Why is this important for a vineyard in Paso Robles? Well, not all vineyards are dry farmed in Paso Robles and we are running out of water for irrigation. So get your mud boots on and get out there and rain dance.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

February 10th, 2014

This Saturday, February 15th, from 12-4pm we will be offering a truffle and wine pairing for $10 in the Hearthstone Tasting Room. Whether this is your first time here or you are a returning customer, be sure to stop by and enjoy our hand crafted, award winning wines.

Get it while its hot! 2008 Profundo

January 13th, 2014

paso wine saleIf the 2008 Profundo has been one of your favorite wines at Hearthstone, then we have good new for you! Until February 3, we are offering a case sale for this wine. Buy 1 case of the 2008 Profundo and your price will be $16/bottle, buy 2 cases and your price will be $15/bottle, or buy 3 or more cases and your price will be only $14/ bottle. Aside from this offer a bottle of the 2008 Profundo sells for $34.00 Shipping a case of wine inside of California is only $12 and shipping a case of wine outside of California is only $25. Hurry and place your order while supplies last by contacting the tasting room at (805)238-2544 or hearthstonevineyard@gmail.com