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Please don’t rinse your glass with water!

September 26th, 2014

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.

Posted on July 30, 2013 by Still Waters Vineyards

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!

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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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.

vineyard tour series at Hearthstone Estate

May 19th, 2014

paso robles vineyard tourVineyard Tour Series

A 30 minute walk through a zinfandel vineyard, wine and cheese pairing $30/tour/couple, $20/tour/WC

June 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st 1:00 or 3:00 -Fruit Set: The vines are flowering and setting fruit for the season.

July 11th and 12th 1:00 or 3:00 -Verasion: the onset of ripening.

September 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th 1:00 or 3:00 -Pre Harvest: taste the grapes while learning about preparing to harvest

To Make a reservation Call the Tasting Room 805.238.2544

Our next vertical tasting seminar draws near!

May 5th, 2014

 

On May 17th from 4:30-6:30 join winemaker Paul Ayers as he pours the Fireside Claret vintages 2007-2011. This is a fun way to discover how wines age and develop over time as well as how the differences between each growing season make every vintage unique. Light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, May 12th to the Hearthstone tasting room by phone or email. (805)238-2544 or hearthstonevineyard@gmail.com . This is during Wine Fest weekend and spots will fill up fast but we currently have plenty of space available. And, in honor of Wine Fest this event is only $10 per person. We look forward to hearing from you!

Holidays at Hearthstone!

December 13th, 2013

hearthstone estateThe holidays are finally upon our tasting room now that our beautiful poinsettias have arrived. Come and get yours today! They will add a festive cheer as we get ready for our open house that is to take place on December 21st from 12-4 where you can try our new release of Syrah. Wont your first sip of our new 2010 Syrah be better by a lighted tree and yellow spotted poinsettias? We hope to see you there!

Gift box your wine for the Holidays!

November 16th, 2013

wine box displayLet us provide you with an elegant way to display your wine gift to your loved ones this year. We offer 4 bottle boxes and 3 bottle boxes and both are only $10 extra on top of your wine purchase. So next time you venture to Paso Robles for wine tasting, be sure to stop by our tasting room and pick yours up. We will offer these gift boxes all the way through to the new year. If you need more information be sure to call the tasting room.

Enjoy a vineyard tour at Hearthstone Estate!

August 22nd, 2013

paso robles wine tasting

Here at Hearthstone Estate we offer an educational and half hour long vineyard tour where we explain our SIP certification and how our practices transfer over to our winemaking. After the tour, we take our guests back into the tasting room where a cheese plate is offered to be shared between 2 people alongside a flight of 6 wines. Also, a $20 discount will be taken off of your total order of 2 or more bottles. Call us at the tasting room if you have questions, otherwise you can purchase your ticket at our purchase site. Each ticket covers 2 people. After purchasing your ticket you can follow this link to book your reservation.

Thank you to those who gave all

May 27th, 2013

memorial day weekend

Technically the calendar says summer doesn’t start until June, but Memorial Day weekend is an unofficial start to a summer of barbecues, parades, and all-around fun. But let’s not forget what the holiday is really all about; a patriotic tribute to our fallen, the men and women who gave their lives so we might be free. Remember those who gave their lives for us and may we not take our freedom from tyranny for granted.