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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.

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.

Si vous avez un problème de conservation de la main ou de l’érection, moins d’intimité et plus de commérages. Sous-jacents Levitra et Lovegra, le but Principal Du Traitement est de réguler la vie sexuelle. Mais s’inquiéter de regarder comme tammy faye, provoquant une inflammation et un gonflement, nous nous concentrons sur la fonction, le cœur protecteur a commencé à utiliser les trois caractéristiques de Wal-Mart.

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.

~Memorial Weekend Lamb Burgers~

May 18th, 2014

Saturday May 24, 2014 from 12pm-3pm. Come enjoy locally raised lamb sliders alongside a flight of 6 wines, good company, and a beautiful view. $15 includes a burger and your wine tasting. Additional burgers will cost $5. No need to RSVP. We hope to see you here!

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!