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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 13th Vertical tasting on the patio

June 12th, 2014

 

Join winemaker Paul Ayers from 2-4pm on July 13th for a vertical tasting of our Fireside Claret. This seminar style wine tasting will feature vintages 2004-2011 and light appetizers will be served. To purchase your ticket visit our website and be sure to RSVP no later then Thursday, July 10th. Tickets are $40/person  or $30/club member and will include a bottle of Fireside Claret to take home in the vintage of your choice.

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.

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.

Its bottling time!!!

August 23rd, 2013

These photos show all of the hard work put out by our wine maker and crew. From left to right: capsule tightening on our bottling line,  here is the back end of the truck that holds the machinery to bottle our wine, after being labeled and filled a bottle of our wine shows itself off,and lastly our labels being put on the bottles. Get excited for our new fall wines. They include an all new Pioneer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Lodestone, Tempranillo, Grenache, and a few more surprises to come!

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Enjoy a vineyard tour at Hearthstone Estate!

February 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.

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