The Juice


CAB Collective vintners are prioritizing quality over quantity

Vintners in Paso Robles are concentrating on the smallest of details in their vineyards, even as the quantity of red Bordeaux varieties planted in the AVA reaches new heights. Claiming more than 50% of the Paso Robles AVA’s 40,000 acres, red Bordeaux varietals from the region have proven their merit on the world stage, but with the spotlight now on the area, winemakers are challenged to continue to reach new heights. Recognizing that quality often rests in the details, the winemakers of the Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) continue to raise the bar as they seek perfection in the elusive 100-point wine.

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Unusual People do Unusual things

During the summer, Damian Grindley of Brecon Estate got back to his Welsh roots and cleansed his wine palate while pottering around the pubs of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Additionally he got dutifully rained on at Rhossilli Beach and built a coracle! A coracle is an ancient Welsh craft used for catching minnows or storming castles!. You can carry it on your back, too. Unfortunately, since their design dates back to ancient times, they are a pain to paddle and have zero flotation. Damian wisely passed it to his daughter for its maiden voyage. You won’t see it in the tasting room, though: it didn’t fit into checked luggage!

 

Get to know the character that is Damian Grindley with a trip to the Brecon Estate tasting room and we’re sure he’ll have more tales to tell.


2017 Harvest Will Be One to Remember

Guest blog from Niner Wine Estates:

The beginning of September turned what was lining up to be a perfectly normal vintage into a challenging one after Mother Nature threw us a serious curveball. Heavy rains in the early season and mild weather throughout the summer had us prepared for a ‘normal’ vintage after lower than average yields in 2015 and a very early start to harvest in 2016. What caused the change-up? During the last week of August a massive heat wave rolled through the Central Coast (we haven’t seen one like this in 8 years) and we saw some scattered rain showers.

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Member Tasting Rooms Offer Top Flight Experience

Spend a day soaring over vineyards and exploring underground caves before breaking wine pairing rules while dining on farm-to-table fare. When visiting member wineries, you can expect sensational experiences that accompany the highly acclaimed wines.

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Sunscreen for Grapes – White Shade Cloth in the Vines

With it being Summer, it is definitely a time for enjoying the sun, but as we know too much sun can lead to a dependence on aloe vera and cold packs. This is true for grapes, the sun is an

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imperative part of grape development, but too much can lead to issues. Grapes depend on the sun for photosynthesis to occur, but too much heat and sun can lead to sun burns, excessive sugar, and lack of acidity. This can result in unbalanced wines with high alcohol. The flip side of this applies as well…too little heat can prompt high acidity and a lack of sugar. Sugar is a necessary part of fermentation in the wine process. As you can see, there needs to be a balance, like in everything, for grape development to be successful and lead to deliciously, balanced wines.

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