The Juice

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


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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CAB Collective is proof that winemaking runs in the family

As we look around at our member wineries it’s hard not to notice the family ties that exist. Beyond the many husband and wife teams that we find, we also see multiple generations and branches of families contributing to winery success. Here are a few of their stories:

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Tasting Room Experiences: Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery

Conveniently located off Highway 46 East only three miles from downtown Paso Robles, Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery has it all. Finding your blend of wine country bliss has never been easier as the winery pairs estate grown wines with food and the performing arts.

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The Stories of Paso Robles – Guest Blog by Winemaker Santiago Achaval of The Farm Winery

Yes, Paso Cabs are becoming “toe to toe” with Napa.  We may not yet have the number of wines, nor the price points, but certainly our best Cabernets can stand proudly next to Napa Cabernet Sauvignons in blind tastings. And they are judged to be in equivalent ranges of quality. Single vineyard, terroir driven, hillside Cabernets from Paso are identified in blind tastings as being hillside Cabernets from Napa! (e.g., 2012 The Farm Winery LPF in Judgment of Paso 2016; 2012 The Farm Winery Cardinal, as judged by Fred Dame 2017.) Other Cabernets, blended from different sources, compare honorably to their equivalents from further North.  Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon has come of age.

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Tasting Room Experiences: Cass Estate Burgers

As a part of our “Tasting Room Experiences” series, Cass Vineyard and Winery wrote a guest blog about their tasting room café. If you have yet to experience the café, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon wine tasting and enjoying the delicious “estate-grown” burgers, which of course pair well with their estate Cabernet Sauvignon!

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