June 2018 Newsletter

June 1, 2018


Pruned vines
Grape clusters
Vineyard News
We thought we'd share with you some key terms regarding a vines growth cycle, a pretty magical event. This is a simplified, abbreviated version to make it easier to remember so, you can share some of these terms at your next wine tasting and sound like a pro.
Critical to a good harvest is pruning which allows energy to flow through the vines resulting in a balanced ripening of fruit. Basically, it's out with the old and in with the new...canes that is. Pruning most of the canes except for a few, produces shoots which grows into canes which produces grapes which turns into a delicious glass of Mitchella wine for you to enjoy. Hello!
It's the primary bud that is the prize. This little guy evolves into something pretty special... the beginning of a year's worth of growth. Shoots, leaves, flowers and grapes all start from here. That's a major role to play!
Those knuckles or nondescript bumps on the canes will begin to swell and buds will emerge. Soon, they'll break open and shoots will begin to shoot upward. From a bunch of spindly sticks to shoots, it all happens pretty fast.
This isn't the type of flowering that most people are used to and it doesn't necessarily work as a bouquet. Grape flowers are small, spindly, and antenna looking tendrils surrounding a core which eventually becomes the grapes. This process isn't as "flowery" as it sounds. Immediately after blooming, the pollen sacs open and release pollen and pollination occurs. Fertilization occurs two to three days after pollination. The fruit set stage follows flowering almost immediately.
Fruit Set
"Fruit set" is a term used by growers to refer to how successfully the flowers in the vineyard were pollinated and the quality of the set will determine how good the crop will be months later. You might hear a winemaker say, "it was a good set this year" and knowing what that means puts you in the in-crowd.
To be continued.
Did You Know? Sulfites Aren't So Bad
Did you know that all wine even if it states “sulfite-free” has sulfites? When you see “sulfite-free” what they are really saying is that no sulfites were added. Sulfites (or sulfur dioxide, SO2) are naturally created during the fermentation process so, there’s no getting around sulfites. If you’re a health conscious person, just know you actually want some sulfites in your wine. Acting as an antimicrobial, they prevent your wine from tasting like vinegar or worse. It also allows for longer shelf life and maturing after it leaves the winery, guaranteeing that when you open it at home, you’ll get a clean, fresh taste. Since the 1800’s, Paso Robles is known for its sulfur hot springs but, did you know we spray our vines with sulfur? We use careful sustainable viticultural practices and spray Sulfur, to ensure healthy grapes (i.e no rot) and to greatly reduce the need for SO2 additions during the wine making process. The amount of sulfites in a wine is regulated and if it’s above 10 parts per million (ppm), it has to be stated on the label.
Very few people are sensitive to sulfites unless you have asthma or don’t have the necessary enzymes in your body to break it down. To determine if you are sensitive, eat some dried fruit, dried fruits have 10 times more sulfites than wine, and it has about the same amount of sulfites as a glass of wine. If you have no issues with dried fruit then, you’re good to go.
How often have you had a glass of wine and a headache comes on? There are a few reasons why but more than likely, it's not due to the sulfites. It could be the the quantity of wine you are drinking or it is probably the histamines which are found in the skins of the grapes as they sit in their fermented juice or natural oak aging.


2014 Riportella -

Vintage Port (20% off)

Our estate grown port is a blend of two traditional Portuguese grapes, Touriga and Tinta, filling it with classic port characters. Deep ruby red color with rich brambleberry aromas and hints of spice and licorice. Velvety smooth with a long lingering finish of sweet spice and tobacco. (20% off)


Molten Chocolate Cake

8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 C butter
6 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/4 C flour
Preheat oven to 425. Spray 6-8 4 or 6 oz. Ramekins with Pam or brush with butter. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. In a double boiler, add chocolate chips and butter and stir until melted. While melting, add three egg yolks and 3 whole eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until the egg mixture doubles in size, gets thick and pale yellow. Slowly stream the chocolate into the egg mixture. Gently stir in the flour by hand. Pour into Ramekins, arrange on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. It should be firm on the sides and soft in the middle-do not overcook. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 1-2 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and invert. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or garnish with sauce (caramel, raspberry, strawberry, etc.)
Enjoy with any of our red wines!
Pizza on the Patio
Three pizza flavors each month!
12 - 2 pm
June 3
Enjoy Jalapeno Popper Pizza, Garden Pizza and BBQ Chicken Pizza along
with the acoustic sounds of Kenny Taylor.
July 1
Enjoy Indie-folk music of Will Breman
August 5
Enjoy Indie-folk music of Will Breman
September 2
Enjoy Indie-rock from the band Sidedish
Oven fired pizza, Mitchella wine and entertainment over looking the vineyard.
Good times!
Lobster Fest
September 8
Wine Club Pickup Party
October 14
Reservations required.
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