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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:06

Paso’s Football Players

by Chesea Modlin

We’re in the thick of the 2017 football season and many wine fans are following their favorite teams.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:12

Paso Uncorked: Gone Fishin'

By Jennifer Porter

With the start of fishing season, meet a few of Paso Robles Wine Country’s avid fishermen.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:23

J. Lohr Launches “Signature”

TASTE News Service, January 11, 2017 – In honor of wine industry visionary and pioneer Jerry Lohr’s 80th birthday, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has announced the debut of “J. Lohr Signature,” a new ultra-luxury Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.

Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:28

August 19, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

JLohe HilltopCabernetSauvignon Picmonkey

 

2013 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

 

J.Lohr

Paso Robles

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $35

Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:31

Paso Robles Named Best Wine Country Town

Paso Robles glasses and barrels PicmonkeyCourtesy of Paso Robles Wine Country AllianceTASTE News Service, July 21, 2016 - Sunset Magazine has named named Paso Robles as Anerica's Best Wine Country Town in their 2016 Travel Awards.

The region’s winemakers, restaurateurs and hoteliers are said to be thrilled to be held in the highest regard among some of the West’s most recognized wine producing regions.

Saturday, 21 May 2016 13:04

May 20, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

Treana Red 2013 bottle Picmonkey

 

 

2013 Treana Red

 

Hope Family Wines

Paso Robles

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $45

Saturday, 14 May 2016 13:57

May 13, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Firestone Pale 31 Picmonkey

Pale 31

 

Firestone-Walker Brewery

Paso Robles, California

Style: California Pale Ale

Alcohol: 4.9%

IBUs: 38

Serving Style: 12-ounce cans, 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Throughout the West and most of the U.S.

Friday, 04 March 2016 12:13

March 4, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Ecluse Ensemble Picmonkey

2013 Ensemble

 

Ḗcluse Wines & Lock Vineyard

Paso Robles

Alcohol 14.9%

Suggested Retail: $44

 

“This week’s ‘Pick’ is the product of Steve and Pam Lock, who’ve been growing fruit for other wineries for most of the last two decades. When the quality of their grapes became obvious when vinified by others, the Locks began to make a small quantity of wine under their own label. They’re red wine specialists and on their Central Coast vineyards they produce grapes native to Bordeaux and France’s Rhône Valley. They also grow Zinfandel, a relatively All-American variety. Their wines are bottled under the Écluse label, which references the French word for their surname, Lock.

Saturday, 13 February 2016 18:07

February 12, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Ecluse 2 Picmonkey

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Écluse Wines & Lock Vineyard

Paso Robles

Alcohol: 14.9%

Suggested Retail: $40

 

“In spite of its French-sounding name, this week’s wine ‘Pick’ comes from some very good red wine country on California’s Central Coast. Écluse is actually the French equivalent of the surname of the owners of Écluse Wines & Lock Vineyard, Steve and Pam Lock.

Saturday, 06 February 2016 22:53

February 5, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Ecluse Rendition Picmonkey

2013 Rendition

 

Écluse Wines & Lock Vineyard

Paso Robles

Alcohol: 15.2%

Suggested Retail: $38

 

“Rendition, the identity Écluse gave to the wine we’ve chosen as this week’s ‘Pick,’ is what’s called a ‘proprietary name.’ The custom in America is to label wines by the name of the predominant grape used. Under current law, this means 75% or more of such variety. But what if a winery makes a wine that contains less than that percentage of an easily-identifiable grape variety? A wine that is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon—but less than the magical 75% standard—would have to be called ‘Meritage’ or something as prosaic as just a 'red wine' if not given one of these proprietary names.

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