By Jennifer Porter
With the start of fishing season, meet a few of Paso Robles Wine Country’s avid fishermen.
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.
2013 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
Suggested Retail: $35
TASTE 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.
2013 Treana Red
Hope Family Wines
Suggested Retail: $45
Paso Robles, California
Style: California Pale Ale
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.
Ḗcluse Wines & Lock Vineyard
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.
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Écluse Wines & Lock Vineyard
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.
Écluse Wines & Lock Vineyard
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.
Pivo Hoppy Pils
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, CA
Style: Dry-hopped Pilsner
Serving Style: Six-packs of cans or bottles, kegs (our sample from draft)
Availability: Widely distributed on the West Coast
Appearance: “Brilliant straw or light golden color. Big, frothy white head.”
Aroma: “For a pilsner it’s quite floral and hoppy on the nose, but in a really good way. There’s also some citrus when you waft the glass by your face a second time.”
Taste: “There’s a wonderful balance here. You still get a generous amount of hops, but it’s offset by the malt. The good carbonation gives your mouth an almost sparkley feeling. Finishes crisp and clean.”
Food Affinity: “Sautéed sand dabs with freshly made coleslaw. Simple schnitzel served with lemon wedges. Salted Marcona almonds with rosemary.”
--Guest reviewer Ginny Austin is a restaurant consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area