When I first met Scott and Bobbi Steizle in December 2006, the Templeton couple were trying to figure out how they were going to relabel 3,600 bottles of wine already in cases and ready to be sold. They were using their basement as a tasting room, their garage as a winery, and were just about […]
Archive for August, 2008
Like so many spots in California, Santa Margarita Ranch got its first grapevines from Franciscan missionaries, back in 1774. The Franciscans even built a way station between the San Luis Obispo and San Miguel missions that still stands on the ranch.
Fast forward to the present. The 12,000-acre ranch, which was part of a Spanish land […]
Rich Hartenberger doesn’t take his competitions lightly — especially when it’s the annual Winemakers’ Cook-Off in Paso Robles.
The winemaker at Midnight Cellars was up to 1 a. m. the night before the event working with friend Hal Schmitt to perfect their recipe for “Midnight Beefapalooza.”
They spent hours on their port-wine reduction sauce and making mushroom […]
August is more than half gone, and the kids are going back to school soon. But that doesn’t mean the hot weather is over. The warm days of late summer and early fall provide ample time to explore the fresh, crisp white wines that are so refreshing when the temperature climbs.
Back in June, I told […]
There are different ways to be successful in the wine business. Making good wine is a given.
But once you have wine in hand, there are several ways to sell it to consumers. One option that is popular now is a dedicated tasting room—as evidenced by more than a dozen in downtown Paso Robles. Another option […]
Riesling is one of the world’s most under-appreciated grapes, especially among American wine drinkers. Sommeliers love it because it’s so versatile and easy to pair with a variety of foods. Ditto wine writers. But American consumers can’t seem to shed the misconception that all riesling is sweet, and sophisticated wine drinkers aren’t supposed to like […]
It’s the key question that most people who dream of someday owning a small winery in the country ask themselves: Can you make any money doing it? Rob Campbell-Taylor’s answer is a simple “I don’t think so.”
Campbell-Taylor and his wife, Paula, have been following their wine country dream for five years, and they admit they’re […]
Robert Hall Winery
2005 Meritage: Platinum Honors –Critics Challenge International Wine
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As summer winds down, many of us are still in search of another good book for reading on vacation or during a lazy afternoon in a hammock or under a beach umbrella. For some people, this means devouring mysteries or romance novels. But if your tastes run to wine, there is some good summer reading […]
While tasting rooms in Paso Robles have proliferated so quickly that there are now more than a dozen in just a few blocks, wine tasting in downtown San Luis Obispo has been relegated to just three locations: two wine merchants and the San Luis Obispo Vintner’s Association storefront, Taste. That may start to change now […]