Work and Play in the Summer Heat

Working in the Vineyard

 

Many know that great wine is made in the vineyard. Our production personnel and vineyard crew have been busy implementing this idiom at Halter Ranch. A block of Grenache in its third leaf was trimmed to one cluster per shoot. Elsewhere on the ranch, a block of Tannat had laterals removed on the morning side; it was also trained, and had wings removed from clusters. These practices produce the highest quality fruit possible, while simultaneously increasing the longevity of the plantings. Removing extraneous growth also takes fewer resources from the soil. Many staff members are raising these young vines while they raise their own children, each with tender loving care.

 

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Halter hosted its annual Solstice Dinner under the olive and fruit orchard adjoining the large historic barn. The barn was built in 1851 to house pioneer Edwin Smith’s teams of horses, and the orchard planted almost a decade later. Some of the olive trees exceed seventy-five years of age. The weather was ideally temperate, staying sixty-one degrees Fahrenheit until the dinner ended around 10:30. We began the evening enjoying amuse-bouches with our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Rose, which Sunset magazine recently awarded Best in Show of its rose panel. Sitting down to a beautifully set table, which included lights submerged in mason jar centerpieces abounding with olive branches, guests found a fresh loaf of bread inhabiting each bread plate. The appetizer featured exquisite burrata, couched with heirloom tomatoes and topped with micro greens, paired with Cotes de Paso Blanc. Second came halibut cheeks paired with our red Cotes de Paso. For the main course, Chef Chris Manning presented a perfectly prepared lamb sirloin that was exceptionally tender and flavorful, paired with 2011 Block 22 Syrah. Appropriate to the setting, the meal concluded with olive oil cake, paired with 2010 Vin de Paille. In spectacular fashion, Kevin and Skylar poured 2010 Ancestor from an Imperial six liter bottle. Thank you to Kendall, Jordan, and Tony for coordinating a luscious event. And thank you to Thomas Hill Organics for providing the menu, executed by Chef Manning. Happy summer!

 


A Bridge to Delicacy

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The 2014 Bridge Dinner sold out before we even officially announced it.  In the past it has been popular among all the dinners we hold onsite, but this is the first time I can recall things moving so fast.  Beyond the beautiful setting and Kevin’s delicious wines I we must credit the reputation and absolutely delectible culinary creations of Suzanne Tracht and her crew from Jar Restaurant in Los Angeles for the rabid and rapid response from our patrons.  On that note, this meal was unforgettably stellar.  (more…)


A Taste of 2012 Tempranillo

Tempranillo - Halter Ranch Vineyard

 

This past Saturday we began a soft release of our first 2012 red.  Also a member of our new Silver Label Reserve line up, this fresh red is ripe for knocking off socks. (more…)


Fresh Greenery and Fresh Plans

Basil!

Basil!

 

There are weeks when it becomes clearly evident just how fast the conceptual Halter Ranch train is moving. This is one such week.  The happenings are as follows.  (more…)


Seeing Pink – Paso and Provence

 

Pink - Halter Ranch Vineyard

The Last Tasting

 

Last Friday the Halter Ranch Winery team sat down to taste a series of pink wines (also known as Rosé) from Provence against our own 2013 HRV Rosé.  The goal was to see how our Rosé stood up to the old world cousins who are credited with stylistic influence in its creation and color.  What we found may shock you.   (more…)


The Collective

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As we have been alluding to on the blog over the past few months, the Paso Robles Cab Collective will be holding a series of events focused on Cabernet Sauvignon this coming weekend (April 24, 25, and 26).  You may recall a previous post featuring our 2011 Cabernet and a discussion as to why Paso Robles is uniquely suited to producing Cabernet Sauvignons of distinction.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is in a particularly delicious phase at the moment so we’ve decided to included some tasting notes and pairing recommendations here. (more…)


Distinctive

 

Poppys and Winery

Poppys and Winery

 

Given proximity to the Cabs of Distinction Weekend I’ve decided to devote this week’s post to the concept of distinction.  Specifically what might make a wine distinct, or not so distinct–perhaps even indistinct or homogeneous.  First, some definitions:

distinct

: different in a way that you can see, hear, smell, feel, etc. : noticeably different

: easy to see, hear, smell, feel, etc.

: strong and definite

homogeneous

: of the same or a similar kind or nature

: of uniform structure or composition throughout  (more…)

Happening Season

Old Speedsters and Winery

New looking old cars and new looking new winery

 

Event season is upon us!  Over the course of the next two months multitudinous opportunities to taste, and eat, and all around wine will be presenting themselves.  What follows is an update on various events (Incoming!) and a few details as we break ground on an exciting new project here at the ranch. (more…)


Taste

 

Halter Ranch Vineyard

 

One of the most common questions we get when pouring for patrons in the tasting room is:  “So which one is your favorite?” or “What would be your pick from this list?” or any number of variations on the core theme: “What is your personal preference among these wines?”  (more…)


Talking Color Preference and 2013 Rosé

 

2013 Rosé - Halter Ranch Vineyard

Click the bottle above to view the video

 

The 2013 Rosé is now available to taste and purchase in the Halter Ranch tasting room!  In celebration staff members Lindsey Burrell and Mika McGee created the video linked above.  It’s silly.  (more…)

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