Vintners in the Paso Robles Wine Growing Region will now get the chance to be far more specific on their labels as to where their grapes were grown. The Federal Government announced Thursday the creation of several new American Viticultural Areas (AVA).
The greater Paso Robles AVA will still be the headline regional signifier, but if at least 85-percent of the grapes come from within one of the eleven smaller zones, then that specific area can be signified on the label as well.
Robert Hall, the founder of the Paso Robles winery that bears his name, passed away Saturday according to a letter to the media released Monday morning.
A winery spokesperson says the 85-year-old died peacefully at his home from complications related to an extended illness. Hall fell in love with the idea of winemaking during a trip to the South of France in the 1970s and eventually chose the Central Coast as the location for his vineyards and winery. His vision was realized when he began making wine in 2001.
He is survived by his wife Margaret and his three daughters.
Eco-friendly wines and winery events are featured this month as part of the Wine Institute's third-annual Down to Earth celebrations in California.
The month is aimed at bringing attention to the state's leadership in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking.
"Our California Sustainable Winegrowing Program leads the world in comprehensiveness and size with wineries and vineyards that produce nearly three-quarters of California’s wine grapes and wine participating,” said Bobby Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute.
The Paso Robles wine region is best known for its zinfandels and Rhone style wines, but cabernet and Bordeaux varietals have made their mark in the area, too. A grass-roots non-profit, The Paso Robles CAB Collective, highlights these wines with their event, CABs of Distinction. Central Coast Wine Classic Founder and Chairman, Archie McLaren, talks about the event and the wines that inspired it with Cynthia Lohr of J. Lohr Winery and Daniel Daou of Daou Vineyards.
A growing number of wine regions throughout the world are working to protect the names associated with their geographic locations. Santa Barbara County wineries are joining that effort this week at a meeting in France.
Since last Wednesday, we've received 5.71 inches of glorious rain. It was nicely spread out, starting with two inches the first day, followed by thirteen hundredths the next, then another two inches Friday, another inch Saturday, and finally a half-inch yesterday. That meant it nearly all soaked in, rather than ran off.