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Paso Westside’s, Wild, Wet, Windy, Wacky, Weird, Weather

I should have guessed something was up when the second week in January it was summer in winter. Off our back deck, the temperatures were in the mid to high 80’s for 13 straight days. Believe me, I was checking vines for bud swelling daily towards the end of the month. The days were not […]

Petition to Establish Ballard Canyon AVA Submitted to TTB

Michael Larner formally notified Central Coast Wine Report today that a petition to establish the Ballard Canyon AVA has been submitted to the TTB. In an email this afternoon, Larner said: “…a petition for an American Viticultural Area for Ballard Canyon has been submitted for review to the TTB. Although a long process is ahead […]

2009 Ritual Paso Robles Viognier, Paso Robles

SENSORY ASSESSMENT: Still. Pale gold with excellent clarity. Initially, medium intensity crème brûlée aromas are backed by hints of waxy, ripe starfruit. In the mouth, a distinct, medium prominence minerality, light honey-crème brûlée flavors and very faint traces of dried tropical fruit are noted. Very faint crème fraiche is noted at the back. A faint […]