As of today we are officially included in the Stephen Price Trail of Illusions. I can’t tell you what or where. But, somewhere in the tasting room are not one, but two optical illusions painted by artist Stephen Price. He has work all through out wine country at locations listed on his website. The key is finding the illusion at each location and he will paint you a reward. Check out his website to find us and more information. We hope to see you out on the trail. Cheers!
Learn blending secrets from winemaker Paul Ayers. He will be featuring 3 barrel samples at each event for you to mix and match from. Make you own blend and label then bring your bottle home. There is a competition for our favorite label and promotions and discounts will be announced at the events. We will be serving light appetizers to be enjoyed out on the patio. RSVP quickly as spots will fill up fast!
Each blending session is $40/person and $30/club member. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call the tasting room.
Its been a busy month at Hearthstone and we want to give a big thank you to everyone that helped make it fun. The Apple Blossom Days festival at the Apple Farm turned out to be a big hit last Saturday. To left is a picture of the critters at the petting zoo. It was a family affair. And, we thoroughly enjoyed pouring alongside Eberle, Pomar Junction, and Sculpterra.
Shortly after the festival we hopped on back to the tasting room to have even more fun at our two consecutive wine club pick up parties. We poured all of our new wines such as the 2011 Syrah and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The food was a hit thanks to Frank at Falcon’s Nest catering.
For those of you who came out for Vintage Paso (Zinfandel Festival) we hope you thoroughly enjoyed those meatballs that paired with our Tempranillo, Brunello clone Sangiovese, and the Petit Sirah blend. For those who were saddened, fear not, our lamb burgers will be back in action this May for Wine Festival Weekend.
Working as a sustainable farmer takes constant effort and education as more & more methods of SIP practices are discussed. To help ourselves plan the best routes we as a sustainable vineyard should take we must listen and learn from other’s experiences.
Spring has sprung and Hearthstone has some new wines to share with you! We hope you are as excited about this Spring wine shipment as we are. The wines that were selected are new releases and tasting exceptional, enjoy!
6-bottle shipment-$145.00 + tax & shipping:
2011 Syrah, 2011 Primate, 2011 Grenache, 2011 Bruno Di Paso, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, & 2012 Pinot Noir
3-mixed-$75.00 + tax & shipping:
2011 Primate, 2012 Pinot Noir, 2013 Roussanne
3-red only-$78.00 + tax & shipping:
2011 Syrah, 2011 Primate, 2012 Pinot Noir
Important dates – March 24th is the last day to update any information to your wine club account. March 25th is when your credit card will be charged. March 30th is when your wine will be shipped, and March 27th is the first day you can pick up your wine. Our club member ‘pick-up’ dinner is March 27th & 28th from 5-8pm. Please RSVP by calling the tasting room at (805)238-2544 or emailing Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers of the tenth annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction have announced that more than $1 million was raised for the eleven Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. Hearthstone has been blessed to be part of this event over the last few years and we look forward to further participation. It is a wonderful event.
The sold out event, which took place Friday, February 20th, at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, California, drew over 425 attendees and was supported by more than 80 credit unions, business partners and hospitals.
The annual wine auction continues to be one of the premier fundraising events for Children’s
Miracle Network Hospitals’, as more than $3.6 million has now been raised by the Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction since 2006.
“Through the incredible efforts and generosity of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we have set a new milestone of support for the eleven Children’s Hospitals in California and Nevada,” said Jeff York, event chairman and president and CEO of CoastHills Credit Union. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a special cause for credit unions and we are pleased to be giving back to this great organization and the children of our community.”
Come by Hearthstone on Saturday February 14th from 12-4 and enjoy a vertical tasting of Pinot Noir alongside delightful desserts. $20 includes your wine tasting and food pairing ($10/club member). From your $20 tasting fee, $10 will be credited toward a bottle purchase. With any questions just call the tasting room.
In the last few weeks we have had the privilege of getting in touch with Eve Bushman, a famed wine reviewer in the world of online blogging as well as columnist for The SCV Beacon (see link for our article). She has been blessing the wine world with graceful education for those asking questions about wine for the first time (see EveWine101). We’ve all been there and I hope the next generation finds Eve to help them through. This week she sampled 3 of our new Releases and made her tasting notes available to us to view. I have to agree with her that our wine quality is up there and the flavors and aromas she picked out in the wines were fun to hunt for. And so, here are her notes on the 2012 Pinot Noir, 2010 Lodestone, and 2010 Fireside Claret.
2012 Pinot Noir
90 Eve pts.
Aroma – Crushed strawberries, red cherry, something floral, whiffs of vanilla and coconut extract, a tickle of white pepper and a hint of cloves.
Flavor – Juicy red fruit, some of that white pepper carried through to the palate, tart cherries, lingering dry finish.
2010 Fireside Claret
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot
89 Eve pts.
Aroma – Dark dried cherries, pomegranate, sliced mushrooms, clove, rich soft suede, vanilla bean, light toasted oak and a muddy garden path. All very pleasant and worth a revisit with each sip.
Flavor – A little tight upon first taste, maybe decant first or swirl a bit as I did. Then you can get flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaves and a nice not-too-dry dust on the finish.
52% Syrah, 43% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre
90 Eve pts.
Aroma – Blackberry jam, dried black currants, burst of plums, a bit of cigar, oak, black olive, leather, black pepper, toast…all encircled by the memory of silky rose petals.
Flavor – Black fruit jam on toast, very dark chocolate, chewy, figs, walnut and a slight burn on the finish that I found wholly gratifying.
Happy New Year! We hope you are as excited about this Winter wine shipment as we are. The wines that were selected are tasting exceptional, Enjoy!
A few IMPORTANT DATES: JANUARY 20th is the last day to update any information to your wine club account. JANUARY 22nd is when your credit card will be charged. JANUARY 27th is when your wine will be shipped or the first day you can pick up your wine.
Whats in this shipment
3-bottle Mixed $75.00 + tax and shipping
- 2011 Mourvedre (Paul only makes a straight Mourvedre when the grapes are exceptional)
- 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2013 Roussanne
3-Bottle Red Only $75.00 + tax and shipping
- 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2010 Sangiovese
- 2011 Mourvedre (Hearthstone’s 3rd straight Mourvedre)
***Remember if you want to add any additional wines to you wine club shipment you will receive an additional 5% discount off of the added wines and you will NOT be charged any additional shipping!
Saturday February 14th 1:00 – 3:00 a Cheese and Chocolate and Wine Pairing $20 pp $10 wc.
Vintage Paso (Zin Festival) is March 20th to the 22nd Hearthstone will be pairing appetizers and pouring new wines along with a Barrel sample.
March Wine Club Pick up Parties March 27th and 28th!!!
For the first time in Hearthstone history on Vineyard drive the Varied Thrush has made its home in our parking lot. We’ve spotted one, then two, now an army of these beautiful and melodious birds popping in and out over the last two months. We’re guessing they will move on when the Spring comes. So, all you avid bird watchers, bring your binoculars or just a bag of seed and come enjoy these little treasures while sipping wine out on the patio. This morning we counted 17 in one space.