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Tricia Swartz
 
September 13, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

7th Annual Release Party: Accommodation Guide

Joining us in November? Use this guide to find the perfect accommodation for your weekend in Paso! From camping at the vineyard, to hotels and B&B’s, to renting a house, the possibilities are endless.

Camping: Get the full vineyard experience! We have several spots that are perfect for campers. Whether you have a tent or an RV, you can’t beat walking home from the party! To book a spot, please fill out the reservation form online or email tricia@recordfamilywines.com.

Hotels / B&B’s: Fall is a busy time in Paso, so book a room now! Refer to this great guide to the 10 top B&B’s in Paso Robles according to Trip Advisor, or reserve a room at one of the following hotels.

La Quinta Inn & Suites - About 9 miles from the vineyard, rooms start at $219 + tax / night.

The Oaks Hotel - About 10 miles from the vineyard, rooms start at $199 + tax / night.

Holiday Inn Express - About 9 miles from the vineyard, rooms start at $190.82 + tax / night.

House Rentals: Traveling up to Paso Robles with a group? A house may be the perfect solution for you! Some wineries have awesome guesthouse accommodations - River Star is just minutes away from us! Check out the following websites to book the perfect getaway.

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals

VRBO

HomeAway

Regardless of where you stay, we look forward to seeing you in November!

 

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Tricia Swartz
 
May 10, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

Working Hard and Having Fun!

Our first blending seminar was a wild success! We would like to thank the 39 participants that competed to create the best belnd of our 2016 Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Spring is usually a gorgeous time in the vineyard, and the weekend of the Blending Seminar was no exception!

Guests arrived at 3:00pm to start with the serious part of the event - creating the ultimate GSM blend! We separated the attendees into smaller groups, about six people per table, and let them take it from there. First we had the participants come up with a team name and get familiar with the individual wines they would be working with. After names were selected and they knew what they were working with, the teams got down to blending.

Once each team had come up with their favorite blend, we had our Vineyard Manager, Mindy, Assistant Winemaker, Vince, and neighbor and fellow Winemaker, Leon Tackitt, taste through the six blends to narrow it down to three finalists.

While we were working on narrowing the field down, guests were able to take a short vineyard tour ending at our VIP tasting area where they sampled our 2016 Viognier and enjoyed a selection of cheese and other bites from Le Vigne.

Gathered back at the shop, the event concluded with dinner provided by Hurricane Kitchen, dessert by Clementine's Cupcakes, and entertainment by Chris Beland. Throughout the evening, guests were able to taste the three final blends and vote on which was their favorite. We tabulated the votes and finally declared a winner!

The winning blend was from the team The BabyMakers and consisited of 55% Mourvedre, 33% Syrah, and 12% Grenache. We are anxious to bottle this wine and release it next year!

In an attempt to make Record Family Wines a truely family friendly experience, we secured two babysitters to take care of children of attendees throughout the blending portion of the event. When it was over, kids were welcome to join the group for vineyard tours, dinner, and entertainment! We sure are glad we added this option because the winning team had seven young children between them!

Thanks again to everyone that joined us for a beautiful weekend at the vineyard. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Photos courtesy of Sara Record!

Time Posted: May 10, 2017 at 12:48 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
April 18, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

Blending Seminar: What to Expect

Each year, we get together to create two different blends: Randy's Red and Genesis. This year, we are inviting our loyal supporters to get involved! That is where our Blending Seminar comes in. We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 29th to contribute to the process! Curious about what to expect... read on!

We know that the word "seminar" can have an intimidating connotation. Imagine this as more of a blending party! You will be lead by our Vineyard Manager, Mindy, and Brand Manager, Tricia, through the entire process. First, the group will be divided into teams. It just wouldn't be a Record event without a little competition...

After teams are formed, we will cover the equipment to be used during the blending process and give an overview of the wines we will be using for the blend. Then it gets really fun! Using trial and error, each group will come up with thier ideal blend using our 2015 Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. When each group has acheived the perfect combination of the three wines, the blending process has been completed!

Tricia and Mindy will narrow down the blend to three finalists while attedees are taking a break. Before dinner is served, vineyard tours will be available and cheese platters served along with our 2016 Viognier to refresh guests palates. The group will reconvene for dinner, and taste the final blends. Attendees will vote on their favorite blend and a winner will be announced!

We will be bottling the winning blend at the end of May for a Fall release. Participants of the blending seminar will have the first opportunity to purchase the unique blend. The wine will be officially released in the Fall and is sure to be a fan favorite! Limited seats still available, purchase tickets today!

 


 

Time Posted: Apr 18, 2017 at 8:17 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
April 6, 2017 | Tricia Swartz

Blend with us!

We might turn to our consulting winemaker, Eric, for the bulk of our winemaking processes, but when it comes to blending, we like to take over! Eric does a fantastic job every year, getting each varietal to reach it's full potential in barrel. That's the hard part. When the time comes to finalize the blends to create the finished product, whether it be Randy's Red or Genesis, we give him a break and take it from there.


2009 barrel samples, our first vintage!

Blending is truely a family affair. We schedule a time to all be together (not as easy as it sounds!), pick up some barrel samples, and get to work. It is a challenge we like to take on as a team, a delicate balance between fruit and tannins, personalities and palates, to find the perfect blend.


Randy working on the 2014 Genesis

We started with our first vintage, the 2009 Randy's Red, and have refined our process from there. We pull out tons of glasses, measuring cups, gratuated cylinders, calculators, pens and paper and get down to business. The 2012 vintage was a turning point for us when we dismissed traditional blends and decided to take a risk with our inagural release of Genesis. We decided to go back to where it all started when we purchased the vineyard in 2007 and blend the three varietals that were planted when we took over, Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache. The resulting wine is fun, unique, and most importantly, delicious!


Finalizing the 2010 Randy's Red

We took it a step further and shared the blend with the entire Record family during a Thanksgiving gathering before it was bottled, to come up with a name. It was such a special moment to share the future of Record Family Wines with close family and get their input and ideas. Aunt Nanci gets credit for naming our Genesis blend and we couldn't be happier with everything about it!


Record Family Thanksgiving 2014

We enjoy this part of the process so much, we want to share it with you! Join us at the vineyard on Saturday, April 29th to try your hand at creating the perfect belnd. We will have a barrel each of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre to experiment with. We will create teams of winemakers to come up with a blend and the favorite wine will be bottled for release next year! This is your chance to get behind the scenes of what goes on in the cellar and make your mark on the 2015 vintage, one that will, no doubt, have a speical place in the history of Record Family Wines!

Seats are limited, so purchase tickets through our website today!

Date: Saturday, April 29th
Time: 3pm - 8pm
Price: $100 / person
$75 / wine club members
Location: Paso de Record Vineyard
Blending seminar will start at 3pm, followed by a catered dinner and music by Chris Beland.
Attendees must be 21 years old.

 

Time Posted: Apr 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
July 21, 2014 | Tricia Swartz

Behind the Scenes: A Virtual #dinnerwithrandy

In April, we had a production crew from the Cooking Channel show Man Fire Food out to the vineyard to show them how we cook with fire! Over the course of two days, the crew documented the history of our Deep Pit BBQ tradition, the preparation of the meat, the cooking process, and the final feast. Here is a behind the scenes look of what took place!

[Prepping the meat - what a background!]

Prepping the meat – what a background!

[Getting ready to put the meat in the Deep Pit BBQ.]

Getting ready to put the meat in the Deep Pit BBQ.

[Host Roger Mooking taking a break from shooting with Michelle Record.]

Host Roger Mooking taking a break from shooting with Michelle Record.

[Pulling the meat out the next day. It was warm!]

Pulling the meat out the next day. It was warm!

[Shooting closeups of the dishes we served.]

Shooting closeups of the dishes we served.

[Setting up for the closing party scene!]

Setting up for the closing party scene!

We hope you will tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22nd at 8pm ET (airing again at 9pm PT) on the Cooking Channel to catch Randy in action!

Time Posted: Jul 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Mindy Martinez
 
June 13, 2014 | Mindy Martinez

Are You Ready to Party?

Final preparations are underway for our Wine Club Appreciation Party, also known as our annual release party. In case you haven’t heard, we are changing things up this year. While we are always excited to showcase our current wine offerings and provide first tastes of what’s to come, this year it is all about you – our loyal wine club members! So, we are throwing a party in your honor.

We’ll be kicking off the festivities at 6pm this year to take advantage of the cool Paso nights so don’t forget to bring a jacket. In addition to our soon to be TV famous deep pit bbq, we’ll have sides and hors d’ourves from the infamous Chef Rick.

[Deep Pit BBQ]

Deep Pit BBQ

Anyone who was here for the jalapeño cheddar biscuits last year, knows Chef Rick’s menus are not to be missed!

In addition to great food and wine, The Cadillac Angels will be performing, check them out at www.cadillacangels.com. We will also have some lawn (dirt?) games for the competitive guests!

[Dancing into the night!]

Dancing into the night!

I am personally most excited to show you the drastic changes that have happened in the vineyard over the past year. There will be vineyard tours departing as fast as we can loop the tractor. One of these monumental vineyard changes has made room for some temporary choice camping spots, experience them now because they’ll be covered in Cabernet Sauvignon vines this time next year!

[Camping on the vineyard!]

Camping on the vineyard!

If you are planning on camping out, be sure drop a note to Tricia (tricia@recordfamilywines.com) no less than 24 hrs in advance to reserve your spot. Need a trailer? Check out a local unique rental company Tinker Tin Trailer Company.

In order to guarantee the festivities go off without a hitch please let us know if you’ll be joining us. You can login to your account or email Tricia. The best part, you have two free tickets as a loyal wine club member. Up to four additional tickets are available to you for purchase if you’re looking to show someone what Record Family Wines is all about.

[We can't wait to host you!]

We can’t wait to host you!

See you on June 28th!

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
January 7, 2014 | Tricia Swartz

Recap of the Growing Cycle

My little project of following a vine for a year to show the growth cycle is over. You can view the monthly updates I posted on the blog to get a more in depth explanation of exactly what was going on in the vineyard each month, but I thought it would be fun to put together a couple of slideshows to give you a quick visual!

The first slideshow shows the change in canopy growth each month:

The second slideshow is compiled of shots taken of the vine close-up to show fruit development:

Time Posted: Jan 7, 2014 at 9:50 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
December 31, 2013 | Tricia Swartz

The Growing Cycle: December

It’s hard to believe another year has come to a close. 2013 has been an exciting and challenging year for us in the vineyard and beyond. We welcome all that 2014 brings and look forward to sharing many more vintages with our wonderful family and friends! We hope that 2014 is a happy, healthy, and successful year for all!

The grape vines are dormant and we will be patiently waiting for Spring to prune.  In the meantime, we have planted a cover crop to add nutrients and help keep moisture in the soil. There are always improvements to be made in the vineyard during this time as well such as irrigation and trellis maintenance. Here are a few shots of the vines taken in mid-December.

[Merlot vine in December.]

Merlot vine in December.

[Losing leaves, going into dormancy.]

Losing leaves, going into dormancy.

[Cooler temperatures until Spring!]

Cooler temperatures until Spring!

Check back next week for slideshows of the Merlot vine throughout the year!

Tricia Swartz
 
November 21, 2013 | Tricia Swartz

The Growing Cycle:November

It is hard to believe how quickly 2013 is coming to a close. It is evident when driving through the Paso Robles wine region that cooler temps have arrived, and the vines are DONE for the year. The colors are vibrant and varied, from bright yellows to deep reds, and even the beginning of brown are everywhere. It won’t be long before the leaves are crispy and falling off the vine altogether!

[The Merlot vine I have been following all year, on it's way to dormancy.]

The Merlot vine I have been following all year, on it’s way to dormancy.

[A cool Fall morning, it won't be long until there is frost between the vines thanks to the cooler temps.]

A cool Fall morning, it won’t be long until there is frost between the vines thanks to the cooler temps.

[The leaves are about to fall and soon there will just be the canes waiting to be pruned in the Spring.]

The leaves are about to fall and soon there will just be the canes waiting to be pruned in the Spring.

[We recently enjoyed a girl's weekend with some special family members. Paso is beautiful this time of year!]

We recently enjoyed a girl’s weekend with some special family members. Paso is beautiful this time of year!

 

Time Posted: Nov 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM
Tricia Swartz
 
October 21, 2013 | Tricia Swartz

The Growing Cycle: October

We wrapped up harvest on October 1st this year and the leaves on the vines are starting to change color. There are beautiful shades of orange and red throughout the vineyard, depending on varietal. The Grenache grapes are still showing the most green, with the Merlot showing green and red, and the Syrah practically all orange. Fall really is a great time to tour a vineyard!

[Syrah to the left and Grenache to the right - great contrast!]

Syrah to the left and Grenache to the right – great contrast!

[Merlot block, hints of red throughout.]

Merlot block, hints of red throughout.

As the nights get cooler, we may experience some frost that will quickly change the leaves from the beautiful Fall hues to brown when they eventually all fall off and Winter approaches. In the meantime, here are some great pics if you are unable to get to the vineyard to experience the Fall season yourself!

[Merlot vine we have been following all year.]

Merlot vine we have been following all year.

[Merlot]

Merlot

[Merlot up close!]

Merlot up close!

 

Time Posted: Oct 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM