We are thrilled to welcome Jeff Strekas, our new winemaker, to the Record Family Wines team! Jeff has an impressive background, both in and outside of the wine industry. He has a love for blending, which we are excited to have him lead us through at the upcoming Blendning Experience. We still have a few seats left, so grab your tickets to this unique event today!
We conducted a quick Q&A with Jeff for our Spring Wine Club Newsletter so our members could get to know him better. We hope you enjoy learning more about Jeff and get the chance to meet him soon!
Favorite part of your job? In no particular order: talking about/teaching about wine, making a consumable product with my hands, working on my coopering skills (barrel repair), being out in the vineyard, cleaning the cellar floors and drains (no, seriously), forklifting, climbing barrel stacks, and of course tasting!
Favorite wine and food pairing? Dry German Riesling and sushi
What are your hobbies? Wine, whisky, IPAs, reading (a mix of non-fiction and cheesy fantasy), music (mostly classic rock and hard-rock), and Crossfit/Weightlifting
Favorite books? American Gods by Neil Gaimen and The Art of War by Sun Tzu (good luck reconciling those two things)
Favorite places to visit? There's too much fun stuff out there to keep going back to the same places! The most memorable trips I've had would be visiting Egypt, Tanzania (climbing to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro), Taiwan, Australia (Tasmania is criminally under-rated), and Tulum Mexico.
Anything else you would like to share? I'm a firm believer in Stapp's Law (the human aptitude for ineptitude is so great that it makes even the smallest accomplishment a minor miracle) and Hanlon's Razor (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Regardless of where you stay, we look forward to seeing you in November!
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of providing wine for two supper club events with Chef Peter and the team behind Culinary Hedonism. The setting was gorgeous, the food spectacular, and the guests entertaining. Record family member and talented photographer, Sara, was on hand to capture the dining experience.
The menu: Head Chef Peter and Sous Chef Stephanie created a special menu made up of fresh, locally sourced ingredients to pair with a line up of Record Family Wines.
Grilled Sourdough + Fresh Ricotta + Preserved Lemon + Mint Chutney + Pickled Watermelon Gherkin + Flowers
Paired with: 2016 Viognier
Whey-Brined Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin + Broccoli Greens + Sea Island Red Peas + Roasted Apricot + Verjus
Paired wtih: 2016 Viognier
Roasted Beet and Feta Agnolotti + Applewood Smoked Grapes + Tarragon and Hazelnut Pistou
Paired with: 2013 Randy's Red
Strawberry and Tomato Gazpacho + Basil Gremolata + California Olive Oil + Peppered Cracker
Paired with: 2013 Genesis
Pan Seared Duck Breast + Heirloom Polenta + Pickled Green Strawberries + Watermelon Radish + Green and Red Mojo Sauce
Paired with: 2013 Reserve Syrah
"Bumbleberry" Almond Clafoutis + Nasturtium Flower and Sweet Corn Ice Cream + Local Wildflower Honey + Tajin
Paired with: 2015 Grenache Rosé
We enjoyed dining with 14 guests each night, al fresco, in an intimate setting. The conversation was an added bonus to an evening filled with amazing food and wine!
We are excited to announce a partnership with Chef Peter Calley of Culinary Hedonism, a truly unique dining experience in Southern California!
Culinary Hedonism and Record Family Wines are excited to bring you a special Supper Club event in San Diego, CA. Guests will be treated to a 6-course tasting menu created by Chef Peter Calley and expertly paired to a full spectrum of award-winning wine selections from Record Family Wines of Paso Robles.
Guests are welcome to arrive at 6:30pm and will be treated to a glass of wine and amuse-bouche as they mingle with members of the Record Family and relax in the garden before dinner. At 7:00pm guests will be invited to sit down together and will be treated to a tasting menu and wine pairings presented by Chef Peter and the owners of Record Family Wines.
The location of the Supper Club will be revealed to guests the day before and is sure not to disappoint! Dining will be al fresco, weather permitting. Seats are extremely limited, so make sure to secure your spot before they are sold out!
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!
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!
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.
We are so proud of our award winning red wines, but when we saw the weather forecast last month for an event we were attending, we realized we had an opportunity to showcase another wine while pouring at Sunset’s SAVOR the Central Coast.
Summer just doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, so stock up on our Grenache Rosé on special for just $10.80 / bottle and enjoy some sangria while waiting for cooler weather to arrive!
[2012 Grenache Rosé]
2012 Grenache Rosé
Grenache Rosé Sangria
1 bottle Record Family Wines Grenache Rosé
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
6 basil leaves cut into 1 inch stripes
3 tablespoons simple syrup
2 cups club soda
Combine strawberries, lemon juice, basil, and simple syrup. Refrigerate for 1 hour, up to 8 hours. Add Grenache Rosé and club soda. Invite some friends over, get comfortable outside, and enjoy the last of these warm summer days!
We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the upcoming “Taste of the Nation San Diego” event benefiting Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. This great organization is helping to put a stop to child hunger in America. They do this by “connecting families with the resources they need to provide their children with enough nutritious food, every day, to thrive.”
Sound like a great cause? Show your support and join over 50 San Diego restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at the event taking place on September 14th at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Visit the website to find out more about the two ticket optionsand do your part to help stop child hunger!
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!