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 preparing to bottle our 2012 wines and this time, we will have a new wine to reveal! We will be creating a special blend of the original three varieties that were planted to the vineyard when we purchased it in 2007: Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache. The result is a fun, fruity, blend that will pair perfectly with simple, everyday dishes like pasta and BBQ.
Last weekend, the Record Family came together for our annual Thanksgiving celebration. After enjoying an amazing spread of delicious dishes, we pulled out some barrel samples of the 2012 wines and created the blend. Everyone had a chance to give us feedback and even contribute to the conversation about what to name this special blend.
[2012 barrel samples of the original varieties planted at Paso de Record.]
2012 barrel samples of the original varieties planted at Paso de Record.
[Putting together the blend!]
Putting together the blend!
We are so thankful for each member of this wonderful family and enjoyed sharing this process with them! We can’t wait to bottle the wine and reveal the details of this special blend next year!
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Tomorrow is Halloween, so it is officially time to start thinking about one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving! I love this holiday for so many reasons: the traditions, spending time with family, the food… And in the Record Family, we take our food seriously!
Several years ago, the “kids” decided to give the “parents” a break and take over preparing food for our annual Thanksgiving feast. Just another way we are transitioning traditions through the generations of our family! It is always fun to try new dishes along with savoring traditional sides. It seems that we all have our favorites to make (mine are mashed potatoes!) but we can’t ignore the importance of the main dish – the turkey! Here are a few of my favorite recipes that we have used the last few years, none will disappoint!
1) Clinton Kelly’s Lemon Sage Turkey
I found this recipe a couple of years ago and decided it would be the one I used when preparing my first Thanksgiving turkey! The recipe does not call for a brine, but after extensive conversations with Mindy, I decided to do one anyway. The flavors of this turkey are incredible! The citrus and sage combination was delicious. Just don’t skimp on the compound butter!
2) The Pioneer Woman Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
If you are looking for a simple turkey that delivers a ton of classic flavors, this is the recipe for you! The Pioneer Woman recommends using a brine so be sure you are prepared to start the night before. Beyond that, this turkey does not take much work, which will give you plenty of time to focus on those delicious side dishes! The turkey is a gorgeous shade of brown and juicy when roasted to perfection!
3) Roast Turkey with Black Truffle Butter
While I can’t vouch for this recipe yet, I can’t wait to try it! I love anything with truffle flavor so I can only imagine what this would add to my Thanksgiving plate! The recipe looks a little more complicated in that you need to make a garlic confit, but if you are up for a challenge I suggest this recipe for a potentially big flavor payoff!
When choosing wine to pair with our Thanksgiving meal, I love the versatility of our 2012 Grenache Rosé and look forward to seeing how our newest release, the 2011 Randy’s Red stands up to some of the bolder Thanksgiving flavors.
Do you have a go-to turkey recipe? What wine do you plan to open this year?
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
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!