Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery
a boutique winery with a rich history that grounds them in the past, present, and future
When Natalie and I walked into Steinbeck Vineyards and Winery, we didn't fully realize the depth of the rich family farming history and historical event that occurred on their land in the 1950's. After visiting their website four months later and viewing the 30 minute vimeo, I then understood what it must have been like to grow up in this wonderful family of farmers that have come to produced beautiful quality wines.
Their tasting room is a rustic barn on the outside, but don't be fooled! It is a beautiful room inside with granite countertops and history all over the walls. And the tasting fee is just $5 waived with purchase! Cindy will tell you about everything you want to know, but if I were to go there for my first visit, I would study their heritage prior to going. It is as amazing as their wines are! I was almost in tears with her dad at the end of the video when he was speaking of the tree that is planted on their ranch in memory of his mother! So touching!
Here's what we tasted and bought that day! And for some reason that I don't remember, the wines we bought were discounted and I'm not even a wine club member. I've included my price after the given price on the tasting schedule.
This is a 2010 Viognier ($31)($24.80). This is a dry, crisp 100% Viognier that is perfect for summer. They say enjoy it with salads, Thai or Mexican foods. Only 140 cases produced. It is wonderful!
The next bottle is a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($44) produced from their 30 year old own rooted vines. It was fabulous! Only 160 cases produced.
This is a 2010 Zinfandel ($38) with 5% Petite Sirah in an old world style to produce an intense fruit forward Zin! Awesome! Only 145 cases produced.
This bottle from their library wines, a 2008 The Crash ($43)($34.40) is extremely special because it is named after the B-26 Bomber that crashed on a stormy day in April 1956, 200 yards from their home. They have pieces of the plane in their tasting room and a story that is so interesting to hear!
This wine is a blend of 64% Cabernet, 11% Merlot, 15% Zinfandel, 5% Viognier, and 5% Petite Sirah. If you love the richness of baked cherries, chocolate, oak and cardamom, then you'll love this wine.
Only 360 cases of this wine was produced.
If you love a Petite Sirah, this is one you want to purchase!
A 2008 Petite Sirah ($?) was a very nice wine. I don't have any notes on this wine, but after tasting six of their wines that day, I know it is equally as great as the others.
This is what I ended up buying (after visiting 6 other wineries that day I had to be careful how many I bought to be able to get them home on the plane!)
While you are at Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery, take their 1958 jeep tour around the ranch and see the site of the plane crash. There is an American flag proudly waving in the Paso Robles winds to remind us of the freedoms we so cherish and the men and women who fought hard to gain and keep it!
|flag via the internet|
Enjoy your visit soon!