Winery News

Kasey Martin
September 26, 2018 | Kasey Martin

New Accolades: Vinous

In a recent article from Antonio Galloni - Vinous (September 2018), 11 Adelaida wines scored 90 points or more. The 11 wines are a mix of current and future (2019 & 2020) releases. Read on for more. 

Current Releases

Zinfandel, Michael's Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now

93 points - Bright purple. Expansive dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by hints of vanilla, pungent flowers and woodsmoke. Juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and pick up peppery spice and mocha qualities as the wine stretches out. Rich but energetic as well, showing no excess fat. The extremely long, seamless, intensely dark-fruit-dominated finish is framed by supple, harmonious tannins.

Anna‘s Red Signature, Anna‘s Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now

93 Points - Deep brilliant ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berry, cola and mocha scents are energized by cracked pepper and graphite flourishes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated cassis, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors and a building floral quality. Quite energetic for its heft, showing excellent clarity and mineral cut on a long, smooth, subtly tannic finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now

92 Points - Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries, succulent flowers, smoky oak and a touch of mocha on the highly perfumed nose. Intense black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors put on weight as the wine opens up. Fleshy and impressively concentrated but energetic as well. Finishes with impressive clarity and persistence; sneaky tannins lend closing grip.

Syrah Signature, Anna‘s Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now

92 Points - (40% new French oak) Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented boysenberry, cherry pit, bacon and floral aromas show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The persistent, seamless, appealingly sweet finish features interwoven tannins and resonating florality.

Pinot Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now

91 points - Brilliant red. Displays aromas of dried red berries, cherry pit and baking spices, plus a hint of potpourri in the background. An energetic, silky midweight wine that features smoke-accented raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper. Energetic and tightly wound, finishing long and spicy, with fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip.

Future Releases

Twenty Three Twenty, Estate Vineyards 2016 - Release 2020

94 points - Bright purple. Deeply perfumed cherry preserve and blackberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of white pepper, candied licorice, vanilla and incense. Plush, broad and alluringly sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit, spicecake, violet pastille and mocha flavors and a bright minerally nuance that builds with air. An impressively long, floral-driven finish shows outstanding clarity and suave, harmonious tannins.

Syrah Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2016 - Release 2020

93 points - (raised in 60% new French oak) Youthful purple. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes candied dark berries, incense and vanilla, along with hints of licorice, cola and olive paste. Juicy blackberry and cherry cola flavors show excellent clarity, and a peppery nuance adds spicy lift. Smoothly balances power and elegance and shows no rough edges on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves sweet mocha and cherry liqueur notes behind.

Cabernet Franc Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2016 - Release 2019

92 Points - Lurid violet. Potent black currant, cherry and cedary oak scents are complicated by pipe tobacco, candied rose and cracked pepper nuances. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry, bitter cherry and succulent herb flavors plus a hint of smokiness. Delivers a solid punch of flavor and comes off surprisingly lithe for its heft. Finishes with mounting tannins, a jolt of peppery spices and strong, floral-driven persistence.

Mourvèdre Signature, Anna's Estate VIneyard 2016 - Release 2019

92 points - Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and black-pepper-accented dark berry, cherry pit and floral aromas are sharpened by a bright mineral note, and a hint of candied licorice emerges with air. Palate-coating cassis and bitter cherry flavors show a touch of violet, and zesty acidity adds back-end bite. Closes firm and long, with very good focus and chewy tannins coming on late.

Chardonnay, HMR Estate Vineyards - Release 2019

92 points - Vivid yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed, powerful bouquet evokes pear and peach nectar, vanilla and candied ginger, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Sappy, seamless and concentrated, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors that are braced by dusty mineral and bitter orange pith qualities. Clings impressively on the mineral-accented finish, leaving hints of toasty lees and fennel behind.

Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Signature, Estate Vineyards 2016 - Release 2019

91 points - Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and black-pepper-accented dark berry, cherry pit and floral aromas are sharpened by a bright mineral note, and a hint of candied licorice emerges with air. Palate-coating cassis and bitter cherry flavors show a touch of violet, and zesty acidity adds back-end bite. Closes firm and long, with very good focus and chewy tannins coming on late.

Time Posted: Sep 26, 2018 at 9:39 AM
Jeremy Weintraub- Winemaker
September 14, 2018 | Jeremy Weintraub- Winemaker

2016 Vintage Notes

By Jeremy Weintraub, Winemaker

The 2016 vintage at Adelaida was exceptionally good, with very high-quality fruit and slightly above-average yields. The winter rainfall was higher than in the previous four years, budbreak was early, and conditions during fruit set were unremarkable—which is ideal. The summer had a few periods of very warm weather—in June we hit 100 degrees nine times—but that heat created lots of color. July, too, was warm, but it was followed by a beautiful, cool to moderate August, which gave the pigmented varietals time to recover and develop flavors. 

The 2016 Adelaida Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah wines combine some of the best attributes of previous vintages: the structure of 2013, the fruit and plushness of 2014, and the savory character of 2015. 

We began picking Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on September 21st from the old section of our Viking Vineyard. As usual, the grapes were fully ripe, and we fermented them in a combination of wooden vat, wooden barrel, along with concrete and stainless steel tanks. The wine aged for 20 months in 75% new French oak barrels.

The Syrah harvest from Anna’s Vineyard began on September 9th. The grapes fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took its time—up to 3 weeks—and temperatures peaked at 86 degrees. The wine matured for 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels, hog heads, and puncheons.

Time Posted: Sep 14, 2018 at 3:52 PM
Kasey Martin
September 14, 2018 | Kasey Martin

Cabernet Sauvignon Pairing: Rosemary Beef Tenderloin with Blackberry Sauce


  • 8 green asparagus stalks
  • 8 baby carrots
  • 4 fingerling potatoes
  • 1 10 ounce box blackberries
  • 8 ounces butter, divided
  • 2 shallots, diced, plus 6 more, cut in half
  • 4 beef tenderloins, 8 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces vegetable stock
  • 4 sprigs thyme, for garnish
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, for garnish


  1. Clean asparagus, carrots and potatoes. Peel carrots and potatoes. In pot over medium heat, cook blackberries with butter and the diced shallots. Simmer for 5 minutes, until soft. Remove pot from heat. Once cool, place mixture into blender and purée. Once blended, strain through a sieve and set aside.
  2. Bring medium-sized pot of salted water to boil. Cook asparagus, carrots and potatoes for 4–5 minutes. Transfer to bowl of cold water filled with ice to halt cooking. Drain the vegetables and reserve.
  3. In pot over medium-high heat, sear remaining shallot halves with 2 ounces of butter and sugar. When caramelized, add vegetable stock and set aside.
  4. Heat remaining butter in pan, and sear beef tenderloin. For medium-rare, cook 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Add vegetables to same pan, searing for approximately 1 minute.
  5. Dress each plate with blackberry coulis and vegetables, placing beef on top. Garnish with thyme and rosemary. Serves 4.

Recipe adapted from Wine Enthusiast 

Time Posted: Sep 14, 2018 at 3:22 PM
Jeremy Weintraub- Winemaker

DIAM CORK - the end of corked wine

I try not to get philosophical when it comes to wine, as the point is to enjoy it and not dwell on it in any existential way. But winemaking and grapegrowing are hopelessly bound up with tradition. People have been drinking some version of wine for 8,000 years, so that’s to be expected. But there are numerous reasons to question which traditions are worth heeding and which are best abandoned, and, simply put, the use of cork as a closure for wine bottles has reached its point of usefulness and value at Adelaida. 

Cork is the outermost bark of an evergreen oak. Horace says that the Romans used cork to stopper their wine vessels, which were likely made of earthenware, but adds that these were then sealed with pitch, as the corks themselves weren’t sufficient. Rocks were also used to stopper earthenware containers. Glass then became the stopper of choice, until the 1600s, when Dom Perignon began using cork because glass itself wasn’t very effective at keeping oxygen out. 

By the late 1700s, cork had regained favor. It did a better job of keeping oxygen out than anything else available, it allowed a certain amount of oxygen ingress--which may or may not be advantageous for a wine--and it was a renewable product. 

Two attributes of cork are of primary concern when it comes to wine, especially as it relates to Adelaida wine. The first is the cork’s propensity to deliver into wine a compound called Trichloroanisol, or TCA. This compound, while innocuous to health, makes a wine smell moldy or musty; that is, tainted.  

Adelaida has been purchasing the most expensive corks on the market and they’ve been guaranteed to be free of cork taint. Unfortunately, we’ve still found bottles that are corked. The cork company has offered to buy back the bottles that are corked, but that doesn’t help out the consumer who opened that bottle up as a special occasion, or who gifted that bottle to a friend.  

The second challenge with corks is arguably one of its virtues: it’s a natural product, so each one is different. But, that also means that each wine bottled under cork will smell and taste different, too. I’ve been asking myself how I’d feel if my companion and I ordered the same dish at a restaurant but found one being different in quality than the other. It’s just not acceptable.  

Which brings us to the Diam cork. The Diam is made from natural cork that’s been milled, treated with supercritical carbon dioxide to eliminate all impurities, and formed into a cork shape with a binder.  

With these new corks we are confident that each bottle of Adelaida wine that you purchase or receive as a gift will smell exactly like it’s supposed to smell, bottle after bottle. 

Jeremy Weintraub, Winemaker

Time Posted: Mar 19, 2018 at 10:07 AM
Kasey Martin
October 23, 2017 | Kasey Martin

Wine Advocate: 3 Adelaida wines score 91+ points!

94 points - Twenty Three Twenty Signature 2015

A blend of 32% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Viognier, the 2015 Twenty Three Twenty Signature Estate sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed black cherries, spiced blackberries and crème de cassis with suggestions of sandalwood and dried Provence herbs. The full-bodied palate delivers taut, muscular black fruits and spice box layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and layered.

93+ points - Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, VIking Estate Vineyard 2015

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Viking Vineyard has a vibrant nose of crushed black and red currants with suggestions of plums, cedar chest, pencil lead and bay leaves, plus a waft of cloves. Full-bodied, richly fruited and packed with expressive red and black fruit layers, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length.

91+ points - Cabernet Sauvignon/ Syrah Signature, VIking Estate Vineyard 2015

Composed of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Syrah, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah has a deep garnet-purple color and reveals dark chocolate, menthol and pencil shavings notions over a core of cassis, blackberry pie and wild blueberries, plus hints of lavender and dried herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated and offering up fairly open and expressive flavors at the youthful stage, it has a firm line of grainy tannins and lively acid to support, finishing long with an herbal lift.

Time Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 1:39 PM
Kasey Martin
September 2, 2017 | Kasey Martin

America's Favorite Tasting Room - Adelaida was named in the top five!

In July, Adelaida Vineyards & Winery was nominated by a team of wine experts as one of the top 20 tasting rooms in America by USA Today. From there, they put the outcome in the hands of their readers and the wineries fans to decide which tasting room would be crowned the winner. After three weeks of voting, the results are in and Adelaida was named number four.

We are honored to have been nominated and voted into the top five tasting rooms. As one of first ten wineries in Paso Robles and the premiere winery of the Adelaida District, Adelaida’s roots run deep. We believe that history has always been a key to our success. But we have always looked toward the future and the addition of a new tasting room is one example. We thank all the fans and readers who voted and all of our guests who have supported us over the years. 

See the article here. 

Time Posted: Sep 2, 2017 at 9:55 AM
Jeremy Weintraub- Winemaker

Made in the Shade

Grapevines require a certain amount of heat to make grapes and a certain amount of sunlight to make sugar, and an excess of either degrades the potential quality. From 2012 through 2016, California experienced a number of climatic events—most notably consecutive years of drought and warming temperatures--that have prompted us to reconsider how we farm for high quality wine. One solution that we’ve come up with is the use of shadecloth to lower the temperature around the grape clusters and to decrease the potential for sunburn.

Shadecloth is simply a knitted fabric that blocks UVA and UVB light from penetrating the canopy while allowing a sufficient amount of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) to reach the leaf’s chlorophyll and other pigments. PAR, in short, is the light in the visible spectrum (400-700nm wavelength) that’s responsible for photosynthesis.

We began experimenting with black and green shadecloth in 2013 and since then we’ve covered over 90% of our vines. So far, the results are very promising. We’ve been able to harvest grapes later than we’d expected given the increasingly early budbreak with greater color, less sugar (lower potential alcohol) and far less desiccation.

This year, with the cooperation of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, we’re going to experiment with a white shadecloth to see if color makes a difference—how white or black shadecloth influences wine grape composition. Stay tuned.

Time Posted: Mar 6, 2017 at 3:39 PM
Adelaida Team
January 24, 2017 | Adelaida Team

Adelaida Vineyards & Winery Announces Upcoming Events

PASO ROBLES (Jan. 23, 2017) – Adelaida Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles just revealed their winter events lineup, including their kickoff event for 2017 Vintage Paso Weekend, headlined by celebrated wine journalist Elaine Brown on March 18.

Adelaida Vineyards & Winery -- one of the iconic Paso Robles wineries located in West Paso Robles in the Adelaida District  - produces grape varieties from France’s Rhône Valley, Burgundy and Bordeaux regions. The winery will host a variety of educational seminars and tasting events at their estate, as well as appear in premier wine festivals across the country.

The winter events season starts Feb. 12 with Adelaida’s Valentine’s Day Seminar, showing couples how to dial up the romance with chocolate and coco infused dishes. The following week the team at Adelaida will pour at the Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience Grand Tasting on Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m., which highlights celebrated winemakers from California’s “Rhone Zone.”

Adelaida will be the featured winery at Il Cortile Ristorante’s Feb. 22 “Reverse Wine Dinner” series, where guests to choose their wine first, and Chef Santos then creates a special three-course meal around the wine selection. Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub will pour a diverse selection of impressive food-friendly wines at this installment of the nine-week series, which launched on Jan. 18 and features different wineries each week. Adelaida’s team will head to the opposite coast to pour signature wines at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival March 1-5. Although the Cannon Green Signature Dinner featuring Weintraub and Adelaida wines is sold out, guests can still taste them at the Culinary Village on March 3.

Adelaida kicks off the eponymous region’s signature 2017 Vintage Paso Weekend on March 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a special of perfectly cellared wines from their extensive library for just $10 per person (free for Club members). Guests can pair their favorite wines with seasonal lunch dishes from the winery’s menu. On March 18, Adelaida hosts what will likely be a standing (and sipping!) room only 2017 Vintage Paso Weekend seminar with renowned wine journalist Elaine Brown. The Wine & Spirits contributor will pair up with Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub for an interactive tasting 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Adelaida’s barrel room. Brown, who serves as the American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com and writes a columns for Wine Business Monthly and Wine & Spirits, will join Adelaida’s winemaker dinner that evening, catered by guest Chef Dakota Weiss. The seminar costs $75 per person ($60 for Club members) and includes wine and small bites, while winemaker dinner tickets cost $125 per person ($100 for Club members). Reservations for these high-profile events are required, please email events@adelaida.com or call 800.676.1232 Ext. 30. On March 19 the winery rounds out the weekend at The Decade Bar in their Barrel Room, featuring library wine tastings for $10 (free to Club members) and seasonal lunch items available for purchase.

Adelaida Vineyards & Winery specializes using sustainable winegrowing practices and minimalist winemaking to produce ripe, well-balanced wines, specializing in estate-grown Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Rhone Blends, and serious Cabernet Sauvignon from their Viking Vineyard. Adelaida offers daily wine tasting with a selection of cheese, crackers and spreads, which can be enjoyed in the tasting room or on the expansive deck. They also offer the Vineyard Tour, Taste & Tailgate experience – one of the best in town --by appointment, featuring wine tasting at the source, including a tailgate picnic of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. The winery also offers private reserve tastings are and numerous events throughout the year. The tasting room is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily at 5805 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

Located in the heart of the Adelaida District in west Paso Robles, Adelaida has deep roots in the region’s rich wine tradition. Adelaida has pioneered winemaking in the Paso Robles region since it was founded in 1981. The winery’s estate includes the legendary HMR Vineyard plus four other distinct vineyards in the west hills of Paso Robles: Anna’s, Bobcat Crossing, Michael’s and Viking. Adelaida farms all of its vineyards sustainably; its wines have consistently won widespread acclaim from top writers and wine competitions in America. 800-676-1232; www.adelaida.com. 

Time Posted: Jan 24, 2017 at 2:26 PM
Kasey Martin
November 16, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Holiday Gift Guide


Enjoy three Bordeaux style wines from our Viking Estate Vineyard. This three bottle sets includes: (1) Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate); (1) Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate); and (1) Cabernet Franc Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014

$179 Members, shipping & black gift box included


 Enjoy the elegance of Anna’s Estate Vineyard expressed in two Rhône style wines. The Anna's gift set includes: (1) Anna’s White Signature Anna's Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) and (1) Anna’s Red Signature, Anna's Estate Vineyard 2014. 

$89 Members, shipping and black gift box included


 Enjoy two wines from our legendary, 52-year-old HMR Estate Vineyard. A stunning duo from an inspired and historic Paso vineyard. The HMR gift set includes: (1) Chardonnay, HMR Estate Vineyard 2014 and (1) Pinot Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2014. 

“Probably the most impressive Pinot I’ve tasted from Paso...”
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

$98 Members, shipping and black gift box included
Time Posted: Nov 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Casey Paige
November 9, 2016 | Casey Paige

The Vineyard Dirt: Post Harvest Recap

As we wrapped up the month of October the days descend into full autumnal splendor. The pumpkin patches are overflowing, the leaves are turning color, and the 2016 Adelaida Harvest is at an end. We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s harvest. 2016 saw several unique challenges from yet another drought year, summer storms, and wildfires at our front door. And still, yellow bins of magnificent handpicked fruit rolled into the winery, day after day.

From six Estate vineyards, 157 acres, and two months of backbreaking labor, a promising 275 tons of fruit was harvested. The first pick of Muscat Blanc came in on August 16th, and the Adelaida crew raised bubbling glasses of 1984 sparkling Adelaida Pinot Noir to christen the harvest season. [insert pic from our toast].

This harvest lasted longer than past years, just over two months, which gave us a longer ripening season. The last grapes, Grenache and Petit Verdot, came in on October 19th, ending the picking stage of harvest. While every varietal showed up to play, each team has its all-stars. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Zinfandel all have stood out. Each varietal shows tremendous vibrancy and depth of character. Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the 2016 Harvest MVP-Most Valuable Player. The Cabernet shows great potential with skin color, cluster size, and fresh ripeness.

Every year’s harvest faces challenges, farming is an arduous endeavor. For the 2016 Harvest, Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub was most surprised with “the health of the vines despite six years of drought.” Moving on from the harvest season, the fermentation and aging stages will commence. The cellar crew are busy transferring wine from oak, concrete, and steel tanks to barrels for the ageing process. In regards to the entirety of the harvest, in Jeremy’s words, 2016 was “exhausting, but very rewarding! We’ve got the most professional and committed crew at Adelaida.” With such an astounding harvest, we are excited to see how the wines age and develop over the coming years.

Time Posted: Nov 9, 2016 at 11:23 AM
Kasey Martin
October 1, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Recent Acclaim: Vinous

In a recent article from Antonio Galloni - Vinous (September 2016), six Adelaida wines scored 90 points or more. Wines included: Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2013 (90 points); Mourvedre Signature, Anna's Estate Vineyard 2014 (91 points); Syrah Signature, Anna’s Estate Vineyard 2014 (91 points); Tribe Signature 2013 (92 points); Gamay Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points); and Pinot Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points).

Article Excerpt: Paso Robles: Taming the Beast by Josh Raynolds

"After extensive construction, work a fancy new tasting room and visitor's center has been completed at this strikingly scenic hilltop site, making Adelaida among the region’s most attractive spots for wine tasting. The quality, consistency, and approachability of the wines has increased since 2012 when winemaker Jeremy Weintraub took the reins." 

Time Posted: Oct 1, 2016 at 4:24 PM
Kasey Martin
September 1, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Recent Acclaim: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

In the most recent issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (August 2016), seven wines from Adelaida Vineyards & Winery scored 90 points or more. Wines included: Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points); Cabernet Sauvignon, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points); Syrah Signature, Anna’s Estate Vineyard 2014 (92+ points); Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2013 (92 points); Tribe Signature 2013 (91 points); and Anna’s White Signature, Anna’s Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points). 

Article Excerpt: 

"While Paso Robles has been synonymous with the Rhône movement for over a decade now, it is worth noting the quality of the Bordeaux varieties coming from these limestone hills today. I'm increasingly seeing incredible wines based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and other Bordeaux varieties from Paso Robles. While it may be hard for readers to believe, trust me when I tell you that these top-quality releases are a match for the best wines from California's North Coast. Top estates producing Bordeaux varieties include Adelaida, l'Aventure, Booker, Daou, Denner, Jada, Justin and The Farm Winery. I expect this list to continue to grow."

Adelaida Review: 

"An estate that continues to go from strength to strength is Adelaida Cellars, which is located on the northern side of Paso Robles, just off of Adelaida Road. The wines are made by Jeremy Weintraub, and as I've said in the past, these are classic Paso Robles wines that merit attention."

Full Article Available Here


Time Posted: Sep 1, 2016 at 3:50 PM
Kasey Martin
July 20, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Berry Coloring & Canine Digging vs. Technology

As harvest nears, I got the chance to sit down with winemaker Jeremy Weintraub to find out more about what is currently happening in the vineyard and learn about the uniques ways that he measures water levels in the soil.

Q. What is Veraison and why is it important?
A. Veraison signals the onset of ripening and is when the pigment in the grape changes from green to red or black. The grapes will soften, accumulate sugar, and lose some of their acid.

Q. Has Veraison began in the Adelaida Estate?
A. Historically, we’re still about two weeks away from Veraison; however, we’re beginning to see quite a bit of coloring come up in a few varieties (most notably Pinot Noir).

Q. What are you doing in the vineyard right now?
A. The vineyard crew has been busy tidying up the grapevines and ensuring that the fruit clusters get just the right amount of sunlight to ripen to their full potential, but not too much light or heat that they get sunburned or lose color potential. It is a balancing act.

Q. What Tools are you using to ensure that the vineyard has enough water?
A. Water is vital to all life. For a grapevine, water demands change throughout the season. We monitor plant water use and needs through a combination of our own eyes as well as sensors placed throughout the ranches that record evapotranspiration and soil moisture.

Our third tool is the dog paw—more specifically, the digging action of Oliver our vineyard dog. If we see moist soil six inches below the surface, we know that the vine has plenty of water to draw from. We combine this observation with the soil measurements of our probes. Our vineyard probes measure water up to 48 inches below the surface in four inch increments.

Q. Why is it important to check water levels in the soil?
A. We need to check levels to ensure that each variety is getting what it needs. We want our red grape varieties to experience a moderately high amount of stress leading up to Veraison, which ensures the proper functioning of physiological processes without killing the plant. With white grape varietals, we don’t really want to stress them at all.

Q. How often do you water the vineyard?
A.  We irrigate only when necessary for plant life and quality. Also 33% of our vineyards are not irrigated and rely solely on what Mother Nature provides us during the rainy season so those vineyards are never watered. 

Time Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 3:49 PM
Kasey Martin
June 21, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Recent Accailm: Highly-Awarded 96pt Rosé


"Stunning from its chalky strawberry brilliance to its prom dress pink hue, the blend of 51% Grenache, 24% Carignan, 14% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and 2% Syrah knocked me out when I tasted it at the winery's brand new gorgeous tasting room atop Adelaida Mountain. The lemongrass-peach middle is an unexpected "ooooh" due to a strapping, searing minerality that keeps the mouth awake, but aware of greatness."

Time Posted: Jun 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM
Kasey Martin
April 26, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Adelaida Opens New Tasting Room and Hospitality Center

April 26, 2016 (Paso Robles, CA) – Adelaida Vineyards & Winery opened its new tasting room earlier this month and announced its plans for a Grand Opening Celebration May 6-8. The new facility, designed in a contemporary agrarian style features a sensory room, an extended wine bar, Club 2320 members’ lounge and patio seating all designed to host wine enthusiasts in a comfortable indoor and outdoor environment. The winery invites guests to celebrate the Grand Opening weekend, a milestone for the Paso Robles pioneer and experience Adelaida Cellars continued commitment to crafting world-class wines.

The new 8,200-square-foot hospitality center replaces the 600-square-foot tasting room. The more spacious hospitality center was built from the brand’s continuous growth over the past five years as consumers continue to discover the Paso Robles wine region and Adelaida Cellars. A new commercial kitchen adds additional options to taste Adelaida wines with food, wine pairings and library tasting offerings.

The new expanded space positions Adelaida Cellars as a potential venue for conferences and meetings in its subterranean Barrel Room, holding up to 200 guests with full audiovisual equipment available. The winery will also host a limited number of weddings each year. Furthermore, Adelaida plans to expand upon its popular educational seminars, winemaker dinners and event offerings.

“With views of the estate, several tasting areas and event spaces, the new hospitality center really allows guests to immerse themselves in Adelaida Cellars,” said general manager Jessica Kolhoff. “We couldn’t be happier to pour our wines in this beautiful building.”

The Grand Opening weekend celebration kicks off on Friday, May 6 with a five-course winemaker dinner featuring chef Dakota Weiss, winemaker Jeremy Weintraub and music by Churo de ouro. Upon arrival, guests will tour the new tasting room for wine and appetizers before descending to the Barrel Room. Each course will be perfectly paired with the current Adelaida wines which feature the newly designed label. Tickets are on sale and available by calling 800-676-1232 ext. 30 or events@adelaida.com. On Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, join the Adelaida team for appetizers prepared by Chef Dakota, live music and tours of the new facility.

Time Posted: Apr 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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