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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
December 19, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Recipe: Walnut Baked Brie

This sweet and savory recipe is perfect for an upcoming holiday gathering. What’s not to love about melted cheese and fresh walnuts in this supper simple appetizer? Pairs well with a crisp white wine or light-bodied red. Adelaida Pairing Suggestion: Chardonnay, HMR Estate Vineyard 2015.


  • 1 large round brie cheese
  • ½ cup Adelaida chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut the top of the rind off the brie
  3. In a small bowl, mix walnuts, rosemary, brown sugar ginger, and salt
  4. Spoon walnut mixture over brie and place in a small, shallow baking dish (we used a cast iron)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese becomes bubbly
  6. Serve with warm, sliced bread 
Time Posted: Dec 19, 2016 at 10:19 AM
Kasey Martin
November 29, 2016 | Kasey Martin

Press: Best Paso Robles Wineries to Visit

Article: Visit Food & Wine for full article 

Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) takes in a sprawling, western landscape of rolling hills, rugged mountainsides and Pacific Ocean coastline. The area is so large and diverse that it now encompasses 11 smaller AVAs, including the Adelaida District and Templeton Gap District.

Sun- and heat-loving Zinfandel was Paso Robles’ first calling card, and some of the state’s best are still found here. A second wave of wine production in the region saw Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon come to prominence. But recent years have seen the  burgeoning prestige of what is known as the “Westside”—west of the town of Paso Robles itself—where the flat plains east of town give way to the steep hillsides of the Coast Range, and temperatures are moderated. These vineyards are among those that have led the charge for the Rhône-style wines, like Syrah, Viognier and blends featuring Grenache and Mourvedre, that are enchanting many wine lovers. In the southwest, the fog and Pacific breezes coming through the Templeton Gap, have influenced the vineyards, which produce wines—including Pinot Noirs—that have a cool climate freshness and acidity.

There are many tasting rooms right downtown in the charming town of Paso Robles itself, but the scenic beauty of the area—and attractions like the Hearst Castle at San Simeon and Morro Bay—make it worthwhile to get out on the roads and take it all in. —Richard Nalley

Adelaida Feature 

Family owned Adelaida is one of Paso’s pioneers, established in 1981, and a case study for winemaking at altitude—its 157 acres of vineyard lie on soil that’s situated at 1,400-2,000 feet. Visitors experience the impressive altitude firsthand, driving up to the hilltop tasting room. Though best known for its Rhône wines, Adelaida makes an array of other wines, including Pinot Noir and Cabernet, and pours a generous selection in the tasting room ($10). Book ahead for special experiences like the vineyard tour that culminates with a tailgate picnic at 2,3000 feet ($50). adelaida.com


Time Posted: Nov 29, 2016 at 2:47 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
Adelaida Team
February 10, 2016 | Adelaida Team

Adelaida Gets a Facelift


For those of you who have been fans of Adelaida for the past several years, or perhaps have older Adelaida wines in your cellar, you may have noticed that our label has had different “faces” throughout time.  Preceding the faces, or the very existence of Adelaida wine, there was the thriving town of Adelaida, the HMR Vineyard, and the Van Steenwyk family who spent summers on Hilltop Ranch (the walnut ranch where the winery now exists).

Last year, as we approached the 35th anniversary of the Adelaida brand and celebrated the new Adelaida District AVA, we started to reflect on our history, our story, and our future. We realized that although the faces are a part of Adelaida’s past, they do not represent who we are today, our rich history, the beauty of our land, and our amazing family ownership.                              

So here we are, one year after inception, sharing our new labels with you. Our primary Adelaida label shows a pencil sketch of the Adelaida District, the exact view that you see from our hilltop view, (at 2200’ it is one of the highest points of elevation in the Paso Robles AVA). The sketch speaks to the diversity of our land and its unique beauty - rolling vineyards and walnut orchards with a backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range

The HMR label celebrates the history of our HMR Estate Vineyard. The traditional Burgundian packaging pays tribute to the wines produced from this historic vineyard. Pinot Noir was the first varietal planted on this vineyard in 1964 (oldest producing Pinot Noir on the Central Coast of California) and Chardonnay followed in the early 1970s.  Moving forward, this label will be seen on our Burgundian family of wines from the HMR Vineyard.

The Signature Series label, which represents our best barrel selections and small lot wines, speaks to our family ownership and honors our owner/author Elizabeth Van Steenwyk. The simple, left justified text on the label reads like a page in a book. Elizabeth’s beautiful signature is just beneath the text with her “A is for Adelaida” stamp of approval.

“The new label tells the story of Adelaida. Like a short story that takes you beyond the surface, it honors this special place and its rich history, yet shows anticipation for new beginnings,” said Van Steenwyk.
We invite you to watch The Story of Adelaida, a newly released video, which personifies the history, the land and our estate wines. The video honors generations past while celebrating the dedication of the people who help grow and make the wines. 

We are extremely excited to launch our new labels and look forward to telling you more about them as you visit our new Hospitality Center!



Time Posted: Feb 10, 2016 at 9:27 AM
Adelaida Team
January 29, 2016 | Adelaida Team

The Mike Behind Michael's Vineyard




Ranch Manager Emeritus
Michael Whitener 


Mike remembers the day in 2001 when he and Adelaida owner Don Van Steenwyk were driving on the HMR ranch and Don asked, “What would you plant on this hill?”  Mike answered “a dry farmed vineyard”. It was then that Adelaida Cellars chose to plant dry farmed Zinfandel on what is now Michael’s Vineyard.
Mike Whitener was born and raised near Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles, now part of the Adelaida District of the Paso Robles AVA. His family has been in the area since 1890.  Mike is a “true local” in every since of the term.

Growing up running through the hills fishing, hunting and caring for the family’s walnut and almond orchards, Mike developed a strong love and respect for the land.  In the early ‘60s, Doctor Stanley Hoffman purchased what is now known as the HMR Ranch.  Mike’s dad, Johnny, worked for Doctor Hoffman and helped to plant the first HMR Pinot Noir grapes 50+ years ago.  As a young man, Mike worked the Hoffman Ranch alongside his dad. Mike grew to love the vineyards and the “smell of dirt”. While everyone loves the vines and grapes that make the great wine Adelaida is known for today, it’s the dirt Mike values more than anything.

In 2002 Mike incurred a spinal cord injury. This did not stop Mike from doing what he loves to do; working on and managing the Adelaida ranches. With great encouragement from the Van Steenwyks and his own family, this is what Mike still does today.
Next time you visit Adelaida, look for the guy driving through the vineyards and walnut orchards wearing a cowboy hat and a great big smile – he’d love to say hello to you!

It is with deep gratitude and respect we raise our glasses to you, Mike Whitener (zinfandel, of course!).  Cheers!



Time Posted: Jan 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM
Jeremy Weintraub- Winemaker
January 22, 2016 | Jeremy Weintraub- Winemaker

El Niño Update from Winemaker Jeremy Weintraub

The first very wet winter in four years is upon us! This year’s El Niño, caused by elevated surface water temperatures in the South Pacific, is expected to bring about heavy rains and cooler nights. El Niño rains promise a limited replenishment to our water-starved soils…..if we can keep the water from running away! Fortunately, the rains that we’ve had so far have been wonderfully easy, with a handful of daily accumulations totaling not more than 0.9 inches. Since July 1, 2015 we’ve recorded 8.3”, over 2" more than this time last year! What does this mean for the vineyards? Those frequent, light rains allow the soil to slowly absorb the water, which, over time, help to flush out the salts that have accumulated from the prolonged drought.  Our concern over heavy downpours at Adelaida is that the steep slopes will simply allow the water to run off, carrying with it our valuable topsoil. To combat this possibility, just before the first rains began to fall we planted lots of peas, beans, white and yellow mustard, daikon radish, and triticale to build up the biomass of our soils. Right now, the vineyards look beautiful with lots of greens and colors, and we know that we’ve done as much as we can to work in stride with Mother Nature.


Time Posted: Jan 22, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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