Why Not Wednesday with Halter Ranch
This week for Why Not Wednesday we have Halter Ranch in store. Historic Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery located in the heart of the Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida District. California’s Central Coast Wine Country has ideal conditions for growing superior wine grapes and producing world-class wines. The 100% estate-grown wines are sustainably farmed on westside limestone soils. Tradition and innovation mix at Halter Ranch to produce Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines of the highest quality.
The history of Halter Ranch Vineyard dates to the 1880′s, when the ranch was part of a 3,600-acre holding owned by businessman Edwin Smith. Born in New Jersey, Smith had been a wholesale butcher in San Francisco, but migrated to the Adelaida area west of Paso Robles in 1874. In 1881, Smith acquired what was to become Halter Ranch and built a grand Victorian farmhouse on the property. He became a dealer in farm produce and livestock, and also invested heavily in silver mining. A horse racing enthusiast, Smith kept a private box at Tanforan Racetrack and a stable of thoroughbreds on his estate.
In 1885, Smith’s mansion burned to the ground, but he immediately rebuilt it, enjoying another dozen years of prosperity before his business empire floundered. In the early 1900s, the estate was broken up. In 1943 1200 acres were purchased by the MacGillivray family, who farmed it for the next 50-plus years, introducing the first grapevines in 1996. The beautiful Victorian farmhouse Smith built in 1885 is a still the cornerstone of the Adelaida District and remains a Paso Robles landmark.
In June, 2000, Hansjörg Wyss purchased 900 acres of the ranch, renovated Smith’s historic farmhouse, and began enlarging the vineyard to its present 280 acres. Born and raised in Switzerland, Hansjörg believes Paso Robles is the best place in California to pursue his dream of producing world-class grapes and wines, a dream we are now busy realizing.
Macey Bires the wineries regional sales manager is based in Austin, and manages sales and marketing for Halter Ranch in a multi – state territory. Prior to joining Halter Ranch, Ms. Bires spent eight years with Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, managing their distribution network. Macey will be in store showing us Halter Ranch wines and educating us on the winery.
Halter Ranch, Paso Robles Grenache Blanc, 2015 :: $26 sale $23
Grenache Blanc excels in our limestone rich soils on the Westside of Paso Robles. Reminiscent of the wines of Southern France, this Grenache Blanc has aromas and flavors of honey, white flower, melons and pear. Delicious on its own, this wine also pairs beautifully with hearty salads, prosciutto and melon, and anything from the sea.
Halter Ranch, Synthesis, 2015 :: $24 Sale $21
Synthesis is an approachable Cabernet Sauvignon blend that has aromas of both red and black fruits and cassis, followed by favors of black cherry and plums.Smooth and approachable, this wine is great on its own, but also pairs with virtually everything.
Halter Ranch, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 :: $32 sale $29
Cabernet Sauvignon is our most widely planted varietal at Halter Ranch with over one-hundred acres under vine. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a classic profile with aromas of red and black currants and graphite. Bright and fresh on the palate, this wine has flavors of red fruits and black cherries. A balanced mid-palate and well-integrated tannins lead to a long seamless finish. Delicious now, this wine will continue to develop for years to come. Pair with wood-fired pizza, braised game and roasted or grilled meats.
Halter Ranch, Paso Robles Syrah, 2015 :: $38 sale $34
Syrah is a perennial favorite at Halter Ranch, and our unique soil expresses a beautiful side of the grape varietal. Our 2015 Syrah opens with aromas of blueberries and baking spices. The bright entry provides complex flavors of dried flowers, berry compote and a hint of earthiness, that leads to a long layered finish. This elegant wine will pair well with charcuterie and braised and grilled meats.
Our good friends at Laws Whiskey will be in store! We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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