Paso Robles tasting room
Open Daily from 10:30 - 5:00
2485 Highway 46 West
Paso Robles, CA 93446
We are located on the south side of Highway 46 West 2.5 miles from Highway 101.
Our driveway is directly across from the big red mailbox and the Niner Winery Tasting Room.
santa maria tasting room/WINERY ADDRESS
Open daily from 10:30 - 4:30
5230 Tepusquet Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
The harvest of 2014
is rapidly approaching and is likely to be in full stride by mid-September.
The early vintage
this year stems directly from the ongoing three-year drought and the historic
high temperatures we experienced in the Central Coast this past May. On May 1,
the National Weather Service raised the drought status of Santa Barbara and San
Luis Obispo counties from “extreme” to “exceptional” drought conditions. What
little rain we received in early March turned the hills green but quickly dried
out to a golden hue by mid-May. The Perigean full moons (super moons) of July,
August and September will have a profound impact accelerating grape vine
maturity as the moon orbit comes closest to earth.
On July 10, 2014, the
International Research Institute of Climate Prediction declared a 70% chance of
El Niño in the summer of 2014 in the northern hemisphere and 80% chance for the
coming winter. For the past three decades, three-year drought periods have been
followed by an above-average rainfall year. Not all El Niño weather patterns
will result in above average rainfall, but the wettest seasons on the Central
Coast in the past 50 years have occurred during El Niño conditions. Let’s pray
for rain—just not until the 2014 vintage is complete!