On September 29, First Crush Savored the Central Coast with Sunset wine editor, Sara Schneider and a group of eager new Crush-tomers. After a sipping and picking about a 700 lbs. of Silver Horse Vineyard Syrah, the fun-loving group enjoyed a fabulous lunch prepared by Chef Julie Simon of Thomas Hill Organics paired with the wines of Chamisal Vineyards. Great wine and food, set to the melodious tunes by the Belmores and beautiful panoramic views from the Silver Horse Vineyard made for a fabulous day.
The First Crush "Berry-to-Bottle" tour was one of the tours featured as part of Sunset's Savor the Central Coast hosted by the San Luis Obispo County Visitors' Bureau. It was an abbreviated version of the Crush Encounters only available from First Crush in the beautiful Paso Robles wine region. Savor is a three-day event that highlights the best of the best of the Central Coast giving guests a chance to taste wines, visit attractions, enjoy farm and agriculture tours and much more.
First Crush enjoyed being a part of this fabulous event and having a chance to showcase its fabulous, fun and educational hands-on winemaking experiences. There's no other wine experiences like the First Crush available anywhere else. For the fall 2011 season, there are two remaining Crush Encounter winemaking weekends. They include Oct. 15 at the Cass Vineyard & Winery and Oct. 22 at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery.
Do you struggle every year trying to find a special gift for friends and customers? Custom-labeled wine is the solution and First Crush MAKES IT EASY!
At First Crush, there are two ways you can have custom-labeled wines for the holidays. Either one will give you a fabulous, Paso Robles wine – with your name or message on it – to serve with holiday meals or give to your friends, family and customers. There’s no better way to show your friends and customers that you are thinking about them, and they’ll certainly remember you when they’re enjoying your wine.
Option 1: Purchase our pre-bottled premium Paso Robles wines, go to our online label program, choose your label from a wide assortment of templates, create your label and voila! In just a few days, you’ll have your own custom-labeled, Paso Robles wine. You can also provide your own artwork for an additional fee.
We have two pre-made wines for you to choose from: A velvety, traditional 100% 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, or a bold, flavorful blend of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Both of these wines were professionally crafted with the assistance of our winemaker, Steve Kroener of Silver Horse Winery, and have been receiving rave reviews from our customers! Each wine costs $30 per bottle, or $24 for Crush Club members. Also, additional bulk discounts are available.
Option 2: Create your own custom-blended wine. Attend a blending class or schedule your own and create your own custom blend. Create your label online or provide your own artwork, and in less than two weeks, you can have your own custom blended, custom-labeled wine.
We would love to help you create your wine to share with friends and family this holiday season, so give us a call for more information or to schedule your private blending today! Our office numbers is (805) 434-2772, or send us an email inquiry to
Sometimes, there’s a lot more going on inside a bottle of wine than you might think. Even if it says “Cabernet Sauvignon” on the front of the bottle, there’s a good chance that the wine you’re about to enjoy has been blended with an entirely different grape altogether, like Cabernet Franc, or maybe some Merlot. But this blending practice isn’t intended to be an act of deception; it’s a way for winemakers to add their own personal touch and flavor to the wines that they help create, by highlighting a particular flavor or characteristic.
Blending wine is where the true art of winemaking comes into play. While every part of the winemaking process, from growing the grapes to filling the bottles, affect the final flavor of a wine, the blending process can be the most influential, and the most fun. This is because blending is actually more of an art than a science.
Do you know the different wine grape varietals that comprise a Meritage blend? Do you know when and why single varietals started appearing on American wine labels? And what’s the real difference between a GSM, SMG, or even a MGS?
You can learn the answers to these questions (and a whole lot more!) when you attend a First Crush blending workshop. Typically, winemakers are the only ones who get to make the wine, but at First Crush, we make it easy for you and your friends to get in on the fun. Our blending classes (newly dubbed “The Art of Blending Wine”) let you be a winemaker for a day, and create a wine tailored to your personal taste. These events are perfect for wine lovers of all wine-knowledge levels. They give you the chance to learn how different varietals affect how blends taste, pick apart the many nuances of a glass of wine, and much more!
This Saturday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. will be our last “scheduled” blending class for 2010. Don’t miss your last chance to experience the Art of Blending Wine, create and purchase your own custom blend, and have a blast with First Crush!
If you can’t make it to our blending workshop this Saturday, schedule your own! From now until December 31, blending classes are available by appointment for groups of four or more, Thursday – Monday from 11-5 PM at our new winemaking workshop out at Silver Horse Winery. Call (805) 434-2772 for more information.
Wine Workshop: 2010 vintage Wrap-Up – Nov. 20, 2-5 p.m.
The 2010 vintage is a year that Paso Robles won’t soon forget. Unusually cool weather resulted in a harvest that fell behind schedule, and equally unusual harvest dates for the many different premium wine grape varietals grown throughout the Paso Robles region: Zinfandels were being harvest before Viogniers, and fruit is still coming in off the vines, even though it’s already the second week in November.
During a November 20 winemaking workshop, First Crush will look back at the 2010 vintage, and give you an inside look at some of the wines that we harvested, and the wines that we have in barrel. You’ll have the chance to meet with First Crush’s viticulturist, as well as be some of the first to taste our newly pressed 2010 wines straight from the barrel.
These are our last winemaking events until January 2011, so you definitely don’t want to miss them!
You can register online by visiting our online store, or by calling (805) 434-2772.
The Art of Blending Wine – Nov. 20, 11 am – 1 pm
Blending wine is truly an art form, and First Crush blending workshops have taken on a new name to reflect what blending is all about. Formerly known as our “Blending Workshop,” the Art of Blending Wine will guide you to a whole new appreciation of wine.
These blending seminars are a fun way to learn about the art of blending wine, sharpen your palate and gain a new understanding of why blending is an important process of making great wines. You’ll also taste some great Paso Robles wines and have the opportunity to purchase your custom blend and create a custom label for your wine that will be made from 100% premium quality Paso Robles wine varietals.
At our newly opened First Crush Wine Workshop, you’ll begin by learning how to evaluate a selection of base wines for aromatics, flavor, texture and aging characteristics. After learning the nuances of each wine, we’ll give you the tools that real winemakers use (graduated cylinders and Erlenmeyer flasks) and let you create several unique blends.
When you’re all finished, you can create your own custom label for your wine using one of First Crush’s beautiful templates, or you can unleash your inner graphic artist, and design your own! Custom wine is an excellent gift for friends, family, and co-workers, and is a big hit at holiday parties and dinner tables.
First Crush makes your custom winemaking experience simple, and fun! Don’t miss it! Includes wine and cheese pairing. (Approx. 2 hours.)
$40/pp, $32 for Crush Club members in advance. $50/pp at the door. You can register by visiting our online store or by calling (805) 434-2772.
Don’t miss this great opportunity for a truly unique winemaking experience. Join us this Saturday, November 13 from 1-3 PM for our Roxo Port Cellars blending workshop.
Just in time for the holidays, you can create your own custom-blended port from Roxo’s great port varietals and put your own name on it! What a great holiday gift or crowd pleaser at those special holiday meals. This is also a fun way to learn about the art of blending wine, sharpen your palate or just gain an understanding of why blending is an important part of the winemaking process.
For this special event, First Crush will be teaming up with Roxo Port Cellars and their winemaker/owner, Jeff Steele to take you beyond the tasting room! Jeff will be rolling out barrels of FOUR of these different delicious port varietals: Touriga Nacional, Souzao, Tinta Roriz, and Bastardo. Then, Jeff and First Crush owner, Becky Zelinski, will help you craft your very own custom blend of premium, Paso Robles port!
Traditional, Portuguese-style ports are typically blended, and this time, you and your friends get to be the winemakers! We’ll also be serving port’s favorite pairings: a selection of fine artisan chocolates and cheese. This way, you’ll know exactly what to serve with your own, custom-made port at your holiday events and family gatherings.
Once you finish blending your port, you can really make it your own by naming and designing your own custom label for your wine. First Crush has a number of beautiful label templates for you to choose from, or you can create one that is completely your own design. Custom wine is an excellent for friends and family during the holidays, because there’s no better way to keep warm during the coming winter months than snuggling in front of a fire with a glass of premium Paso Robles port.
Register by visiting our online store, or calling (805) 434-2772.
Cost is $53 for Crush Club members, and $65 for non-members in advance. $75/pp at the door. Cost includes admission, wine tasting, chocolates and cheese pairings, and a souvenir bottle of your blend.
First Crush blending seminars and wine classes make great company or private holiday parties. You and your group can have a great time learning about Paso Robles wine by helping create your own custom blend, or by simply tasting and enjoying some delicious food and wine pairings. The First Crush winemaking workshop is now open, and located behind the tasting room at Silver Horse winery in San Miguel.
First Crush makes celebrating the holidays in style fun, and provides you with an experience you can’t get anywhere else in Paso. Call us at (805) 434-2772 to get the ball rolling on your next holiday event. Also, don’t forget to ask about our special group discounts, and other holiday promotions! You can also register online for our pre-scheduled events by visiting our online store.
This holiday season, don’t give somebody else’s wine to your friends and family, give them your own!
Impress your family, friends, and customers with your own delicious bottle of professionally styled, custom-labeled, Paso Robles wine. In addition to being a unique, and personal holiday gift, your own “private reserve” will be an impressive addition to holiday meals and get-togethers.
By participating in one of First Crush’s exciting blending workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to blend three different varietals of premium Paso Robles wines into a blend perfectly suited to your pallet. Or, if you don’t have time to make it to one of our blending workshops before the holidays, you can purchase bottles of our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, or bottles of our delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot, and then use our online label-making program to make them your own.
Our custom wines start at only $24/bottle. And don’t forget to ask about our case specials and other holiday discounts and promotions!
But hurry – we’re nearly out of our 2008 wines. Call (805) 434-2772 to schedule a private blending session, or to order your custom wine. Also, call for information or to register for our November 20 blending workshop. You can also register online, by visiting our online store.
Now that harvest is over, it’s time to get ready for the holidays.
This year, we’ve prepared an exciting number of events for you and your family to enjoy. There’s no better way to experience Paso Robles wine country than with one of our blending or winemaking workshops, and don’t forget – custom labeled wine makes great gifts!
We kick off November with our special Port Blending workshop, featuring the wines of Roxo Port Cellars. With the assistance of Roxo’s winemaker, Jeff Steele, you will have the chance to sample delicious port wines that are still in barrel, and even create your own custom blend of professionally crafted, custom labeled wine to take home and share with family and friends. There’s no better way to keep warm this winter than indulging in a delicious sip of fine port after a delicious holiday meal, especially when it’s a wine that you helped create. This exclusive winemaking experience is only available through First Crush, and spots will fill up fast! Call (805) 434-2772 or visit our online store to register.
Also for Novemeber, we’ll be having our regularly scheduled monthly winemaking and blending workshops.
Our regular red wine blending workshops are the perfect way for wine drinkers to get a hands-on taste of what winemakers all over the state do every day. At our blending workshops, our First Crush team will help you create a blend of wine perfectly suited to your palete. Don’t worry – no experience is necessary, all we ask is that you come prepared to taste, prepared to learn, and prepared to have fun!
For those of you who really want an insider’s glimpse into the Paso Robles winemaking industry, our monthly winemaking workshops are what you’ve been waiting for. These monthly events mirror what is actually happening in the winemaking process, and let you get involved like never before. Go beyond tasting, and enrich your knowledge and enjoyment of wine, by interacting with grape growers, winemakers, and participating in a part of the winemaking process.
Visit our online store for dates, prices, and other event details, or just give us a call at (805) 434-2772, so we can help you craft your own First Crush winemaking experience!
We all know Paso Robles produces top-quality table wines, but Jeff Steele of Roxo Port Cellars and his team are adding traditional, Port-style wines to Paso's long list of accomplishments in this booming California wine region.The labels on their bottles read, Metodo Portugues, which translates to "the Portuguese method", indicating Steele's commitment to producing premium-quality port wines while adhering to traditional, "old world" methods.
In 2005, Steele decided to take the plunge, and try his hand at winemaking. "My day job is 'work'", says Steele. "Wine is my passion."You can sample the results of Steele's hard work and passion for winemaking at First Crush's wine workshop, located on the beautiful grounds of Silver Horse winery, at our November 13 port blending workshop. Perfect for holiday gifts, your custom blend of port will be a perfect way to stay warm this winter.Cost for this workshop is only $53/person for Crush Club members, and $65/person for non-members. Click here to register, or call (805) 434-2772.
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