Cheese of the Week: Halloumi

Halloumi is a sheep, goat, and sometimes cow’s milk cheese that originates from the island of Cyprus, located in the Eastern Mediterranean sea. Produced since the Byzantine era (AD 395-1191), this semi-hard, unripened brined cheese has become very popular in Levant, Greece, Turkey, and recently, the United Kingdom. It has a firm texture, causing the…

Nikiara Release Party: September 17

Please join us on Saturday, September 17, for the much anticipated release of our 2013 Le Vigne Nikiara Bordeaux blend! Lasting all day from 11:00am to 6:00pm, we will be throwing a party to celebrate and will be hosting a special Charcuterie and Bordeaux-style wine pairing flight in our tasting room, featuring our newest vintage…

Harvest Festival Weekend 2016

Join us in our tasting room this Harvest Festival Weekend as we celebrate the event that we’ve all been waiting for: HARVEST! From October 14-16, we will be hosting an open cellar, TWO winemaker dinners, international cheese and wine pairings, gourmet cheese and charcuterie platters, tasting contests, games, and more! It’s going to be an…

Cutting into an 87-pound Grana Padano Wheel

Our cheese girls faced a new challenge this week when Cafe Roma, a restaurant and wine bar in San Luis Obispo, ordered an entire wheel of Grana Padano for a private banquet. They had a special request for this massive 87.5-pound wheel: that it be cut in half, along the side, in a perfectly straight…

Taste Our New Releases!

We have a few new releases in our tasting room right now, with many more to come! Here are wines that we’re featuring in our tasting room right now: 2015 Le Vigne Paso Robles Barrel Select Chardonnay (NEW in the tasting room!) Tasting Notes: Fuji apples mixed with pineapple and banana are the driving aromatics…

Cheese of the Week: Cambria Clothbound

This cow’s milk cheddar cheese from Stepladder Creamery in Cambria, CA has a natural rind produced from the bandage it is wrapped in as it ages. With a crumbly yet creamy texture, it tastes slightly more savory savory than sweet, while also producing a prominent sharpness on the finish.The tyrosine crystals that develop after four…