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January 18, 2018 | Ancient Peaks

The Art of Blending

Our winemakers recently stepped up to answer an age-old philosophical question: "Blending wines – is it art, science or a little of both?"

Indeed, Director of Winemaking Mike Sinor and Winemaker Stewart Cameron fielded this question as part of the new "Ask The Expert" series on the popular Reverse Wine Snob site. 

So what's their answer? "A lot of both."

They continue: "To be good at blending wines, you have to know your science. But to be great, you need to bring some artistry to the task.

Let’s start with the science – the chemistry of the wine. Much of this is handled at harvest time, by growing, fermenting and then aging wines that are technically sound. Your tannins, acids, pH and alcohols are established early in the life of a wine, so that is your time to get it right. You want to avoid scientific flaws, rather than try to fix or blend them away later.

However, science can only take you so far. If you are driven to achieve something great – a blend that will stand the test of time – then you need to delve into the art and mysticism of wine. You need to push and challenge yourself as a winemaker, to taste the wines of the world as your point of reference, then create something that is truly your own."

Click here to read the rest of the story on Reverse Wine Snob. 

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM
Ancient Peaks
January 16, 2018 | Ancient Peaks

San Francisco Gold Rush

We are excited to share that our 2015 Zinfandel earned a gold medal and "Best in Class" at the prestigious 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Our 2016 Chardonnay nabbed a gold medal as well. 

This year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition received 6,960 entries, and was judged by an all-star cast of wine authorities. 

Our good news doesn't end there. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc recently notched 91 points with an “Editor’s Choice” designation in Wine Enthusiast. Meanwhile, the 2015 Renegade earned 93 points and an “Editor’s Choice” designation in Wine Enthusiast, along with 93 points from Tasting Panel Magazine. 

And our 2014 Oyster Ridge earned 92 points in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, and was awarded a Double Gold medal with the distinction of Class Champion at the 2018 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition in Houston, Texas. 

We invite you to come to our Paso Robles tasting room to experience these award-winning vintages. 


Time Posted: Jan 16, 2018 at 2:11 PM
Ancient Peaks
January 15, 2018 | Ancient Peaks

Ancient Peaks: The Movie

Okay, it’s not quite a full-length movie, but it covers a lot of ground!

Indeed, we are excited to share our new three-minute winery video titled “The Ancient Peaks Winery Experience."

Shot by the talented Cameron Ingalls, this video shows how our three longtime local winegrowing and ranching families have built Ancient Peaks upon a legacy of history, hospitality and family. We hope you enjoy watching this latest chapter in the Ancient Peaks story.  

Time Posted: Jan 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM
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