Posted by: cvancil | May 8, 2009

Possibilities: Pear Valley Winery

Tasting Room

Pear Valley Winery Tasting Room

Owned and operated by Tom & Kathleen Maas, Pear Valley Winery is a life-long dream that has turned into a fun and successful dream for the couple.  It all began for Tom when he was stationed in Germany amongst a vineyard.  Decades later after the kids had grown and moved away, they purchased 20 acres in 1999 and got to work.  Today, the property boasts 113 acres of quality grapes grown with environmentally sustainable farming methods.  Their philosophy is simple:  “…to grow the best fruit possible and then interfere as little as possible. Crop sizes are limited to about 2 tons per acre to showcase the power and intensity of the grapes. The grapes are aged 2 years on a combination of new, one year old and neutral American, French and Hungarian Oak Barrels. The wines then spend another year in the bottle before being released for consumption where we hope they are consumed with the same joy they were developed with.  Enjoy!

Featuring a wide selection of red varietals, from the Red Table Wine to a Syrah, there is surely something that will not only tempt but satisfy your pallette.  Prices are very decent, with all but one being in the $15 to $25 range.

Pear Valley Winery also has some great free and low cost activities this summer!

Summer Sunset Jam Session with the Winemaker – June 18, 2009
Join us every third Thursday of the summer for our Summer Sunset Jam Sessions with the Winemaker. Enjoy the spectacular Paso Robles sunset, bring a picnic and savour some Pear Valley wine while our Winemaker, James Hendon, plays his guitar. We encourage anyone who is interested to bring their instrument and join James. Starting at 5pm and going until approx. 8:30pm.

Fireworks at Pear Valley – July 4, 2009, 6pm-10pm
$5 includes traditional hamburger and hot dog bbq. Complimentary to Distraction club members and military personnel with Military ID.  Bring a low back lawn chair and enjoy the fireworks show from our beautiful grounds. Wine and sodas will be available for purchase, complimentary lemonade will be available as well. Please no outside food or beverage.

If you are like me and enjoy the simple life combined with excellent food paired with a robust red wine, then be sure to make a stop at Pear Valley Vineyards.  What are you waiting for?

Text and images courtesy of Pear Valley Winery.

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