We were recently invited to go out to a blending seminar and dinner out at Record Family Wines. We’ve definitely heard of them before and I feel like I’ve tried their wines somewhere before but I’m a parent, therefore life’s a blur.
Annie and I went out to their blending party/ seminar and a few things stood out; 1) the family is super cool 2) the other attendees were a lot of fun 3) the blending party was super fun (we got lucky with a great table of people) 4) their wines are really nice and 5) the property is beautiful.
Here’s the scoop, there were roughly six tables with about six people at each table. We were given a bottle of Grenache, a bottle of Syrah, and a bottle of Mourvedre. You guessed it, to make a GSM blend. Geez you’re smart. We began, obviously, by tasting each wine on its own then collaborating with the folks at our table with how we should proceed. We ended up making six blends and at the end we came to a consensus to see which of those six we liked best.
Coming to a conclusion was pretty easy. We each seemed to navigate toward the same one or two. Blending is a tough job though. Taste. Blend. Taste again. Blend again. Taste again. Blend again. You get the idea.
The Record Family were then going to go through the best blend from each table and pick the winner which will become their first bottled GSM. Pretty cool idea to get wine club members and friends involved to do something like this.
At the end of the blending they brought out their 2016 100% Viognier for us to taste, which was really nice as well. Annie ended up buying a couple of bottles of the Viognier as well as their Grenache Rose.
After all that they took people on tractor rides through the vineyard and had dinner from the Hurricane Kitchen Food Truck (which, as you know, is one of our favorites). There was also live music from local artist, Chris Beland. We had to go after all the blending fun but I’m sure the rest of the evening was amazing.
All in all, I’m really glad we went. As I said above, the people were really cool and it’s always cool to hear directly from the people behind the wine. I look forward to following their journey in the Paso Robles wine scene and I urge you to check them out.