Laird Foshay
 
March 15, 2016 | Laird Foshay

Rangeland Wines March 2016 News

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel+, March 18-20

We are open by appointment only during the Zin Fest this Friday-Sunday, March 18-20,  from 11-5. On Saturday only (March 19), we’ll be serving our famous grass-fed beef and lamb sliders while they last. Please make an appointment, and let us know when you plan to visit. We’ll be pouring several wines, including our delicious 2013 Zinfandel, and are offering a couple of excellent specials.

Vertical Selection Wine Specials

Just introduced for the festival weekend, we are offering a Zinfandel vertical 3-pack (2011, 2012, & 2013) for $99, a $26 savings over the list price for these wines. Club member discounts apply—a really amazing deal for these rare wines. We’ve only got a few cases of 2011 and 2012 Zinfandel left in our cellar. Grab them while you can! Order here.

We’re also offering a first ever Cabernet vertical selection, 3 bottles for $199—2007, 2008 and 2009 Rangeland Cabernet Sauvignon. These are some of the ageworthy wines that we tasted at our library tasting event in February. They are still showing good fruitiness and developing a nicely resolved suavity after years in the bottle. Your wine club discount applies and again, we are down to just a few cases each of these early Rangeland Wines, so order now.  

Field Day April 23

Our annual Field Day is coming up fast: April 23, from 12 to 3pm. We’ll start with a BBQ lunch of J&R sausages, grass-fed beef and lamb sliders, side dishes and desserts. We’re excited about our band this year—the Central Coast’s own Bear Market Riot, a power folk duo that blends folk, blues and pop. They will get your toes tapping! Of course we'll be serving Rangeland Wines (as well as non-alcoholic beverages). Livestock, including calves and lambs will be on display and we'll have an end of day ranch tour. Event and tour space is limited, so purchase tickets ($50 each before club discount) now if you want to attend. 

Mother Nature's Whipsaw

January was quite wet here, with more than 9 inces of rain. It seemd like El Nino was kicking into gear, then a very warm and dry February caused our drought-sensitivity meter to light up. Now March is shaping up to be a rainy month, with 7 inches of rain in the last two weeks.  Our current total for the year is almost 25 inches, approaching our normal 30 inches (fifteen year average). It's not an El Nino kind of total (50+ inches historically) but the rains are suffcient and well timed for a good year, agriculturally. 

The rain has done wonders for the countryside (all green!) and for our spirits,  which were admitedly ground down by four years of drought pressure. Our lake, which we use to irrigate the vineyard, is nearly full. The streams and springs, many of which have been dry for years, are flowing throughout the ranch. We’ve had over 100 baby lambs since January and expect 60+ calves through April, a nice bounceback after the drought-suppressed fertility we've experienced. Our cattle and sheep are clearly enjoying the rich green grasses and cool spring weather. 

The Wine Whisperer: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Spring is a magical time of year here on the ranch: green grass is in abundance, all the vines are pruned and looking dapper, baby lambs are frolicking around like kids in a Chuck E. Cheese, and of course, budbreak is just starting in the vineyard.

During the (not so) long, (not so) cold winter in Paso Robles, the grape vines go into dormancy where they can store up their energy, uptake water and get ready for another year of producing delicious grapes.  The vines aren’t “asleep” exactly, but taking a kind of “staycation” between the grueling previous harvest and the upcoming growing season.  This dormant state is not unlike a troubled poet who holes up in a secluded cabin, waiting for inspiration to snap her out of her writer’s block blues.   Budbreak­—when leaves first sprout on the vines—is the humble beginnings of what eventually will be, to stay with the previous metaphor, bottled poetry. (Click here to continue reading Paul's blog.)

Lamb, Wine and Beef Clubs

We are starting to ship our spring Lamb Club now.  You can join the Lamb Club now and receive your first box in May. The Lamb Club is a twice yearly shipment (spring and fall) of 20 pounds of lamb including: a rack, loin chops, shoulder & sirloin chops, 2 leg roasts, shanks, riblets, stew meat, and a couple pounds of ground lamb. If you haven’t tried our tender, flavorful lamb, you’re missing out. Join the club today!

Our spring wine club will ship April 26 and will be available for pickup starting at Field Day, April 23. Here are the wines we are planning to include in this release:

  • 2015 Rose' (new vintage)
  • 2012 GSM (almost all gone)
  • 2012 Watershed
  • 2012 Cabernet
  • 2012 Limestone Reserve Cabernet
  • 2013 Cabernet (new release)

Please update your billing and shipping information, if necessary, at www.RangelandWines.com. All you need is your email address and you can update your password to login. Also please let us know by email if you'd like to customize your spring shipment.

The Beef Club shipment is still scheduled for July and we have room avaialble in the club. Sign up here. We still have ground beef avaible in 10 lb and 20 lb boxes. Order here.

Time Posted: Mar 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM
Paul Hinschberger
 
March 14, 2016 | Paul Hinschberger

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Spring is a magical time of year here on the ranch: green grass is in abundance, all the vines are pruned and looking dapper, 130 baby lambs are frolicking around like kids in a Chuck E. Cheese, and of course, budbreak is just starting in the vineyard.

During the (not so) long, (not so) cold winter in Paso Robles, the grape vines go into dormancy where they can store up their energy, uptake water and get ready for another year of producing delicious grapes.  The vines aren’t “asleep” exactly, but taking a kind of “staycation” between the grueling previous harvest and the upcoming growing season.  This dormant state is not unlike a troubled poet who holes up in a secluded cabin, waiting for inspiration to snap her out of her writer’s block blues.   Budbreak­—when leaves first sprout on the vines—is the humble beginnings of what eventually will be, to stay with the previous metaphor, bottled poetry.

2016 now has the earliest budbreak on record in Paso Robles, even though 2015 held the non-coveted title last year—an early budbreak can be bad news.  For us at Rangeland, it means we have to pull the sheep from the vineyard for the season.  We like grazing our sheep in the vineyard because it is an effective way of mowing the grass and spreading nutrient-rich manure into the soil; but after budbreak we don’t want them eating the new leaves off the vines. In terms of vineyard health, early budbreak means the vines may not have had sufficient time in their dormant state and therefore might not have stored up enough energy for the upcoming season.  This can put extra stress on the vines—unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about it except to delay pruning until the last moment, which we did. Early budbreak also creates a higher chance of frost damage since the weather can turn freezing in March and April.  Fortunately for Rangeland, frost  risk  is low in our vineyard since it is located on a high hillside, allowing cold air to sink down into the Jack Creek drainage below, leaving our vines unharmed.  

This intricate dance with Mother Nature is part of what it means to be a grape grower.  Just like writing a good poem requires both structure and spontaneity, growing excellent grapes requires sound vineyard practices while staying flexible through Mother Nature’s whims.

To close, I’ll paraphrase 18th-century British poet, Samuel Johnson:  wine “puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.

Until Next time, Cheers!

Paul, the Wine Whisperer

If you are interested in watching videos of lambs and/or a very cool video on vine pruning made by our ranch manager, Nathan Stuart, please check us out on Facebook.

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2016 at 3:34 PM
Lisa Foshay
 
February 15, 2016 | Lisa Foshay

Beef Bourguignonne Pot Pie Recipe

We had a great turn out for our first ever Library Vertical tasting last Saturday. It was a fun and lively group and the wines and the weather could not have been better. We had many requests for the lunch recipe, which is in the link below. I used this recipe for both the lamb and beef pies. For the beef pies I used stew meat and a top round roast. For the lamb pies, I used shoulder chop meat, stew meat and shanks. Enjoy!

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/beef-bourguignonne-pot-pie

 

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2016 at 5:03 PM
Laird Foshay
 
January 20, 2016 | Laird Foshay

Rangeland Wines January 2016 News

Rangeland Library Vertical Tasting and Luncheon February 13

We've been impressed with some older Rangeland Wines lately, so we are excited to announce our first ever vertical tasting and special sale of Rangeland library wines on Saturday, February 13. We will start at 11 am with a sit down seminar at the ranch headquarters. Winemaker Paul Hinschberger and owner Laird Foshay will guide you through samples of our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from 2007 to 2011. We'll also taste a couple of other varieties from our cellar and you'll get a glass of library wine to enjoy with your meal. Our lunch buffet will follow, featuring estate grown, grass-fed beef and lamb Bourguignonne pie (you can have both!), with veggies, cheeses and some baked goodies. 

The wines are very rare (just a few cases each), so seating and sales quantities will be limited. Library wines will be priced at $75 each, with a 3 bottle special price of $200. Club discounts will apply.  The wines will be available at the event and also on our website afterwards, for those of you who can’t attend. Tickets for the event are $50 (includes tasting, lunch and a glass of one our library wines), before club discount. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th! 
Purchase tickets now to reserve your place

Ground Beef Shipping Special: Free for 20lb Ground Beef Orders

We are offering free shipping on any 20 pound box of ground beef ordered through March 1, and only $10 shipping for 10 pound boxes of ground beef, while supplies last. For those of you who regularly buy our beef and have it shipped, it’s a great opportunity to stock up. It should help stave off your cravings until the beef club becomes available in June. 
Order meats here

Beef and Lamb Clubs Open for New Members

Although we are sold out of last year's Beef and Lamb Club boxes, we are accepting signups for 2016. Our first Lamb Club shipment this year will be in March, in time for Easter. Our Beef Club will ship in July, as usual. 
Sign up for clubs here

Lamb Whisperer?
(Inaugural blog entry by winemaker Paul Hinschberger)

One of the many reasons I love my job is that I rarely have to do the same thing two days in a row.  Whether I’m in the cellar, filing government paperwork, or herding sheep--most days I don't know what excitement awaits me.  My official title at Rangeland is Winemaker. For some, this might conjure up an image of me swirling a glass of cabernet all day and mumbling pompous comments about the wine’s nuances of purple petunias and tiger sweat.  Others might think that I just sit in my office and write work-orders for my inferiors to complete. In reality, because we are a small winery, I am also the assistant winemaker, cellar worker, and intern/peon.  I wash the barrels, clean the drains and I even harvest my own tiger sweat. On top of my cellar duties, I also help out on the ranch with cows, sheep, vineyard projects and basically whatever Laird or Nathan tell me to do.  So although my task list may not seem as glamorous as most people’s expectations, I prefer to have some grit in my job description--even if that means shoveling sheep excrement. Read more

Vintage Paso (Zinfandel and more) March 18-20

We’ll be open, by appointment only, during Vintage Paso (formerly the Zinfandel Festival). We’ll have some Zinfandel on special, and hope to see you during the weekend. Make an appointment any time Friday March 18 – Sunday March 20, from 11 am-5 pm. We’ll be serving our famous grass-fed beef and lamb sliders on Saturday only. We look forward to seeing you then!

Rangeland Field Day Saturday April 23

Save the date and keep an eye out for the official announcement about our favorite spring party. Also, you can see all of our 2016 event calendar  here.

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2016 at 9:37 AM
Paul Hinschberger
 
January 18, 2016 | Paul Hinschberger

The Lamb Whisperer?

One of the many reasons I love my job is that I rarely have to do the same thing two days in a row.  Whether I’m in the cellar, filing government paperwork, or herding sheep--most days I don't know what excitement awaits me.  My official title at Rangeland is Winemaker. For some, this might conjure up an image of me swirling a glass of cabernet all day and mumbling pompous comments about the wine’s nuances of purple petunias and tiger sweat.  Others might think that I just sit in my office and write work-orders for my inferiors to complete.   In reality, because we are a small winery, I am also the assistant winemaker, cellar worker, and intern/peon.  I wash the barrels, clean the drains and I even harvest my own tiger sweat. On top of my cellar duties, I also help out on the ranch with cows, sheep, vineyard projects and basically whatever Laird or Nathan tell me to do.  So although my task list may not seem as glamorous as most people’s expectations, I prefer to have some grit in my job description--even if that means shoveling sheep excrement.

This week, Ranch Manager Nathan, Eddie ("retired" and does everything) and I have been building fence around the barn in preparation for lambing season.  Constructing livestock fencing is so much harder and more precise than I would have ever imagined.  Fortunately, Nathan and Eddie have been extremely patient with me while I am learning the rudiments of fencing--they give me the easy jobs so I can feel good about myself.  It is times like these that I feel truly humbled as a weakling winemaker since I can’t seem to keep up with Eddie, who I’d wager is twice my age.  

I don’t really know exactly what ‘lambing’ is going to entail just yet, but we are expecting to have 250 baby lambs born within the next few weeks!  I can’t wait to be surrounded by so much cuteness.  I have this bucolic image of myself dressed in shepherd garb cradling a newborn lamb and keeping it warm while I sing it to sleep with a soft lullaby. Then doing it 249 more times. However, I’m pretty confident that won’t actually happen.  I may just end up covered in feces, cursing a lot, with my dignity shattered. But that’s what makes a better story, right? Stay tuned on that one.

So this is my first blog, and I’m not exactly sure where I want to go with it just yet.  I’m not confident that anyone other my mom will even read it.   Nonetheless, I plan on writing about wine-oriented topics such as the soil’s effects on wine, Paso Robles’s place in the wine world, and the relationship between wine scores, popularity, and price.  Ideally, I would love it if our club members would ask wine questions of me in an “Ask Amy” sort of way.   I could be your own personal wine butler, who answers to your every question.  I shall call myself… the Wine Whisperer.  (Apparently, there is already a trademarked ‘Wine Whisperer’ but I thought of the name idependently.)

For questions or comments, please email me at paul@rangelandwines.com or comment below.   

Until next time, Cheers!

Paul, The Wine Whisperer

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2016 at 12:23 PM
Lisa Foshay
 
November 19, 2015 | Lisa Foshay

Lamb Is A Hit at the Pickup Party

We loved having club members out to our pickup party last Saturday--the weather was warm and beautiful, the wine was tasty and the company was terrific. We had several requests for recipes, so here they are. We hope you enjoy!

MINTY LAMB POPS 

For this recipe we used rack meat, cut into individual chops. We marinated the chops overnight.
 
Ingredients
1/2 cup best olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, minced
1/4 cup minced mint leaves
1/4 cup minced parsley leaves
1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon minced oregano leaves
2 pounds of chops
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1. in a non-reactive bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, onion, mint, parsley, rosemary and oregano. Add the lamb and toss to coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours. (Can be marinated in gallon ziplocks).

2. Remove the meat from the refrigerator 30-60 minutes before cooking. Preheat the grill or a grill pan on high.

3. Salt and pepper chops, and then grill to the desired doneness, about 3-4 minutes per side for medium to medium rare. Serve immediately.
 
 


MARINATED LEMONY LAMB KABOBS

For this recipe we used leg meat, cut into 1-inch chunks. O-bone chops, stew meat or shoulder chops could also be used. The marinade tenderizes these tougher cuts of lamb.

Ingredients
1 pound plain yogurt (regular or lowfat)
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 Tablesppons fresh whole rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds lamb meat, cut into 1" cubes

Directions
1. Combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add the lamb chunks, and stir to make sure every piece is covered. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

2. Soak wooden skewers (if using) for 30-60 minutes before cooking.

3. Thread 3-5 pieces of lamb per skewer, alternating with vegetables of your choice.

4. Salt and pepper both sides. Place on hot grill and cookr for 6-8 minutes, turning 2-3 times, until the lamb is medium rare.

Time Posted: Nov 19, 2015 at 5:38 PM
Laird Foshay
 
November 10, 2015 | Laird Foshay

Rangeland Wines October 2015 News

NOVEMBER 14 PICK-UP PARTY

We are hosting our annual pick-up party on Saturday, November 14, from 12-4 pm. Come pick-up your fall wine club, or your lamb or beef order, and enjoy the party. All club members--wine, beef, and lamb--are welcome to attend and bring 2 guests (max party of 4 per club member/couple). Even if you don't have anything to pick-up, you are welcome to come enjoy the ranch.

We will be serving grass-fed beef chili, grilled tomahawk lamb chops and lemony lamb kabobs, all estate-grown. We'll also have grilled J&R sausages, as well as assorted cheeses, roasted veggies, fruit and, of course, Lisa's cookies. We may even have some barrel samples of new wines. It's a perfect time to do a little wine shopping before the holidays. We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP.

FALL WINE CLUB

Our wine club shipment is available to pick-up now. It will of course be available at the November 14 party. Shipping orders will go out the week of November 16. Here are the wines included in the fall shipment:

  • 2013 Mistletoe (new)
  • 2013 Zinfandel (new)
  • 2012 Watershed
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 Limestone
  • 2012 Petite Sirah

If you’d prefer to customize your order, just send us an email or call with instructions. As always, you’re free to add more wines (while they last) to your wine club order. Also please let us know if you have any address changes, billing information updates or special instructions for pick-up or shipping, by phone (805-674-9232) or email.

WINE SPECIALS

Bordeaux 3 Pack.  We are extending the killer deal on our beautiful Bordeaux wines—​two 2012 Cabernet Sauvignons and ​a 2012 Watershed for $100, and that’s before you apply your club discount! These ageworthy wines are completely drinkable now and, if you plan to cellar ​them, they will develop beautifully for years to come. A worthy gift for very good friends. Click here to order.

Mistletoe 2 Pack. One 2012 and one 2013 Mistletoe (new release) for $50. The Mistletoe is a Cabernet/Syrah blend that offers the best of Paso Robles: Opulent fruit with good natural acidity and structure. Club discounts apply to this affordable, festive holiday gift. Click here to order.

GROUND BEEF

We still have some ground beef available--10 pound boxes for $90, and 20 pound boxes for $160 (before your club discount). We can ship anywhere in California. This would make a great holiday gift for your grass-fed beef loving friends and family members! To order, click here.

LAMB CLUB

We have a few more places left in the Lamb Club--all charter members get an additional 5 pounds of ground lamb with their first order. Lamb Club members will receive two shipments a year, in October (available now) and March, for $200 (20% off). The 25 pound box (half a lamb) includes:

  • Rack of ribs
  • Loin chops
  • 2 small leg roasts​
  • Shoulder chops
  • Riblets
  • Stew meat and/or shanks
  • 1-2 lbs ground lamb + 5 lbs charter bonus 


To sign up for the Lamb Club, click here.
 

HARVEST REPORT

We picked our last fruit on October 12. Vintage 2015 was a relatively smooth and short season, less than six weeks total. As expected, we had much lower yields due to the drought--a story we heard repeated all across the Central Coast. The quality of fruit was good, however, with extremely small "berries" and intense flavors.  

We're looking forward to tasting the first wines made by our new winemaker Paul Hinschberger. Paul was admittedly "excited" about his first season as chief winemaker--he was previously the assistant winemaker at Denner Vineyards--but he handled everything with aplomb and good humor. Paul introduced more whole (uncrushed) berry and some whole cluster (stems included) fermentations into our winemaking. These techniques may add more aromatic expression and complexity to the vintage. 

As fall progresses, we are preparing our vineyard for the next season. We've already spread some lime on the sandstone  portions of the vineyard to boost the structure and water-holding capacity of these powdery soils. We have a small mountain (70 tons) of compost which we'll spread throughout the vineyard and till into the soil after the first fall rains. We are looking forward to a rainy winter and a more fruitful harvest in 2016.

Time Posted: Nov 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Laird Foshay
 
September 28, 2015 | Laird Foshay

September 2015 News from Rangeland Wines

L​amb Club--Special Charter Offer

We are pleased to introduce our Lamb Club, featuring our Adelaida Spings Ranch grass-fed lamb. Our flock of grass-fat ​d​orper sheep is growing and we had more than 175 lambs last spring. So we finally have a steady supply of good lamb to support a club offering. Lamb Club members will receive two shipments a year, in October and March, for $200 (20% off).The 20 pound box (half a lamb) includes:

  • Rack of ribs
  • Loin chops
  • 2 small leg roasts​
  • Shoulder chops
  • Riblets
  • Stew meant and/or shanks
  • 1-2 pounds ground lamb

Sign up now ​and you ​will receive an extra 5 pounds of ground lamb in your first box—a $50 value. If you’ve had the opportunity to taste our grass-fed ground lamb at events at the ranch, you won’t want to miss out on this limited time offer.

Lamb Club members can apply their 20% discount to all Rangeland products, including our estate wines, grass-fed beef, and events. And Lamb Club members taste​ Rangeland Wines and tour the ranch for free. To join the Lamb Club, click here

Harvest Report

​W​e picked our first grapes on September 3 and our new winemaker Paul Hinschberger is busy ​tasting fruit, scheduling picks, overseeing the processing, and taking care of the wines as they ferment in our new winery processsing “home” at Brecon Estate on Vineyard Drive. ​Our crop has gotten progressively smaller during the 4-year drought, with yields at a dramatic new low this year​, less than 50% of our 2010 peak​. On the bright side, we're confident ​that drought conditions are creating intense flavors and bright acidity. We just won't have as much of our beautiful wine to sell in the next couple of years. As much as we'd like to stop talking about the drought, it continues to dominate our lives. We are sympathetic to all farmers and ranchers trying to raise crops and animals under these historic, harsh conditions.

Bordeaux Special: Two Cabs and a Watershed for $100

We have a killer deal on our beautiful Bordeaux wines—​two 2012 Cab Sauvignons and ​a 2012 Watershed for $100, and that’s before you apply your club discount! These ageworthy wines are completely drinkable now and, if you plan to cellar ​them, they will develop beautifully in the bottle over the next few years, or even longer. Click here to order.
 

Harvest Festival-Set Your Appointment!

​We will be open by appointment only for Harvest Wine Weekend, October 16 to 18, so please plan ahead. We’ll be serving grass-fed beef and lamb sliders on Saturday October 17 only! ​Request a reservation online or give us a call​ at 805-674-9232. ​
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Save the Date: Pickup Party November 14

Our annual pick-up party for wine, beef, and lamb club members is scheduled for Saturday, November 14 from 12-4. Please save the date! You'll be hearing more about this party in late October. We’re planning to serve grass-fed beef chili, a lamb dish, and assorted other goodies. We may have some barrel samples from vintages not yet bottled.

You'll be able to pick up your fall wine club, lamb club, and/or your beef orders at the party. It's also a perfect time to do a little wine shopping before the holidays. This is our favorite event of the year—we love to pour wine and cook for our club members. We look forward to seeing you!

Time Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 7:31 PM
Laird Foshay
 
June 18, 2015 | Laird Foshay

June 2015 News from Rangeland Wines

Here Comes the Beef Club!

We are busy packing beef club boxes for the season. Beef Club members can pick up at J&R Meats in Paso Robles beginning the week of June 29. For those Beef Club members from out of the area, we will begin shipping on July 6.  If you are on the Beef Club wait list, we should have enough meat to serve you. You will receive an email in the next week or so regarding all the details.

Beef Club members (including new members from the wait list) can order addtional 25 pound boxes, while the supply lasts. You can also order extra ground beef  in 10 or 20 pound boxes. Send us an email with your order or to make any special arrangements for pick-up/shipping. 

Our harvest steers were beautifully finished this spring, thanks to the extra forage they received at Halter Ranch last fall, as well as the abundant pasture feed that grew on our ranch this winter. Although we had below average rainfall (again), we did get well timed rainstorms that nurtured a rich pasture crop. We are pleased with our “grass fat” steers and we think you will be too!

Unfortunately, we have to raise the price of our beef this year. The added drought costs of renting pastures and buying hay have made our past prices untenable. Our 2015  beef club box price is now $250 ($10/lb)--still just $200 or less with your club discount. Our 20# ground beef box is now $160 before discount, and the 10# ground beef box is $90 before discount. We deeply appreciate your ongoing support of our beef program.

Introducing Winemaker Paul Hinschberger

Our original winemaker Shannon Gustafson left this spring to make Pinot Noir in Oregon—we wish her all the best. We were fortunate to find Paul Hinschberger, who was most recently the assistant winemaker at Denner Vineyards right here in Paso Robles. Paul’s passion for wine began early (age 19) when his family opened a restaurant in Idaho. At the time, he was getting a business degree from The University of Montana, but in his spare time he read about (and drank) the world of wine.  After graduating, he went to sommelier school to learn even more.  The experience sparked his craving for knowledge and traveling, and he has logged harvests in Washington, Sonoma, Oregon, New Zealand, Sebastopol and Paso. We are looking forward to our first harvest with Paul and excited to see (and taste) what he crafts with our fruit.

Lamb Special: Free Shipping this Summer!

We still have both lamb shares and ground lamb available. The 20-pound lamb share ($250 before wine or beef club discount) includes:

  • 1 rack
  • 1 loin, cut into 1” chops
  • Sirloin and shoulder chops
  • 2 leg roasts
  • Shanks
  • Riblets and stew meat
  • 1-2 pounds ground lamb

We are also now offering a 10 pound box of ground lamb in convenient 1 pound packages.  If you’ve ever had our lamb sliders, you know how delicious ground lamb can be. Order ground lamb or a lamb share from us before Labor Day and we will ship to you for free (in CA only), a $30 value. To place your order at this special rate, send us an email.

Rosé and Bordeaux Specials

Our new 2014 Flora Rosé is a lovely field blend of 7 red varietals. Just a little sweet ("off dry"), but crisp, acidic and refreshing, and perfect for summer BBQs and picnics. We’re also featuring a Bordeaux special which will pair nicely with BBQ meats. Here are our specials:

  • 3 pack 2014 Flora Rosé for $50 (before club discount)
  • 3 pack 2012 Bordeaux special (2 Cabs and 1 Watershed), $100 before club discount
  • If you buy a case of any Rangeland wines this summer, we’ll cut the price of shipping in half

​Send us your order by email to receive the special discounts.

Time Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 3:22 PM
Laird Foshay
 
April 8, 2015 | Laird Foshay

April 2015 News from Rangeland Wines

Rangeland Field Day 2015: Saturday, April 25, 12-3 pm

We are excited about hosting our second Field Day, which was canceled last year due to drought conditions. Field Day 2015 will include wine tasting, food, live music, educational and livestock displays in our beautiful pasture on the ranch flats, as well as an afternoon tour. Here are the details:

  • Wine:   taste Rangeland Wines, including our new 2014 Rosé, and enjoy a glass with your lunch
  • Food:  grass-fed beef and lamb sliders • grilled sausages • salads • baked goodies • gelato • cold lemonade 
  • Music: local, live acoustic band
  • Ranch and Vineyard Tour:  led by owner Laird Foshay at 2:30 to 3:30pm.
  • Tickets: $40/person, club discounts apply for members and their guests (when purchased by the club member). Children are welcome, and children 12 and under are free. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Attendance is limited to 100 guests and the ranch tour has only 30 seats and will fill up fast, so reserve your spot now on our website.  If you are a wine club member, you can pick up your spring shipment at the event.

Spring Lamb and Ground Meats Available

Many families traditionally enjoy a lamb dinner during spring time. We have some Adelaida Springs Ranch lamb shares for sale now, so you can serve the very best in humanely handled, pasture-fed lamb--paired with your Rangeland Wines! Your  wine or beef club discount applies. Each 20 pound Lamb Share ($250 list price) includes:

  • 1 rack
  • 1 loin, cut into chops
  • Sirloin and shoulder chops
  • 2 leg roasts 
  • Riblets, shanks and stew meat
  • A few pounds of ground lamb in 1 pound packages

To place your Lamb Share order, click here.

Ground lamb and beef are still available in 10 lb boxes. We ship anywhere in California or you can pick up your meat either at J&R Meats in Paso Robles, or by appointment at the ranch. All ground meats are vacuum sealed in convenient, 1 lb. packages. Please visit our website to place your order. 

We hope to have more 25 lb. Beef Club boxes by the end of June. Join the Beef Club waiting list here

Spring Wine Club Shipment

We will begin shipping our spring wine club during the week of April 27, so if you have any address or credit card changes, or other special requests, please email us now. This spring wine club will include the following:

  • 2014 Flora Rosé , newly released
  • 2012 Limestone Reserve Cabernet
  • 2012 Watershed (Bordeaux blend)
  • 2012 Zinfandel
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 GSM
     

About that Drought

We are counting our blessings for the 18 inches of rain we’ve received since last fall. We have rich green pastures right now to feed our livestock. Our lake nearly filled with runoff this winter, and that is a critical soure of irrigation water for our grapevines. Nevertheless--barring a very wet April-- this marks the fourth consecutive year of below average rainfall. One thing we've noticed is that the summers haven't really gotten hotter, but the the onset of spring and summer conditions is occurring ealier. Our grapevines, which used to bud-out in April are peeking out in March (some even in February) and are in full growth now. Same for the wild oak trees and domestic plants. We already have our first roses blooming in the garden. These drought conditions have been shrinking our grape and livestock harvest, but thanks to your support, our wine and meat sales are still growing. So are our hopes for better, wetter years to come. 

Upcoming: Paso Wine Festival, May 15-17

Our gates will be open Friday to Sunday, May 15 to 17. We’ll be serving grass-fed beef and lamb sliders on Saturday and Sunday only. 

 

Time Posted: Apr 8, 2015 at 9:03 AM