Beef & Bay Leaves
This year our beef club members will receive a jar of Adelaida Springs Ranch bay leaves in their club box. We have dozens of large, fragrant Bay Laurel trees growing alongside shady creeks and near the natural springs on our ranch. The leaves were picked, dried and packed by Lisa & Courtney. Here's a classic beef stew recipe (adapted from the New York Times) that puts the fragrant bay leaf to good use!
Grass-Fed Beef Stew
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 lb. grass-fed beef stew meat, cut into 1" pieces
3-5 teaspoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup red wine
3 1/2 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
5 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
2 large baking potaotes, peeled and cubed
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
1. Combine flour and pepper in bowl, add beef and toss to coat.
2. On medium setting, heat 3 teaspoons olive oil in dutch oven or large pot. Salt the beef and then add to the pot in batches; don't overcrowd.
3. Cook, turning until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Add more oil as needed.
4. Remove beef from the pot and add wine vinegar and red wine. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium-high heat, scraping to loosen any browned bits.
5. Add beef, broth, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a slow simmer.
6. Cover and cook until beef is tender, about 1.5 hours. Check occasionally and add more broth as needed.
7. Add onions and carrots and cook 10 minutes. Add potatoes and cook about 20 minutes more until all veggies are tender. Add peas if using, and cook another 5 minutes.
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4-5. Pair with a good bread and any Rangeland wine!
Contents: Fall Wine Club, Doppel Club offer, Lamb Club, Free Lunch "Party", Harvest Fest, Toots-a-Loo!
Wine Club + Doppel Offer
Harvest is in full swing under hot, smoky conditions. Winemaker Paul, harvest intern Luke and vineyard manager Eusebio are hard at it, while I kibbitz the operation. With 25 tons of grapes fermenting in the winery and more picked every day, we are almost over the harvest hump.
So it must be time to announce our fall Wine Club selection, detailed below. If you are a six bottle or more club member, we are offering an additional 10% off with $1 shipping if you double your order. For example, a 6-bottle, 20% off Estate Club member would get a full case at 30% off, a discount of about $40 on that case of wine, plus shipping savings. If you would like to take advantage of this offer to stockpile a little wine for the holidays, please email us.
We will start billling the wine club October 22, but they are available for pickup now. We will ship wine clubs starting November 2. Here is the fall selection:
- 2019 Sauvignon Blanc* - new release!
- (or 2016 Ultramafic for reds only members)
- 2016 Cabernet*
- 2017 Mistletoe
- 2017 Petite Sirah*
- 2016 The Shepherd - new!, 96 points, double gold from Sunset Magazine
- 2016 Watershed*
*denotes 4-bottle intro club selection
Please let us know by email if you'd like to customize your fall shipment. All the available wines are listed here. Please update your credit card and shipping information, if necessary, at www.RangelandWines.com. You can use your email address to retrieve your password to login.
Our fall Lamb Club is harvested and packed. We'll be billing Lamb Club on October 15. You can pick up your shipment beginning Monday, October 19 at J&R in Paso and we'll be shipping that same day. Shipping orders will get an email notice beforehand. Please make an appointment if you'd like to pick up your lamb at the tasting room. Update your info online, clear out your freezer and get ready for this savory, sustainably raised lamb.
Club Member Appreciation Pickup "Party":
The Free Lunch!
Since we are unable to hold our traditional pick up party, we are inviting all of our club members (wine, beef and lamb) to a enjoy a truly free lunch on Sundays only: October 25, November 1, 8 and 15. Each Intro (4 bottle) or Estate (6 bottle), Beef or Lamb Club membership will entitle you to one free grass-fed burger or bowl of chili, a side dish and a “Lisa cookie” on these dates. Case Club (12 bottle) members and "Doppel" fall wine club orders can receive two free lunches. Reservations are required.
Paso Robles Harvest Festival is October 16-18, and we will be open and serving our grass-fed burgers as usual, Saturdays and Sundays only, from 11-4. There may even be a lamb burger on the menu! We expect to still be serving outside only, with social distancing measures in place. Please make an appointment here. You may even get a peak at the 2020 wines being processed in the winery-- a bright spot in this crazy year. We look forward to seeing you!
The Legend of "Toots-a-Loo!"
As many of our longtime customers know, I like to inject a little revealing humor into our newsletter. Well, this little ditty is on the top of my stack lately.
Some of my kids were visiting recently. We were all sitting around the dinner table after a little bit of wine and the conversation took a dark turn about aging and vulnerabililty. Have you noticed how often that happens since the VIRUS has been with us? Anyway, somehow the conversation focused on me, Daddy, and the kids started talking gleefully about what a hideous curr I will become if incapacitated in my (current) old age.
I did not deny this. My record as an occasional patient is a stark monument to profanity, non-cooperation and narcissitc self-absorption bordering on hypochondriacal hysteria. Nevertheless, even Trump deserves a little empathy for his mania and current illness. So I was looking desperately around the table for a little mock sympatico. My eyes settled on my wife Lisa, who was positively bubbling with good humor.
Lisa is widely known for her nurturing and compassionate behavior. She donates children's books to libraries. She helps the developmentally disabled. Except for me. She is constantly cooking meals for the sick and bereft. Her plates of cookies flow like a beneficent Niagara of sweet flavors and tidings. She is a substantional source of sunshine and good cheer to all who know her. Well, almost all. She is my rock and my muse. So I was expecting her to come to my defense at any moment against the Spawn, when she volunteered the following observation: "Well, if it comes down to having to change dad's diapers, it's toots-a-loo for me, kids!"
While my mouth hung open in gap-toothed amazement, the rest of the family was pounding the table and laughing like a bunch of berserk chimpanzees. To amplify this insulting and profoundly hurtful interlude, my eldest son began to explain how "Although Dad is pretty funny sometimes, he tries way too hard. But Mom hangs back and then hits you with a humor bomb like "Toots-a-loo!" She's the really funny one."
Now I hear "toots-a-loo" all the time from my loved ones. Over and over again. So I admit it. I'm a bad patient. I'm cantankerous. I'm destined to be abandoned in my dotage by my laughing wife and kids. I'll be left to die at the hands of a busty Nurse Rachet (it's my dark fantasy!) in the wild Adelaida hills. My grave will be trampled by the very livestock I bred. No, I mean husbanded. I mean.... Oh you know what I mean! I'll be dug up by wild animals. My rotting carcass will be torn limb from limb by a pack coyotes competing to digest my withered remains. Clearly, I try way too hard. And I'm not even very funny.
Contents: GSM Accolades, Wine Specials, Beef, Contentment?
The Shepherd GSM Goes Double Gold
Imagine a mostly humble shepherd with a long crook and a dark wooly beard. He has a big smile on his face and two shiny gold medals hanging around his neck, glinting in the sun. That would be our winemaker Paul Hinschberger after learning that our 2017 The Shepherd, Rangeland's first true GSM since 2013, had been awarded 96 points and a double gold medal in the Sunset International Wine Competition.
Our 2017 The Shepherd ($40 list price) is dark, aromatic, fruity and complex. It compares favorably with many presitigous central coast Rhone blends that can cost twice as much. We are pouring this wine now in the tasting room. Outdoor service only. Just 195 cases made. Order here.
Wine Specials: 2017 Mistletoe and 2016 Cabernet
The 2017 Mistletoe may be the best rendition yet of our Cab/Syrah blend, showing a beautiful balance between new-world fruit and old-world minerality. We are offering this outstanding wine at $300 a case ($25 per bottle) before club discount with $1 shipping. An Estate wine or beef club member price, including the 20% discount, would be $20 per bottle. Case quantities only. Order here.
Rangeland 2016 Cabernet has been a favorite in the tasting room all summer. It is a fun, suave and fruity Cab, owing to a 10% share of Merlot and an opulently ripe 2016 vintage. But this is also a dark, complex and age worthly Cabernet Sauvignon. We are offering 3 bottles of this outstanding wine at $99, before club discounts, with $1 shipping. Order here.
Grassfed Beef and Burgers
We still have some delicious, nutritious grassfed beef available in 25 lb. boxes of mixed cuts, as well as 10 lb and 20 lb boxes of ground beef. Order here.
We are serving hamburgers with our Rangeland estate grassfed beef every Saturday and Sunday at the tasting room, 11 to 4. Outdoor seating only due to Covid restrictions. Make an appointment to join us.
The Summer of our Discontent, Or?
Harvest is upon us and we are bringing some white and rosé fruit into the winery this week. Despite a recent heat spike, growing conditions have been good this year and we look forward to a fine vintage. At this tipping point of a difficult year, I am encouraged to both reminisce and look ahead. Despite inglorious lightning fires, smoky air, the Covid, shifting government regulation, sleepy and crazy presidential candidates, as well as unjust and riotous behavior all around, I think it's been a pretty good summer. Don't you? There is a lot that we don't control but life goes on. We count our blessings and appreciate our good health when we have it. We do our work. We take care of our families. We contribute. We try to eat better food and enjoy our wine. Society has many ties (governments, businesses, churches and clubs) but it boils down to the individual to move it forward. By personal example, we can keep society more pleasant, safe and productive. "Every heart vibrates to that iron string." When I see you with a smile, a few friends, a grassfed hamburger and a bottle of Rangeland, it encourages me that we are doing something simple but worthwhile. Your good humor in the face of uncertainty demonstrates the strength of our society and values. Rally forward. Look to a healthy, robust and more just future. Cheers!
Your Favorite Wine: Window is Closing Soon
Our 2-fer-1 case special lasts only through July 31. It has been gratifying to see so many customers drink more Rangeland wine--a fine curative for difficult times. Several wines have sold out during the sale, so we are releasing our 2017 Mistletoe ($29 before discounts) during this sale. Mistletoe is a Cabernet/Syrah blend, always a customer favorite and the 2017 is rockin' right now with bright fruit, rich complexity and silky, lasting tannins. See our complete selection of currently available Rangeland wines here. Order 24 bottles for the price of 12. Your club discount applies. No mixed cases--you have to pick a favorite! You can, however, have more than one favorite. Order two cases of your favorite wine(s) by email here.
Our Vineyard View Cottage vacation rental is available for several dates in August and September. It's a really lovely, relaxing place to recharge your batteries and enjoy some quiet country living. The 3-bedroom house sleeps six--perfect for a family or 2-3 couples. To view the house and make a booking inquiry, go here.
Contents: Wine Case Special Update, Beef Available, Tasting Room Open, Burgers, Predator!
Your Favorite Wine x 2, Two Weeks to Go
Well, our 2 fer 1 case special has been a big hit. It's really fun selling wine by the case but it's hell luggin' all dem boxes. My son thinks I'm too old (61) to be doing this work. Although my back is a little sore, I say "Pshaw!" All good times have a limit, however, and this sale will last only until July 31, so place your order now via email. We are out of some popular wines like the 2015 Watershed, but the 2016 Watershed is tasting great and we have plenty of 2016 Cabernet, 2016 Petite Sirah and many other fine wines still on hand. See our complete selection here. How it works: 24 bottles for the price of 12. Your club discount applies. No mixed cases--you have to pick a favorite! You can have more than one favorite wine. Order two cases of your favorite wine by email here.
Beef Available Now!
We harvested enough beef to supply our Beef Club list and still have these boxes available:
- 25 lb Beef Club box, mixed cuts, $300 before club discount
- 20 lbs Ground Beef, $190 before discount
- 10 lbs Ground Beef, $110 before discount
With a little more dry-aging time on the rail (3 to 4 weeks), the beef is really tasting good this year. So dark and flavorful. Also nutrient rich and anti-inflammatory--as nature intends it. We feel very proud and privileged to grow and offer this outstanding meat. Order here. You can also sign up for our ongoing Beef Club here.
Tasting Room Open for Outdoors Wine + Food Service
Since we have been seating all our guests outdoors, the recent restrictions have had no effect. We are still pouring wine, Thursday to Monday, 11 to 5. And we are serving killer grass-fed hamburgers on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 4) prepared by the skilled and enthusiastic Prancing Chef. Make an appointment.
Digital Rancher Gets Natural Reminder
I do so much of this work (email, customer service, financials), that I wryly call myself the Digital Rancher. I was sitting at my computer, as usual, this morning when Dane, our ranch manager, walked in with a sad report. Ramses, our male sheep sire (ram), was killed by a mountain lion last night. The lethal wound was a crushing bite to the esophagus. Only a big cat can do this. Losing sheep to predators, especially cougars, is fairly common in the area. This one hit us hard because Ramses was valuable breeding stock, but also the constant companion of our retired quarterhorse Cactus. They were inseparable buddies. Ramses would often stand under Cactus' tail, apparenlty just enjoying the shade without fear of kick or output. Now that's trust. The attack occured just 200 yards or so from our house. Cactus apparently drove the lion away because the ram was not eaten. Must have been quite a scene with Cactus snorting and kicking his arthritic hind quarters to protect his buddy, but moments too late. Can't quite believe all that happened while we were sleeping with the french doors open in that direction. So long live the memory of Ramses and his bromance with Cactus, the protector.
This is a reminder to all of us who are civilized and digitally enabled. When we encroach on Nature, she pushes back with all her powers. I think we'll have to live with all these natural forces: predator, climate and virus.
Contents: 2 fer 1 Special, Beef Club, Burgers, Wine Tasting, July 4, Rental Cottage
Time to Play Favorites!
You all have been wonderfully supportive during this time of crisis. When you couldn't visit you ordered more wine and meat online. That was a lifeline for us. As we re-opened, you came back to the tasting room with smiles and gratitude. We are very grateful too and we'd like to show our appreciation with an extra special offer. Select your favorite wine, the one you'd like to drink every week. If you buy one case, we will double your order! We can't say free and we won't say BOGO, but you get the idea: 24 bottles for the price of 12. Your club discount applies, too. No mixed cases--you have to pick a favorite! But you can order more than one case of your favorite and have more than one favorite wine--two cases at a time. Limit 10 (20) cases. Time to stock up for the summer and for all of your celebrations, even if you're just celebrating a pizza on Tuesday night. Does not apply to 2016 Syrah Mourvedre, which is already on special for $240 per case. And no, there is no more 2016 Mistletoe. Order by email here. Check out all of our available wines here.
Beef Club On Deck
We are busy packing boxes for our beef club members and we know you're looking forward to your annual 25 lb. shipment. That's my meat packing mama Lisa in the pic. After a dryish winter, good March rainfall resulted in plenty of rich pasture feed--the beef is delicious! Another good Rangeland "vintage."
For those of you scheduled to pick up, boxes will be available at J&R Meats in Paso Robles beginning July 3. J&R Paso is open Mon-Sat, 8-5, closed Sundays. They will be open until noon only on July 4. Or you can make an appointment to pick-up at the tasting room. We will start shipping beef the week of July 13. Club members will receive an email about their box purchases (including extra orders), and information about shipping in the next week. If you're on the waiting list, you'll be hearing from us about availability after July 6.
Grass-Fed Beef Burger Weekends
Our mouth-watering grass-fed burgers will continue to be served at the tasting room every Saturday and Sunday, 11-4. Last orders at 3:30. Please make an appointment.
Wine Tasting Now Available
We are permitted to pour tastings (outdoors only) once again. Thank you, oh mighty governor! We are still encouraging appointments, especially on the weekends, to ensure that your group will have seating and adequate spacing. We look forward to seeing you!
We're Open 4th of July, 11-5
Since all the typical public parades and fireworks seem to be cancelled, we've decided we will be open 4th of July, serving burgers and wine on our patio and lawn. You're welcome to bring a picnic blanket if you prefer to sit on the grass. Families are welcome. Please make an appointment.
Our Vineyard View Cottage vacation rental is booking up fast--there is just one weekend available in July and two in August. There are a few weekdays available too. It's a really lovely, relaxing place to recharge your batteries and enjoy some quiet country living. The 3-bedroom house sleeps six--perfect for a family or 2-3 couples. To view the house and make a booking inquiry, go here.
Grass-Fed Burgers are Back! Starting this Weekend
We've partnered with Railroad BBQ Company to serve our delicious Rangeland estate grass-fed beef burgers and tacos on Saturdays and Sundays going forward. We are starting this weekend May 30 and 31, 11am to 4pm. Please make an appointment. You can purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy onsite, but only if you purchase a meal at the same time. We are still not offering wine tasting flights, due to COVID-19 restrictions. It's a dream come true to serve our estate GFB (grass-fed beef) burgers at the Rangeland tasting room. Come out and enjoy a lovely lunch and a bottle of wine!
Father's Day Special
Since Dads are getting tired of mansplaining the intricacies of the pandemic and its regulatory backlash, they deserve a nice break this year, don't you think? We've got a special for Father's Day--3 bottles of wine (or more, your choice of wines) and a free Rangeland ball cap! $1 shipping applies, as do your club discounts. Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, and the deadline for shipping orders is Friday, June 12 If you're local or going to be in town, you can pick up your Father's Day order Thursdays-Mondays, 11-5. Order by email.
Beef Club Boxes Coming Soon!
We've begun our annual beef harvest and Lisa (my wife and hands-on proprietress of this estate) will soon be packing beef club boxes for members. She gonna touch all yo' meat, so to speak. We'll get back to you about billing and shipping dates later this month.
We've added many new Beef Club members, so we may not have as much (if any) extra beef after club shipments this year. You can reserve additonal 25 lb. beef club boxes ($240 each, wine or beef club price). We also will have 10 lb. boxes of ground beef ($72 club price) and 20 lb. boxes of ground beef ($128 club) available while the supply lasts. You can add these to your Beef Club order or buy them separately as a wine or lamb club member. With inflated beef prices and poor supply in the grocery store, these deals are better than ever and you are getting 100% grass-finished beef from our estate pastures. Pre-order these products now by email.
Our Vineyard View Cottage has a number of open dates available due to recent cancellations. The cottage is a great place for a family or friend group (3 bedrooms, sleeps 6) to isolate and restore with plenty of space and fresh spring air. We are offering 3 nights for the price of 2 for bookings through June 30. Price is $400/weekend night (Fri, Sat, Sun), and $350/weekdays. Club discounts apply. Book your stay here.
We started the Rangeland experiment twenty years ago by purchasing Adelaida Springs Ranch and planting our estate vineyard. I will never forget the first day I saw the ranch in March of 2000. It had been raining and was overcast. The lake was full, the cattle were lowing on the hills and rainwater was dripping from the mossy oak trees into the knee-deep grass. I was a goner. Love at first sight. So we left Silicon Valley and headed for the hills of Paso Robles.
Ten years ago, we started bottling a Rosé annually, featuring a local plant depicted in botanical label art, with some explanatory copy on the back label. We wanted to call attention to the natural beauty and rich diversity of the wild pastures and woodlands that surround our vineyard. The Flora Rosé, as we call it, has no direct connection with the plants on the label, but there is a profound symbolic and environmental connection between the landscape and our wines. The wild plants around us demonstrate the richness and diversity of our local soils and climate, much as our wines do. Did you know that California’s oak woodlands are home to some 2,000 species of plants, 170 birds, 100 mammals, 60 amphibians and reptiles and 4,000 species of insects? Most of those live right here. We are doing our best to conserve this biodiverse landscape for posterity through a sustainable approach to our wine and meat businesses.
We also take inspiration from the simple beauty of the landscape, the animals and the plants. And we think the Flora Rosé crafted by winemaker Paul Hinschberger sings with aromatic fruitiness, while retaining a refreshingly dry, crisply acidic character. So, cheers to 20 years of Rangeland. Cheers to ten years of Flora Rosé. Cheers to a healthy posterity for our children and the generations to come. And cheers to you for helping make this possible. We are deeply grateful.
Contents: Spring Wine Club, Doppel Club offer, New Beef Sampler, Rental Cottage, Field Day Cancelled
Thank you for the tremendous support and good cheer we have received in the last couple weeks of crisis. We appreciate every order and sweet message we get, now more than ever. Our crew and their famiies are all well so far. We hope the same is true for you.
Spring Wine Club, Doppel Offer
Our spring Wine Club selection has some new releases, detailed below. If you are a six bottle or more club member, we are offering an additional 10% off with $1 shipping if you double your order. For example, a 6-bottle, 20% off Estate Club member would get a full case at 30% off, a savings of about $40 on that case of wine, plus shipping savings. If you would like to take advantage of this offer to stockpile a little wine for your sheltered existence, please email us.
We will start billling the wine club April 16 and your shipment will available for pickup starting April 20. We will ship wine club the week of April 29. Here are the wines we are planning to include:
- 2019 Flora Rosé* - new release! (or 2016 Ultramafic for reds only members)
- 2016 Cabernet* - new!
- 2017 Zinfandel - new!
- 2016 Petite Sirah*
- 2016 Syrah Mourvedre
- 2015 Watershed*
*denotes 4-bottle intro club selection.
Please let us know by email if you'd like to customize your spring shipment. All the available wines are listed here. Please update your credit card and shipping information, if necessary, at www.RangelandWines.com. You can use your email address to retrieve your password to login.
New Grass-fed Beef Sampler
Lisa and I went on a treasure hunt in our freezer and found enough steaks, roasts and other beef goodies to put together some 13 lb sampler boxes. Each $150 (club discounts apply) Grass-fed Beef Sampler box will include:
- steaks (top sirloin, skirt, hanger, flat iron or flank), 2-3 lbs.
- roasts (Sirloin, clod, brisket or round), 2-3 lbs.
- ground beef, 2-4 lbs.
- stew meat, kabobs, shanks, soup bone, etc., 3-5 lb
Vineyard View Rental Cottage
Our Vineyard View vacation rental cottage includes 3 bedrooms ($400 per night) and is a great place for a family or friend group to isolate and restore with plenty of space and fresh spring air. Book here.
Field Day Cancelled
Uncertainty about the current COVID-19 restrictions has doomed our April 25 event. We will be issuing refunds for any tickets purchased and watching the calendar for a break in this hunkered down outlook. We look foward to celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rangeland with you, some time in the future.
After discussing the COVID-19 situation with my team and family and considering the official precautions about the virus, I would like to make the following announcements:
- Rangeland wine tasting is suspended for the time being, until further notice.
- Our tasting room will remain open for pickups, bottle sales, case sales and meat sales, Thursday to Monday, 11-5.
- We are offering an additional 10% off and $1 shipping on all wine orders of six bottles or more. Please email us your order request so we can combine it with your club discount and other specials we are offering.
- Our online meat sales have been brisk, but we have some ground beef boxes available if you would like to stock up on some delicious and nutritious meat. Order here.
Our tasting room grounds will be available for small group (less than 10 people) picnics with a fee of $10 per person. Please make an appointment if you are planning a picnic.Suspended due to shelter at home announcements.
- We will not be serving grass-fed hamburgers this coming Saturday, March 21, as previously planned.
- We have not yet cancelled our April 25 Field Day event. We will keep you posted about our plans for that.
Please accept our warmest wishes that you stay safe and healthy in this time of crisis. Eat well, drink well, and rest up for the better times ahead.
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