The Paso Robles area is one of California's fastest growing wine regions. Technically, the area is known as the Paso Robles American Viticultural Appeallation and is home to more than 180 wineries. There are approximately 26,000 vineyard acres and around 40 wine varietals are grown.
Besides the large well known growers, , such as Meridian, Fetzer, Castoro, etc. there are many people who grow just enough grapes to make their own wine.
On Saturday I went out to my friends, the Rahilly's, and joined them in harvesting their 1/4 acre merlot vineyard. They live about 5 mile east of Paso Robles on 5 lovely acres in the rolling hills. Their place is called "La Cuesta Encantada", or the enchanted hill, and it is truly a lovely place. The following slide show recalls the "harvesting" of their grapes, which will show up as wine in 2011! Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or a glass of wine) and sit back and enjoy!
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