For Allegretto Wines, it means the grapes in the vineyards that produce some of best single vineyard wines in Paso Robles are ripening and preparing themselves for harvest.
More than just a day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, the summer solstice marks a season of ripeness — ripening crops, nesting birds, fledglings taking wing, fawns and foals frolicking alongside their dams, and bees and hummingbirds among the flowers.
It is the time when a long year of hard work is rewarded with leisure, vacations, summer parties and good company. What better polishing touch to a backyard party or an elegant summer wedding than the perfect summer wine?
Allegretto Wines announces the tasting room staff’s top three choices for summer wines:
Allegretto Brut Sparkling, Paso Robles 2018: Aromas of bright Grapefruit and earthy lemongrass burst through while flavors of crisp green apple settles on the palate.
Allegretto Viognier, Bella Colina Vineyard 2016: Aromas of Jasmine, pineapple and warm peach, this delicate wine is brightened by subtle notes of lemon grass, honeysuckle and crisp Asian pear.
Allegretto Rose of Tannat, Paso Robles 2018: The perfect summer wine with aromas of strawberry and tropical flavors of guava with a light touch of cinnamon.
Every wine appreciator looks forward to enjoying crisp, fruity wine at the end of a warm summer day in the company of good friends. These three Allegretto wines are the perfect complement to any summer solstice get-together.
Celebrating this time of year is one way we honor the season that puts food in our bellies and wine in our glasses. Humankind has acknowledged the turning of the sun since we began leaving tracks in the mud and sand. The hunter-gatherers and the agrarian cultures that followed did not miss the meaning of the season. Everyone knew their lives depended on getting the best from the bounty this time of year provides. Just as the winter solstice represents the return of the sun and life-giving light, the summer solstice represents a season of fertility and plenty.
We celebrate summer in as many different ways as we have different cultures. Today people host summer solstice parties, gather at the beach with a bonfire, spend meditative time alone or participate in ages-old rituals. Regardless of how it is celebrated, solstice signifies a time when nature is at her fullness.
Enjoying this longest day means joining friends and family over good food and good wine and a visit to Allegretto Wines is just the way to make it happen. Bring friends, and the kids are welcome in the family-friendly patio. Enjoy some food and the best single vineyard wines in Paso Robles. Be sure to enjoy at least one of the Allegretto Wine Staff Top Summer Wine Picks. Join the wine club for membership discounts and benefits. Buy a bottle or two and get free flight tastings.
The Allegretto Wine tasting room is located inside the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort off Highway 46 East at 2700 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles. Hours are Wed - Sat 11 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. / Sun and Mon 2 - 6:45 p.m. / Tuesday by reservation. For more information or for reservations call (805) 369-2526.
2700 Buena Vista Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446
The Allegretto Tasting Room offers a unique opportunity to sample some of the region’s best award-winning wines. Both estate and single vineyard wines are available from the Allegretto vineyards that surround the tasting room and the nearby Willow Creek District Wine tasting at Allegreto Tasting room gets you a fresh glass after each tasting and explanations about the wine. Purchase at least two bottles and the tasting fee is waived. Food and wine by the bottle are available in the family-friendly courtyard. The wine tasting list includes the gold medal winning 2013 and the 2014 single vineyard cabernet sauvignon, both from the Willow Creek Vineyard. The tasting room is also the place to experience a unique “flavor balancing” experience that adds a completely new view to wine and food pairings. The flavor balancing seminar was brought to Allegretto by John Stallcup, the Director of Wine Hospitality. John, the former Marketing VP for the wine group also co-founded the Napa Seasoning Company with Tim Hanni, MW, one of the originators of Flavor Balancing as well as being the first American to pass the Master of Wine Exam and the inventor of the Progressive Wine List. Flavor balancing has been adopted by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust not to mention a growing group of chefs, including Allegretto’s Chef Eric Olson, Jeremiah Tower, Michel Trama in Bordeaux, France, and Sarah Scott in the Napa Valley. Flavor balancing is a technique to learning to drink the wines one prefers with the food one likes to eat. Yes! White wine with steak! And here is how it’s done!
Because humans adapt to any sensation of sound, sight, hearing, touch, aroma or taste we can experience negative adaptations. The easiest way to understand a negative adaptation for tasting food is to brush your teeth and then drink orange juice. You experience only the bitterness of the orange juice because your taste adapted to the sweetness and it disappears to your sense of taste. When you “flavor balance” you avoid negative adaptations and accentuate positive ones. By adjusting the acid, salt, savory (umami) and bitterness levels, while avoiding sugar in entrees and sides, chefs create a balance that allows wine to work perfectly with a dish, regardless of the wine selection. Flavor balancing is the basis of many foods in wine cultures like Italy, which serves lemon with its famed Steak Florentine. It also works with cuisines that are popularly considered more difficult to pair with wines, like Thai, Chinese, and Indian. To experience flavor balancing at the Allegretto Tasting Room, first call ahead to schedule the time. You and your guests will have personal attention while engaging in the hands-on exercise of balancing the five primary tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. By balancing the primary tastes in the food you avoid negative adaptations, enhance positive adaptations and thereby enhance the experience of food and wine. Guests will also learn about negative and positive adaptations, how to avoid them as well as the difference between flavor and taste. You will learn how to pair wine with the diner, not the dinner.
and be automatically entered to win two nights at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort. Your stay will include complimentary wine tasting and discounts on your purchase.