The Edible San Luis Obispo team enjoyed a ‘mixer’ at Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard. We were greeted by Chris Weir among other staff and friendly attendees , offered their refreshing Rose and then were treated to a tour of the vineyard itself where grapes grow in the calcium rich soils of an ancient seabed. Evidence was everywhere with the pulverized oyster shells seen readily in the hills in front of us, and more amazingly in full fossilized oyster shells everywhere around us. The use of compost tea, made on site by the vineyard team, helps the plants to better use the calcium that is in such abundance in the fields. The use of special low water emitters helped with water conservation as well as during the occasional frosts by coating the grapevines themselves with water, which when frozen keeps the plant warm and safe from the freeze.
The lesson was followed by a primer on wines and varietals in the big barn from both of the estate winemakers, Stewart Cameron & Mike Sinor, then the ‘work’ began for us. Yes, sorry to tell you, we spent our work day tasting wonderful wines at the Vineyard as well as … Read More