Back in the day (like 2019) wineries across the country had hosted summer concert series events featuring awesome music, stellar wine, often tasty bites, and an opportunity to sit on a grand lawn with friends and enjoy a cool summer night. Some of our favorite memories have been at concert events like this, traveling across the country to see a band we loved while sipping some stellar Oregon Pinot Noir, Washington Syrah, or California Chardonnay.
Sadly, with social distancing, the ability to gather for a concert has been halted, as have most of the norms that made in-person wine tasting so much fun.
However, as we settle into the new normal, wineries are finding ways to engage with their clients in ways they had never considered before, (and thank god for the internet as many of us would be living in a tiny bubble without it.) Virtual on-line concerts are giving musicians a platform to perform, with wineries offering a selection of wines to pair with the show.
Gary and I recently attended Robert Hall Winery’s Facebook live show featuring Keb’ Mo’ while enjoying a bottle of Robert Hall Chardonnay. Keb’ Mo’ is one of G’s favorites, a constant on his playlist, especially while working in the gallery. Listening to his smooth tone while enjoying the refreshing, sleek wine, was the perfect afternoon pairing. Let’s face it, during these long days of COVID quarantine, we all need a little pick me up.
Just released, the medium-bodied 2019 Robert Hall Chardonnay ($20) seamlessly melds bright acidity showing juicy Bosc pear, golden apple, and lemon zest, with creamy, toasty, nutty notes of vanilla, spice, and oak, enhanced by the partial barrel fermentation and 6-month lees (yeasts) stirring, enhancing the texture and richness of the easy-drinking wine.
When Robert Hall started his Paso Robles winery in 1999 he knew it would take hard work, and intense determination to make it a success. But, hard work had never scared Hall, he thrived in an environment where when you put in a hard day’s work, your rewards are that much greater. He lived by the goal to simply live “The Good Life. Well Earned.” This moto continues to drive the work of the winery, producing exceptional wines showcasing the character of their rustic region, all made from sustainably certified estate fruit.
The final “At Home Session” concert will be next Wednesday, September 2, with Nashville based singer-songwriter, Elizabeth Cook. The winery is offering a special discount for those interested in attending the show. Follow the link here for more details. #Cheers