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Seven Perfect Wines for Spring and Summer

(April 15, 2014) Paso Robles, Calif. – Up-and-coming estate producer, Burbank Ranch Winery, recently released a selection of wines ideally matched to the fresh, plein air cuisine of spring and summer.

·         2013 “Little Rascal” Arneis (163 cases produced, 13.4% abv)

Translated from the PIemontese dialect as “rascal” for its reputation as a tough variety to grow, Arneis grows beautifully in the Paso Robles AVA. The 2013 Burbank Ranch Arneis was harvested early and fermented in stainless steel, producing a dry, full-bodied white wine redolent with bright pear, apple, honeysuckle, mineral and white peach flavors, followed by a structured finish. Pair with hard cheeses like Grana Padano or simple pasta tossed with butter and topped with white truffle shavings.

·         2013 “Summertime” Grenache Blanc (105 cases produced, 13.7% abv)

The 2013 Grenache Blanc’s seductive aroma of orange blossoms is a preamble to flavors of ripe pears and peaches. This refreshing wine boasts a crisp acidity ideal for pairing with food; try the Grenache Blanc with a lunch of scallops or oysters.


·         2013 “Picnic Meadow” Grenache Rosé (191 cases produced, 12.9% abv)

The Grenache variety ripens late, requiring just the sort of hot, dry summers to fully mature that Paso Robles offers. 2013 produced a brilliantly-colored rosé with aromas and flavors of sweet cherry and strawberry, as well as a luxurious mouthfeel. A classic Mediterranean pairing for rosé is simple roast chicken, but herbed grilled chicken or fish would also fit the bill.

·         2013 “Friends” Syrah Rosé (77 cases produced, 14.2% abv)

This sensuous rosé is reminiscent of its Spanish roots with exotic aromas of rose petals and bright cherry and raspberry flavors. Pair with roasted nuts, a classic Spanish tortilla, or fresh albacore salad.


·         2013 “Summer Dream” Zinfandel Rosé (211 cases produced, 13.5% abv)

Zinfandel has found a happy home at the Burbank Ranch. With minimal skin contact during crush and fermentation, the 2013 Zinfandel rosé is vibrant with hints of strawberry, melon and raspberry. Drink alongside a steaming bowl of pad thai or wood-grilled quattro staggioni pizza.

·         2011 “Wood Pile” Petit Verdot (25 cases, 15.6% abv)

When ripe, Petit Verdot grapes are small and black, producing aromas and flavors of violet, leather, spices, blackberry and black cherry. The Burbank Ranch 2011 Petit Verdot ripened exceedingly well, and is an ideal match with grilled meats like barbecued lamb chops, duck breasts or pork spare ribs; or, alternatively, shared around an evening fire.


·         2013 “Summer Moon” Sauvignon Blanc (semi-sweet) (93 cases produced, 12.4% abv)

With crisp, fresh notes of ripe orange, green apple, honey and melon balanced against enticing sweetness, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is the product of warm days and cool evening breezes from the Pacific Ocean flowing through the Templeton Gap. Perfect alongside a light supper or after-dinner cheeses, this wine is also ideal for late afternoon poolside sipping.

For more information on Burbank Ranch Winery,  please visit, or stop by the Burbank Ranch Bistro to sample a selection of wines paired with a curated menu of fresh, locally-sourced cuisine.

About Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro
Comprised of vineyards in Paso Robles’ El Pomar District, a downtown Paso Robles eatery and full service tasting room, Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro is devoted to producing food-friendly wines that elegantly complement their own house-made fresh market cuisine. Established by Fred and Melody Burbank in 2008, the 45-acre Burbank Ranch vineyard is SIP-certified and planted to 16 varieties, including many of those the Burbanks have tasted and enjoyed throughout extensive travels in Italy, France, Spain, and beyond. Both WSET-certified sommeliers, Fred and Melody chose the El Pomar District for its terroir, which is ideally suited to producing the balanced, food-friendly wines about which they are so passionate. At Burbank Ranch Bistro, these wines are available in thoughtfully-curated flights or by the glass, and are complemented by their chef’s nouvelle French-California cuisine, crafted from the freshest possible ingredients. Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro serves lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, and is located just one block off Paso Robles’ charming City Park at 1240 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. Limited reservations are available by phoning 805.227.4538. For more information, please visit

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