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(Paso Robles, CA) - Windrose Farm, supplier of heirloom tomatoes and other organic produce to California’s top restaurants and markets, is expanding its operations to Tablas Creek Vineyard. The farm will be utilizing the vineyard’s greenhouses to grow additional produce and plants, and will be operating a farm stand selling seasonal produce. The farm stand will be open to the public beginning in early August 2005; an opening for the media is scheduled for July 14, 2005.
Both Tablas Creek Vineyard and Windrose Farm are organic producers, and the arrangement is a mutually beneficial one. The Tablas Creek greenhouses were standing empty after having outsourced commercial grapevine sales to NovaVine of Sonoma, California, and Windrose Farm was running out of growing space at their eastern Paso Robles location. “It’s a win/win situation for all of us, and we’re thrilled to have them”, says Tablas Creek founder Robert Haas. Barbara Spencer of Windrose concurs, “We're delighted to be here. This is a wonderful way to bridge the divide between the wine people and the farmers.”
The partnership will result in unique food and wine pairing events, the first of which will take place on August 20, when Tablas Creek hosts a pig roast to welcome Windrose Farm and launch the 2003 Tablas Creek Vineyard Syrah.
Windrose Farm is owned and operated by Bill and Barbara Spencer, and has been certified organic since 1993. Their 50 acres east of Paso Robles includes an apple orchard, vegetable fields, and a sheep pasture. The Tablas Creek location will allow them to expand their operation, as well as operate a year-round farm stand. Currently their produce and plants are available for sale at farmer's markets up and down the California coast.
Tablas Creek Vineyard, founded by wine industry pioneer Robert Haas and the Perrin brothers of Château de Beaucastel, produces red and white Rhône varietal wines and blends, including Esprit de Beaucastel and Côtes de Tablas. The vineyard is organically farmed, and relies on hand-harvesting, native yeasts and minimum intervention winemaking.
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