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Winery of the Year

No, we did not get winery of the year. Robert Hall got Winery of the Year. We will have to try for next year. We did get “Best in Show” this year, and that is pretty great!

Here is the wine in the special case, the winner case…LOL, and here we are posing with our giant posters. James (our wine maker) and then me.

The name of the wine that won “Flings First Crush”, which was the father of James. His father was the original owner of the winery and property. The hand print was from his dad putting his grape stained hand on one of his friends. There was even a commemorative t-shirt, but I believe James did his father proud with winning such a prestigious accomplishment. The Grenache blend is like a virtuosity in a bottle…ahh, the music, and art of wine! Perfecto!

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A Girl and Her Cow


My baby with her heifer Venus. Venus gives Sabrina tough time. Today, she got pulled to the ground and pulled through the mud. Venus got weighed today too, and she is 1600 LBS. It’s been a very long season with the heifer, and today she was proved pregnant, and weighted so she can compete with other heifers at the end of the week.

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Will Bullas


When entering our kitchen these are the paintings that people see first. The top one is entitled “bearista”, it kinda reminds me of my husband. It also reminds me of how I act in the mornings. I really do need my coffee, I refer to it as “liquid personality”.

I love our family gatherings in the kitchen, my husband and I drink coffee, and the kid eat their breakfast. Instead of reading the paper, we read our iPads or iPhones. I read the news first, and everyone shares what they are reading. Sometimes we share funny videos. It’s just a new age take on a business morning.

“The Wine King” kinda reminds me more of our son. He is the one that reads stocks and the Wall Street Journal in the morning. We all enjoy a glass of wine in the evening with our dinner. We all talk about how our day went, and no electronics are at the table. Well, I take that back, when we have guests that are checking into Reale Leone Suites, or the Crush Pad, we make sure all the guests for the day are checked in for the day. Sometimes, we do have to make an exception for business.

Seeing these paintings brings joy to my heart every time I see them. That is what art is all about…eliciting an emotional response. These two pieces were purchased at Just Looking Gallery, in San Luis Obispo.

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Ranchita Canyon Vineyard

The original vineyard was planted in 1970. There are some neat history and stories ¬†that Bill will share with any of his patrons that come out to visit him.There are still vines from that original planting — Old Vine Zinfandel, and Old Vine Petite Sirah. Since purchasing the property in 1999 they have made additional plantings, and now have 11 different varieties planted. They are primarily growers, and sell about 85% – 90% of their wine grapes to other wineries. Here are some of the views from the patio…
They were home wine makers, and opened their commercial winery in 2008. Their plan was to remain small, and focus on their handcrafted estate wines. They presently make 23 different wines, including Old Vine Zin and Petite Sirah, 2 other Zins, all 5 Bordeaux varieties, Sangiovese & a Super Tuscan, Grenache, numerous unique blends, and 3 different Port wines. In 2003 they planted 160 olive trees, so now you can taste their estate olive oil too!
Their twins, Anna & Adam, were 3 years old when they moved to the vineyard, and the twins now have just finished their sophomore years in college – how time flies. They love to help in the vineyard and winery when they are home on breaks and for the summer. Next year will be old enough to help in the tasting room.
Their primary winery is an old metal Butler building, and they have renovated the front into a very nice tasting room. They extended the patio to give more room for people to sit and enjoy the beautiful views, since they are the highest vineyard on the east side.

Teresa and Bill are the owners, growers, wine makers, etc., and you will usually meet one of them pouring wine and olive oil in the tasting room. Bill was kind enough to allow me to come in, and take photos and talk to him about his winery, vineyard, olive orchard.

They have one employee for the vineyard – Ricardo, and he has been with them for many years. They bring in crews for pruning, thinning, harvesting, etc. It’s a beautiful place and Bill is great, and so easy to talk to, he has great passion for his land!

Anna and Adam (the twins) ¬†were in 4H and FFA, and for years they raised goats or steers for auction at the Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles, CA – using the proceeds for their college funds. That led the family to purchase 3 black angus heifers a number of years ago. The “herd” is now 6, with 3 cows and 3 heifers – and all should be carrying calves at this point. Thus, their “herd” could grow to 12 by year’s end. They also sold 3 steers earlier this year.
Saturday August 6th is the Central Coast Beef & Wine Festival at Halter Ranch. They are one of 10 wineries that also raise cattle, and will be featured at the event. It is a fundraiser for Must Charities, and the Cattle Women Agricultural Education Scholarships. There will be food, wine, music, etc., at the event.
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Want to see some goodies I found for the house?


First item I had to have for the dining room. I think this is going to look great, it is from the 1930’s, hard wood.


Corner china cabinet, although, I am not sure where I am going to put this little gem as of yet.