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Old World Cab – that’s out of this world!

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Last night, we opened a 2002 Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon that rocked! It is one of Dean’s earlier hobby wines that was foot-stomped and made in an old world style. The medium-full bodied wine has soft tannins, ripe fruit and balanced herbal notes.

For sake of comparison, we also opened a 2012 King Crimson Cabernet. It has vanilla aromas, bright fruit and medium tannins.

Both wines paired perfectly with grilled rib-eye steaks topped with blue cheese.

Dean makes wines with definite aging potential, yet drink nicely upon release.

R-wine maker clearly knew what he was doing before launching the Rockin’ R brand.



Vintage Paso ~ Zinfandel Festival

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day. A day commonly associated with leprechauns, corned beef and cabbage, and wearing green while heading to the local pub for a pint.

However, today also marks the beginning of Vintage Paso ~ Zinfandel Festival. Wine lovers will attend the three day event to taste the region’s first wine, Zinfandel.

The Paso Robles AVA produces Zinfandel, also known as Primitivo, that tends to be soft and round. The primary flavors of Zinfandel are jam with blueberry, black pepper, cherry and plum notes. When you taste Zinfandel, the jammy fruitiness is often followed by spice or a tobacco-like smoky finish. Zinfandel pairs well with BBQ foods and Italian cuisine.

Rockin’ R will be pouring RUXperienced and Nirvana, which are 100% Zinfandel, as well as our Super-Roblan red blends. Come on out to R-tasting room and enjoy R-wines paired with cheeses and various BBQ  goodies.

National Drink Wine Day!

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Yes, it’s true – today is National Drink Wine Day!

A day worth celebrating, not only for the pure enjoyment of sipping a glass of wine, but reaping other benefits as well.

Studies have shown that drinking wine (in moderation) has many health benefits including a healthier heart, boosting immunity, protection against cancers, promoting weight loss and stronger bones, as well as improved mental health.

While those benefits may be reason enough, wine serves other purposes ~ it provides a compliment to a wonderful meal, gives you an excuse to go wine tasting, makes a great hostess gift and tastes divine!

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” – Michael Broadbent

Raise a wine glass in celebration…Here’s to a healthy, happy life!

Spring 2016 Rock-R Rendezvous

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The theme was a Lil’ Country and a Lotta Rock-n-Roll !

The Spring Rock-R Rendezvous was held at Rockin’ R Ranch.

R- Guests arrive to check out the future home of the Rockin’ R Winery tasting room.

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R- Assistant Winemaker, Brett welcomed Rock-Rs, friends and familythumb_IMG_0142_1024

Both Country-style and Rock & Roll foods were paired with R-wines, including R-newest reds (4 new reds debuted at the event)thumb_IMG_0166_1024






R-guests enjoyed the music stylings of ODONOVAN, a country/rock band from the Central Coast. Their unique brand of “Redneck Rock” has won them multiple awards. Both Rock and Country fans love ODONOVAN.thumb_IMG_0236_1024

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As the evening continued, R-guests rocked out to ODONOVAN. R-Winery sponsored the release of their CD entitled Outlaw, which Rock-Rs received in their Spring Wine Club Shipment.thumb_IMG_0340_1024thumb_IMG_0332_1024 thumb_IMG_0337_1024 thumb_IMG_0261_1024 thumb_IMG_0331_1024 thumb_IMG_0314_1024

A fun-filled evening with music, wine and friends!thumb_IMG_0295_1024thumb_IMG_0280_1024thumb_IMG_0365_1024thumb_IMG_0319_1024thumb_IMG_0324_1024 thumb_IMG_0284_1024 thumb_IMG_0255_1024

Once Rock-Rs were sated with food, wine and live music… the night continued with karaoke and madness.thumb_IMG_0373_1024 thumb_IMG_0372_1024 thumb_IMG_0370_1024

Thanks to R-Band for another successful Rock-R Rendezvous! Until next time…

R U Ready to Party?

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“Get Your Kicks on Route 66!”

Join fellow Rock-Rs, Dean and R-crew for a Rockin’ Good Time on Saturday, July 12th at 6:00 pm

Party-goers can count on enjoying R-wines along with N2Events amazing edible creations, while rockin’ out to the live music of Tres Gatos from 6-9pm.

Rock-Rs and guests are encouraged to participate in numerous contests from best dressed rockers to Guitar Hero to Karaoake .

So, put on your 50s and 60s party duds along with your dancin’ shoes for this fun-filled Summer Event.

Question is…. Will you party until sunrise?



Pete Lacey: Hornithology ~ CD Release with March Rock-R Shipment

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We R-proud to announce the release of Pete Lacey’s Hornithology

Pete Lacey makes Jazz Rock! The CD collection of new songs, plus remixed/remastered classics will be included in Rock-Rs Spring 2014 Shipment.

How awesome is it that your Rock-R membership not only provides you with amazing wines, but keeps you up-to-date on the latest musical releases?!

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R-Website and Facebook Page?!

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Hey Rock-Rs, what do you think of R-new website design?
This is the new cornerstone of communications with R-Fan Club and the public in general.

R-blog is open to your replies and comments, although the Crush-R reserves the right to sift the gems from the rabble. Read More


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The 2013 wines are all safely in barrel and hibernating for the winter. Now, maybe Dean can get some shut eye, too…

But wait! The Crush-R just heard that crazy guy has decided to sit at the bar — I mean, for the California Bar Exam this coming February! Is he nuts? Read More

Post-Harvest W(h)ining or (G)rumbling?

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The Crush-R is feeling a little blue since the 2013 crush is over. Ya know, kinda like the day after a long anticipated party? (Would you call that w(h)ining? Or (g)rumbling?)

Dean’s focus has now shifted to post-Harvest chores like racking and tasting through all of last year’s wines (twelve different varietals), culling out old barrels, and satisfying a dizzying amount of government paperwork.

Oh, it must be a tough job…thieving wine from dozens of barrels – swirl, taste, spit. Are we supposed to feel bad for you, Dean?

Did YOU Do the Harvest Stomp?

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During the Harvest Festival, Rock-Rs were invited to foot stomp grapes for the Rockin’ Stomp4Arts. For generous donors to the local arts (just $5 or more), it was a smashing good time (some might say Crushing! ;-))

Once again, Rockin’ R provided great antipasti and BBQ’d treats backstage for their loyal Rock-Rs.

FYI – we’re still working to squash Dean’s skepticism about Social Media.
If you have any pics or quips to share, post them now!!!

Listen to the Music?

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So, have you had a chance to listen to the New Times Music Awards CD yet?

The NTMA CD has been pounding in Crush-Rs quarry for the past few weeks. Some of my favorites include: Hollywood (Vincent Bernardy – Rock/Alternative), 12 Rounds (Group Home Music – Hip Hop) and Catskills (Country/Americana/Folk).

What were your favorite tracks?

R-Fan Club Open House Rocked!

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The Crush-R hears Dr. Dean manned the BBQ for three straight days in the sweltering heat ~ drinking Pink! (the newly released Rosé). Rock-Rs stopped by to enjoy the BBQ’d goodies, sample other new releases (Remain in Light and Go Your Own Way), and taste wonderful food-wine pairings such as Europa and Revolution matched with herbal sauces (chimichurri and pesto made from scratch by Rock-R Angie). Deeeeelish!! Read More

R-Fan Club’s Tasty Open House

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Rather than a one night Rock-R Rendezvous, Rockin’ R is hosting an Open House Pick-up Party for the entire weekend of September 6-8, 2013.

The Crush-R hopes to see you there! (Will you be able to spot the Crush-R? If so, come say, “High?”)

New Times Music Awards Rocked

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A case in point of Dean’s failure to capture the social media audience…I bet none of you even knew that Rockin’ R sponsored the New Times Music Awards CD release, right?

This past Thursday night at SLO Brew, top local artists took the stage to perform their original songs (and the Crush-R was there). The live-judged show featured winners in six genres and the crowd rocked out to everything from folk to hip hop. Read More

The Crush-R Is In!

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I’m IN!!!
Who am I? The Crush-R!
It is my mission to crush Dean’s antiquated belief that computers and social media are nothing more than a fad.
He’s such a technological dinosaur that he spends hours writing HTML in an attempt to maintain the Rockin’ R Winery website — how 1995!!! Read More