How to Visit Still Waters Right Now…

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Hi Friends!

While Still Waters waits for wine tasting to open back up, we wanted to share that we are open for to-go orders and pickups! We are so blessed to have such ample outdoor space, so we are letting customers with an appointment bring a picnic and open a purchased bottle. Please make a reservation to come out – here’s a quick video on how to make your reservation.  Click here to reserve your spot! Please note your reservation is not complete until you have received a confirmation email or phone call from a Still Waters staff member. Thank you so much for your support while we navigate this new situation.

Our absolute best, Still Waters Vineyards.


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Closed on Mother’s Day

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Still Waters Vineyards will be closed for wine club pick-ups and to-go orders on Sunday, May 10th.

If you need to pick up your order, please click here to submit an appointment to pick up. Please wait for a confirmation before coming to the Tasting Room. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times!

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This Week in the Vineyard with Paul

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Paul’s got a little more time on his hands these days. It has been a long while since he has been able to take folks around the vineyard and show off all the happenings. Well, we decided it’s time to get a little creative and bring that tour to you! Each week, please join us for a quick jaunt around the vineyard and listen to Mr. Still Waters himself tell you all about the exciting happenings.

Click here to watch Week 1 of This Week in the Vineyard with Paul

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Recipes to Pair with Rhône Favorites

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Though this Spring is looking a little different than we had imagined it to be, we are still making the best of what we have and finding things to be thankful for. Much of that list is comprised of little things. A sunny patch to sit in after it been raining for too long. Watching a pair of birds build a nest out your window. A glass of your favorite wine paired with a delicious meal.

To accompany our 6-pack of Rhone favorites on sale this week, here are a few recipes we think would go well and made of ingredients you probably already have! Turn your home into your own personal bistro with these recipes to pair with your favorite Still Waters Rhône wines. Click here to shop our awesome Rhône 6-pack! Stay healthy and thriving, friends!

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Dear Still Waters Friends and Family,

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Dear Friends and Family,

Due to ongoing developments and as recommended by the CDPH, the Still Waters Vineyards tasting room will be temporarily closed during this period of uncertainty. This does also mean we will have to cancel our Vineyard Tours planned for this Vintage Paso weekend. We are anxiously awaiting the day we’ll be able to reopen the tasting room and invite you all to our gorgeous grounds for delicious wine.

Until that time, we are still open 7 days a week for online and to-go orders! Help keep our shipping department busy and get yourself some treats. Call the tasting room at 805-237-9231 or Shop Still Waters Wines to purchase! It is our utmost priority to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers while still striving to keep the Still Waters dream going! We thank you for your ongoing support. Together (and with wine) we will get through to better times.

Until then, stay safe and healthy.

Still Waters Vineyards

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Roll Out the Barrels Results 2020

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The results are in! Thanks to all our wonderful club members, Roll Out the Barrels 2020 was a roaring success. There were 28 barrels of 9 different varietals to taste through. With live music by Toan Chau and delicious lunch prepared by Pat, the event was a dynamic experience for our guests. Based on the results, we have learned that there really is no magic formula for good wine! What barrel tastes delicious with one varietal doesn’t necessarily suit another varietal. There were clear front-runners, as you will see, and some interesting outliers. We can’t wait to share with you what wines we make from our club member’s choices! Please click the link below to check out the winners. Cheers!

ROTB Results 2020


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Mad About Merlot

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October is Merlot month and we thought this would be a perfect time to revisit some of the reasons why Merlot is one of Still Waters’ most beloved varietal. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, it is one of the region’s (and the world’s) more widely planted grape. The name Merlot is thought to derive from the old French word merle for the black birds that liked to eat the juicy grapes from the vine. Known for ripening early, having soft tannins and lush fruit flavors, Merlot is tremendously popular both as a standalone or blended with other Bordeaux grapes- most notably Cabernet Sauvignon.

When Paul and Pat bought the ranch, they came into possession of established Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines. Over the years, Paul has grafted on more varietals, but the Merlot has and will always be a mainstay here. Paul even lovingly refers to it as his “Cab-Merlot” because of the character and structure that our estate grown Merlot displays. We have bottled a Merlot standalone each year since 2004 and we have a Merlot-based blend called Clone 3 Cuvee that is one of our best sellers.

We find that Merlot is one of the most approachable and affordable red wines on the market. With flavors of spicy red plum, black cherry, cocoa, and anise tempered with delicate tannins and medium acid, our Merlot lends itself to a variety of pairings or is excellent enjoyed on its own. We love to pair our Merlot with a classic roast chicken, meatloaf, Thanksgiving dinner, or a dark chocolate cake.

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Discover Still Waters with a Private Tour

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Here at Still Waters we take pride in what we do. Founder Paul Hoover has created an oasis away from the bustle, a secret garden amongst the backroads. He has infused this place with love, devotion, and pride. From the vineyards to the winemaking, he loves what he does, and he loves to share this special place with others. So, we’ve decided to take it to the next level and create an ultimate Still Waters Experience that will leave you educated and entertained! Take a guided tour in our comfortable six-seater golf cart and let one our knowledgeable staff drive you around our 65 acres. View the entirety of the El Pomar District from our hilltop and ride around the lush vines. Your guide will share tidbits of knowledge spanning from cover crops, history of the property, grape varieties, SIP certification, and more. After, you will be treated to a wine tasting along with our estate olive oil. Book your tour today and experience a delightful, educational experience.




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Spring at Still Waters

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It’s mid-April and we want to share how special the vineyard is this time of year. From baby green leaves poking out from the vines to a new rooster ruling the hen house, Spring has sprung on the vineyard. The days are getting warmer and guests are basking in the sunlight while they taste. After a wet winter, the gardens are flourishing.

This month you can see tulips, irises, wild flowers, and the first roses are blooming. Our vegetable garden has been planted and as you’ll see in the photos below, we are trying some new things to ensure a hearty crop! Paul is determined, after all these years, to outsmart the hungry birds and save our tomatoes. Upon suggestion from our guys, he created a netted defense for the delicate tomato plants to have a chance at success. Although one could argue that with Johnny Cats prowling the gardens, the smarter birds might look for a tasty snack in another garden.

David and his crew have been bottling for the last month. All the 2018 whites are bottled and there are some surprises to be released this Summer! We are also excited at the prospects of some of our favorite wines being ready for the Fall wine club shipment. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and more are all slated to be bottled this Spring. There is much to look forward to and we hope you find the time to join us!

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Roll Out the Barrels 2019

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Another year, another round of our favorite Still Waters event, Roll Out the Barrels! This year, we had over 200 wine club members and their guests gather in the barrel room and taste over 30 barrels of wine! Our guests tasted through barrels of 2016 Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Primitivo, Syrah, and Zinfandel. We also threw in some 2018 Viognier, for good measure! It was so much fun having our extended Still Waters family under one roof to enjoy this unique event.

2016 saw us starting to emerge from the drought years. While we didn’t get as much rain as we had hoped, we came away with about 6 inches for our growing year (at the height of the drought, we had 4 inches of rain total).  Growing conditions were varied and that was a big influence of the flavor profiles in the 2016 vintage. In the last half of September, most days were in the 90’s to well over 100 degrees. That means earlier varieties like Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Primitivo were ready well before their usual October pick days. We picked at various intervals throughout the month with fluctuating temperatures and conditions, producing distinctive and tasty flavors. Throughout October, the temperatures were cooler than normal, which meant our later harvest varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc enjoyed a longer hang time. This developed a more fruit forward composition of flavors versus previous years.

In short, 2016 marked an improvement in the amount of rain we had and general growing conditions. We look forward to a great vintage with diverse, delicious flavors and we hope you love them as much as we do!

Click on the link below to check out the winning barrels! Did your favorites make the cut?

ROTB 2019 wines


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