5 Reasons to Fall for Paso Robles

5 Reasons to Fall for Paso Robles

5 Reasons to Fall for Paso Robles

Located along U.S. Highway 101 in the center of California’s Central Coast lies Paso Robles, one of California’s fastest growing wine regions. Paso Robles, or “Pass of the Oaks,” boasts a climate that is ideal for wine growing and is home to more than 40,000 vineyard acres.

Purple Cowboy wines are produced with grapes sourced from Paso Robles. Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red and Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet Sauvignon both capture the sense of maverick western adventure and open spaces found in Paso Robles.

Aside from being home to our favorite wines, here are our top five reasons to fall in love with Paso Robles:

Top five reasons to fall in love with Paso Robles:

Location

Close to the ocean, the mountains and the desert, Paso Robles is halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast. Paso Robles is easily accessible by one of the area’s airports or by car via Highway 101.

History

Winemaking and grape growing were introduced to the area in the late 1700s by Franciscan Friars, but the area was first known for its rejuvenating hot springs. Later during the late 1800s, it became known as the “Almond City,” possessing the world’s largest concentration of almond orchards. The early twentieth century ushered in the city’s first commercial wineries.

Paso Robles hot springs

Hot springs

Thermal springs in the area are said to have healing powers. The Salinan Indians, some of the area’s earliest inhabitants, knew the area s the “Springs” or the “Hot Springs.” Take their cue and after a long day of sightseeing and wine tasting, consider a relaxing dip in these therapeutic waters.

Hearst Castle

Sights and scenery

When you’re not wine tasting, take a stroll along one of the area’s scenic trails. Try the Salinas River Walk or Shoreline Trail. Don’t miss a visit to Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst, along with architect Julia Morgan, created an American castle to showcase Hearst’s legendary art collection. The 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways are worth a look, too.

Purple Cowboy Paso Robles

The wine

Paso Robles Wine Country, with its warm days and cool nights, is home to more than 40 wine grape varieties. The region produces Bordeaux, Rhone and Italian wine varieties, as well as Zinfandel and almost everything in between. You may need to plan a return visit to check off more than 200 wineries in the area.

 

Use a few of these resources to plan your next trip to Paso Robles:

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Travel Paso

Fodor’s Travel Guide to Paso Robles

 

Happy traveling!

Father’s Day Feast

Father’s Day Feast

Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet is perfect for the dad who loves movies starring John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Randolph Scott. This wine captures the love of all things western. It’s sturdy enough to stand proudly next to a Father’s Day feast of grilled Porterhouse steak, barbecued ribs and over-sized burgers.

Tips to Grilling Greatness

Prep and maintain your grill for barbeque success.

Keep your grill grates clean! At the end of grilling, while grill is still hot, brush grill with a steel grill brush and then lightly oil with a clean kitchen towel.

Avoid washing your grill grates with detergent or abrasive cleaner. Much like a good cast iron pan, your grill will form a layer of carbon and become a non-stick surface—but only if you don’t use harsh cleaners!

Essential grill tools: Long pair of heavy-duty, spring-loaded tongs, long heavy-duty spatula, long-basting brush, long-handled stiff metal grill scraping brush and a spray water bottle to extinguish flare-ups. Except for the spray bottle, commercial restaurant grade is best! Webrestaurant Store and Amazon are good on-line sources.

For either gas or charcoal/wood grills: be sure to preheat grill with lids closed for three minutes and re-oil the grill grates prior to grilling.

Thinner cuts should be placed directly over heat (direct heat grilling). Larger, thicker cuts should be cooked away from the source of heat with the lid closed (indirect heat grilling).

Handle meat a little as possible during cooking.

Great reading (and Father’s Day Gifting) about grilling and barbequing from the experts:

Cheers to a fantastic Father’s Day Feast!

Celebrate Breast Cancer Survivors!

Celebrate Breast Cancer Survivors!

The fight against breast cancer hits close to home here at Purple Cowboy. Our co-founder, Terry Wheatley, is a breast cancer survivor. She lost her grandmother to the disease, her mother had a double mastectomy before the age of 40 and her daughter Katie had undergone two surgical biopsies before the age of 20.

Terry created Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a nationally-recognized campaign and framework for rodeos and western events to help them promote breast cancer awareness and fundraising to benefit their local communities.

Once again, we’re asking you to share your personal breast cancer “Survivor Story” in the “Celebrate Survivors” campaign.

By submitting your story, you’ll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December!

Your story may also be featured across our social media channels in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Don’t worry, we’ll contact you before anything is posted!)

Thank you in advance for helping in the fight against breast cancer and supporting Tough Enough to Wear Pink! Learn more about Tough Enough to Wear Pink at: http://www.toughenoughtowearpink.com/.

Don’t forget! Our Purple Cowboy Wines are proud to support Tough Enough to Wear Pink! Learn where to find them near you.

Cheers to Western Tough Month!

Cheers to Western Tough Month!

April is Tough Enough to Wear Pink month!

Each April, the Western community turns pink to support breast cancer awareness and research, designating it Tough Enough to Wear Pink month.

The cause hits close to home for our team at Purple Cowboy and many of you in our community. Terry Wheatley, Purple Cowboy creator and founder of Tough Enough to Wear Pink, is a survivor herself; lost her grandmother to breast cancer, and both her mother and daughter have been affected by the disease.

Throughout April, we’ll be sharing stories across our social channels to support our friends and family who are “Western Tough.” One of those “Western Tough” teams, Twisted X, will again be sharing breast cancer survivor stories on their Facebook page every day in April.

Follow Twisted X and Tough Enough to Wear Pink on Facebook so you don’t miss an update.

As a reminder, here are some other ways you can support breast cancer awareness and research through Tough Enough to Wear Pink:

Cheers to a beautiful Tough Enough to Wear Pink Month!

Support “Tough Enough” at a Rodeo Near You

Support “Tough Enough” at a Rodeo Near You

Purple Cowboy is a proud supporter of Tough Enough to Wear Pink in the fight against breast cancer. Tough Enough to Wear Pink nights at rodeos and Western events raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness to benefit their local communities.

In honor of Tough Enough to Wear Pink Month this April, we encourage you to head out and attend a Tough Enough Night at a rodeo near you.

Here are a few across the U.S. to get  you started:

  • RAM National Circuit Finals – Kissimmee, FL – Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, April 8
  • Red Bluff Roundup – Red Bluff, CA – Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, April 23
  • Clovis Rodeo – Clovis, CA – Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, April 30

Visit the events section of the Tough Enough website and the Events section of the Tough Enough Facebook Page for a long list of events. We hope to see you at a show soon!

Mardi Gras-inspired Muffulettas

Mardi Gras-inspired Muffulettas

Muffulettas were invented in 1906 at that very same Central Grocery in New Orleans. It’s a sandwich built on a whole loaf of round sesame bread — the whole loaf turns into a sandwich. Muffulettas are then stuffed with salami and ham, loaded with Provolone and made unique with a perfectly greasy olive salad – the oil soaks into the bread for the perfect February treat. The flavors came from a late 1800s, Sicilian wave of workers that entered New Orleans in big numbers, bringing their tasty cuisine to Southern Lousiana. If you really want to eat like a local, eat your muffuletta with local Zapp’s potato chips and you’re set for the season.

When serving, muffuletta sandwiches are delicious with red wines like Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet and Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red – the salty mix of olives and salami brings out the fruitiness of the wines.

Here’s the Wine Sisterhood’s take on the Muffuletta sandwich – happy munching!

Olive Salad Ingredients:

1 cup chopped green olives
1 cup chopped black olivesed
1 tablespoon capers
1/3 cup diced roasted red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped fine
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Sandwich Ingredients:

1 round loaf of Italian bread — anywhere between 6 and 10 inches in diameter, cut in half crosswise with the insides scooped out

at least 4 ounces each thinly sliced salami, deli ham and mortadella

at least 4 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese

Directions:

At least 6 hours before preparing sandwich Make the olive salad by mixing together the chopped green and black olives, capers, roasted bell pepper, celery, parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Set in a non-reactive bowl and put the bowl in the refrigerator.

Queso and Purple Cowboy for the Big Game!

Queso and Purple Cowboy for the Big Game!

Purple Cowboy Cabernet and Queso

Next Sunday, eyes will be glued to the TV, watching THE big game of the year. Our bellies will be glued to all the tasty treats this all-American tradition entails. The Wine Sisterhood shared this almost-effortless queso dip recipe that is perfect to bring along to that game-day party.

Queso Ingredients

Queso

Ingredients:

1 bell pepper – chopped fine
1 onion – chopped fine
3 stalks celery – chopped fine
1 pound hamburger meat
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 18-ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 4-ounce can of diced green chile peppers, drained and rinsed
2 pounds American cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Step one: Open a bottle of wine, pour yourself a glass and sip. (Don’t forget! You can search for any of the Middle Sister Wines using the wine locator here. And remember, all of the wines featured in this post are available in the Middle Sister Online Wine Shop.)

Step two: Heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan or dutch oven.

Queso - celery, onions and peppers

Step three: Add bell pepper, onion and celery, stir to combine. Saute vegetables for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add hamburger meat, stir to break up. Cook until brown. Add taco seasoning. Stir through until combined.

Weekend Queso Recipe

Step four: Add drained diced tomatoes and rinsed chile peppers. Stir through until combined.

Queso - Add the cheese!

Step five: Add American cheese in chunks and stir through to incorporate.

Queso Chip Dip Recipe

Serve with tortilla chips or large corn chips and enjoy! Keep a batch warm in a slow cooker for all-day enjoyment. Pair with a glass of Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet!

 

Tough Enough To Wear Pink Reaches $25 Million Raised!

Terry Wheatley and Lacey Wheatley with Tough Enough To Wear Pink

Making a big impact—one small donation at a time.

A milestone was reached Monday night at the 12th Annual Wrangler® Tough Enough to Wear Pink(TETWP) Night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The grassroots cowboy campaign has exceeded the $25 million fundraising mark!

The campaign was created in 2004 by Wheatley, wine industry executive and matriarch of a professional rodeo cowboy family and Karl Stressman, former director of special events for Wrangler and now Commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The idea was to raise money and awareness for breast cancer by challenging rodeo competitors and fans alike to wear pink. Wrangler is the title sponsor of TETWP and a portion of proceeds from everything sold within the Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise collection goes back to the campaign fund.

Along with the generous support of western businesses such as Wrangler, Montana Silversmiths, Twisted X Boots and Purple Cowboy wines, Wrangler TETWP relies on the hard work of regional rodeos and western events across the country. The strength of the campaign is funds raised stay locally to benefit community breast cancer charities. It is the dedication of volunteers on the ground at local events that drives the campaign.

Gunnison TETWP Truck

“More than 300 rodeos and events participate each year, with the support of Wrangler, the title sponsor of this campaign. Small donations add up to make a tremendous positive impact for families facing breast cancer and the entire community,” commented Wheatley.

A notable example of the grassroots efforts is the Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo in Gunnison, CO. A long-time Top Five Wrangler TETWP fundraiser, the Gunnison western community has raised close to $2 million over the years to support the fight against breast cancer in their hometown.

Among their goals is to make Gunnison Valley Health the number one rural hospital for breast cancer care in the U.S. by providing funds for services, medical equipment and support. Money raised by the campaign also financed the purchase of a patient transportation vehicle. The 2016 Ram 1500 truck, custom-wrapped in the Wrangler TETWP logo, is designated to safely transport Gunnison breast cancer patients requiring advanced treatment to medical centers outside the small community, such as in Denver. These journeys can take up to 200 miles one-way over winding country roads and narrow mountain passes.

Lacey Wheatley, Terry Wheatley’s daughter-in-law, is the Director of Wrangler TETWP and coordinates with rodeos and other non-rodeo organizations to create the pink-themed fundraisers. Her daughter Katie supports the social media outreach for the campaign.

Hats Off to the Top Five Wrangler TETWP Fundraisers in 2016

– C4CR/NMSU Aggies TETWP-Las Cruces, NM

– Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo – Gunnison, CO

– Wrangler TETWP of Montana-Missoula, MT

– Crosby Fair and Rodeo-Crosby, TX

– Rancheros Visitadores-Solvang, CA

Find Tough Enough to Wear Pink at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Find Tough Enough to Wear Pink at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is just under two weeks away! Remember to stop by and say hello to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink team if you’re headed to Las Vegas for the big event.

Don’t forget to pack your pink! The Thomas Mack Arena will be awash in pink on Monday, December 5, for Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night.

Wrangler NFR 2015

Join Tough Enough to Wear Pink in Las Vegas during the WNFR at the following locations:

  • Visit the PRCA Committee Convention booth #SP 10 (November 29-December 1) at South Point
  • Shop the Tough Enough to Wear Pink booth #6167 at the Country Christmas downtown
  • Stop by the Tough Enough to Wear Pink trailer at the WNFR Fan Zone

Can’t make it to Las Vegas for the WNFR? Follow along online and watch daily at home! Visit the Pro Rodeo site for the official schedule and check your local listings.

Survivor Stories – Winner Announcement!

Survivor Stories – Winner Announcement!

This year, we challenged you to share your breast cancer “Survivor Story” or the story of someone you love. To honor these survivors, we’re sharing their stories all month long on the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Facebook Page AND one story was chosen at random for the grand prize of two Gold Buckle seats at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo coming up in December.

And the winner is… Karen from El Paso, Texas!

Here’s her story in her own words:

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story in our “Survivor Stories” campaign. Remember to watch the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Facebook Page to read many of the stories submitted.

And thank you for being Tough Enough To Wear Pink!