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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 24, 2003
PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Though Monday's earthquake was felt from Los Angeles to San Francisco, its destructive epicenter was here in this small central California city where two women died, nearly 50 buildings were damaged, sulfur springs bubbled through the streets and a historic clock tower crumbled to the ground. The recovery of property continued yesterday in the historic downtown decorated in ribbon and holiday lights. And as workers sifted through the debris, residents were looking for something good to hold on to after the calamity that struck at the corner of Park and 12th streets.
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By [Michael Dresser] | January 16, 2008
2005 Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon From: Paso Robles, Calif. Price: $18 Serve with: Beef or lamb This new label from Icon Estates makes an impressive debut with this high-value cabernet sauvignon from the up-and-coming Paso Robles region. It's a full-bodied, lush, complex red wine with an impressive layering of black cherry, smoked meat, herb and chocolate flavors. For a Central Coast cabernet, it does a decent Napa Valley imitation at a very un-Napa price. It's quite accessible now but should age well for five to eight years.
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By Gary Polakovic, Daryl Kelley and Robin Fields and Gary Polakovic, Daryl Kelley and Robin Fields,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 23, 2003
PASO ROBLES, Calif. - A deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake shuddered through California's central coast yesterday morning, crumpling a historic building in Paso Robles and causing the deaths of at least two people. The 20- to 30-second temblor - the strongest in the area's modern history - smashed shop windows, caused fires and interrupted power through parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The earthquake rocked the federal courthouse in San Francisco, 165 miles to the northwest of the epicenter, and sent the building's upper floors swaying for about 30 seconds.
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By Michael Muskal and Daryl Kelley and Michael Muskal and Daryl Kelley,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 29, 2004
A strong earthquake shook California from Los Angeles to San Francisco yesterday, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine and knocking pictures from walls. Although a U.S. Geological Survey spokeswoman placed the magnitude of the quake at 6.0 - significant enough to be felt over hundreds of miles - there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage. The quake struck at 10:15 a.m. Pacific time in a rural area about seven miles southeast of Parkfield, Calif., USGS spokeswoman Stephanie Hanna said.
NEWS
By [Michael Dresser] | January 16, 2008
2005 Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon From: Paso Robles, Calif. Price: $18 Serve with: Beef or lamb This new label from Icon Estates makes an impressive debut with this high-value cabernet sauvignon from the up-and-coming Paso Robles region. It's a full-bodied, lush, complex red wine with an impressive layering of black cherry, smoked meat, herb and chocolate flavors. For a Central Coast cabernet, it does a decent Napa Valley imitation at a very un-Napa price. It's quite accessible now but should age well for five to eight years.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | December 18, 2002
1999 Equus Syrah, Paso Robles ($18). The syrah grape is continuing to flourish in California as better vineyard sites are found and more wineries get the hang of this classic red-wine grape. This Central Coast syrah from Wild Horse Vineyards is one of the more Rhonelike examples on the market, with generous blackberry and raspberry fruit and hints of plums, herbes de Provence and mint. Appealingly plump now, it has the underlying structure to age for a decade. The length and intensity are impressive.
FEATURES
December 20, 2000
1998 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15). The reliable J. Lohr winery has produced a fine cabernet sauvignon from the erratic 1998 vintage. It's a rich, chunky, red wine with generous flavors of black raspberry, black currant and herbs. There are some rough edges that smooth out quickly when this cabernet is served with food. It should smooth out and gain character with a few more months in the bottle, but it offers a lot of character and impact for a wine of this price.
NEWS
By Michael Muskal and Daryl Kelley and Michael Muskal and Daryl Kelley,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 29, 2004
A strong earthquake shook California from Los Angeles to San Francisco yesterday, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine and knocking pictures from walls. Although a U.S. Geological Survey spokeswoman placed the magnitude of the quake at 6.0 - significant enough to be felt over hundreds of miles - there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage. The quake struck at 10:15 a.m. Pacific time in a rural area about seven miles southeast of Parkfield, Calif., USGS spokeswoman Stephanie Hanna said.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | October 13, 1996
If you are willing to spend $10 to $15 on a cabernet sauvignon, you are entitled to a mighty fine bottle of wine.You shouldn't expect a magnificent, profound, complex, swear-you've-gone-to-heaven kind of a cabernet. Most of those left this moderate price bracket more than a decade ago.But $10-$15 is a fair-sized investment for something you can enjoy only once. For that price, you have every reason to demand wines with generous fruit, at least medium body, firm structure and a finish that doesn't speed by like a jack rabbit on steroids.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | November 23, 1997
To most people who have a serious interest in California wine, the names of the Napa Valley and Sonoma County are more than just familiar. They are almost synonymous with Wine Country.But if you have a little more space in your wine memory banks, you might just want to save a little of it for Contra Costa County, Amador County and Paso Robles.Like Sonoma and Napa, these three far-flung regions are important growing regions for zinfandel -- that most American of the world's great red wines.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 24, 2003
PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Though Monday's earthquake was felt from Los Angeles to San Francisco, its destructive epicenter was here in this small central California city where two women died, nearly 50 buildings were damaged, sulfur springs bubbled through the streets and a historic clock tower crumbled to the ground. The recovery of property continued yesterday in the historic downtown decorated in ribbon and holiday lights. And as workers sifted through the debris, residents were looking for something good to hold on to after the calamity that struck at the corner of Park and 12th streets.
NEWS
By Gary Polakovic, Daryl Kelley and Robin Fields and Gary Polakovic, Daryl Kelley and Robin Fields,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 23, 2003
PASO ROBLES, Calif. - A deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake shuddered through California's central coast yesterday morning, crumpling a historic building in Paso Robles and causing the deaths of at least two people. The 20- to 30-second temblor - the strongest in the area's modern history - smashed shop windows, caused fires and interrupted power through parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The earthquake rocked the federal courthouse in San Francisco, 165 miles to the northwest of the epicenter, and sent the building's upper floors swaying for about 30 seconds.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | December 18, 2002
1999 Equus Syrah, Paso Robles ($18). The syrah grape is continuing to flourish in California as better vineyard sites are found and more wineries get the hang of this classic red-wine grape. This Central Coast syrah from Wild Horse Vineyards is one of the more Rhonelike examples on the market, with generous blackberry and raspberry fruit and hints of plums, herbes de Provence and mint. Appealingly plump now, it has the underlying structure to age for a decade. The length and intensity are impressive.
FEATURES
December 20, 2000
1998 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($15). The reliable J. Lohr winery has produced a fine cabernet sauvignon from the erratic 1998 vintage. It's a rich, chunky, red wine with generous flavors of black raspberry, black currant and herbs. There are some rough edges that smooth out quickly when this cabernet is served with food. It should smooth out and gain character with a few more months in the bottle, but it offers a lot of character and impact for a wine of this price.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | November 23, 1997
To most people who have a serious interest in California wine, the names of the Napa Valley and Sonoma County are more than just familiar. They are almost synonymous with Wine Country.But if you have a little more space in your wine memory banks, you might just want to save a little of it for Contra Costa County, Amador County and Paso Robles.Like Sonoma and Napa, these three far-flung regions are important growing regions for zinfandel -- that most American of the world's great red wines.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | October 13, 1996
If you are willing to spend $10 to $15 on a cabernet sauvignon, you are entitled to a mighty fine bottle of wine.You shouldn't expect a magnificent, profound, complex, swear-you've-gone-to-heaven kind of a cabernet. Most of those left this moderate price bracket more than a decade ago.But $10-$15 is a fair-sized investment for something you can enjoy only once. For that price, you have every reason to demand wines with generous fruit, at least medium body, firm structure and a finish that doesn't speed by like a jack rabbit on steroids.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
This zinfandel is incredible fun, but it's really not a great food-pairing wine. Yes, it's dry and one can serve it with food, but it's likely to overwhelm anything but fairly simple fare. In fact, it's delicious all by itself. Some good bread, manchego cheese, cold cuts — heaven. It's an intense, full-bodied wine with a lot of the flavors of Porto but without the technical sweetness. I say technical because there's so much ripe fruit it gives a sweet impression — part of the reason it stands alone so well.
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