P29: Wine Education – SIP (Jaylene) Winery
STILL WATERS S
till Waters Vineyards doesn’t sell their wine in stores. An intentionally-small operation, they are content to keep their distribution to the determined guests who visit their tiny tasting room in the hills southeast of Paso Robles. Wine lovers who make the effort won’t be disappointed. From incredible wines, to breathtaking grounds, to a commitment to environmental responsibility, this winery offers a whole experience that visitors can truly feel good about.
THE WINEPRESS MAGAZINE SPRING 2013
VINEYARDS By Larry H. Peña
Still Waters Vineyards is one of Paso Robles’ newest certified members of Sustainability in Practice (SIP). “[Green certification] is a proud flag to be able to fly,” says Paul Hoover, owner, winemaker and head of Still Waters’ full-time staff of eleven. “We like being able to show that we go the extra step.” Not only do guests genuinely enjoy the touch of nature they experience at Still Waters, but the wine is truly delicious—from bright, crisp whites like their 2011 Viognier to bold and complex reds like their 2008 Reflections blend. Hoover keeps a thick binder to track all the various requirements of SIP certification, from detailed production logs to the results of soil composition tests and wildlife habitat surveys. Keeping track of the minutia may be a lot of work, but he is serious about making a quality product in the best way possible. “A lot of this stuff is just common sense,” he says.
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