IntoWine.com Q&A with Bianchi's Winemaker, Tom Lane
August 25, 2011
Q: After 25 years of making wine, is it still fun? If so, what makes it a great job?
A: Yes, it’s still a lot of fun. The best part is that the job is so incredibly varied. You can be in the vineyard pruning one day and in the winery doing blending trials the next. During harvest you’re checking on fermentation. Or you can be focusing on detailed work in the lab or out on the road conducting a tasting dinner. The variety of it all keeps one going. Happy to say monotony does not exist in a winemaker’s world.
Better With Age - 944 Magazine
March 1, 2011
Bianchi is featured in the March issue of 944 Magazine.
PageDaily.com - Best Wines & Best Pictures: How to Host a Wine-Tasting Oscar Party
February 24, 2011
Oscar Night Wine Tour:
Pairing Up the Best Wines
My idea of a fun Oscar party? Invite 9 of your friends over and ask them to bring a wine they think represents 1 of the nominees for Best Picture. (Yep, there are 10 nominees. You get to enjoy the fun too!) You’ll have a night of wine tastings and a great theme for your Oscar party! I’ll start you off with the picks below, some a bit more pun-ny than others (hey, humor rarely wins the big gold statue).
Types of Wines for Oscar Movies:
Oscar Movie: Black Swan
Wine Pairing: Bianchi Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, California, 2007
A deep, dark wine with earthy and blackberry jam notes. It’s nearly opaque in color and bold—anything but “Petite”—just like Black Swan’s leading lady, Natalie Portman. Though petite in stature, her commanding performance shows just how robust her acting chops are. I think she’d enjoy a glass of this post-baby.
Newsday - Zinfandels fit for a president
February 14, 2011
The drinking habits of American presidents start with George Washington's fondness for fortified wine. Over the years, there have been imbibers-in-chief, ranging from whiskey lovers and Bordeaux fanciers to reformed boozers and avowed teetotalers...Look for the 2007 Bianchi Zen Ranch Paso Robles Zinfandel ($26). A mouthful, concentrated and fruity.
805 Living - 12 Under 50
November 22, 2010
After 29 months of aging in French and American oak, this zin emerged wonderfully smooth and with great depth. Its high alcohol (15.4 percent) is matched with jammy flavor. When thinking of food pairings, think zesty.
The Wineries of Highway 46 East Donate $1,000 to Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
November 16, 2010
The Wineries of Highway 46 East in Paso Robles, along with our hospitality partners, recently donated $1,000 to Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. All of the group members have been supporting Hospice for months by offering a “Hospitality for Hospice” card which gave visitors 10% off of their hotel stay at the Paso Robles Holiday Inn Express, discounts at member wineries, and over Halloween weekend, each winery participated in a Poker Run that raised money directly for Hospice’s cause.
Wine Country This Week - Bianchi Winery Releases 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
November 1, 2010
Bianchi Winery (Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room) has released its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Selection.
From the much anticipated and heralded 2007 vintage in California, the Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Paso Robles featuring a blend of Bianchi Winery’s Lakeside Estate Clone 8 Cab (65%) and sourced Plummer Vineyard Clone 337 (35%). Some 1,590 cases were produced and the wine carries a suggested retail price of $17.99. Alcohol by volume is 14.8%.
Wine Spectator: 88 Points - 2007 Zen Ranch Zinfandel
October 15, 2010
Briary and appealingly rustic, with wild berry and spicy loam aromas and zesty huckleberry, river rock and anise flavors. Drink now through 2015. 1,031 cases made. - T.F.
Weekly Wine Pick - Wine Picks by Wine Pros
August 30, 2010
Bianchi Winery Zinfandel and Petite Sirah
If you are looking for bold flavors and character in your wine without breaking the bank, the wines of Bianchi Winery are worth trying. I recently sampled their Zinfandel and a Petite Sirah sent by the winery’s PR rep, and thought both offered a high quality-price ratio.
The Home Winemaker - VIDEO
August 5, 2010
Bianchi winemaker, Tom Lane, describes why Zinfandel is such an important varietal to the Paso Robles wine industry at the annual Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival.
James the Wine Guy: 9.5/10 - Bianchi Refosco
July 11, 2010
Refosco is a versatile wine offering many things to many people–dark and brooding yet lively and acidic. This wine is easy to appreciate first first sip and beyond. A captivating varietal and Bianchi has bottled another successful Refosco and showing that Refosco also has a home in California. Red plum, pepper, slight rose petal, cinnamon, abundant acid profile and very dark color.
Touring and Tasting - Fall 2009
October 31, 2009
It has been nearly 10 years since Glenn Bianchi purchased 40 acres on the east side of Paso Robles and founded Bianchi Winery. A resident of Orange County, Glenn admired the region’s wines and believed that Paso Robles’ potential was well worth the commute. He wasted no time putting down roots and completed building his state-of-the-art winery in 2004.
Ken's Wine Guide: 88 Points - 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
October 20, 2008
This ruby colored wine from Bianchi recently finished in 3rd place in our recent blind tasting of mid priced Cabs. It opens with an attractive cherry and menthol like bouquet with hints of toffee. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is smooth, soft, and balanced with savory cherry vanilla flavors. The finish is dry and shows nicely managed tannins that linger for some time. This is a very food friendly Cab and would pair quite nicely with pheasant or veal marsala. Enjoy - KWGTP
Ken's Wine Guide - Chardonnay…Where’s the Oak?
September 28, 2008
Our third place wine came from Bianchi Winery who has faired quite favorably with our panel over that last few months. Their 2006 Signature Selection Chardonnay $19 from the “Edna Ranch” scored a solid 90 points. We found that many of our recommended Chards came from the Edna Valley. This particular Chard had a very inviting tropical fruit like bouquet. It was also creamy and well-balanced with flavorful pineapple flavors and a touch of oak.
Appelation America - Doing the Paso Robles Paso Doble at Bianchi Winery
July 9, 2008
Is Petite Sirah or Cabernet Sauvignon the signature grape in Paso Robles? Is it Zinfandel or Syrah? There's always a two-step dance to selecting the best varietal in Paso Robles and, that being the case, Tom Lane, winemaker at Bianchi Winery, is a great 'dancer.'