Acid-ventures in Wine

The best wines are in balance among the main four character traits: TanninAlcoholSweetnessAcidity There are several kinds of acids in wines. The most common ones are tartaric acid, lactic acid, and malic acid. Tartaric acid is the most important. It…

bottles with stones in tasting room

2023: Year in Review

We…extra sadly…bid adieu to Hillary Yount, our phenomenal Vineyard Manager for the past 8 years. As you know, she’s been instrumental in farming our organic vineyards and ensuring that her husband, Anthony, has the best fruit our estate has to…

I’m in Tatters…Shatter(ed)

Yes, this one by Mick and the boys is the subject of this season’s Wine Lines. While Mick may be referencing Keith Richards’ appearance, in the wine world this word is used to describe an unfavorable occurrence that can impact…

Production Construction

2023 marks the first year that Sixmilebridge wines will be produced on property, in our very own production facility! As some of you know, from 2016 through 2022 we rented production space to craft our wines. The team behind making…

Tasting like a Wine-er: MidPalate

What is the midpalate for a wine and why is so important ? If you attend enough wine seminars or wine tastings led by well schooled wine people, you’re going to hear about the midpalate. Here’s a little context so…

crosby stills and nash

Harvest 2023

By this time last year, the whole estate had been picked and grapes were happily fermenting in the cellar. With the way harvest has gone so far, it brings to mind a song by Crosby, Stills and Nash, “It’s Been…

Infrastructure in Florabel

Summer 2023

As you know, the first quarter of this year was just all about water. You could say that “Cry Me a River” by Julie London in 1956, a very good year by the way, was the theme of January-March. Or…

The Laws of Flaws in Wine

OxidationThis one is easy. Too much air mixing with the wine at the wrong times. You’ll get a musty smell  like wet cardboard. To familiarize  yourself with this, let your next Amazon order that arrives in a cardboard box linger…

Paso Robles: Boundless Diversity

Eric Guido of Vinous scored Sixmilebridge reds high! "Frankly, I was stunned by these wines' clarity and regal tannic structures, which reflect a more Old World style. This is yet another feather in Anthony Yount’s hat."
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Tannins Make the Wines Go Round

Tannins in wine come from the skins, stems and the seeds of the grapes; and also the wood barrels used during aging. Ok, they can also come from wood chips and tannin powder…this reminds me of lyrics from Elton John’s…

Budding Botanist

If you have visited our tasting room, particularly in the Spring, you know we have an abundance of different trees, flora and fauna. In fact, we have over 60 different species on the property. And no, we aren’t counting the…

Spring 2023

As we spring into a new season, it’s incredible to see the vineyard coming to life. We haven’t drowned in Paso quite yet, although the team agrees…we came close. We didn’t want to change the world, but one of these…

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A Quick Overview Of The 2022 Vintage

Most of us wine enthusiasts have heard the phrase “winemaker’s vintage.” This term has been getting a lot of play lately in Paso Robles when describing the 2022 growing season and vintage. The best way to understand the term is…

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Harvest 2022

The Sixmilebridge estate had a good growing season through August. While we did not get much rainfall in January through March, our temperatures did not spike much either on the low end or high end. We had comparatively warmer weather…

Summer 2022

Summer in Paso Robles means hot days, cool nights, and fruit development in the vineyards! Closing out 2021, we were experiencing one of the wettest winters in recent memory. With this great start to our rainy season, hopes were high.…

Swirl and Sip

Do you see folks effortlessly swirling their wine and seemingly paying no attention to the glass? Do you think they are just showing off? Maybe you try imitating them, but aren’t really sure why they and you are swirling your glasses.

Spring 2022

Spring has sprung for the seventh time at Sixmilebridge! As we usher in the new season, the estate teems with life. Seen from a distance, a vineyard looks much the same year after year. Upon closer inspection, growth is evident…

Wine Geese of Ireland

Did you know the Irish invented the first guided missile, called the Brennan torpedo after its inventor, Louis Brennan? Btw, Oscar Wilde certainly fired a few guided missiles with the tip of his pen. Yet when it comes to wine, I don’t think Ireland readily comes to mind. But maybe it should…

17 Off-the-Beaten-Path California Reds

Food and Wine Magazine’s Jonathan Cristaldi includes Sixmilebridge in a stellar lineup of unique bottlings from CA producers. Read the full article here!

Watering Down A Hangover

Another myth busted: Drinking water doesn’t prevent a hangover. According to molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt the anti-hangover recipe of drinking a bathtub full of water before bed won’t save your bacon in the morning.

Raise Your Glass of Bubbles

Wine labeled “Champagne” must be produced in the eastern part of France known as Champagne. Sparkling winemakers from this region have spent vineyards of money trying to protect and defend this designation. And, to a great deal, they have succeeded.

Chilling Your Wine

Summer is nearly upon us and that means warmer temperatures are on the horizon. To combat the heat it’s hard to improve upon a chilled-to-perfection glass of Sixmilebridge Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé. Of course, that begs the question: What is the perfect temperature and how do I reach it?

Cork Taint

If you have enjoyed drinking wine for a long time, it’s almost a certainty that you have encountered a “corked” wine. Btw, a corked wine is not a wine with bits of cork floating around in it.

The Tasting Room is Open

Our big news is that we officially opened the tasting room Thursday, June 18. For the first two weeks, we offered limited appointments Thursday through Sunday. We are now open seven days a week (due to popular demand, we like to think!). 

2017 Red Wines Release

The Incantation is a new blend composed of 75% Malbec, 12.5% Cabernet and 12.5% Petit Verdot. Kudos to our son Kyle for coming up with the name—we think this wine casts quite a spell over its drinkers!

How a Rosé is Made

First, start with red grapes. You don’t mix red and white grapes to get a pink color...

The 2020 Growing Season

Rain and California aren’t always synonymous, but what is considered our “wet” season is starting to wrap up. January and February under-performed significantly, but March and April made good strides in the right direction!