What Causes Red Wine Headaches?

DO YOU SUFFER FROM RED WINE HEADACHES? Enjoying wine is one of life’s great pleasures, but the joy is fleeting once a headache starts. We are not talking about an “oh no, I drank too much” headache, but a sensitive reaction after even a small pour of red wine. Not all reactions are the same - headache, stuffy nose, flushed ...

Is Preserving Family Legacy Important to You?

SHAPED BY OUR ROOTS Guests who visit Folded Hills feel it the moment they step out of their car. They immediately fall in love with the animals, come-as-you-are hospitality, and nostalgic setting. But the qualities we are becoming known for did not come about by chance. They came from a respect for history and family legacy. Yes, we are a ...

Four Fun Ways to Pair Grenache

WHY GRENACHE? Would it surprise you to know that Grenache is one of the world’s most popular grapes? It is responsible for some of the most delicious wines in the world. The most well-known (and possibly most delightful to pronounce: Shaw-toe-newf-dew-pop) Chateauneuf du Pape, a Grenache based, Southern French blend can fetch up to $600 a bottle. The right Grenache ...

Which of Your Wines are Worthy of Cellaring?

ARE YOUR BOTTLES OF WINE WORTH CELLARING? Should you be cellaring and saving your wine? You might be surprised to know that age worthy wines are not common. Most wine (as much as 99% produced) is meant to be enjoyed young. Only a tiny fraction is designed to stand up and improve with aging. So if most wines should be enjoyed young, what ...

What is Rhone? A Region, a Grape or a Wine?

WHAT DOES RHONE WINE REFER TO? Maybe you have heard this in a tasting room somewhere on the Central Coast, "We specialize in the Rhones." Let's be honest, does that word mean anything to you? If not, we are here to help. If you guessed region, you are correct! Rhone refers to the warm and sunny Rhone Valley in Southeastern ...

What is Malolactic Fermentation?

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION - NOT AS COMPLICATED AS IT SOUNDS Remember learning about tannin? Likely, the second most common term that savvy wine drinkers like to use is Malolactic Fermentation. Malo-what? If this word has stopped you in your tracks, read on. Malo or MLF are both nicknames for Malolactic Fermentation. It is a natural process that occurs when a certain natural ...

Press: Awarded “Year’s Best” Rosé

AWARDED "YEAR'S BEST", WITHOUT SACRIFICING INTEGRITY We can't think of a better way to celebrate National Wine Day than with this accolade! We've just learned that the Estate, 2016 Folded Hills Lilly Rosé has been named by Wine & Spirits Magazine as "Year's Best", with a score of 90 points. We never expected this, and are completely shocked and honored. ...

Improve Your Ability to Identify Wine Aromas

IMPROVING YOUR SENSE OF SCENTS Do you ever go wine tasting and wonder why everyone smells aromas in wine and you don't? We've all have that friend. "Oh, this is delicious! I'm getting pineapple - but I would say more cooked than fresh, like the crust of an upside-down cake." So, you just nod and smile while casually looking for ...

Why Smell a Wine Before you Taste?

SMELLING WINE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF TASTING Why smell a wine before you taste? The simple answer is because it will enhance the experience. Would you believe it is the most important part of wine tasting? We can only perceive 4 or 5 flavors, but the average person can identify over 2,000 scents, 200 of which can be ...

What are Tannins? Learn in Two Minutes

DON'T LET THE TOPIC OF TANNIN RUIN YOUR TASTING Classic scenario - you're out wine tasting and having a great time with your friends. You are swirling, smelling, sipping and chatting when someone has to ruin the moment by mentioning tannin. Immediately the group is divided and your confidence in talking about wine is gone. Are you ready to be ...

Why do Winemakers Foot Tread Grapes?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT FOOT TREADING GRAPES? It's one of our favorite things to talk about at the winery, but the purpose is often misunderstood and the ancient practice near extinction. This article will answer all of your questions about this superior method of winemaking. Winemaker Angela foot treads (also called pigéage) every lot of grapes that arrive at ...

What Makes Lilly Rosé so Special?

A ROSÉ MADE WITH INTENTION This artisanal wine project has been an unhurried one. Some decisions have taken years to reach. But despite all of the unknown, there were two decisions that were easily made from the start – we would have an exceptional rosé – and we would save the name Lilly for something very special. When it comes ...