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Rest in Peace Michael Collins

Rest in Peace Michael Collins

 

Mike Collins

My father Michael Collins passed away last week in a hospital in England. He was 84 and would have celebrated his 59th Wedding anniversary this week.
We were on a family cruise when my father suffered a heart attack and was flown to a hospital in southern England. He passed away peacefully with my mother by his side. He lived a life of joy and adventure, a life that we all should aspire to. Luckily he will be around everytime an Irish joke is cracked or a bottle of wine popped. You are loved by so many and especially your family. Rest in Peace.
Will keep you all advised of any memorial services in the upcoming weeks and I look forward to seeing everyone as does my mom in the near future. Thank you in advance for all you love and support.

Sincerely,

Terence Collins


Croad Vineyards & Winery

Martin and Patti Croad purchased their lovely 38-acre property in the Willow Creek district in January 2004, a few days after the December 2003 earthquake. Mainly undeveloped, the previous owner lived in a trailer and had planted several acres of Zinfandel, which was untended and extremely distressed when the Croads took over.

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Without any intention of getting into the wine business, the Croads made friends with local growers, and began to rehabilitate the vineyard. Their first two-ton crop of Zin, made at Hank Donatoni’s facility, was rated 90 points by Robert Parker, and they caught the winemaking bug! They started planting in 2005 and there are now 20 acres of  Zinfandel, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah.

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Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery

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Longtime Central Coast residents Tom & Carole Hinkle were pioneers in the Paso Robles wine industry, planting in 1996 when there were fewer than twenty wineries in the region, and opening their tasting room in 2000. Tom Hinkle had a storied career as a minor league baseball player, coach at Cal Poly and MLB scout until he retired in 2007. Carole was a local schoolteacher who held down the fort while Tom was on the road 180 days each year, and still manages the estate with the help of her daughters Cait and Emily.

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The 65-acre property off of Union Road, east of town has 30 acres of wine grapes including Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel Petite Sirah, Viognier and Roussanne, along
with 10 acres of olives. In addition to winemaking and olive oil

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Glunz Family Winery

The Glunz Family

The Glunz Family

New to Paso Robles, the Glunz family has been in the wine business for over 120 years. Founded in 1888, Louis Glunz I bottled and delivered beer in Chicago, surviving Prohibition by making their first “sacramental” wine. The Cross Logo on their sign on Highway 46 East, where they took over the old Chumeia facility, harkens to those days. The 20-acre property has 10 acres planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot, and their first harvest (2013) was custom produced while they were awaiting their TTB bond.

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