Sips & Songs Concert Series Kicks Off with Success!

We had a successful turnout for our first Sips & Songs concert of the 2015 season. Local band Hilary & Kate set the tone for a perfect evening of wine, food and good company in our beautiful SLO Wine Country. Hilary Watson (vocal/guitar) and Kate Feldtkeller (vocals/guitar), along with dobro player Emmett Franz, delivered a harmonious combination of bluegrass, folk and gospel!

The 2015 lineup consists of some of the Central Coast’s finest musicians and with that we’ve made some exciting additions to our winery! Guests were pleasantly surprised to find that we added new onsite parking and expanded our garden patio. This addition provided guests with plenty of seating options, vineyard and mountain views and easy wine bar access. We look forward to phase two of our garden expansion project coming this summer!  Mark your calendars for Occasional Mustache and The Pairing Knife this Friday, June 5 from 5:30-7:30pm.

View 2015 Concert Schedule.

Claiborne & Churchill Wine Library Weekend

Friday, February 20 | 6PM
Winemaker Dinner
Club: $75 | General $95

Kick off this exciting weekend on Friday with a gourmet winemaker dinner highlighting notable vintages of wines from our cellar. This will be a fun and educational dinner guided by our winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia and owner Clay Thompson. Enjoy six unique courses perfectly paired with Claiborne & Churchill Library Wines. *Limited Seating Available*

Saturday, February 21 | 1-4PM
Wine Library Grand Tasting
Club: $15 | General: $25

Experience a tasting showcasing the best vintages of our library wines. You’ll have the opportunity to taste and purchase from among two dozen white and red wines which have been carefully cellared for several years.

Sunday, February 22 | 11-4PM
Wine and Cheese Pairing
Club: $15 | $20

“Wine down” on Sunday in our garden patio with a flight of library wines and a gourmet cheese plate by Fromagerie Sophie. Each cheese has been specially selected to pair with these stellar wines.

The Wine Library Weekend is the perfect opportunity to taste and
broaden your palate with these rare and limited production wines!

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The Romance of Riesling at Claiborne & Churchill in San Luis Obispo Wine Country

Do you love Riesling, “the world’s greatest white grape”? Well we do! And we celebrated it on Friday, June 20, with our inaugural “Romance of Riesling” event here in the garden at Claiborne & Churchill.

For the first time ever, we focused on only one grape varietal for an entire dinner/tasting/seminar. I should mention that we started the evening off with our 2012 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs; I can’t think of a better way to start a celebration!

The Romance of Rieslng 2014 at Claiborne & Churchill Winery

Our dynamic duo, Owner Clay Thompson and Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia guided guests through a pairing of Rieslings and tapas. Chef Russ Thomas of Two Cooks artfully prepared the five delicious courses. (see menu below)

Crab Snap Salad on Crunchy Yukon Gold Chip
Apple, Celery, Lime, Parsley, Lipstick Pepper, Shallot, Tarragon Aioli,
Pickled Chili & Lemon Cucumber Garnish
2013 Dry Riesling
Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus Purée
Garlic, White Wine, Flat Leaf Parsley, Bolio Toasts
2011 Dry Riesling
Vegetarian Sushi
Soy Paper Wrapped: Red Miso Glazed Shiitake Mushrooms, Pearl &
Black Rice, Daikon Radish, Hoisin Chili Sauce
2008 Dry Riesling
Duck Canapé
Coriander Rubbed Pan Seared Duck Breast, Caramelized Shallots,
Crispy Won Ton Skins, Ginger Vinaigrette
2005 Dry Riesling
Cabbage Rolls
Chorizo and Pork Stuffed Cabbages, Pine Nuts, Raisins in Beef Broth
2012 Estate Dry Riesling

Clay & Coby opened their discussion to Q&A where they and our guests delved deeper into each vintage.

Guests were able to experience first hand what contributes to Riesling being the “world’s greatest white grape”: it’s made in a variety of styles, from ultra-dry to a sweet desert wine and everything in between! And it is so extremely versatile that it pairs with a wide variety of cuisines!


The Romance of Rieslng 2014 at Claiborne & Churchill Winery


We continued this educational journey with a tour of our Estate Riesling Vineyard where Coby educated our guests on its SIP Certification (Sustainability in Practice) and its ability to grow in a cool-climate region such as ours here in San Luis Obispo wine country. This was the perfect opportunity to highlight our 2010 Estate Dry Riesling, which we bottle aged three years prior to its release. Many of our guests were surprised to learn that Riesling has great aging potential due to its naturally high acidity and pronounced fruit flavors. Aged Riesling exhibits wonderful nuances and complex flavors of petrol, diesel and minerality and our 2010 displayed this so well!

Pairing in the Vineyard:
Gourmet Artisan Cheese
(from our local cheese shop, Fromagerie Sophie)
Ducket’s Caerphilly and Pont L’Eveque
2010 Estate Dry Riesling

We concluded the evening with a final pairing in our eco-friendly strawbale cellar/tasting room. This was definitely the icing on the cake!

Dessert Pairing:
Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie
(from our local Brown Butter Cookie Company)
Shortbread Cookie with Browned Butter, Brown Sugar and Sea Salt
2013 Riesling, Oliver’s Vineyard
2011 “Nektar” Estate Late Harvest Riesling

The Romance of Rieslng 2014 at Claiborne & Churchill Winery

Thank you to all of our guests. This was an amazing evening of delicious food, great wine, and good company! We look forward to more unique interactive tastings of this type.

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San Luis Obispo Wine Country: Live Music at Claiborne & Churchill

Mark your calendars for 6th Annual Sips & Songs 2014. We are excited to have such an eclectic line-up of musicians performing at C&C . We kicked off the season last Friday with the ever so popular Boomerang Band! Their covers of Rock ‘n Roll classics had our guests out of their seats and grooving to the beat!


Our Rose of Pinot Noir was a huge hit with our guests as it paired perfectly with Gusto on the Go’s pan seared fish tacos. Since our 2012 Chardonnay is nearing its end, we decided to highlight it one last time. If you’re a meat lover, their pulled pork sandwich is killer!

Since last year’s Sips & Songs, we’ve expanded our garden area and added a new outdoor bar. Everyone loves the extra space and shorter lines for wine!

Performing next on June 13 is the Reese Galido Trio. You may know Reese from the popular local band The Kicks! Her Trio’s infectious sounds will set the tone for a perfect evening out! Come hungry as Meze Wine Bar & Bistro returns.