BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Time to stop and smell the rosé. Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day!
Our very own evening anchor, Tim Calahan, has covered some of the best wines made right here in Kern County as part of our "Made In Kern County" series.
Here are some local picks for you wine-lovers to give a try!
1. Austin Hope Wine: Made in Kern County. Highest scoring Cabernet in Paso with local roots.
"Walk among the rows of Hope Family Vineyards—and you sense this is the place Austin Hope was destined for—a dream that happened upon the hope family—aptly named for the future that awaited them, and the struggles they would overcome to get there.
We meet Austin Hope, at his vineyard and winery in Paso Robles, just west of highway 101 in the Templeton gap district, an area known for warm days, and cool nights."
2. Made in Kern County: Tlo Wines. Valley grape farming family finds passion in wine.
Just about 30-minutes north of Bakersfield, off highway 99 you’ll find the community of Delano.
Known for their famed grape vineyards, the area dubbed as the Napa Valley of fresh table grapes.
One of the families who helped pioneer Delano as a premiere growing region, the Zaninovich’s.
3. Made in Kern County: Dorner Family Vineyard Wine business in Tehachapi booming.
Vineyards growing in an unlikely wine region, but one that is emerging as the future of the wine industry in California.
It’s here where one family from Los Angles found their passion and their dreams more than 30-years ago just above the off the foothills near Tehachapi where the Dorner family, and the vines they are growing are paving the way for then future of Tehachapi.
4. Made in Kern County: Sunridge Nurseries. Cultivating vineyards, creating award winning wine.
More than 100-miles west of Bakersfield, along the central coast of California.—a piece of Kern County is planted among the rolling vineyards of Paso Robles—rows and rows of vibrant vines, where the best fruit is turned into award winning wines—the place where Kern County’s deep roots in agriculture comes alive in the vineyard.
We visited one of those vineyards, just east of Paso Robles, the place where winemakers and vineyard owners express their true craft—and there’s one local family whose responsible for millions of these vines, all beginning in Bakersfield.