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Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro has grand opening 

Fred and Melody Burbank, owners of Burbank Ranch Winery and Bistro.

Fred and Melody Burbank, owners of Burbank Ranch Winery and Bistro.

Downtown wine tasting room celebrates addition of bistro dining

Chef Nicholas Nolan

Chef Nicholas Nolan

The newest local hot spot for food-friendly wines and locavore cuisine, Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro, held a Grand Opening celebration on Feb. 19, 2014. It’s located at 1240 Park St. in downtown Paso Robles.

The festivities began at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Paso Robles and Templeton Chambers of Commerce, followed by another ribbon cutting by the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. The remainder of the evening featured passed appetizers by Chef Nicholas Nolan, crafted specifically to pair with complimentary glasses of Burbank Ranch 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Estate Zinfandel, which recently won honors at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro is the result of proprietors Fred and Melody Burbank’s lifelong passion for balanced wines matched with sumptuous cuisine. The Burbank Ranch Vineyard, located in the Paso Robles American Viticulture Area, is home to dozens of winegrape varietals, each chosen to complement the distinctive growing conditions of the El Pomar District. Ranch Manager, Ruben Nodal, meticulously guides the vines’ expression of terroir through to the cellar, where respected Winemaker, Steve Anglim, captures that expression in balanced, food-friendly wines.

After years of traveling the world’s most illustrious winegrowing regions, the Burbanks are fervent about making wines to complement food, and the Burbank Ranch Bistro is an extension of that philosophy. Chef Nolan, whose background includes stints at Paso Robles’ Artisan Restaurant and Craft in Los Angeles, has worked in kitchens across the world. Chef Nolan brings his passion for local flavors and the finest ingredients to Burbank Ranch’s French bistro cuisine with a California twist.

Burbank Ranch Winery and Bistro recently held a grand opening.

Burbank Ranch Winery and Bistro recently held a grand opening and ribbon cutting with three local chambers of commerce.

Burbank Ranch wines win big at San Francisco Chronicle Competition

Results from the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in, and Burbank Ranch Winery of Paso Robles has made out with five awards including a gold medal for their 2012 Arneis and 2011 Malbec. Full honors include:

  • Gold: 2012 Burbank Ranch Winery Paso Robles Estate Arneis (All Other White Varietals Category)
  • Gold: 2011 Burbank Ranch Winery Paso Robles Estate Malbec (Malbec Category)
  • Silver: 2011 Burbank Ranch Winery Paso Robles Estate Tempranillo (Tempranillo Category)
  • Silver: 2012 Burbank Ranch Winery Paso Robles Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc or Fume over $20)
  • Silver: 2012 Burbank Ranch Winery Paso Robles Estate Zinfandel (Zinfandel – $30.00 to $34.99)

The competition – which is the largest in the world for American wines – judged a record 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries from over 25 states.

Proprietors of Burbank Ranch, Fred and Melody Burbank, point to the expertise of Winemaker, Steve Anglim, Ranch Manager, Ruben Nodal, and the terroir of Paso Robles’ El Pomar District as reasons for the honors. “Steve is a rockstar winemaker, and we’re so fortunate to have him on the team,” says Fred Burbank. “He knows exactly how to carry through and reflect Ruben’s meticulous work in the vineyard to each glass of Burbank Ranch wine.”

About Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro

Comprised of vineyards in Paso Robles’ El Pomar District, a downtown Paso Robles eatery and full service tasting room, Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro is devoted to producing food-friendly wines that elegantly complement their own house-made fresh market cuisine. Established by Fred and Melody Burbank in 2008, the 45-acre Burbank Ranch vineyard is SIP-certified and planted to 16 varieties, including many of those the Burbanks have tasted and enjoyed throughout extensive travels in Italy, France, Spain, and beyond. Both WSET-certified sommeliers, Fred and Melody chose the El Pomar District for its terroir, which is ideally suited to producing the balanced, food-friendly wines about which they are so passionate. At Burbank Ranch Bistro, these wines are available in thoughtfully-curated flights or by the glass, and are complemented by Chef Nicholas Nolan’s nouvelle French-California cuisine, crafted from the freshest possible ingredients. Burbank Ranch Winery & Bistro serves lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, and is located just one block off Paso Robles’ charming City Park at 1240 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. Limited reservations are available by phoning (805) 227-4538.

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