Monday, October 13, 2014

At High Speed on the Audubon

Audubon Fund Raiser at the Halter Ranch Winery

This past weekend we went to a fund raiser for the Audubon Society with our friends, Darren, Jen and her mom. The event was held at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles and offered a tour of the winery and its caves, wine, food and an auction.

Surprisingly, the president of Audubon, David Yarnold, attended the function. He gave an inspiring, yet brief, pep talk about the organization's history and mission. It's all about birds - saving them from extinction, which dates back to over 100 years ago.

It was an inspiring evening with lots of good conversation, food and wine. The Halter Winery itself inspiring, offered glimpses into what can be accomplished when the desire and money are there to build a state of the art winery that uses sustainable farming techniques.

The covered bridge leading to the winery.

Walking up to the winery actually takes you past a private mile-long airfield.
                                                        Their cave is state of the art and runs deep into the hills.

Part of their fermentation and aging facility.


Their multi-level crushing facility utilizes gravity flow whenever possible.

Besides gravity flow, the winery utilizes several other green techniques to keep the winery cool and for water conservation.

Lots of good food.

The president of Audubon, David Yarnold and the special guest, a brown pelican.