About Seven Quails (and Us)
Seven Quails is about many things: a
vineyard, the land, remembrances, nature as it
used to be, spectacular views, peace and quiet.
Situated on the first escarpment to the West of
the Salinas River, the property's 30
to 60 mile views of Paso's East side vineyards
and the Pinnacles to the North provide a
comforting offset to urban life.
The familiar old saying that "You can't make a
silk purse out of a sow's ear" applies in full
measure to wine: great wine begins in the
vineyard. Our vineyard provides premium cabernet
sauvignon and zinfandel grapes
to local wineries. Three other varietals,
cabernet franc, malbec and viognier are grown in
smaller quantities and are used for the on site
production of wines.
The soil, heavily seeded with marine deposits of
sedimentary rocks high in carbonates, combined
with hot summer days and cool fog enshrouded
mornings provides the distinct terroir for which
Westside Paso is noted, one similar to that
found in the Bordeaux and Rhone regions of France as well as
Tuscany in Italy. Rainfall
averages a scant 11 inches a year making
supplemental irrigation a must. Combine
all of this with
a terraced vineyard and you have mighty
challenging growing and farming conditions.
Ninety five percent of the vines are bilateral
The remainder, added in 2008, are head trained.
Land is cleared to plant an additional seven acres.
The steep slope of the property dictates that these
vines be head trained.
Seven Quails is a true boutique vineyard with a
productive capacity of 600 to 700 cases per year.
Except for the owner's reserve, production is
View to the left: Entrance to
the parking circle
at Seven Quails with zinfandel to the left, cabernet
franc to the right.
What's in a Name?
Everything. Since we are located at the end of Valley Quail
Place one could and should suppose that
is identified with quails. But one would be
wrong to suppose that these are of the winged
variety. In fact the quails refer to our family, the seven
children of the proprietors none of which, at last
look, had wings. The inspiration was provided by the
scurrying of several covey of quails that reside at
We live in a noise free zone - except for the very
occasional aircraft that traverses the area.
Separated from the Lake Nacimento Highway by 1.5
miles and from Highway 101 by about a mile, you can
song birds during the day and our resident owls
doing night patrol. And did we mention that
you can also
see the Milky Way? If only the Aurora
Borealis would return. Now that would be an
The Full Time Inhabitants
Time to introduce the cast of
characters, in increasing order of size, that
permanently inhabit Seven Quails.
there is the resident feline, Sasha, often known as
The Streak and who wants you to think she is a nerd
posing as she does next to Karina's laptop. You probably will never come
across Sasha as she is confined to
the Innkeepers' quarters. A second feline,
the beautiful (so she thinks) Orangina, a stripped
tabby similar to the Cat in the Hat, is here but
About two years. Occupation:
Both doubles as resident rabble rousers but are more
often than not found
practicing horizontal meditation in any number of soft spots.
Likes: Any cat food from a
back rubs, Al Gore (they are known environmentalists).
Dislikes: Most dogs, except
Kay who is good for intimidating; cold weather.
Good for: Petting; purring; streaking (with
fur on); little else.
And then we have the vineyard dog, K - in reality
Kay. Originally hired to keep gophers under
control; now assigned as the official greeter.
Species: Black Lab.
Visitor alert and perpetual tail wagging.
Likes: People of any size and shape. Food.
Will eat anything (except humans).
Dislikes: Small children who practice
tail elongation exercises. Good for:
Love. Sympathy when the wine maker is in
trouble with the local authority (aka wife).
And finally we get the winsome
twosome, Dave and Karina, your merry host and
hostess, shown here partaking of fruit of the vine, the elixir of youth. This candid
shot is indicative of the relaxed atmosphere that
surrounds Seven Quails.
Karina is an educator (mostly
Dave) while himself is an engineer, Nerd of the
Manor. The rest of our life must remain a
mystery until you visit us.
We are at your service!