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2017 here we come!

With 2016 in the bag, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for and a lot to reflect on! 2016 was a crazy year around the world and also a great year. For starters, Lauren and I got married, which is pretty dang cool if you ask me! It was also a great year for Castoro, Beaverstock and Bethel Rd. Distillery.


Our winemaking team has continued to produce award winning wines including the recently awarded Zinfusion (Gold at the SF Chronicle Wine Comp) and Viognier Reserve (Double Gold at the SF Chronicle Wine Comp). Even after 30 plus years our wines continue to get better and better as do our vineyards and vineyard practices. In the past year, for example, we experienced great results from our newly converted Biodynamic vineyard blocks and thus we will be converting more acreage to Biodynamic.

In terms of rain, 2016 did not turn out to be the epic rain year that was projected but we were able to manage and luckily nothing too drastic or devastating happened weather wise to negatively impact the harvest. 2017, on the other hand, is turning out to be a very wet year so far and we can only hope it keeps on coming. We have had well over 10 inches to date with more projected through next week. As a result, it’s incredibly green on the Central Coast and we are dust free!


Bethel Rd. Distillery is continuing to progress with a projected “appointment only” opening coming this winter. We have a lot of work to do on the property but we now have three spirits in bottle and a lot more in the works. On top of that, the space is really gorgeous and something we are very excited to share with you all. If you’d like to follow the progress, please follow us on Instagram @bethelrddistillery or on facebook for updates.

Another highlight of 2016 was Beaverstock, which turned out to be our biggest yet and most established. The event has really come to life over the last 4 years and it has been amazing watching the community come together and enjoy the festivities. Most importantly, we were able to raise $18,000 for the Templeton High School Band which will directly benefit the High School music program. Beaverstock 2017 is currently in the works and something tells me it is going to be another incredible year that you will not want to miss out on!

In terms of other Castoro experiences our Yoga and Disc Golf programs have continued to blossom and garner attention from all over the country. Epicure and Culture recently named our Yoga and Brunch series a Top 10 Yoga experience around the world and our disc golf course has been visited by players from all over the country, including professionals (yes there are professional disc golfers)!

As always, we hope to see you this year and please check our website for event updates, new releases etc as there is always something new happening at Castoro!