Meet the Maker: Delmore

December 07, 2018

Join us on Friday, December 7th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Delmore and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of December. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Darren Delmore, Winemaker

 

Darren Delmore learned to make Pinot Noir at Hirsch Vineyards, Goldeneye and Whitethorn Winery. He went on to work two years in Barossa Valley for Two Hands Wines, working with the highest quality Syrah vineyards in Australia. Darren Delmore wines is the culmination of these experiences, producing ocean influenced wines from the central coast. 

Meet the Maker: Deovlet

November 02, 2018

Join us on Friday, November 2nd at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Deovlet and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of November. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Ryan Deovlet, Winemaker

 

Ryan Deovlet is one of the most exciting new winemakers in the Central Coast. With each of his small-production Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Deovlet strives to give identity to the vineyard, a nod to the old world and a kiss of fruit. Like new producers in Burgundy, Deovlet partners with vineyards as if he were the estate owner, controlling the whole process from vine to bottle with passion, artistry, and intuition. His inspiration to make wine came unexpectedly in 2004 during a college vacation in Hawaii, when he tasted fresh coffee from a local coffee plantation. Having grown up with a green thumb, he was struck with the desire to create a product from the land. He quickly decided to pursue wine and embarked on a 4-year exploration to learn everything he could about making it. Deovlet sought to learn first hand from great winemakers and viticulturists, gaining apprenticeships with Stephen Dooley of Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, David Ramey at Red Car Wine Company, and Paul Hobbs of Viña Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina. Through this work he developed a vision for managing vine balance—versus vineyard yields—to achieve optimal phenolic ripeness. He also gained conviction about being impeccable in the cellar, doing things by hand, and not being dogmatic about vinification. Thorough in every detail, Deovlet next studied his customer, taking the certified sommelier exam. Deovlet returned to California in 2008 with the aspiration to start his own label. While developing estate projects for Santa Barbara clients (including Refugio Ranch, where he is now winemaker), he landed a vineyard parcel of his own at La Encantada from Sta. Rita Hills winemaking legend, Richard Sanford. He quickly showed himself to be a true partner of the vineyard by working together on farming techniques and producing outstanding wines that give the vineyard identity. That auspicious beginning led Deovlet to develop enduring partnerships with other prime vineyards in the Central Coast. Today Deovlet produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from great vineyards in the Central Coast including La Encantada, Sanford & Benedict, Solomon Hills. Each wine is produced in very small quantities (200 cases or less).

Meet the Maker: Bodega de Edgar

October 05, 2018

Join us on Friday, October 5th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Bodega de Edgar and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of October. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Edgar Torres, Winemaker

 

 Edgar was brought from Mexico to Cambria by his parents when he was 8. Growing up, he worked in local restaurants where he moved on to work as a waiter in Paso Robles where he was exposed to several amazing wine producers. They eventually became friends and opened their doors to Edgar’s learning desires where he started as a Cellar Rat, then moved on to learn the many different aspects of the wine industry. In 2005, Edgar took a gamble and threw his entire college savings into a 4 barrel project of Grenache from Denner Vineyard. Using the proceeds from that, Edgar and his wife Erika officially established Bodega de Edgar in 2007 with 250 cases of Spanish Varietals. Bodega de Edgar is now approaching 2,600 cases with the 2017 vintage. Edgar strives to produce wine as naturally as possible using the highest quality fruit from local vineyards in Paso Robles.

Meet the Maker: Dilecta

September 07, 2018

Join us on Friday, September 7th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Dilecta and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of September. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Orion Stang, Winemaker

Growing up on the Central Coast of California, I developed a love of the land and an appreciation for wine early on in life.  In the early 1990’s when Paso Robles had only a few tasting rooms my free-spirited parents would pack a picnic and take me on their wine tasting excursions.  The aroma of the wine and the tasting rooms combined with mom’s delectable picnic were two of the early influences that led me to making wine.

In 2005 I enrolled in a Study Abroad wine program in Italy where I happily roamed the Tuscan countryside in search of amazing wines and their history. Upon my return from Italy I entered The Culinary Institute in Napa to become a certified Sommelier.  I then worked at restaurants in Southern California learning about the best wines from all around the world.

The Sommelier experience made me realize that I wanted to make great wine, not just taste and recommend it to customers. I wanted to be a part of creating this lovely, soothing drink that brought a hint of a thousand dazzling flavors and aromas to my palate and nose. I had to do this. I had to make my own wine.

The gods must have been smiling upon me as I was soon hired at Booker Winery.  I worked the vineyards and tried to absorb all the knowledge of every step of winemaking. From picking the grapes to learning the creative techniques of blending and barrel selection and to the final step of bottling, I came to love the art of making wine. I soon became an assistant winemaker to Eric Jensen, the owner of the Booker Winery and Vineyard. It was an amazing opportunity with an amazing winemaker, which I am very grateful to have been a part of.

In 2011 I decided it was time to take the plunge and make my own wine and started my own label, Dilecta, which means “lovely” or “loved” in Latin.

I am sourcing my fruit from the best vineyards on the Central Coast. My hope is that you will have a chance to try my wine and love drinking it as much as I have loved making it.

Meet the Maker: Baker & Brain

August 03, 2018

Join us on Friday, August 3rd at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Baker & Brain and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of August. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Matt Brain, Owner/Winemaker

With a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences and a background in process engineering, Matt brings both naturalist philosophies and highly technical abilities to winemaking. After leaving a successful career in the Toronto area to pursue his dream of winemaking in California, he found himself working the 2006 harvest with a custom winemaking operation in San Luis Obispo. Matt was quickly promoted to supervise cellar operations for the facility’s premium label, while receiving mentorship from some of the most renowned and respected professionals in California.  

During his short time in the industry, Matt has held Winemaker positions with renowned Central Coast wineries, earned a winemaking degree from U.C. Davis, partnered with the Central Coast Vineyard Team as a Sustainability Auditor, and established a strong relationship with the Enology and Viticulture Programs at both California Polytechnic University and Fresno State University. Matt has also conducted research on natural winemaking and grape antioxidants, and has served on numerous industry advisory boards dedicated to sustaining and improving the California grape and wine industries.

Josh Baker, Owner/Winemaker

Winemaker Josh Baker has been crafting wines on California’s Central Coast for more than 15 years.  As a biological sciences major at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, Josh never envisioned he would end up in the wine world.  “It turns out I have an affinity for alcoholic beverages.  I started drinking wine in college when my best friend graduated three years ahead of me and entered the industry.  It was free – cheaper than beer.  By the time I was a senior, we were brown-bagging wines on each other and really starting to nerd-out on wine.”  Josh cut his teeth at an industrial winemaking factory in Modesto, California, before making the move to the Edna Valley to focus on learning the craft of fine-winemaking.  After a rapid professional ascent in the Edna Valley, Josh ventured both north and south to extend his expertise into the Paso Robles and Santa Barbara county areas. Josh aims to meld his knowledge of the Central Coast’s best growing regions with his passion and prowess for making and blending intense wines with strength and depth, while remaining appealing to the masses.  When not working, you’ll find Josh cooking on his Big Green Egg or spending time racing RC cars with his 8-year-old son, Jack.

Meet the Maker: Aaron Wines

July 06, 2018

Join us on Friday, July 6th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Aaron and Aequorea and taste his delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of July. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Aaron Jackson, Winemaker

Aaron Jackson was born and raised on California’s Central Coast, in the sleepy beach hamlet of Cayucos. In the late 1990’s, Aaron began working in a small Pinot Noir vineyard not far from home, which eventually led him just down the road to Paso Robles. Whilst studying winemaking at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and working for several wineries in the area, Aaron began his eponymous label with the 2002 vintage, producing just three barrels. Inspired by a desire to produce powerful, age-worthy wines from the rugged hillsides of westside Paso Robles, Aaron took a less conventional approach and chose to focus on Petite Sirah and Rhone varietals. A lifelong student of the craft, he continued to work for and garner education from other winemakers in the Paso Robles area while he grew production of his wines, ultimately deciding to complete his Masters’ degree in Oenology from the University of Adelaide in South Australia in 2008. In 2012, after working alongside Justin Smith at Saxum Vineyards, Aaron decided to focus on his own wines full time, whilst also launching his second project Aequorea, producing Pinot Noir from coastal vineyards in San Luis Obispo County. Currently, Aaron produces roughly 2,500 cases annually between his two brands Aaron and Aequorea, and still lives next to the beach in Cayucos with his wife Amber.

Meet the Maker: Claiborne & Churchill

June 01, 2018

Join us on Friday, June1st at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Claiborne & Churchill, and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of June. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Coby Parker, Winemaker

 

A native Californian, Coby Parker-Garcia was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Growing up working in the family garden he realized his love for agriculture, and after extensive travel to Europe and South America he knew the wine industry was his true calling.

At Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, Coby studied Agribusiness Marketing with a minor in Wine and Viticulture. In addition to working on the campus vineyard, learning the ins and outs of growing grapes, he also took an internship with a local winery, where his love for winemaking grew and pushed his passion for wine even further.

When the opportunity to work for Claiborne & Churchill arose in 2004, Coby took on the role of assistant winemaker. Under the guidance of Clay Thompson, he learned traditional European winemaking techniques that emphasized minimal manipulation of both fruit and wine. He augmented this education with additional classes at the University of California Davis, which gave him insight to new and improved winemaking techniques. By 2007, Coby was promoted to head winemaker for Claiborne & Churchill. Today he oversees the entire wine production, their estate vineyards, and works closely with numerous vineyard managers along the Central Coast.

 

Winemaking Style

"I like to say I take a hands-on approach to winemaking. Get in and get dirty. As a winemaker, my job is to highlight the best qualities of each vintage. Each vintage is different and brings something positive or unique to the table. My job is to showcase the vineyard and vintage in each glass of wine. My wines are not the biggest, boldest, or most tannic. They show extreme finesse. My style is to make balanced wine that accompanies food that show solid structure, elegance, and age ability".

Meet the Maker: Sans Liege

May 04, 2018

Join us on Friday, May 4th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Sans Liege, and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of May. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Curt Schalchlin, Winemaker

 

Growing up in East Los Angeles, Curt was not a wine country kid raised among the vines. He got a glimpse of the wine world when coming to the central coast at the age of 20. He became enamored with wine making and jumped right in. 

His wine label Sans Liege (sahn leej) or "without allegiance" aptly describes his tenacity to pursue winemaking on the central coast unhindered by the trappings of any particular style. He is excited to to have the opportunity to be a part of a winemaking region which is still shaping its history. For Sans Liege he focuses on Rhone varietals (especially Grenache) and favors character over notoriety when choosing vineyards for in diversity lies the promise of uncommon opportunity. He also crafts his foundational wines, Groundwork Wine Co. which are pure varietal expressions at an everyday price point and makes.

Meet the Maker: Tablas Creek

April 06, 2018

Join us on Friday, April 6th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Tablas Creek, and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of April. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Chelsea Franchi, Winemaker

 

Chelsea grew up in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California with a family that encouraged (and applauded) her enthusiasm and fascination for wine.  She attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to study Agricultural Business and Wine and Viticulture.  While working on her degree, she got a job in the Tablas Creek tasting room.  Upon graduation in 2008, she started her production career working hard as a “cellar rat” under the guidance of Winemakers Neil Collins and Ryan Hebert.  To further her knowledge and appreciation of wine, she took the first level sommelier exam in the middle of her first harvest.  Her hard work and eagerness to learn paid off when she was offered the title of Assistant Winemaker in 2009.

 

Chelsea writes the Notes from the Cellar series on the Tablas Creek blog and thinks she has the best job in the world.

Meet the Maker: Villa Creek Cellars

March 02, 2018

Join us on Friday, March 2nd at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Villa Creek Cellars, and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of March. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Cris Cherry, Winemaker

 

Cris and JoAnn Cherry moved to Paso Robles in 1996 to open a restaurant, partake in the burgeoning wine scene and raise their children in the country. In 2001 they purchased their first grapes to make wine for their restaurant. And so began Villa Creek Cellars, their best expression of west Paso Robles’ Rhone grape varieties. Today the Cherry's farm their own certified biodynamic and certified organic vineyard, The MAHA Estate in the hills west of Paso Robles. They continue to purchase grapes from our region's most esteemed vineyards and strive to create exciting wines that reflect the land from which they originated.

Meet the Maker: Carlson Wines

February 02, 2018

Join us on Friday, February 2nd at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Carlson, and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of February. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Chuck Carlson, Winemaker

 

Chuck Carlson’s winemaking career in Santa Barbara County spans more than 34 years, including the past ten years as the proprietor of Carlson Wines, specializing in limited-edition wines including Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills along with Cabernet Franc and several aromatic white wines from the Santa Ynez Valley.

As a young winemaker with a newly minted enology degree from Fresno State University, Chuck first joined Zaca Mesa Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he helped create the winery’s groundbreaking Rhône varietal program. The “school of Zaca Mesa” has since become renowned for launching the careers of many notable Central Coast winemakers. For nearly 20 years, Chuck served as the winemaker at Curtis Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, which was founded as one of California’s first wineries to specialize exclusively in Rhône varietals.

Along the way, however, Chuck never lost his personal affinity for the Pinot Noir grape, and in 2004 he launched Carlson Wines, with the singular goal of crafting a trio of Pinot Noirs showcasing the individual qualities of three standout vineyards in three premier Central Coast appellations. He has since expanded his offerings to Cabernet Franc and aromatic whites.

Among Chuck’s personal interests is deep sea fishing, and his related adventures have earned him the nicknmame “Calypso.” Chuck and his wife have two grown children, and live in Arroyo Grande.

Meet the Maker: Cutruzzola

January 05, 2018

Join us on Friday, January 5th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Cutruzzola, and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of January. Meet the Maker will begin at 5pm and end at 7pm.

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Stephen Dooley, Winemaker

 

Cambria has always had a sense of place for Francis Cutruzzola and his partner Lisa Miller. As longtime wine connoisseurs, they have travelled the world for decades enjoying wines from everywhere imaginable. After many years living in Sonoma County and frequently visiting the Paso Robles wine region, they fell in love with the landscape, the people, and most importantly, the wine. It was only a matter of time before they found the perfect plot of land to plant their estate vineyard.

Local winemaker Stephen Dooley of Stephen Ross Cellars came on board in 2009 to help cultivate and produce the Cutruzzola Riesling and Pinot Noir. Stephen is a U.C. Davis graduate (1977) with winemaking experience that has taken him around the world to exotic locales such as the Napa Valley, the Australian outback, and the South African Cape. For Stephen, winemaking has turned out to be a passport to adventure. Experiences and insights reaped along the way have played a significant part in shaping his personal winemaking style.

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