Meet the Maker: Two Moon Cellars

October 04, 2019

Join us on Friday, October 4th at the Cass House Grill to hear from Natalie Darr Brown of Two Moon Cellars and taste the incredible selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of October 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm. Free tasting. Stay for dinner and order a full flight or bottle of the featured wines!

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Natalie Darr Brown, Winemaker

Natalie is a very versatile winemaker and is involved in making wine for a few local wineries. Born in New Jersey, Natalie attended Cal Poly and has been on the Central Coast ever since. She loves working with II Moon's because they work with excellent fruit and are producing wines that are expressive of their terroir. Outside of wine, Natalie loves to garden, play with her three (!) German Shorthair Pointers, roast coffee, cook and spend time with her husband. 

 

More about the winery…

Founded by John Gleason, II Moons Cellars aims to create terroir-driven, food-friendly Rhône blends that show off the quality and prestige of Paso Robles vineyards.  For the past 30 years, John has experienced the transition of Paso Robles into one of the most celebrated wine grape growing and producing regions in the world. Collaborating with renowned viticulturist Neil Roberts of Roberts Vineyard Services and Clavo Cellars, the duo produced the first vintage of II Moons. Since then, John has partnered with Brette Womack, Central Coast wine and hospitality professional, as well as Natalie Darr Brown, acclaimed up and coming female winemaker. Together, John, Brette, and Natalie aim to create Rhône blends that express incredible balance through excellence in vineyard selection, neutral cooperage, and lower alcohols that best express the quality of the local terroir.

The brand is always centered around the trio's obsession with yoga, and each of their wines are named for human conditions or states of being. Each name, like each wine, is subject to an individual's interpretation. They invite you to indulge in their wines while enjoying a bit of soul searching. 

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October 04, 2019

Join us on Friday, October 4th at the Cass House Grill to hear from Natalie Darr Brown of Two Moon Cellars and taste the incredible selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of October 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm. Free tasting. Stay for dinner and order a full flight or bottle of the featured wines!

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Natalie Darr Brown, Winemaker

Natalie is a very versatile winemaker and is involved in making wine for a few local wineries. Born in New Jersey, Natalie attended Cal Poly and has been on the Central Coast ever since. She loves working with II Moon's because they work with excellent fruit and are producing wines that are expressive of their terroir. Outside of wine, Natalie loves to garden, play with her three (!) German Shorthair Pointers, roast coffee, cook and spend time with her husband. 

 

More about the winery…

Founded by John Gleason, II Moons Cellars aims to create terroir-driven, food-friendly Rhône blends that show off the quality and prestige of Paso Robles vineyards.  For the past 30 years, John has experienced the transition of Paso Robles into one of the most celebrated wine grape growing and producing regions in the world. Collaborating with renowned viticulturist Neil Roberts of Roberts Vineyard Services and Clavo Cellars, the duo produced the first vintage of II Moons. Since then, John has partnered with Brette Womack, Central Coast wine and hospitality professional, as well as Natalie Darr Brown, acclaimed up and coming female winemaker. Together, John, Brette, and Natalie aim to create Rhône blends that express incredible balance through excellence in vineyard selection, neutral cooperage, and lower alcohols that best express the quality of the local terroir.

The brand is always centered around the trio's obsession with yoga, and each of their wines are named for human conditions or states of being. Each name, like each wine, is subject to an individual's interpretation. They invite you to indulge in their wines while enjoying a bit of soul searching. 

Meet the Maker: El Lugar

September 06, 2019

Join us on Friday, September 6th at the Cass House Grill to hear from Coby Parker and taste his incredible selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of September 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm. Free tasting. Stay for dinner and order a full flight or bottle of the featured wines!

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Coby Parker, Winemaker

Coby Parker- Garcia and his wife, Katie Noonan, along with their daughter Callie, have a combined 25+ years of experience in the wine industry here on the beautiful Central Coast of CA. 

Coby Parker-Garcia has been making wines for 12 years and fell in love with Pinot Noir long ago and dreamed of creating high quality Pinot Noir from well known vineyards and AVA's. In 2013 they took a leap of faith and made that dream come true by producing their first vintage of the two vineyard designate Pinot Noir's. 

Katie and Coby met through working at neighboring wineries and instantly shared a combined passion for good wines, especially Pinot Noir.  Katie's background in the industry stems from 10 years in the marketing and direct to consumer side of the business, so with combined passions and experience, El Lugar was born! 

Meet the Maker: Hubba Wines

August 02, 2019

Join us on Friday, August 2nd at the Cass House Grill to hear from Riley Hubbard taste her delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of August 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm. Free tasting. Stay for dinner and order a full flight or bottle of the featured wines!

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Riley Hubbard, Winemaker

Riley Hubbard’s journey as a winemaker spans all corners of the world and her wines are a reflection of a myriad of influences, education, and experience. Born and raised in San Diego, Riley received a degree in Ag Business with a minor in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

During her time at Cal Poly, she began her career in wine in Paso Robles at L’Aventure Winery under the tutelage of rogue winemaker Stephan Asseo. From working the tasting room, harvest production, to vineyard work, Hubbard immersed herself in the boutique winery’s lifestyle and lived on the property for a few years.

Building on her experience from L’Aventure, Riley moved to the Barossa Valley of Australia and worked a harvest at Torbreck Winery. Committed to learning more, she then moved to Montpellier, France and began working on her Master’s Degree with the Vinafera Euromaster program. She studied in France, worked at Domaine d'Aupilhac in Montpeyroux, France and finished her degree in Udine, Italy in the heart of the Friuli region.

Her love of the Central Coast of California called her back to the Paso Robles region where she worked as assistant winemaker at Law Estate wines and is currently the assistant winemaker under Vailia From at Desparada Wines and consulting for Monochrome Wines.

Hubba wines are a reflection of Riley’s international influences, inspiration from friends and family, and her never-ending wanderlust. Share these wines with friends, family, food, and whatever the day brings.

Meet the Maker: Lone Madrone

June 07, 2019

Join us on Friday, June 7th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Lone Madrone and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the months of June AND July 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm.

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Neil Collins, Winemaker

 

A lone Madrone stands atop a hill between the mountain and the sea in west Paso Robles, presiding over the rugged vineyard that started it all for brother and sister duo, Neil Collins and Jackie Meisinger.

The Lone Madrone wine label was founded in 1996 with the premier goal of producing distinctive wines exclusively from vineyards in the rugged limestone hills of west side Paso Robles. Growing slowly yet steadily since, the focus has become largely on vineyards that are dry farmed and head trained, which winemaker Neil Collins believes to be “the purest expression of the unparalleled terroir of west Paso Robles.” Neil also feels that when you begin with grapes from vineyards of this quality, in these outrageous soils, it only makes sense to “let them sing for themselves without being masked by our hands.” To this end, all the wines are fermented with native yeasts and native malolactic bacteria then aged in predominantly neutral oak barrels.

Lone Madrone wines are unique not only because of where the grapes were grown but due to the influence of Neil’s winemaking style. The winery produces some rare single varietal wines, however, the majority of Lone Madrone wines are extraordinary blends where you distinguish Neil’s unique winemaking slant formed over years of tasting and blending west side Paso Robles wines. The wines of Lone Madrone are distinctive and characteristically balanced with structure and finesse.

Meet the Maker: Grimm's Bluff

May 03, 2019

Join us on Friday, May 3rd at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Grimm's Bluff and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of May 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm.

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Paul Lato, Winemaker

 

When Aurora and Rick Grimm began their search for a winemaker, they did not have to look far.  While exploring numerous producers and tasting through countless wines, they began to discover some of the winemakers who were making lovely wines in a more ‘European style’, something they had grown accustomed to while living abroad.  During their adventures in tasting, one winemaker continually stood out from the pack…Paul Lato. 

The Grimm’s first met Paul in 2008 when a friend of theirs, visiting from France, asked to visit his winery.  They soon found out that Paul’s journey to winemaking was as inspiring as his wines.  

 

Paul’s story is one of the most incredible success stories in California wine.  He grew up in communist Poland, later pursuing professional training as a sommelier in Canada.  He studied through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust based in London and took a course at the German Wine Academy.  Later traveling to the Central Coast of California, he had no formal training in winemaking per se but worked two harvests as an intern while studying to become a sommelier. Mentored by Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat, and Bob Lindquist at Qupe during those two harvests, Paul was truly inspired, and in 2002 decided to follow his dream to make wine and returned to California's Central Coast permanently. With him, he brought his life neatly folded into two suitcases, and his savings (which wasn't much). In addition to his belongings, he also had plenty of passion, a little craziness, and a certain innocence, believing he could actually become a successful winemaker.  

 

In 2011, Paul agreed to join the Grimm’s on their quest to make exemplary wines of the highest quality from their newly planted vineyard in Happy Canyon.

Meet the Maker: Ann Albert

April 05, 2019

Join us on Friday, April 5th at the Cass House Grill to hear from the makers of Ann Albert and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of April 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm.

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Eric Johnson, Winemaker

 

Since 2010, Eric Johnson has been the head of winemaking at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, California. Solidifying Talley Vineyards as one of the premier producers of California Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other varieties.  Johnson discovered his passion for wine and winemaking while attending Cal Poly, where he studied Wine and Viticulture and Agricultural Business Management.  He was raised on a family farm in Los Banos, California, and given his background in farming, has a unique understanding of the role the land plays in determining wine quality. “I believe that the world’s greatest wines are defined by place as opposed to winemaking manipulation.”

 

Eric is involved in the local wine scene and serves on the Board of Directors for the World of Pinot Noir and is a member of the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Advisory Council.  He has traveled to France, Italy, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile for the opportunity to explore wine regions or work harvests. In his spare time, Eric enjoys sports, food, family, friends, and wine.  He lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife, Cait, and their yellow Labrador, Buster.

 

Ann Albert is a combination of Cait Johnson (wife) and Eric's middle names — he is the “Albert” and Cait is the “Ann.” Cait is very passionate about wine and has worked in the wine industry in the past. The Johnsons love chardonnay, specifically Chablis, and they view Ann Albert as a way to make chardonnay in that fresh, vibrant style that they love so much.  

Meet the Maker: Verdad Wines

March 01, 2019

Join us on Friday, March 1st at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Verdad Wines and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of March 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm.

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Louisa Lindquist, Winemaker

 

Louisa’s wine adventure began at the age of 21, learning the fundamentals of wine production on the east coast at Hargrave Hargrave Vineyards, Bridgehampton Winery and Scuttlehole Vineyard, now Channing Daughters. She went on to work in every facet of the business, from vineyards to high end restaurants and wine shops to distributor/importer sales. In her wide ranging experience, Louisa became particularly enamored with the beauty and finesse of Spanish Albariño, and power and grace of Tempranillo.

 

Louisa moved to California in 1992. As she began working with wineries and their vineyards, she was amazed at the similarities between the Spanish wine country and California, and was surprised to find that there was very little Albariño or Tempranillo planted anywhere in the golden state. About the same time, Louisa began dating Bob Lindquist, the owner/winemaker of Qupé Wine Cellars, and introduced him to the beauties of Spanish wines. He counseled her on winemaking techniques. In 2000 Verdad Wine Cellars was established.

 

Today Verdad Wine Cellars produces Spanish varietal wines from organic and biodynamic grapes under the direction of Louisa. The grapes and resulting wines are minimally handled to reflect the true character of the grape and the unique flavors of these beautiful vineyards.

 

Louisa and Bob are now married and have a son, Theo. They live in San Luis Obispo where they purchased property in Edna Valley and planted it to Rhône and Spanish varieties including the Morgadio clone of Albariño and the Pesquera clone of Tempranillo as well as several different clones of Grenache. Named Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, it was planted in 2005 and farmed using biodynamic and organic cultivation. In 2009 the vineyard was Demeter certified biodynamic and Stellar certified organic. In 2013 the vineyard was sold to Brook Williams with the understanding she would be able to source grapes from this vineyard ongoing. Brook is committed to keep the vineyard certified biodynamic.

Meet the Maker: Devil's Gate Wine Works

February 01, 2019

Join us on Friday, February 1st at the Cass House Grill to hear from the maker of Devil's Gate Wine Works and taste their delicious selection of wines that will be featured here at the Cass House for the month of February 2019. Meet the Maker will begin at 5 pm and end at 7 pm.

 

ABOUT THE MAKER

 

Clay Selkirk, Winemaker

 

Clay Selkirk created his personal micro-winery project, Devils Gate, while also serving as head winemaker at Le Cuvier. Devil’s Gate Wine Works has been conceived and crafted in the bowels of a defunct dairy hiding in the hills of Cayucos, where Selkirk grew up on his family ranch. You can expect “exceptional small lot batches of varietals I enjoy consuming myself” says Selkirk. Learn more about this passion project and taste the exceptional Devils Gate line-up at Meet the Maker on February 1, 2019.

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 and January 2019. 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. 

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