The recent Central Coast Wine Competition showed both the rapid growth of wineries in the Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) and high quality of wines produced there.
“You know, I could not have envisioned this. A winemaker is just a glorified farmer. I just thought I’d make great wine and make a decent living, and work hard, I never saw things going like this. Like the old saying goes, I believe in luck: the harder I work the luckier I get.” —Justin Meyer
I remember when the closest thing to a wine bar in Bakersfield had so little business that it only opened the three months before Christmas, selling more gift baskets than wine.
You’ve got to love the guys at Chronic Cellars in Paso Robles. Here are two brothers, Jake and Josh Beckett, who grew up in the wine industry and launched their winery in 2008 on not much more than a hope and a prayer.
It’s an affair of the heart at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. And I think Heart Hill Vineyard must have something to do with it.
He sat smiling, leaning on the arms of his walker-turned-chair, regaling a visiting wine journalist with tales of his winery’s rich history. The nonagenarian patriarch had strolled up, flipped his walker around, and joined the gathering, delighted to share his past.