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Unique Paso Robles Tasting June 3rd 6pm

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    Sat, June 3, 2023 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)

Soprano's Social Club
2120 Gulf Gate Drive
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Cost: $40.00

Paso Robles Wine Tasting Featuring Herman Story Wines & Desparada Wines

Proprietor and winemaker Russell P. From began Herman Story Wines in 2001 with 7 barrels stashed in his employer’s cellar. What started as a modest homage to his rancher grandfather has become a beacon to those seeking opulent, structured Syrah and Grenache. To maintain balance while giving flavor full stage, Russell works with 30 top-tier vineyards in over 7 distinct growing regions between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. From’s dedication has held the attention of discriminating consumers and reviewers alike, earning him a coveted position in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List in 2014 for his On the Road Grenache and an average 90+ score on CellarTracker across all wines and vintages.

2019 Herman Story On The Road Grenache Paso Robles Central Coast

$69.99 very limited

36 months in 70% New French Oak

It takes 3 hours to drive from Chelle Mountain to Santa Barbara and back, a drive Russell knows very well. On the Road derives its name from the immense distance between his best Grenache vineyards and the 10,000 miles his truck endures during harvest. The 2019 ‘On The Road’ unveils beautiful red rose petals, tobacco leaf and tangerine zest tones. The palate is plush and soft with a generous texture and nice sense of weight. Finishing long with minerals, scorched earth and herbal accents, this is a gorgeous new Grenache that will cellar well for another eight plus years. Drink 2022-2030. Only 675 cases made.

2020 Herman Story First Time Caller Highlands District Paso Robles Central Coast

$69.99 very limited

24 months in 80% New French Oak

The 2020 ‘First Time Caller’ is a dense and chewy new Petite Sirah (100%) that is delicious even in its youth. Blueberry compote, mocha, tar and anise tones combine with firm tannins on the palate. Finishing very long, this is novel and complex Petit Sirah that is definitely not for the weary. Drink 2022-2032. Only 643 cases made.

2020 Herman Story ‘Bolt Cutter’ Red Wine Paso Robles Central Coast

$69.99 very limited

24 months in 80% New French Oak

The 2020 ‘Bolt Cutter’ blends 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Petit Verdot with smaller parts Syrah and Malbec. It is beefy and dense with intense black olives, black tea and exotic spice flavors that combine with blueberry pie and black currants. Full-throttle, enjoy this journey now and over the next eight years. Drink 2022-2030. Only 747 cases made.

2020 Herman Story ‘Casual Encounters’ Red Wine Paso Robles Central Coast

$69.99 very limited

24 months in 82% New French Oak

A blend of mostly Mourvèdre (58%) with 34% Syrah and a touch of Grenache, the 2020 Herman Story ‘Casual Encounters’ shows a very deep core with smoked meats, black currants and black olive tapenade on the nose. The palate is utterly sensational in terms of flavor density and flavor range. Smoky and savory with highly concentrated black fruits, this is a home run in a somewhat challenging vintage. Enjoy now and over the next eight years. Drink 2022-2030. Only 527 cases made.

Desparada is winemaker Vailia From’s bold venture into the space between earth and imagination. Working with 17+ of the Central Coast’s most iconic vineyards and a growing arsenal of amphorae, Desparada creates inspired, elegant wines free of stylistic constraints. These are wines for a new world, rooted firmly in the wonder of the old. Vailia, I know, it’s kind of an odd name. I was named after my grandmother, my mom’s mom. I’d like to think that I got some of her strength, confidence, and pluck. She showed me the importance of packing light, keeping your friends close, and following your heart. Desparada is the culmination of 19 years of traveling and working for and in wine. I’ve seen every side of the industry, from winemaking to harvesting, to importing, cold calling for sales, to managing brokerages, to working on restaurant floors, and managing a mobile bottling line. There’s something in wine that kept me. I’m a traveler by nature, and Desparada is what carries me.

2020 Desparada “Sackcloth & Ashes” Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Central Coast

$59.99 very limited

38% Cabernet Franc, 34% Petit Verdot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Merlot. This powerful wine stays long and sturdy from start to finish. Dramatic aromas and flavors of chocolate, Corinthian leather, and dark raspberry. Only 695 cases made.

2020 Desparada Borderlands Red Paso Robles Central Coast

$59.99 very limited

33% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc & 14% Grenache. Marilyn Monroe’s panties, mulberry cocktail, french toast Sundays, Chambord ice cream, Zendaya doing literally anything! Only 430 cases made.


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