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Ep 22: Authentic Paso: Salty Stories – Lone Madrone | Ledge Vineyards

May 13, 2021

One thing you can call Paso is ‘Authentic’. The personalities here are real. The two guests today are the epitome of Authentic Paso. Both describe themselves, and each other for that matter, as salty, so this is sure to be a fun conversation that we’re not even sure Adam can fence in.

Our first of two guests is Neil Collins of Lone Madrone. He also has a popular cider-house and lineup of hard ciders named “Bristols”. He’s been making cider, and wine for that matter, for many decades. By day he is the winemaker for Tablas Creek Vineyard. His wine-making is world-class, and will share a new brand with us today, Hykit Wines, which is an exciting new chapter, and the wine is really good.

Along with Neil, we have on Mark Adams of Ledge Vineyards. Mark is Templeton born and raised, and after grinding in LA in the sound and recording industry, he and his wife returned to the ranch to see what would become of a dream to farm grapes and make wine off the family ranch, which sits in perfect Willow Creek District wine country. Mark linked up with old buddy Justin Smith who was finding his own groove with his brand, Saxum. Mark made a home in the Saxum cellars, and can still be found crushing grapes there, as well as farming and maintaining his estate, Adam’s Ranch.

Both these guys are raw, real, and it is a first that we had to break this convo into two episodes. Part 2 will be posted next week and we will continue our regular schedule and have a new episode as planned biweekly.

We also talk about the Paso Robles Wine Country Virtual Auction, going on now until May 16. Check out the latest and these incredible lots with more than just wine, but tasting experiences, dinners, luxury accommodations at some of Paso’s hottest places to stay, and more. Check out PasoWine.com.

That site is also a must before you book your next trip to Paso Wine Country, especially if you plan on coming out for Wine Festival Weekend May 20-23.  You can sort by day, by winery, by activity, and is a great resource before one of the big and celebratory Paso weekends!

Where Wine Takes You is executive produced by Joel Peterson, and the Paso Wine Alliance. Associate Producer is Jennifer Bravo.

WWTY is recorded, edited, produced, and hosted by Adam Montiel.

Next time you are cruising the roads of the central coast, you can tune Adam in on your radio. Up & Adam in the Morning is heard weekday mornings on Coast 104.5. For Wine Country Radio and The Cork Dorks, find him on The Krush 92.5. You can stream live also.

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