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About the Podcast
Each episode is an intimate journey with owners, winemakers, growers, and personalities as they discuss the places and wines that have shaped the Paso Robles Wine Region. Where Wine Takes You promises to be an interesting and educational podcast that tells the stories of our unique and authentic wine country. New episodes will be released every two weeks.
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The Host – Adam Montiel
The Where Wine Takes You Podcast is hosted by radio personality Adam Montiel, a well-known wine lover in Paso Wine Country. Adam has lived on the central coast since 2003 and became a wine lover, or “Cork Dork” shortly thereafter. He enjoys reds, whites, blends, all of it, but mostly the story and the people behind what got the wine there in the first place.
In addition to wine tasting, Adam stays active in the community, enjoys traveling, and asking too many questions.
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About the Episodes
Our host Adam Montiel catches up with two winemakers, Janell Dusi and Josh Beckett, to talk about breathing new life into old Paso Robles Wine history. Both Janell and Josh speak to their ideas and thoughts about reopening, and what’s on the horizon for both brands as they get into Summer, and beyond.
On episode two of Where Wine Takes You, Adam talks to Owner and Paso legend, Gary Eberle about trekking early to mid 70’s with his crew from UC Davis to test the soils of Paso Robles. And meet Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estate Wines, although definitively more new ‘new school’ than Eberle, there is a rich history here as well.
Why Paso? That’s the question we ask on today’s podcast of Where Wine Takes You. Paso Wine Country is unique and special, and with this episode, we are thrilled to ask this question of two great guests, Austin Hope and Eric Jensen, that are never short of one, their love for Paso, and two, a clear opinion.
While the number of wineries and tasting rooms on estate vineyards is steadily growing in Paso, the number of urban wineries is on the rise faster than ever. Host Adam Montiel shares with you the insanely popular urban scene within Tin City, as well as Paso Robles’ Downtown District which is also bursting at the seams with new tasting opportunities.
These days, there’s a lot more to enjoy and experience in Paso Robles besides wine tasting. In episode five, Adam talks to two folks who are taking their wine-tasting to a whole other level, and in some cases, even taking it airborne! Alex and Monica Villicana came to Paso in the ’90s and when they started Villicana Winery and then years later created RE:FIND Distillery crafting high-end grape-based spirits like vodka, gin, and even limoncello. Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, of Ancient Peaks Winery, Margarita Adventures, Wine Speak Paso Robles, and Dream Big Darling, shares with Adam ranch history and how Paso Robles is officially more than just wine tasting.
Adam Montiel spotlights two iconic Paso Robles wine brands, J. Lohr and Tobin James. These are brands with of course history behind them, but also name recognition and acclaim that spans far and wide, that helped put Paso Wine Country on the map! Listen to stories from Chief Brand Officer and fan of the WWTY podcast, Cynthia Lohr, and the iconic Tobin James.
Paso wine country grows more than 60 different grape varieties to world-class success. Two of France’s most prolific and historic wine regions, Bordeaux & Rhône, have popular varieties of grapes that are epic when grown in Paso. We talk to Alta Colina‘s Father/Daughter duo Bob & Maggie Tillman, as well as their winemaker Molly Lonborg about this brand, and their pursuit of not only world-class Rhône variety wines but the way they have risen to the top of a shortlist of farmers who do it with some of the best success. Bordeaux is in the blood of Daniel Daou who came to Paso during the Rhône explosion with a mission to keep at the forefront of the mind, what is planted most here, and why this variety to him is King.
We have two great guests, Jason Haas of Tablas Creek and Julien Asseo of Les Petites Canailles. For over 30 years, Tablas Creek Vineyard has been leading the way with one of the most unique stories not just out of Paso, but out of any winery in our country. Also on today’s show, our first chef, Julien will take time out before a busy service to chat about where wine has taken him. Opening a restaurant is tough enough, but during a pandemic, and to a great amount of acclaim and success takes a lot of heart.
Harvest 2020 is full steam in Paso and we get the low down on Harvest from Joel Peterson, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. We also talk to Joe Barton of Grey Wolf Cellars and Barton Family Wines. Joe has been in the game since the late 90’s and his story of perseverance, and his journey is a true testament to the good guy coming out on top! He just won Winemaker of the Year from the Central Coast Wine Competition which spans to almost a dozen California counties. He was also Adam’s first winemaker interview ten years ago almost to the day!
There are many untold stories in Paso Wine Country, and it’s fun to just even scratch the surface and see where the stories, just like wine, takes you. This episode is jam-packed with three great conversations. We feature two winemakers, Edgar Torres and Tyler Russell, who don’t make a ton of wine, but their wine is fantastic and made even better when it’s paired with the story on how it, and they got here.
Host Adam Montiel gets a rare interview with couple Valia and Russell From. They discuss their own unique, and very successful brands, and how they pay it forward to other up-and-coming winemakers.
You know in Paso you can taste at a kind of place that has had its roots here for decades. By all accounts a Paso pioneer that helped put this area on the map. A place where the already great wine still gets better, and get a great experience. In the same way, you can find a brand that has maybe been around only a couple of years, but the hustle, the quality, the personality still fits the great tenants of what we love here about Paso Robles wine country. Today we feature both by talking to Justin Baldwin, and Elena Martinez and her husband Stanley Barrios of TOP.
For the last episode of 2020 we sit down with Maggie Cameron and Debbie Thomas. We wanted to show some special love to a group of folks who definitely deserve it after giving all they got and then some this year: and that’s our restaurants. The restaurant scene has grown so much these last several years, with cuisine easily rivaling the big metro areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco, which Paso sits right in the middle of. Winemakers and the most popular wine brands in the area all maintain the growth and explosion of the Paso Robles wine scene, which could not be possible without these important players in the hospitality game.
Thrilled to be back to offer a new season, a new year, which means more stories and roads to travel to see Where Wine Takes You. This episode features a family and a brand that is a bonafide pioneer of Paso Wine, Peachy Canyon Winery. Their story is delightfully imperfect, and it is so Paso. It’s full of heart, hard work, and never being afraid to trust yourself through all the ups and downs of life, and this business can throw at you.
The small, but mighty. Wineries that maybe don’t make a huge amount of wine, but the wine they do make is certainly special. Often there are charming aspects of the smaller production brands that are harder to find than the big boys. The two brands we meet today, Torrin and Thacher, both pack a significant Paso-punch, but do it on their terms, and with small production. The lesson here should be never to discount or dismiss a small producer because more often than not, there is a special hands-on and intimate approach to the process that is something to behold.
Episode 16 epitomizes more than that feeling of, ‘wow, small world”, but just how tight-knit the Paso Robles wine country community is. We talk to two brands that have definite and recent interconnections, with also their own unique takes and expressions of what Paso means to them. One from Paso’s westside, and one from Paso’s eastside. We meet Caine Thompson, the Managing Director of Robert Hall Winery, and Jeremy Leffert, the Director of Winemaking at Tooth & Nail Wine Company.