13 episodes

Keeping it real 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 - A Paso Wine Podcast Adam Montiel

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

Keeping it real with owners, winemakers, growers and personalities as they discuss the places and wines that have shaped the Paso Robles Wine Region

    Ep 13: Rally for Restaurants - Featuring The Hatch & Thomas Hill Organics

    Ep 13: Rally for Restaurants - Featuring The Hatch & Thomas Hill Organics

    For the last episode of 2020, 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, could not be possible without these important players in the hospitality game.



    Today, we will meet two of my favorites: Debbie Thomas of Thomas Hill Organics, and Maggie Cameron of The Hatch. Both these restaurants so different in their take on elevated cuisine in Paso, but both adopt that same heart for what they do and where they are blessed to do it. Both also possess that special kwan that Paso encapsulates so well within its community. 



    If you haven't tried either of these, I guarantee by the end of this conversation, you will have plans to. The restaurant business is notoriously tough, and not for the faint of heart. It can eat you up, and spit you out, and in 2020 with so many shutdowns, it has done that to far too many. Although candid, and pulling no punches on how this year has treated them, you will hear threaded in an optimism and genuine heart and hope that is the reason these are the kinds of brands and restaurants Paso will be known for, for many years to come.



    For more on Thomas Hill Organics, visit www.ThomasHillOrganics.com



    For more on The Hatch, check out www.HatchPasoRobles.com



    To plan on your next trip to Paso Wine Country, visit www.PasoWine.com



    Where Wine Takes You is Executive Produced by Joel Peterson and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. 



    Associate Producer and Digital Fulfillment by Jen Bravo



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



    ©2020 Where Wine Takes You, All Rights Reserved

    • 48 min
    Ep 12: A Pioneer and A New Player - Featuring Justin Wine & Top Winery

    Ep 12: A Pioneer and A New Player - Featuring Justin Wine & Top Winery

    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!





    Justin Wine is a brand that has been around since the early 80’s. They have unquestionably elevated this area in national and global recognition as well. To get deep into this story, I wanted to go to the founder himself, Justin Baldwin. We will talk about not only Paso history, but how a brand like his was determined to lead not only for the sake of his brand, but for the sake of the area. Justin made Paso cool. Justin made blends cool, and we can’t talk to Justin without getting the low down on the birth of the beast: Justin Isosceles.





    For more on Justin Wine: www.justinwine.com





    On the other side of that coin, I’m thrilled to bring you the story of a newer brand in town. A brand rising so quick, it's hard for them to even keep up with enough wine for their growing fan base, Top Winery. Ran by what I’m calling Paso’s newest power couple, Elena Martinez (who runs the business), and her husband Stanley Barrios (who makes the wine), these guys truly put their money where their mouth, AND their heart is. Where has wine taken them? Well we know where it's taken them from: their jobs and life in LA, which they picked up and made the lifestyle switch and never looked back.





    For more on Top Winery: www.topwinery.com





    Where Wine Takes You is executive produced by Joel Peterson, and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.





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



    For more, and to plan your next trip to Paso, visit www.pasowine.com



    ©2020 Where Wine Takes You, All Rights Reserved

    • 53 min
    Ep 11 - All in the Family: One Family, Two Brands - Featuring Desparada and Herman Story Wines

    Ep 11 - All in the Family: One Family, Two Brands - Featuring Desparada and Herman Story Wines

    One family, two brands, and rare to get an interview with both of these folks together. 









    Vailia From of Desparada Wines



    www,desparada.com









    Russell From of Herman Story Wines



    www.hermanstorywines.com









    Where Wine Takes You is Executive Produced by Joel Peterson, and Paso Robles Wine.



    For more, visit www.pasowine.com



    WWTY is recorded, edited, and produced by Adam Montiel









    ©2020 Where Wine Takes You, All Rights Reserved

    • 55 min
    Ep 10: Untold Stories - Bodega de Edgar & Nelle/Cordant Winery

    Ep 10: Untold Stories - Bodega de Edgar & Nelle/Cordant Winery

    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, 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. 









    Edgar Torres is the owner and winemaker for Bodega de Edgar. It's a great American Dream story, and when you get to know him, and his wine, it's not hard to root for the guy. Tyler Russell is the owner and winemaker of Nelle Winery and Cordant Winery. Both can be tasted in the same spot, but possess different vibes in their own right. Tyler embodies cool and laid back, but his brain and intent is working always more intense than I feel he is letting on. He's thoughtful, a good leader, and has some exciting ideas on how to continue ushering Paso into whatever the next layer of the stratosphere Paso is currently bursting towards.  



    We wrap the show with a great conversation with Paso Wine's Chris Taranto on how Paso's evolution over the last decade. Chris is the Communications Director and has a unique take on how Paso is from the inside out, and how it looks from the outside in to people like media, industry professionals, wine buyers, and more.









    Next week, you DO NOT want to miss this! We will have on one of our favorite husband/wife winemaking combos. Hint, they represent their own unique brands, but both celebrate a bond and popularity that is unmatched, both together, and separately. Any guesses? Are you 'desperate' to know whose 'story' this is? And yes, that was a hint ;)









    Where Wine Takes You is executive produced by Joel Peterson, and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. It is recorded, edited, produced, and hosted by Adam Montiel









    Before your next trip to Paso, make sure you check in with www.pasowine.com









    ©2020 Where Wine Takes You

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep 9 - All Roads Lead to This: Harvest 2020

    Ep 9 - All Roads Lead to This: Harvest 2020

    Harvest 2020 is full steam in Paso and we get the low down on Harvest from Joel Peterson, Executive Director of Paso Wine. 









    We also talk to Joe Barton of Grey Wolf Cellars. 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!



    ©2020 Where Wine Takes You

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 8: Passion for Vineyard and Earth through Food & Wine – Tablas Creek Vineyard | Les Petites Canailles

    Ep 8: Passion for Vineyard and Earth through Food & Wine – Tablas Creek Vineyard | Les Petites Canailles

    Episode number 8 and we have two great guests. We open up the show with chat on the Downtown City Park Dining Experience, then get right into it. 









    For over 30 years, Tablas Creek 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. Started by the late Bob Haas, who was a wine importer, we learn the man was ahead of his time. He partnered up with the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel to bring all the Rhone varieties to the best place in California that could grow them they way they do in the southern Rhone region of France. Tablas Creek has has long been certified organic and biodynamic, but still strive to push themselves and others to achieve more. They were recently named the first winery to engage in regenerative farming. We will talk about that and its significance to Paso and its neighbors.









    Also on today's show, our first Chef! Owner and Exec Chef of Les Petite Canailles, Julien Asseo 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. He will tell us how it happened, how it's going, and how to cut an onion like a real chef!









    As always, before your next trip to Paso, visit www.PasoWine.com to get the low down on all your favorite places to taste especially because it is harvest time, and closer to Paso's big weekend celebration, Harvest Wine Weekend.









    Where Wine Takes You is Executive Produced by Joel Peterson, and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.









    WWTY is recorded, produced, and hosted by radio host Adam Montiel.









    ©2020 Where Wine Takes You 

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

AEFSYS ,

Great Ad for Paso Wine

Really enjoyed this podcast. We have a second home there and the podcast really captures the people, winemakers and wineries. A must listen before visiting the area. Adam does a great job.

janisdenner ,

Not too be missed!

Adam is a superstar and applies his talent to the Paso wine industry. As a local and industry member, I’m loving this podcast! It’s full of interesting information, it’s energetic and fascinating to hear the personalities behind the brands.

Coke63 ,

Conversational, educational and entertaining

As a newbie in world of wine, this podcast not only taught me the basics but goes in depth on what makes Paso wine world class. Adam’s passion for wine and conversational tone makes you feel like your sharing a glass of wine with friends in your living room. An absolute must listen!

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