2020 SLO County Wine Industry Award Winners •


The San Luis OBISPO COUNTY wine business comes collectively yearly to honor leaders of the native wine neighborhood. Sometimes, this Awards Ceremony takes place in the summertime on the California Mid-State Truthful. This yr the ceremony will happen on-line on Friday, Oct. 16, at three p.m. and streamed stay on Fb.

These awards acknowledge dedication, stewardship, innovation, and management demonstrated within the SAN LUIS OBISPO County wine neighborhood.

The 2020 SAN LUIS OBISPO County Wine Trade Awards go to — Winegrape Grower of the Yr, William and Derryal (posthumously) John, John Winery Functions; Winemaker of the Yr, Joe Barton, Gray Wolf Cellars and Barton Household Wines; Wine Trade Individual of the Yr, Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, Historical Peaks Vineyard.

On Friday, Oct. 16, the Vineyard of the Yr from the Central Coast Wine Competitors (CCWC) will likely be introduced stay.

The Paso Robles Wine Nation Alliance, in partnership with the San LUIS OBISPO Coast Wine Collective, the Unbiased Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Space, The Winery Staff, and previous award recipients, labored collectively to vote on the 2020 business award winners. The honorees are evaluated on their management and accomplishments in California’s third-largest wine area, San LUIS OBISPO COUNTY The Vineyard of the Yr is decided by the Central Coast Wine Competitors primarily based on a vineyard’s general efficiency of wines via the competitors. CCWC judging is at present underway, with wine awards being introduced within the coming week.

“Though the circumstances of 2020 have been unprecedented, agriculture continues in our County and these people’ management, exhausting work, and dedication proceed to deliver nationwide and worldwide consideration to the area,” mentioned Joel Peterson, Govt Director of the Paso Robles Wine Nation Alliance. “We’re excited to make the most of a brand new format to rejoice these passionate people with a a lot wider viewers and honor their work that may proceed to raise the status of wines from the higher San Luis Obispo County and the Paso Robles wine area.

“We’re excited to make the most of a brand new format to rejoice these passionate people with a a lot wider viewers and honor their work that may proceed to raise the status of wines from the higher SAN LUIS OBISPO County and the Paso Robles wine area.”

Hosted by Tom Keffury of the California Mid-State Truthful and Christopher Taranto with the Paso Robles Wine Nation Alliance, this yr’s celebration is digital. The general public is invited to observe the presentation on the Fb pages of the California Mid-State Truthful, The Paso Robles Wine Nation Alliance, and KRUSH 92.5 on Friday, Oct. 16, at three p.m. A brief video presentation will start the presentation, adopted by a stay award ceremony and the disclosing of the Central Coast Wine Competitors Vineyard of the Yr award.

Winegrape Grower of the Yr

William and Derryal (posthumously) John

John Winery Functions

“I’m so honored that I’ve been awarded the Winegrape Grower of 2020 by my friends within the wine business,” mentioned Will John. I’ve all the time tried to be a great steward of the land and produce high-quality wine grapes. I’m so happy to be acknowledged for my contribution to this wonderful wine area and grateful for all of the fantastic business professionals who’ve supported me alongside the best way. I do know my father would have been equally honored and grateful.”

Derryal John (1948 – 2020)

Derryal John was born right into a farming household in 1948 in Delano. His father, Francis John, was a winery farmer and taught Derryal how you can farm vineyards from a younger age.

After two excursions in Vietnam with the U.S. Military, Derryal moved to Shandon in 1971. At the moment, he planted the San Juan Winery for Louie Lucas. In 1990, he began Derryal John Administration and continued to farm the San Juan Winery till 1999. Additionally, he developed and managed many vineyards within the Paso Robles space. He developed 800-acre Cuesta Ridge Winery for Robert Mondavi, which is now owned by Historical Peaks Vineyard because the Santa Margarita Ranch.

Derryal was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years in Shandon and coach of many youth sports activities groups. He loved working intently with Will and serving to him with many farming duties as he moved into retirement.

In his spare time, Derryal and his spouse Lesa beloved attending actions and sports activities video games of their six grandchildren.

Derryal was a lot beloved in the neighborhood and is dearly missed by his many family and friends after he handed away in January 2020.

Will John

Will John

Very like his father, Will John was born right into a farming household in 1975 in San Luis Obispo He grew up on the San Juan Winery and labored intently along with his father from a really younger age.

He attended Cal Poly taking each fall quarter off to work grape harvest, and put himself via college. He met and married his spouse, Jalene, in 2003, and so they have two ladies, Quinn, 13, and Delaney, 11.

Will began his personal winery farming enterprise, John Winery Functions, Inc. in 2004. He enjoys winery improvement from the bottom up. He at present farms roughly 400 acres of leased and owned vineyards and likewise manages a handful of vineyards for purchasers.

His latest venture is a 100-acre dry-farmed winery, Armory in Paso Robles’ Adelaida District, consisting principally of Cabernet Sauvignon and some Rhône varietals.

In his spare time, Will enjoys taking part along with his ladies in elevating their sheep flock, which they present in 4-H. He additionally enjoys tenting, snowboarding, and ingesting wine, after all.

Winemaker of the Yr

Joe Barton

Gray Wolf Cellars and Barton Household Wines

Joe Barton Jr.

“I’m humbled and grateful to be in such wonderful firm on this Yr’s Mid-State Truthful Wine Awards,” mentioned Joe Barton. “This award is all the time a illustration of those who proceed to deliver excellence to the Central Coast. I’m so honored to be part of the legacy of artisans who’ve helped to craft our wine business. I need to thank all of my household, buddies, and Gray Wolf workers members, each previous and current, who alongside the best way gave me their greatest. I couldn’t have achieved it with out you.”

Barton is the proprietor and Director of Winemaking at Gray Wolf Cellars and Barton Household Wines. His mother and father, Joe Sr. and Shirlene Barton, began the vineyard in 1994, following their dream of proudly owning a vineyard and constructing a household enterprise for future generations to return.

Joe Jr. attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a fruit science main and was tasked on the younger age of 23 with carrying on the household legacy and dream after his father tragically handed in 1998. He now operates the enterprise along with his spouse, Jenny. He has made it his life mission for the previous 25 years to create a definite model, sourcing from dry-farmed vineyards within the Paso Robles Willow Creek, Templeton Hole, and Adelaida District AVAs. Farming is the core of his enterprise.

Understanding the distinctive microclimates of Paso Robles AVAs identifies one of the best location for rising quite a lot of wines with regional character. Specializing in making hand-crafted wines from particular websites creates a dynamic portfolio of wines.

He works with a number of wine varieties, together with the heritage varietal Zinfandel, the traditional Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, and each Rhône reds and whites.

Joe is a previous board member of the Paso Robles Wine Nation Alliance and served on the AVA Committee that oversaw petitions that created the 11 new districts throughout the Paso Robles AVA.

Wine Trade Individual of the Yr

Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

Historical Peaks Vineyard, Wine Communicate, Dream Large Darling

Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

“I’m deeply humbled to be named Trade Individual of the Yr,” mentioned Amanda. “Because the fourth technology of the Central Coast, I’m proud to be a part of this agricultural neighborhood. For a few years I’ve vastly admired previous award recipients. I’m honored to hold on the legacy of paying it ahead and creating alternatives for others. The rising tide floats all ships, and I’m blessed to be surrounded by a tremendous neighborhood and work-family who make practically something potential. A particular thanks to my husband, Sam, and my two kids, Cooper and Cecilia, who remind me daily that something is feasible if you happen to dare to dream.”

As Govt Vice President at Historical Peaks, Amanda has helped set up Historical Peaks as a number one nationwide model. Alongside the best way, she has been a passionate advocate for Paso Robles, SLO County, and the Central Coast.

Amanda has additionally invested closely in worker private {and professional} improvement, together with a profitable internship program that has helped many graduates obtain skilled development, alternative, and success.

Amanda was on the quilt on Wine Fanatic’s 2019 “40 Below 40” subject that includes “the trailblazers who’re redefining the business as we all know it.” She was additionally certainly one of 5 nominees for “Social Visionary of The Yr” on the 2019 Wine Fanatic Wine Star Awards.

In 2017, Amanda co-founded Wine Communicate Paso Robles, an annual business commerce occasion that’s now thought to be one of many best occasions of its variety in California. Wine Communicate is deeply concerned in neighborhood service, corresponding to internet hosting younger wine professionals on scholarship.

In 2018, Amanda based Dream Large Darling, an area nonprofit devoted to fostering the success of up-and-coming girls within the wine and spirits business. Amanda is enthusiastic about area people service and served on the boards of the SLO Coast Wine Collective (three years) and Paso Robles Wine Nation Alliance (two years).

Amanda is a Paso Robles native and a graduate of Paso Robles Excessive Faculty, Cuesta Faculty, and Cal Poly. She served as the ladies junior varsity basketball coach at Paso Robles Excessive Faculty and served as co-head coach together with her sister for 2 seasons.

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