One of my many Central Coast friends has alerted me to the opening of a new winery in Paso Robles. In an area so heavily populated by wineries, it may be tough for a newcomer to get noticed. I hope not, because it sounds like this winery could be something special.
Niner Wine Estates is scheduled to open Saturday May 1, 2010 in Paso's westside wine community after ten years of preparation. Richard Niner has poured a decade of planning into this winery in hopes of pouring some great wine for you. May 1st will be his chance to do so, in the new facility's Hospitality Center. The public is invited to stop in and have a complimentary tasting while getting a preview of the wine and food programs Niner Wine will be offering in the future.
Niner Wine Estates' roster of award-winning wines has already grown to include winemaker Amanda Cramer's Bordeaux, Rhone and Italian varietial wines, including their flagship Bordeaux blend, "Fog Catcher."
The Hospitality Center - a rustic stone barn - houses the tasting room and a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen where they plan to offer culinary programs as early as the summer. They even have their own in-house wine education staff and plan to welcome visiting chefs from time to time.
The structure is designed to reflect and accentuate its natural surroundings. Big windows will offer a nice view of Heart Hill, a heart-shaped clump of oak trees, and Niner has made sure his is to be the first winery on the Central Coast to meet LEED certification standards through the U.S. Green Building Council, with final certification to be awarded in a matter of months.
The winery's estate vineyards are Heart Hill Vineyard and Bootjack Ranch. Heart Hill Vineyard has already provided fruit for the 2009 vintage, while Bootjack Ranch supplies the balance of fruit for the Niner Wine Estates portfolio. It is located on the east side of Paso Robles.
To attend the Niner Wine Estates' Grand Opening and have a complimentary tasting, visit the Hospitality Center located at 2400 Highway 46 West in Paso Robles, Saturday and Sunday May 1st and 2nd between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Regular business hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. The regular tasting fee for a sampling of 5 wines is $10.00 per person.