Join us for a tasting event featuring CASS WINERY
Cass Winery was named the 2015 Winery of the Year by the Central Coast Wine Competition. Established in 2005, family-owned Cass Winery produces 10,000 cases a year and is one of the smallest wineries to receive this award.
In 1999, Steve Cass retired from his career of twenty years at Charles Schwab. Forty-eight at the time, Steve had planned a sailing trip around the world with his wife Alice in order to give some thought as to what to do with their retirement years. After a few weeks on a boat with Steve in the Mediterranean on a stormy test sailing trip, Alice informed Steve that there was no way she was going to participate in this trip!
Thinking about what to do now, Steve knew he wanted to move out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He had visited Paso Robles a few years before and really liked the area and also subsequently heard it was quite the burgeoning wine country. A great place to start a vineyard. He then took on an exploratory trip with Paso Robles pioneer grape grower Jim Smoot when they came upon the then pastureland of Cass Vineyard. A year later in 2000 the 145 acre Cass Vineyard was established with twelve varieties to be planted. The barn to house all the farming equipment was built at roughly the same time.
The Cass Estate Vineyard is located in the Geneseo District sub-AVA, southeast of the town of Paso Robles. The 146 acre vineyard and winery is located in the Geneseo AVA in southeast Paso Robles. The AVA exemplifies the quality of the Paso Robles region, with its warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils. Deposited over centuries, these gravelly alluvial soils with moderate depth, older granites, as well as scattered calcareous deposits make for an expressive site that produces fruit of incredible quality.
Cass emphasizes Rhône varietals in production but also produces all five big red Bordeaux varieties, which can usually be found in the Cabernet Sauvignon and in the Reserve. Cass produces 100% estate-grown wines and grows 11 varietals.
“We emphasize producing wines that express their varietal nature and our vineyard. This results in wines that are typically lighter in color and body but more complex in flavors and nuances. This is generally referred to as an ‘old world’ style. Tasting at Cass one can experience each individual varietal and then what they all contribute to a blend”, says co-owner Steve Cass.
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