From heavy hitters within the industry to the newest blogger, we are always humbled by the mention of our name. And each shout-out gives us an ear-to-ear smile as we continue to joyfully live the wine dream!
From heavy hitters within the industry to the newest blogger, we are always humbled by the mention of our name. And each shout-out gives us an ear-to-ear smile as we continue to joyfully live the wine dream!
After COVID-19 Closed Tasting Rooms West Coast Wineries Face Uncertain Future
Wine Spectator | April 3, 2020
“As winery tasting rooms across the U.S. face a third week of closure to the public to reduce the spread of COVID-19, vintners are adjusting to what may be a new normal for another long month… In Paso Robles, Jordan Fiorentini, winemaker for Epoch said the winery’s owners, Bill and Liz Armstrong, refuse to let go any employees. “They told us ‘It’s no one’s fault that we are in this situation’,” she said, noting that the Armstrongs are taking the long view, and want to make sure Epoch can pick up where it left off with their same staff once all of this settles.” Click here for the full story.
52 Places to Go in 2020
The New York Times | January 2020
“6. Paso Robles, CA
California’s Central Coast has been known as California’s other wine country since the actor Paul Giamatti went on a road trip and swore off merlot in “Sideways” 16 years ago. But while Paso Robles in particular is undoubtedly an accomplished wine terroir with more than 300 wineries (L’Aventure and Adelaida wineries recently expanded), to assume it is a string of tasting rooms would be to underestimate it…” Click here for the full list!
Eh, Paso Robles – Exploring Wines that Speak their Own Dialect
Indulge Magazine | November 2019
“When most locals think of mainstream California wine, they think, eh, big, decadent, fruit-articulate wines. I found those, but what I wasn’t expecting was the stylistic diversity among Paso Robles winemakers, wines that spoke their own dialect. Among them, Epoch (pronounced epic) Estate Wine winemaker Jordan Fiorentini, one of the regions talented, female wine artists, creates what she describes as an “intentional rose,” hers boasting Miami’s tropical fruit nuances with Bandol swag…” For the full story click here page 68-69.
California Wine Road Trip: 5 Wineries With Stunning Architecture
Forbes | Nov. 28, 2019
“The appeal of California’s wine country has never been about just the wine. In recent years, architecture’s become a major draw to the region, with beautifully trimmed restaurants, hotels, and wineries that merge into the backdrop of rolling hills, vineyards, and the Pacific Ocean…From Sonoma to Napa, here are five excellent California wineries with stunning architecture… click here for the full story.
What To See, Do and Eat in Paso Robles, Along California’s Central Coast
Pasadena Magazine | September 2019
“More than 200 wineries make up Paso’s 11 American Viticultural Areas, many of which are family-owned and operated. Epoch Estate Wines (7505 York Mountain Road) sits on the grounds of the former York Mountain Winery—the Central Coast’s first, built in 1882. Its 2014 Zinfandel is a standout, with delicious notes of dark berries, subtle herbs, vanilla bean, and a hint of spice…” Click here to see what else there is to do in our little town 🙂
Carl Kanowsky: Epoch Part 2: the vino
The Signal | August 12th, 2019
“Unfortunately, not too many New World wineries can coax out Tempranillo’s subtleties of the strength of a cabernet but toned down close to a pinot. Jordan nailed it….Our impression of Epoch and Jordan – a world-class operation with succulent wines.” Click here for the full read.
Carl Kanowsky: Epoch’s creative genius
The Signal | July 29th, 2019
“…Jordan Fiorentini, the Georgia transplant is a brainiac artist scientist engineer winemaker….a perfect example of the vibrant future ahead for Paso.” Click here for the full article.
Side Orders: What do chefs pack when they’re off for a picnic?
Times Free Press | June 25th, 2019
“We’re well into the season for picnics, and no baskets are better-filled than those belonging to chefs…» Erik Niel, Easy Bar & Bistro: Niel likes to keep things simple. “Just a crusty, good baguette with a jar of spicy Dijon mustard; some cornichons (pickles); a good soft cheese; and some sliced prosciutto and salami.” And for good measure, “a nice dry rose, preferably from Epoch. It’s an excellent California wine.” Click here to read the full article.
The Wine Expert’s Paso Robles Bucket List
The Press, San Francisco Chronicle | June 2019
“…by the mid-2000s, Paso Robles became a destination, a place not only to stop for lunch on the square but to spend a long weekend…Start the journey on the far west at Epoch Estate Wines, which occupies the historic York Mountain Winery property where winemaking started in this region…” Click here to read on.
Grit & Grace of Paso Robles
Wine Spectator | June 2019
“Great wine, delicious food and luxury digs come with small-town charm on California’s Central Coast…Click here to read the 10 page article about our incredible town and fellow winemakers & businesses.
10 Reasons to Visit Paso Robles
Moneyinc.com | May 2019
“Voted best vineyard designs around the world by Architectural Digest, Epoch represents a moment in time, an era. A winding countryside road brings you to this modern concrete structure set in the rolling hills…” Click here for the full article and see why else you should visit our lovely town!
The Entertainer! Arizona Magazine, Time Media Group | April 2019
“Patio season is perfect for highly drinkable wines…2018 Epoch Rosé! Take time to smell (and taste) the rosé this spring! Taking inspiration from the rosés of southern France, Epoch’s pink has us all obsessed…” Click here to read the full article.
Loving’s Life After 50: Spring Sippers
Tucson Magazine, Times Media Group | April 2019
“There’s no better time than patio season to enjoy these lighter-bodied, highly drinkable wines then now…2018 Epoch Rosé – Take time to smell (and taste) the rosé this spring! Taking inspiration from the rosés of southern France, Epoch’s pink has us all obsessed…” Click here to read about our refreshing rosé.
Celebrate Paso Robles’ 130th Anniversary with These Wines
Wine Enthusiast | March 2019
“March 11, 2019, marked 130 years since the town of Paso Robles was founded. Located on California’s Central Coast and almost exactly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this town is brimming with tasting rooms and restaurants perfect for allowing one to get to know the region’s wine and cuisine…Epoch 2015 Sensibility Grenache – It’s rare for a Grenache to be deemed cellar worthy, but this beauty, which is strategically bolstered by 4% Syrah, packs the right mix of tannin, alcohol and acidity to do the trick… Click here to see the full list including Epoch!
Biodynamic Farming – Addressing the Wellness of the Vineyard
Paso Magazine | February 2019
“Are biodynamic farming practices the wave of the future for Paso Robles winegrowers? Or is “biodynamic,” as some insist, hippy-dippy voodoo? Of late this form of alternative and conscious agriculture has entered the cosmos of Paso winemakers who claim to see considerable benefits in this holistic approach that ensures wellness of the soil and the vineyard. Click here to read all about biodynamic farming in Paso and to get Jordan’s two cents on the subject.
Insider’s Guide to Paso Robles
Winecountry.com | January 2019
“Known as the land of ‘cowboys and wine,’ Paso Robles charms with its unpretentious attitude, stunning scenery, and wide range of wines suited for every taste and budget…From farm-to-table fare to cozy vineyard inns, here’s our insider’s guide to eating, drinking, staying, and playing in the burgeoning region of Paso Robles.” Click here to see the full list that includes Epoch!
The 52 California Wineries You Need to Visit in 2019
The Press: San Francisco Chronicle | January 2019
“…Here at The Press, our team of wine experts has been busy visiting tasting rooms from Mendocino County to Paso Robles, determining which offer the highest-quality wines, the most fun experiences and the best bang for your buck…it’s a group of places that we think represents the breadth and diversity of California wineries and tasting experiences this year. Click here to see the list of 52 wineries that includes Epoch!
Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018: 2014 Ingenuity is #53!
Wine Enthusiast | December 2018
“Each year, of the roughly 23,000 wines reviewed, only a portion (close to 4%) are designated Cellar Selections —wines that, while currently delicious, would benefit from being forgotten for some time in a cool, dark place in your home. This elite grouping is further whittled down to the Top 100 Cellar Selections list, a veritable cheat sheet for the most cellar-worthy wines on the market.” Click here to access the full list which includes ’14 Ingenuity as #53!
The 10 Best Wineries to Visit in Paso Robles
California Winery Advisor | December 2018
“Are you looking for wineries to visit in Paso Robles? There are plenty of options, but which are the best? Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries producing world-class wines. Finding the best wineries to visit can be overwhelming. Here at California Winery Advisor, we decided to give you a starting point…4. Epoch Estate Wines…We are excited to add Epoch Estate Wines to our list of best Paso Robles Wineries… Click here to read the full article.
The Brilliant 2016s from Paso Robles
Jeb Dunnuck | November 2018
“Superstar winemaker Jordan Fiorentini continues to keep Epoch Estate near the top of the peak in Paso Robles, and these latest 2015s and 2016s are some of the finest wines I’ve tasted from her. These are classic Paso Roble’s Rhône blends that mix the best of California sun and richness with a sense of purity, elegance, and balance. Don’t miss them!” Click here to access these scores and tastings notes.
Make Room in Your Cellar for California Red Blends
Wine Enthusiast | November 2018
“Home to many reputable single-vineyard bottlings, California’s red blends are starting to take center stage. Here are our editors’ recommendations.” Click here to access the full article as well as 2014 Ingenuity’s beauty shot.
Epoch’s York Mountain Tasting Room: A Nod to the Past, Present, and Future
Vino Magazine | October 2018
“Literally no stone or brick was left unturned in Bill and Liz Armstrong’s quest to bring life back to the York Mountain Winery…” Read more of Vino Magazine’s ‘Featured Winery’ spread here.
Vinous: Paso Robles 2016 & 2015, New Releases
Vinous | September 2018
“…Under the watch of winemaker Jordan Fiorentini, the wines here blend ripeness and energy like few others in the region. They also age with unlikely grace given their richness and sheer heft…Access the full report and scores for Epoch here.
The 19 Best Vineyard Designs around the World
Architectural Digest | August 3, 2018
“…In advance of the grape harvest (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), Architecture Digest takes a look at some of the most beautifully designed wineries around the globe”…Epoch is listed as #2, and we are over the moon! Check out the amazing company we are in with their full list.
Make Way for Even More Rosé
Vinous | August 2018
“…this taut but generous wine, which effortlessly mixes power and finesse, makes a strong case for being the most impressive New World pink wine that I tasted this year. Hell, it’s one of the handful of best rosés that I’ve recently had, from anywhere…Read the full review of our 2017 Rosè here.
Choosing the Right Rosé
NBC DFW | May 1, 2018
“Today we’re toasting spring with rose, the latest ‘it’ wine. Wine expert Hayley Hamilton Cogill is here with the best the season has to offer.” Check out Epoch Rosé’s television debut here!
Drinking Up the Local Flavor (and Wine) in Paso Robles
Los Angeles Magazine | April 30, 2018
LA Magazine’s guide to the Central Coast includes a nice write-up about Epoch and the York Mountain AVA as well as many other great stops in our neck of the woods. Check out their recommendations here.
Focus on Paso Robles – Epoch Estate Wines
Vegas Wineaux | April 6, 2018
“Drowning in 90+ Point Wines!” Enough said. ; ) Check out Vegas Wineaux’s deep-dive into all things Epoch, particularly our use of concrete. Click here to access this blog post.
Fine Wines from Cowboy Country
Sommelier India | September-October 2017
“Mira Advani Honeycutt describes California’s Paso Robles wine region where the adventurous spirit of the Wild West is alive and kicking.” Read the full article here.
Paso Robles Top 10 Foolproof Wine Tasting Experiences
Bindu Trips | September 2017
“Favorite spots that treat guests like old friends.” Read the full article here.
Hard Choices: Amphorae and Concrete Tanks Give Beverage Producers New, Old Options
Spiritedbiz.com | August 30, 2017
“At Epoch Estate Wines in Paso Robles, winemaker Jordan Fiorentini uses clay, concrete, and oak to ferment and age her wines, seeking specific characteristics from each.” Read the full article here.
SLO County wineries hope rainy winter, classic summer add up to a quality harvest
The San Luis Obispo Tribune | August 15, 2017
“The first wine grapes of the 2017 vintage are starting to be plucked from the vines in what growers are describing as a varied vintage.” Read the full article here.
What to Drink Now: Paso Robles
D Magazine | July 31, 2017
“Napa Valley and Sonoma get a lot of attention when celebrating great wines, however, California’s Central Coast also produces expressive, delicious and often affordable wines.” Read the full article here.
Lone Pine Wine
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine | July 2017
“Reds, whites and green: a quick guide to some alumni vintners in the Central and Sacramento valleys of California, where in vino veritas is more than just a motto.” Read the full article here.
The 25 best wines from California for summer sipping
Orange County Register | June 23, 2017
“Summer is officially here, but please, put down the Rombauer Chardonnay. Our fair state produces a tempting and richly varied cornucopia of wines that are best enjoyed during balmy weather, and if you’re a true fan of the state’s wine industry you owe it to yourself to try a few that are less familiar and, at times, more adventurous.” Read the full article here.
New flight makes it easy to explore California’s top-notch Paso Robles wine country
The Seattle Times | June 15, 2017
“Direct hop from Seattle to San Luis Obispo opens door for quick visits to Paso Robles wineries — less expensive and less crowded than Napa or Sonoma.” Read the full article here.
Mom Knows Best
Paso Wine | May 9, 2017
“With Mother’s Day this Sunday, we celebrate a few of the many hard-working moms of Paso Wine Country.” Read the full article here.
Wine + Burger = Bliss
805 Living | May 2017
“Central Coast winemakers pair their juice with preferred patties.” Read the full article here.
Carving its Niche
Wine Spectator | April 2017
“Among Paso Robles’ subregions, Willow Creek is one to watch.” Read the full article here.
Top-rated vacation destinations in North America
Expedia | April 13, 2017
“When it comes to living your best life, why not reach for the top? Traveling is one of the very best ways to live big, and we’ve compiled a list of North American destinations that have proven their A-list status to travelers.” Read the full article here.
The Hot New Wine Regions in Your Favorite Countries
Bloomberg Businessweek | March 28, 2017
“From Corsica to Paso Robles, this is the map for oenophiles.” Read the full article here.
York Mountain Winery re-opens as Epoch Estate Wines Tasting Room
Paso Robles Daily News | February 27, 2017
“Ascension Winery, established in 1882 by Andrew York, was the first winery on the California Coast.” Read the full article here.
Looking for wine and history? Epoch builds on York Mountain winery’s legacy
San Louis Obispo Tribune | January 2017
“Anyone who’s spent some time in San Luis Obispo County will likely find something familiar about Epoch Wine Estates’ new tasting room in Templeton. The sleek, airy space is built on the bones of the old York Mountain Winery, established in 1882 as the county’s first bonded winery.” Read the full article here.
A taste of Paso Robles history and wines at Epoch Estate
Pacific Coast Business Time | January 2017
The historic York Mountain Winery partially collapsed into a pile of bricks during the 6.6 magnitude San Simeon earthquake in 2003…A visitor to that site today will see the old winery morphed into an airy, modern tasting room, but with historic DNA of the original bricks, stones and redwood pillars. It’s the new tasting home for Epoch Estate Wines. Read the full article here.
Top 100 Wines of 2016
International Wine Report
We are honored to be a part of International Wine Report’s list of Top 100 Wines of 2016. 2012 Authenticity made number 86 with a score of 96 points. It is in amazing company from wines all over the world. Check out the full list here.
Wine Spectator’s Insider, Vol. 12, No. 49
Wine Spectator | December 14, 2016
From steely Chablis to bold Rhône-style reds, this week’s Wine Spectator Insider has it all, with far-ranging new releases from California, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, up to 95 points. This is a report of the most exciting wines our editors have discovered in the tasting room in recent weeks. Read their review of our 2013 Authenticity here.
Spotlight Wine: 2011 Epoch Block B Syrah
The Wine Write | December 12, 2016
Ever taste a wine that made you say, “Wow”? We’ve long contemplated doing an occasional essay on those extraordinary bottles. Some wines are worth that extra scrutiny. The 2011 Block B Syrah from Epoch Estate Wines is such a wine. Read the full the post by one of our favorite bloggers here.
Best Paso Robles Wineries to Visit
Food & Wine | November 2016
Food & Wine provides a list of their favorites wineries to visit in Paso Robles, and we are honored to make that list!
Wine Spectator’s Insider, Vol. 12, No. 46
Wine Spectator | November 23, 2016
“Rarely do top-notch wines offer such stunning value as they do in this week’s Wine Spectator Insider, with momentous new releases from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain. This is a report of the most exciting wines our editors have discovered in the tasting room in recent weeks.” Read their review of our 2013 Ingenuity here.
Anthony Dias Blue Review
The Tasting Panel | October 2016
“In each issue, Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dias Blue selects a wide range of the best wines from among 500 he samples over the course of the month.” Read the Tasting Panel’s review of our 2012 Ingenuity here.
Get to Know Peter Turrone of Epoch Estate Wines
The Wine Write | August 2016
“It’s no secret that Epoch Estate Wines is one of our favorite wineries. Epoch boasts premier vineyard sites, consistently excellent wines, and an enormously talented staff. We were excited to spend some time recently with one of that krewe, Associate Winemaker Peter Turrone.” Read the full article here.
The Wine Advocate: Issue 226
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | July 2016
“Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini is making the most of her new winery on York Mountain, and her 2013s and 2014s are up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. In addition to the new releases, I was also able to do a small retrospective of her Tempranillo.” Read the full review of our wines here.
Interview with Jordan Fiorentini, Head Winemaker at Epoch Wines
Washington Wine Blog | July 2016
“A winemaker with a heralded bio, Jordan Fiorentini has previous stints at some big names in the industry including Chalk Hill in Sonoma, Arauju Estate in Napa and Antinori Winery in Tuscany.” Read the full article here.
The 2016 Rosé Round-Up
Vinous | July 2016
“…The producers covered here and in the upcoming second installment of my rosé coverage made the best pink wines I tasted this spring…” Read full article here as well as Epoch’s 2015 Rosé review here.
Wine 101 “On The Road” – Ep. 33: Epoch Estate Wines
Prescott Media Center | July 2016
Check out Jordan’s interview with TV host, Scott Sullivan, of Prescott, Arizona’s Wine 101 “On The Road.” The 30 minute feature on Epoch can be accessed here.
10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2016
Wine Enthusiast | February 2016
“Hit the hills for prestigious California wines and prime hospitality…the former cowboy town is a buzzing hive of wine coutnry tourisum, with enough activities to entertain travelers for an enter week…” Read the full article here.
62 Really Good Reasons You’ll Want to See the USA in 2016
Private Clubs Magazine | January 2016
…stop by Epoch Estate Wines’ new tasting room, opening early this year. It’s a transformation of the historic York mountain winery, the Central Coast’s first winery.” Read the full article here.
A Paso Robles Blend You Shouldn’t Pass Up
Dallas Wine Club | January 6, 2016
“…Totally balanced (in the low acid sort of way, which is what people pay real money for with Rhones…” Read the full article here.
Epoch Estate Wines: New winery dedicated to producing Rhône wines on Paso Robles’ York Mountain
Wines & Vines | October 2015
An in-depth and technical look at our winery! Give this article a read to learn so much more about us!
What Was Old Is New Again: Paso Robles’ Epoch Estate Wines honors History
The Somm Journal | June/July 2015
“…thanks to two very savvy, upcycling investors and a tenacious young winemaker; Paderewski Vineyard and nearby York Mountain have once again become home to a sought-after Paso Robles brand, Epoch Estate Wines.” Read the full article here.
Tim Fish’s Recommended California Zinfandels
Wine Spectator | June 30, 2015
We are beyond honored to have our Paderewski Vineyard make Tim’s 2015 List twice! Once with a beautiful review of our very own 2012 Zinfandel and a second time for the 2012 Saxum Zinfandel from Paderewski Vineyard. Read the full list here.
Old farmhouse at Epoch Estate Wines in Templeton Gets New Lease on Life
The Tribuine | March 11, 2015
…”built around 1890 and was home to several generations of the York family…Jan York who grew up in the old farmhouse… provided historical photos that guided the restoration and gave us inspiration…The original home, which was added onto over the years, stands at the center of today’s structure…” Read the full article here.
California’s Syrah Sweet Spot
Wine Enthusiast | March 2015
“Standing beneath a nearly three-story-tall cut of exposed limestone, where sprigs of chaparral surprisling cling to cracks of life, winemaker Jordan Fiorentini makes me lick a dusty white rock, and the moisture vanishes from my tongue…” Read the full article here.
Wine Spectator’s Insider: Vol. 10, No. 48
Wine Spectator | December 17, 2014
…California Rhônes look enticing here, with Syrah and Grenache based picks from Tensley, Saxum, epoch and other contenders… We are thrilled to have five, yes five, of our wines reviewed in this issue. Read the full article here.
It’s Paso Time
Aspen Times | December 11-17, 2014
…While uncorking, decanting, and waiting for a vintage Burgundy to open up can be a religious experience, it can be just as satisfying to discover a new wine from an emerging region. And if that whole discovery thing is what turns you on, then there may be no better place to get your fix than the Paso Robles wine region of Central California. Paso, as it is colloquially referred to, may be the most exciting emerging region in the country, if not the world…what makes Paso so exciting is the energy that is conveyed by a cadre of young and innovative winemakers… Read the full article here.
2014 Vintage Report: California Wine Harvest
Wine Spectator | November 17, 2014
…it was a relatively uneventful growing season, with a dry, mild winter and vines getting off to an early start in spring, a pattern that followed through flowering, set, veraison and harvest, where there weren’t any memorable heat spikes. Epoch’s Jordan Fiorentini said that even though the harvest was early, budbreak was even earlier, resulting in more grape hang time than in 2013… Read the full article here which also boasts three photos from our Paderewski Vineyard.
Paso Perfect: Paso Robles Rises to the Top
The Tasting Panel | November 2014
…Fueled by bright and hard-working young vintners, the region is turning out an eclectic section of varietals and blends. Because of the variances of microclimates, a number of varieties that don’t normally do well in the same places are producing stunning examples… Read the full article here.
Rock Star Winemakers: Crafts Wines with Depth, character and Personality
VINO Wine Lifestyle Magazine | Fall 2014
Our very own rock star, Jordan Fiorentini, graces the pages of VINO Magazine where she is highlighted as one of six “Rock Star Winemakers” from the Central Coast. Read the full article here.
Epoch Estate Wines Takes on Eighth Vintage in New Winery
Paso Robles Daily News | August 19, 2014
The news is out about our new winery! We couldn’t be more excited to share this news with everyone. Read the full article here.
Trailblazers of Paso Robles
Paso Robles Magazine | July 2014
Here at Epoch, we love the history both atop York Mountain, and in our Paderewski Vineyard. We are proud to be a part of this “trailblazing” wine region as we salute both the York Family and Paderewski while we create the next chapter to continue the legacy. Read the full article here.
The Rhone Rangers Ride to DC
WineCompas.com | June 18, 2014
We always enjoy participating in the events held by the Rhone Rangers as it takes us out on the road to share Epoch wines with Rhone lovers! Check out this fun article by the WineCompass.com from a recent event in Washington DC! Read the full article here.
A Fusion of Wine and History make Epoch Estate Wines a Day Trip Destination
examiner.com – Fresno Edition | June 12, 2014
“Upon exiting Highway 46 to York Mountain Road you feel as though you have entered an entirely new realm, as if transported to the deep south. The traffic drops off, Spanish Moss adorns the large trees overhanging the winding country road and you immediately relax into vacation mode. Best of all, Epoch Estate Wines is just ahead.” Writer Jonathan Cook captures all that is Epoch in this great piece. Read the full article here.
Georgia in Your Glass
Men’s Book Atlanta | June 2014
With ties to Georgia, winemaker Jordan Fiorentini shares a few insights with this southern publication. Read the full article here.
Weekend Escape: Templeton, Calif., A different way to roll in a rustic haven
LA Times Travel Blog | May 30, 2014
“The unincorporated community of Templeton, Calififornia, just south of Paso Robles, is a secret worth discovering.” Read the full article here.
A Tale of Amazing Encounters. Beautiful Surprises.
Paso Robles Magazine | May 2014
Every May in Paso Robles, the Paso ArtFest takes over the downtown park, stores and art studios. This year, friend of Bill and Liz Armstrong, and master artist, Quang Ho, will be traveling to Paso Robles to be the keynote speaker of the festival. Check out this fun read to learn how the Paso ArtFest, artist Quang Ho, and Epoch connect in this “tale of amazing encounters.” Read the full article here.
10 Standout California Rhônes
Wine Spectator | April 28, 2014
“Syrah leads the way when it comes to Rhône varieties from the Golden State, either bottled on its own or, more commonly, in cuvées involving several grapes. This week, we highlight a trio of outstanding releases from Epoch in Paso Robles, a bastion for Syrah. In 2004, geologists Bill and Liz Armstrong purchased several hundred acres of land in Paso, including the historic 65-acre Rancho San Ignacio. They planted the estate vineyards to Rhône grapes, as well as to Zinfandel and Tempranillo. The Syrah comes from a specific block in the Paderewski vineyard, while the Authenticity and Ingenuity bottlings are both blends. Jordan Fiorentini makes the wines.” Read the full article here.
Vino Wine Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2014
A fun peek at what is happening on York Mountain! We are so thankful for our rockstar architect Brian Korte of Lake | Flato, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, as he and his amazing team are building our new winery and Tasting Room. This article gives a look at our dedication to preservation and restoration of the old York Mountain Winery. Though the story is anexious, our new winery will hopefully be complete for Jordan this coming Fall, and the new tasting room will open in 2015. Read the full article here.
Paso Robles Wine: Five Women of the Vine
San Jose Mercury News | March 11, 2014
“…This quintet of winemakers, all under 40, are making their mark — and they all earned their chaps the hard way, pruning, picking, sorting and punching down. They buy their own barrels, drag hoses, operate forklifts, top off, bottle and do all the messy essentials of an industry often — and mistakenly — considered glamorous…” Read the full article here.
Paso Robles Wine Trail: Five Stops on Highway 46 West and Peach Canyon Road
San Jose Mercury News | March 11, 2014
“West Paso Robles is packed with so many impressive wine tasting experiences, it can be dizzying to decide where to sip. The grapes grown here yield exceptional fruit, and some of California’s youngest and most creative winemakers have left Napa and other highly decorated regions to practice their craft on this hilly stretch of coveted terrain…” Read the full article here.
Rough Ride for California Rhônes
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2014
“No wine or region in 2011 escaped the unusually cool, often damp weather that hung over the growing season… California Rhônes are at the cutting edge not only of grapegrowing and winemaking, but also fo how Golden State producers markeet their wines… ‘…It made me quite happy knowing that Paso has gears and can also play the cooler-climate act,’ says Fiorentini…” Read the full article here.
On-Premise Patter: On Dek
The Tasting Panel | January 2014
“One of Jeremy Dennis’s recent favorites, the 2010 Veracity from Epoch Estate Wines, comes from Paso Robles, where winemakers are making Grenached-based blends that Dennis says, are unlide anything I’ve tried before.” Read the full article here.
What are the Best Places to Visit in 2014?
CBS This Morning | January 18, 2014
CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg shares his travel ideas for 2014 with a huge shout-out to Paso Robles! Watch the video to see the exciting news.
Tasting Highlights: 10 Lively California Zinfandels
Wine Spectator | January 6, 2014
“There are fine examples of old-vine Zin from Sonoma Valley, including Bucklin’s Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend and Ridge Pagani Ranch, as well as newer sources such as Epoch Paso Robles Paderewski Vineyard.” Read the full article here.
International Wine Report Reviews Four Epoch Estate Wines
International Wine Report | January 2014
Four, yes four, Epoch Estate Wines are featured in the Jauary 2014 report of the International Wine Report. Wines reviewed are the 2012 Tempranillo, 2011 Estate Blend, 2011 Veracity, and the 2012 White. Read all the reviews here.
My Eureka Wines of 2013
The Wine Write | January 6, 2014
“…My hightest rated wine of the year was the 2009 Epoch Estate Wines Veracity, Paderewski Vineyard. I rated that bottle of Veracity a 94, noting its goregous nose, juiciness, great black and red fruit, and long, savory finish. I loved it…” Read the full article here.
Holiday Hotspots: Where to Go in 2014
The Guardian | January 3, 2014
“#15. Paso Robles, California USA …sample top zinfandels and red blends at Dusi Vineyard or Epoch Estate Wines…” Read the full article here.
The Top 100: The Most Exciting Wines of 2013
Wine Spectator | December 2015
“Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.” 2010 Estate Blend made #25 on 2013’s Top 100. Read the full list here.
Tasting Highights: 9 Knockout California Reds
Wine Spectator | November 25, 2013
“The 2011 Rhône-style reds from Paso Robles are a step or two off the pace of recent vintages. The late-ripening varieties that dominate the reds from this region, such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, can be impressive, as demonstrated by examples from Epoch, Linne Calodo and Calcareous. But other wines are overly tannic, coming up short on depth and richness…” Read the full article here.
Wine Region of the Year: Paso Robles
Wine Enthusiast | November 12, 2013
“Each year since 2000, the editors of Wine Enthusiast have honored those individuals who contributed to the success of the wine and spirits industries with the Wine Star Awards…This California region has reinvigorated itself with new blood, creativity and rapidly improving wines.” Click here for the full article.
History of the Paso Robles Wine Region
Paso Robles Daily News – SLO County Visitors Guide | June 24, 2013
“Andrew York, a rancher from Indiana who planted a Zinfandel vineyard in the late 1870s that eventually had him establishing Ascension Winery that later became York Mountain Winery. And while it can possibly claim the title of being the oldest continuously operating winery in North County, it can only say that thanks to being purchased by Epoch Winery in 2010. Epoch is in the process of resurrecting that vineyard and replanting it. This vineyard resides in its own 6,400 acre York Mountain Appellation. Epoch’s tasting room is located at the York Mountain site on York Mountain Road off of Route 46 West…” Read the full article here.
Paso Robles: A Wine Lover’s Paradise on California’s Central Coast
Huffington Post | April 2, 2013
“…Epoch’s Jordan Fiorentini is not only a winemaker but also an artist, and her unusual “tasting notes” feature sketches which give a visual dimension to information that in less creative hands can come across as dull at best…” Read the full article.
Daily Wine Picks – More than $30
Wine Spectator | February 19, 2013
Tasting Notes: Epoch, Beckman, Bogle, Villa Creek, and a Cotes du Rhone
The Southwest Wine Guide | February 2013
“…2010 Epoch Estate Wines Zinfandel Paderewski Vineyard ($55) Popped and poured at restaurant. Exquisite. Rich fruit on the nose. Lush mouthfeel… (94 pts) Read the full article
Meet Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estates Winery
The Wine Write | January 28, 2013
“…a relative newcomer to the Paso Robles wine scene. Founded in 2004 by Denver oilman Bill Armstrong and wife Liz, Epoch has quickly made a name for itself in the world of fine wine… More importantly, Epoch is among The Wine Write’s favorite producers. The 2010 Zinfandel made my top ten wines of 2012.” Read the full article
Top 10 Things That Happened in Paso Robles in 2012
Travel Paso | December 31, 2012
“…There is always something going on in this town and 2012 offered some more-amazing-than-usual experiences and a couple of “firsts”. Based on an unofficial poll, here are the Top Ten coolest things that happened in the world of Paso Robles tourism in 2012…” Click here for the full artilce.
2013 Best Two-Day Vacations
away.com | December 18, 2012
“…Paso Robles, California…Perfect for a weekend getaway from Los Angeles or San Francisco, without the crowds of Napa or the trendiness of Santa Barbara, Paso Robles is the fastest-growing wine region in the country…” Click here to read the full article.
A Polish Patriot in Paso Robles: Celebrating Ignacy Jan Paderewski
KCET | November 5, 2012
“Paderewski holds a special place in our hearts hear at Epoch. From our, appropriately named, Paderewski Vineyard where he first planted Zinfandel, to the historic York Mountian where Paderewski crafted his wines, we now follow in his footsteps. “… a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?” Click here to read the full article.
International Wine Report: Top 50 Wines of 2012 | 2009 Tempranillo is #13
International Wine Report | November 2012
The 2009 Tempranillo from the Paderewski Vineyard is made in a modern style, aged for 23 months in 75% new French oak barrels and puncheonsis. It has an opaque deep purple color and offers aromas of blackberry, smoke, violets, chocolate, spices, toast and well-integrated toasted oak all backed by a beautiful freshness. Full-bodied, dense and concentrated with layers of flavors that are constantly evolving. This wine will be even better in about 4-6 years from now, and has the potential to last for two decades. It’s very exciting to see a Tempranillo of this quality coming out of Paso Robles and really hope to see lots more very soon. Click here for the full list
2012 New World Wine Experience: New Perspectives on California Rhône Reds
Wine Spectator | October 23, 2012
“Two things were instantly apparent when senior editor James Laube led a panel of four winemakers onstage for a seminar on Rhône reds grown in California. First, this category has grown tremendously in recent years, judging by the lineup of wines—not just Syrah, but Grenache and Mourvèdre, grown in a diverse array of appellations. Second, women have arrived in California winemaking and will be shaping its future for years to come. Laube was the only man on stage…” Read the full article
Wine Travel: Boutique Wineries of Paso Robles
Vegas Wine News
“Paso Robles makes a great destination for Las Vegans due its relatively close proximity and the simple fact that the quality of its wines have shown steady improvement in quality… Just founded in 2004 Epoch (pronounced “epic”–and they’re serious about that!) has rapidly evolved into a top-notch winery producing… Jordan Fiorentini, the dynamic winemaker for Epoch, took over as winemaker here in 2010. Despite her relative youth, she has a vast experience in wine…” Read the full article
Bizzer’s Head to New Wine Country
Variety.com | September 21, 2012
“…Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco there’s a wine country without attitude and pretension. It’s the farming area of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast…” Click here to read the full article.
The Place | California’s Central Coast, Part One
New York Times Magazine | September 19, 2012
“…The golden state’s middle ground is ripe with new wineries, gastro-inns and farm-fresh shopping…Call them American “garagistes,” a term once used to describe small-lot vintners in Bordeaux, France, who challenged traditional winemaking styles in the early 1990s. The young winemakers of Paso Robles, a few still under 30, are keen to push boundaries and experiment…” Click here to read the full article.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski: Composer, Concert Pianist, Diplomat, and Paso Robles Winemaker
International Wine Review | September 8, 2012
“Paderewski and Paso Robles are linked together by hot springs, wine and music. Today, his vineyard, which he planted in 1922 and was replanted by Bill and Liz Armstrong of Epoch Wines with the assistance of Saxum’s Justin Smith in 2004, is producing some of Paso Roble’s finest wines… Read the full article
“California wine is all about exploration…here are five emerging wine regions worth keeping an eye on. You’ll be hearing a lot more about them in coming years… #2 Highway 46 Corridor….The historic York Mountain appellation just west of Paso, the site of the Central Coast’s first winery, is being quietly revived by the Epoch label…” Read the full article
Fine Dining in Paso Robles
International Wine Review | September 2012
“…Paso Robles is a small town with a population of around 30,000 residents. Until recently, there were very few memorable restaurants for fine dining to serve locals and tourists. With the expansion of the wine industry over the past decade, there are now some terrific spots for food and wine enthusiasts, and new ones are in the works…” Click here to read the full article.
Discovering the Beautiful Wine Blends of Paso Robles
The Wall Street Journal | June 20, 2012
“…Paso is still beautiful, if slightly less obscure, and if this Central California region eventually becomes as renowned as Napa or Sonoma, 2010 will be viewed as the turning point…” Click here to read the full article.
Top 75 California Wine to Try Before You Quit Drinking
IntoWine.com | June 12, 2012
71. Epoch Ingenuity – This is a Paso Robles winery that has revived the Paderewski Vineyard with the help of consultant Justin Smith of Saxum. There wines are all stellar and this one is a blend of Rhone varietals with some Petite Sirah and Zinfandel mixed in… Read the full article.
Finding the Sweet Spot
Wine Spectator | April 30, 2012
“What should wine taste like? This is not a question with a simple answer. What winemakers and wine drinkers consider “classic” or “ideal” is constantly evolving, depending on the era, the wine type and the culture….Today, grapegrowers and winemakers have much more control over their wares. Thus the question has become: What do we want wine to taste like? In recent years, a lively debate has emerged that uses alcohol level as a barometer to respond to this question… Read the full article
10 Perfect Weekends Outside of L.A.
Departures | May/June 2011
“From Pasadena to Paso Robles, some of our favorite weekend escapes just a drive away from L.A…”Read the full article
Behind the Vines: A tale of two wineries
Paso Robles Press | May 12, 2011
“The story of Epoch Estate Wines first requires a short Paso Robles history lesson: Two wineries. In the late 1870s, Indiana rancher Andrew York ventured west to pursue his dreams, and eventually found land on the northern slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains, west of Paso Robles. He started planting a vineyard on his 240-acre homestead and in 1882 built the first winery in the area…” Read the full article
The New Face of California Rhône Reds
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2011
Justin Smith of Saxum Leads the Way by James Laube “As day breaks, Justin Smith is seated behind the wheel of a tractor. On this cool October morning, harvest 2010 is shifting into high gear in coastal California’s Paso Robles region. Smith is directing his harvest team as they systematically…” Read the full article
Spice of Life
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2011
…Grenache adds verve as California Rhône makers hone regional styles and consumers warm to the art of the blend… Paso Robles has emerged as the state’s best appellation for Syrah and Syrah-Grenache blends… Read the full article
Wine Spectator | March 31, 2011
…Paso Robles’ new wave of wines comes from a network of California Rhône go-getters… To understand the significance of what Denver geologists Bill and Liz Armstrong are doing with Epoch Estate Wines in Paso Robles, it helps to be aware of an unusual aspect of the area’s history…Read the full article
Mourvedre grape a Paso Robles specialty
Los Angeles Times | February 10, 2011
…It’s hard to pronounce, and it can make wines that smell gamy. But Mourvèdre just might be the best grape grown in Paso Robles, one of California’s hottest wine regions…” Read the full article
Wine of the Year – Top 100
Wine Spectator | December 31, 2010
…In 1998, a starry-eyed 28-year-old not long out of college started a small winery in the sleepy town of Paso Robles. Along with a handful of other young winemakers, Justin Smith came to believe… Read the full article
The Power of Exposure
Wine Spectator | December 31, 2010
..For anyone looking for the next big thing in wine, or more than one, here are a few that impressed me this year among the thousands of wines I tasted from around the world… Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the rise of Grenache in California… Read the full article
Country Fare: Paso Robles, California
W Magazine | June 2010
“…See you later, Sonoma. With vineyards, farms and seafood galore, Paso Robles is emerging as California’s new foodie paradise.” Click here to read the full article.