Meet the Winemaker: Mike Sinor of Sinor-LaVallee and Ancient Peaks

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Meet the Winemaker: Mike Sinor of Sinor-LaVallee and Ancient Peaks

Mike Sinor is recognized as one of the Central Coast’s highest rated winemakers. His wines are vibrant, friendly, and reflect a true sense of place, much like the man himself! Meet him and taste his wines on Saturday, March 18th!

Mike began his wine journey as a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and ended up making SLO his home.  He worked his first wine harvest in 1993 and never looked back.  Mike brings a sense of joy and warmth to the job, and his wines show it.  He heads the winemaking team at Ancient peaks, where he gets to work with beautifully ripened fruit from this family owned ranch, which in itself is now its own AVA: Santa Margarita Ranch. Characterized by a unique collection of 5 different soil types, including ancient sea bed, shale, rocky alluvium, granitic, and volcanic, the wines here speak of the land.  The benchmark Ancient Peaks, Oyster Ridge, Red Blend, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles $45.99, is made exclusively from an ancient sea bed outcropping littered with fossils of ancient oysters!  The best soils and meticulous farming practices combine to give Mike the tools to craft excellent wines.  He also makes delightful and affordable Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc from this lovely ranch.

In 1996, Mike married Cheri LaVallee in Burgundy, and soon after they started their own label: Sinor-LaVallee.  In 2013, Mike and Cheri took a plunge and purchased the beautiful Bassi Vineyard just 1.2 miles from the ocean in Avila Beach.  They have cultivated this site with love and the utmost care, and the wines are elegant and expressive.  

Mike is a busy guy so we are so grateful and ecstatic to host him on Saturday, March 18th, from 1-4pm, just $20/person. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to meet Mike and taste these gems from completely unique sites in the central coast! We will be pouring:

2013 Ancient Peaks, Oyster Ridge, Red Blend, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles $45.99

2014 Ancient Peaks, ‘Renegade’, Syrah Blend, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles $18.99

2013 Ancient Peaks, Zinfandel, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles $15.99

2014 Ancient Peaks, Merlot, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles $16.99

2014 Ancient Peaks, Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles $16.99

2014 Sinor-LaVallee, Albarino, San Luis Obispo County $27.99

2015 Sinor-LaVallee, Pinot Gris, San Luis Obispo County $19.99

2014 Sinor-LaVallee, Syrah, San Luis Obispo County $27.99

2014 Sinor-LaVallee, Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County $31.99

2014 Sinor-LaVallee, Pinot Noir, White Label $48.99

Comments

  1. Laura Jeffrey Laura Jeffrey

    Thanks for sharing Amy, we have been enjoying both Ancient Peaks and Sinor-LaValle wines for years!

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