It’s springtime at Eberle Winery, with good news to announce! There are two new wine releases to try along with a beautifully expanded outdoor area from which to enjoy them.
New Wines on New Space
“Our 2017 Viognier knocks our socks off,” said Marcy Eberle, Owner/Communications Director. “and our 2016 Cotes-du-Robles red Rhone blend is one of the best we’ve made. A few days ago, we completed our spacious new deck expansion, which doubles the size of our outdoor area for picnics. Before, we could seat 80 for a private event. Now, we can seat anywhere from 160 to 200 people.”
Renewal and Expansion
There are more updates ahead, too. Eberle is reinvigorating their vineyard by replanting 35- to 40-year-old Cabernet, Muscat and Chardonnay grapes, and there are subsequent plans underground. For nearly three decades, Eberle’s 16,000 square feet of wine caves have become a popular haven for winemaker dinners and special events. Still in the talking phase are long-range plans are to increase areas within the caves to accommodate alcoves where intimate groups of 10 or 20 can gather. Another idea underway is to build a second-story level to host VIP and Cellar Club members.
A Trailblazer’s Perspective
By now, Paso Robles wine fans from all over have heard of Eberle Winery, that Gary helped found the Paso Robles AVA in 1983, or that he’s synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon.
A former defensive tackle on the Penn State gridiron, Gary later earned his Enology degree at U.C. Davis in 1971before returning to Paso Robles. In the early 1970’s, he was among the youngbloods who blazed new trails before many realized Paso Robles existed. At Estrella River Winery, Gary and Cliff Giacobine planted hundreds of acres of vines and established Syrah grapes on a commercial scale in California. By the late ‘70s, not only did he plant Cabernet, but Zinfandel and Barbera grapes before launching Eberle Winery in 1979.
“When we first started, very few people here had an academic background in wine, so we made some very textbook wines. Just 17 of us got jobs as winemakers. We didn’t start out as cellar hands or assistants. It took us a while,” said Gary.
Throughout his career, Gary learned by both doing and listening to sound advice. When California State Fair presented Gary the Wine Lifetime Achievement Award nearly three years ago, it was an honor that he took to heart; his winemaking mentor was the first to receive that distinction.
Events at Eberle
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 13: 11am
Enjoy scenery on the deck with music by Jan & Ted with brunch of entrees, salads, fruit, pastries, coffee, tea and wine by Chef Andre and Cristina Averseng. $40/adults; $20/children 6-12.
Crab Feed - Wine Festival Dinner
Friday, May 18: 6:30pm
Partake in a hearty feast of Alaskan and Snow crab, Maine lobster tail, Gulf shrimp and all the fixings by Cracked Crab. Dancing with music by Route 66. $150/pp.
Friday, June 1: 6:30pm
Nibble delicious appetizers and paella on the deck by Paso Catering Co., with Spanish guitar music by Ricardo Grieg. $80/pp. Tickets: Call 805-238-9607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org