“When [the wines] are winning at every competition,
you know you’ve got a good wine.”
The tasting room is temporarily closed and the staff may be few for now, but owner Gary Eberle can vouch that production in the cellar is humming along nicely.
“March 2019 was the second-best month ever. In March this year, everybody’s been calling and placing orders like you wouldn’t believe!” said Gary. “By the end of the month, March 2020 eclipsed last March in total sales. We’re taking so many orders. I’m just amazed at how people have responded.”
Eberle Winery’s sustained popularity isn’t surprising. In Paso Robles, Gary is known as the “godfather” of the region. It was in 1982 that he and fellow winemakers Tom Meyer, Tom Martin, and Vic Roberts, and grape grower Herman Schwartz merged their commitments to develop the Paso Robles AVA and popularize the region, which at the time was relatively unknown. Nowadays, Paso Robles is mentioned in the same breath as other wine regions of high esteem.
Decades forward, winemaker Chris Eberle, who coincidentally shares Gary’s surname, shares a like mindset for excellent winemaking. Raised all over California, Chris earned his agricultural business degree at Cal Poly and enology degree at Washington State University. He first made wine at Eberle Winery in 2006, but in 2009 he broadened his horizons to roam the world, make wine and immerse himself in his craft in several countries, including South Africa, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and France. Upon returning to work for Gary in 2015, Chris added distinction to the Eberle arsenal of awards by producing even more medal-winning white wines.
Founder, Gary Eberle and Winemaker, Chris Eberle
Quality, Consistency and Acclaim
Double gold medals, gold medals (more than 600) and platinum medals are not what drive Gary to enter wine competitions. Rather, it’s the fact that high honors are emblematic of the excellence and consistency of Eberle products, all of which are estate wines. Gary’s favorite competitions are “blind” contests, because panelists are unaware of the brands they are tasting.
“It’s not so much about winning at every competition, it’s knowing that you’ve got a good wine. None of them have to win gold every time; they’re an indication that you’re moving in the right direction. But when they’re winning at every competition, you know you’ve got a good wine.”
Featured Wines and Ordering
Among Eberle’s premier vintages are Cotes-du-Robles (Blanc and Rouge), Estate and Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Muscat, and delicious Viognier wines, including a Special Release Winemaker Series of Viognier Liqueur and Eberle’s sought-after 2015 Vintage Port.
Eberle Viognier is a glistening white jewel among its ruby counterparts. Generous aromas of orange blossom and honeysuckle mingle with peach, apricot, and soft tropical fruits of mango and banana with a clean and lingering finish. The 2018 Viognier is selling briskly and will soon make way for the 2019 Viognier.
The Syrah, Steinbeck Vineyard, has earned a special place in the Eberle family of wines. Gary Eberle was among the first American winemakers to craft an exclusively Syrah varietal wine. Four decades later, the 2018 Syrah is a beaut! Blueberry and blackberry aromas are greeted by espresso, dark cocoa, cherries and detectable minerality in this full-bodied wine. Eberle recommends pairing this Syrah with braised short ribs in tomato sauced atop creamy polenta.
The 2017 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a rock star in the Eberle line. Barrels of choice fruits are aged for a full 24 months in French oak. Dark plums and currants drench the mid-palate, followed by licorice, cola, and cardamom in a velvety finish. This is the bottle to break out for succulent prime rib, roast lamb and ribeye steak dinners – and age in the cellar for special occasions.
In July 2019, to commemorate Gary’s 40th year, Eberle debuted the “Legacy” 2017 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon at the winery. Made from Eberle and Still Waters Vineyard grapes, this elegant, bold and nicely structured Cab is still available in coppery-labeled magnum bottles for graceful aging and impressive gift-giving.
Eberle Winery is open daily for curbside pickup and online orders only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Currently, flat-rate shipping is just $10 for orders of a dozen bottles or more, so don’t forget to input the “SHIP10” promotional code upon checkout for online orders or call the winery at 805-238-9607.
Eberle Winery Cellar Club
An array of terrific perks is available for new Cellar Club members. Benefits include 20 percent wine discounts, Eberle merchandise, winery events, and 30 percent off reorders of club shipment wines within 30 days. A digital newsletter includes winemaker updates, tasting notes, latest news and special sales.
A choice of three wine club memberships is available. Quarterly Club deliveries arrive in February, May, September and November, Bi-Annual Club deliveries arrive in March and October, and the Rare & Reserved Club deliveries arrive in April and December. See the Cellar Club page on the Eberle Winery website for complete details or call Eberle Winery at (805) 238-9607.