Epoch Estate Wines
White Cellar Talk
Epoch Estate Wines was established by Bill and Liz Armstrong with one extraordinary mission, one singular mission, one singular vision. Create truly world-class Rhone-variety. Epoch Estate Wines is dedicated to the production of ultra-premium wines.
Located in the heart of Templeton, California.
- Producing ultra-premium wines.
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Peter joined Team Epoch in the summer of 2010, having worked with Jordan as her right hand man at Chalk Hill in Sonoma County. We are thrilled that Jordan convinced Peter to move to Paso for the Epoch gig.
Zak Motherwell - Cellarmaster
Zak is our Cellarmaster, so he is busy in the winery assisting Jordan and Peter. On any given day, he can be found flexing his forklifting skills, topping off barrels, and basically doing anything related to winemaking.
Kyle Gingras - Vineyard Manager
Kyle is our Vineyard Manager, and thus he oversees our beautiful vineyards, Paderewski and Catapult, from bud break through harvest and beyond. During long harvest days he has been known to overnight on any available couch as harvest days often end after midnight. For vineyard questions email Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Smith - Consultant
After looking for the perfect terroir and settling on West Paso, we needed someone to help guide us in the next phase toward our dream of producing ultra-premium wines. We were huge fans of Saxum wines, so I cold-called the owner/winemaker, Justin Smith. Liz and I met Justin over coffee where we talked about our love of West Paso and great wine, and we agreed to team up to look for the right land, pick the right varietals, rootstocks, etc. We kicked a lot of dirt in West Paso before eventually stumbling across the "not for sale" renowned, but fallow, Paderewski Vineyard. We later added Catapult vineyard in the heart of the Templeton Gap, and ultimately we were in the right place at the right time to buy the historic York Mountain Winery site. Justin is a Paso hometown hero, and he is involved in all things Epoch: farming, blending, picking, our long term vision, etc. For more on Justin and his history, please read my blog on this website called, "A New York State of Wine", about Justin receiving Wine Spectator's 2010 award for the #1 wine in the world for his '07 Saxum, James Berry Vineyard wine.