Skyhawk Lane & Red Poets
We are a family whose lives are driven by our passions! Obviously, winemaking is one of those passions; we take our creative efforts to the edge with every wine we produce! As soon as harvest draws to an end, and the wine barrels are tucked away for the winter. We begin our trek to the mountains for a wonderful season of Ski Racing with our children Sarah and Alec. The solitude of the mountains has always been a magical place for us to play! There is nothing quite as mystical as the mountains, they can be very kind, or they can be very hard on you. It has been one of my life's pursuits to understand what the mountains want to share with us all! I think this is an adventure that will never end! It is not at all uncommon for us to chase the winter storms north into Canada if the storm track is not in California. Motorcycling with our friends is another one of our passions! Charlie would rather be on his motorcycle than diving his truck. When Renee has the time we enjoy a short ride together. Charlie, however, will ride throughout the state of California regularly. It is commonplace for Charlie to show up at wine events on his bike! Spending time laughing, and enjoying fine wines with our friends and family is also one of the most important parts of our lives! Somehow we manage to continue juggling all the balls in the air! But it is worth every minute of the efforts we put into our passions!!
Located on Skyhawk Lane in Topanga, CA.
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We then approached a friend who owned a winery and asked if we could produce some wine at his facility for commercial use. He agreed, and we began to produce two barrels of Chardonnay. Making the wine was a lot of fun, but we did not know if anyone would be interested in purchasing it. We released the wine, and it was completely sold out within 6-8 weeks. Wow! Needless to say, we continued making wine, two barrels became four, then six...
It became obvious that it was time for us to bond our own winery, so we found a location in Paso Robles and started the bonding process, which was completed in time for the 2004 harvest.
We wanted to create some more interesting wines and began the process of creating some blended wines. The first to be released were the Skyhawk Lane 2003 "Three Cane Blend" a traditional Bordeaux blend, and the Skyhawk Lane 2003 "Red Fusion" a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Once these blends were released, everyone who tasted them was wowed! They sold out immediately!
The blended wines we were making began to have a huge following so we slowly increased the production of these wines to keep up with the demand. In 2006 we wanted to differentiate our brand for our blended wines, so we introduced the label "Red Poets."
Winemaking is very romantic and artesian, and blending wines furthers our efforts in this area. The "Red Poets" brand seemed to be a perfect name for this endeavor. The first blend released under the "Red Poets" label was our 2006 "Couplet" 80% Viognier and 20% Rousanne. This wonderful white wine blend does not disappoint. We have a variety of other blended wines to be released under the "Red Poets" label in the coming year.