Lloyd Messer was a wine distributor in Iowa. The position gave him a chance to taste wine from all over the world, choose the ones he liked the most and sell them to his customers in Iowa. When his daughter, Dana, came of age, she joined the company and the two set out grow their business. And they did.
The curiosity of making wine eventually strikes all those in any part of the business. And so it struck Lloyd and Dana. They had sold wines from Paso Robles in Iowa and loved them. So, they set out to California to see what they could do there.
What they found in Paso Robles was just about every climate there is, which means you have to know what to plant where or you can make very expensive mistakes.
Paso Robles is divided in half by the Pacific Coast Highway. The area to the east of the highway is generally much warmer than the west. As you head west, and closer to the ocean, Paso becomes much cooler and the terrain more mountainous.
They found a perfect spot 1,800 feet above sea level and planted their vineyard. The temperature difference between east and west here can be almost 20 degrees which is as huge as the differences between the wines.
Our selection is a classic, cool climate Chardonnay offering beautiful apple, Asian pear and tropical flavors, spice and vanilla. A beautiful wine no matter what side of the road you're on.