Q. What will you be pouring at The Garagiste Festival?
A. We will be pouring our 2009 Central Coast Syrah (Releasing 1st at Garagiste!), 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay, 2008 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and two wines from our Town Crier label, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and 2008 Syrah.
Q. Tell us something about Rendarrio. How did you get started making wine?
A. The path less traveled is less worn. I started our with a passion for agriculture. After moving back from Hawaii where I was going to study Tropical Horticulture I was accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Studying Agriculture Business and Minoring in Viticulture and Wine Marketing I started to develop a passion for the wine business. I worked through college at wineries and wine shops in SLO sharpening my skills. After graduation and a few jobs in the wine biz I landed at a French Cooperage selling wine barrels in North America. Walking into cellars all day long and tasting out of the barrel allowed me to ask some of the best winemakers in the world “how it’s done”. In 2003 with very little money I was able to secure some Sonoma Cabernet. In 2005 when I moved to Paso Robles I moved my winery here as well. Now making 6 different wines for my two labels I call the Central Coast home. I am an army of one and do everything myself from vineyard to the bottling. If you are into balanced handcrafted wines then you will enjoy Rendarrio and Town Crier Wines.
Q. What kind of wine do you make?
A. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and other fun blends. I make them because I like to drink them.
Q. What do you hate about making wine?
A. Bullshit scores for wines that I wouldn’t stain my deck with.
Q. Besides your own, what is your favorite wine region in the world?
A. Burgundy for the whites, Rhone for the Reds, and Australia for the surf.
Q. What did you learn from your first vintage?
A. If you don’t do it yourself it does not get done.
Q. What’s the story behind the name of your winery/label?
A. Rendarrio is an Italian take off of my Irish-German last name of Render and the Town Crier is a 1903 Postcard I found in Boston. It also is a tribute to my dad who was always the loudest guy in the room even when I was in the same room.
Q. Any advice to offer aspiring winemakers?
A. Make wine your way and not for scores and in the style that is popular at the time. Scores are for Tandem Platform Diving in the Olympics and not for wine. If your wine is good it will sell, if you can sell!
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