Eric Ogorsolka, the winemaker and owner of Zenaida Cellars has been growing and making wine since 1990. He began planting the estate vineyard in the hills of west Paso Robles after earning a degree in Biology from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. One of Eric’s first jobs in the wine industry was at Wild Horse Winery in Templeton California under winemaker Jon Priest. Here Eric had the opportunity to experience hands on winemaking and attributes a lot of his knowledge of coopers to his time spent there. Ken Volk owner of Wild Horse at that time was very interested in experimenting with many coopers utilizing French and especially Hungarian oak. Eric then moved into a position at Kendall-Jackson while continuing his education in wine making at UC Davis through the University Extension. In 1996 Eric finished planting the Templeton Gap vineyard and in 1998 began work on the winery, Zenaida Cellars. Since his debut, Eric has utilized his science background to incorporate sustainable agricultural procedures into farming the vineyard and currently focuses on Rhone varietals, as well as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.