If you are one of our Wine Club Members, in our April Newsletter, you had a chance to “meet our winemaker”, Eric Ogorsolka of Zenaida Cellars. Here is a little bit about Eric and why we like working with him so much!
We believe that great wines start in the vineyard. Without high quality grapes, it is impossible to achieve well-balanced, enjoyable wines. When we decided to start making wine from our fruit in 2009, we sought out someone who shares the same philosophy, and whose wines we love, to help make Record Family Wines become a reality.
Eric Ogorsolka is the owner and winemaker at Zenaida Cellars, one of our favorite wineries in Paso Robles. We had visited Zenaida on numerous occasions and knew that we wanted Eric crafting wine from our grapes. A native of the Central Coast, Eric attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While he was in college, Eric’s family bought a piece of land in Paso Robles and he helped his Dad design and plant a vineyard. After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Enology and Systematic Biology, Eric attended UC Davis to gain more knowledge about winemaking.
After working for two well-known wineries, Eric celebrated his first release of Zenaida Wines with the 1998 vintage. At Zenaida Cellars, Eric focuses on making wonderful wines from the 22 acres of vines that are on the property. Rhone varietals make up a majority of what Eric grows and he creates some amazing blends out of the fruit!
For Record Family Wines, Eric takes a minimalist approach in the winery. He respects the fact that we really want the fruit to show through in the final product and does not manipulate the wines with complex practices in the winery. Currently in the cellar, Eric is working on our 2012 wines and a special limited release of a 2011 Reserve Merlot.
We check in every month to see what is going on with the wines, but leave the tough decision making to the expert! We are extremely pleased with the job Eric is doing for Record Family Wines and look forward to many more great vintages with Eric!
Next time you are in the Paso Robles region, be sure to check out the great wines at Zenaida Cellars, you won’t be disappointed!