Monday, April 4, 2011

4/4 Michael Horn talks with Marc Mays of Estrella Creek Wines & Steve Hall with Robert Biale Vineyards

We're Visiting with Marc Mays, Owner of Estrella Creek Wines!

Marc is just one of the 4M’s of 4M Vineyards. The other 3 are his parents Peter and Beverly and brother Marlon. Having lived in the Paso Robles area for over 30 years, they have seen the number of Paso Robles wineries grow from 3 to it’s current number of over 200.

Wanting to utilize on the ideal grape growing location that they have been blessed with, the Mays family decided to plant 10-acres of Syrah and Petite Sirah in 2001. The original idea was to grow high-quality fruit to sell to discriminating vintners. After realizing the countless hours they spent personally tending to their vines- individual attention to pruning, fruit thinning, and hand harvesting- they decided to take their grapes to the bottle and created their own family wine label, Estrella Creek.

Working with local winemaking consultants they bottle Estate Grown Syrah, Petite Sirah and Viognier as well as proprietary blends Stargazer, consisting of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah; and the recently released Moondancer, a Syrah and Grenach blend.

For more information on 4M Vineyards and Estrella Creek Wines, please visit

Let's Take A Trip to Robert Biale Vineyards with Winemaker Steve Hall!

Steve grew up in California in a typical Greek-American wine drinking family and, from a very early age, enjoyed the classic red jug wines from Gallo and Almaden at the dinner table.

After attending UC Berkeley, Steve landed a job as chemist at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars a few years later. Steve learned winemaking techniques at se NV wineries, including a recent stint at Jarvis as associate winemaker.

A big fan of Biale wines since the first release, he joined the Biale team as winemaker for the 2008 vintage.

Steve is dedicated to making wines that show the best qualities of each vineyard, and feels privileged to work with the historic vines that are so prized at Robert Biale Vineyards. Petite Sirah vineyards dominated Napa acerage not too many years ago. The deep color, good sized tannins and mouth watering fruit at a buyer friendly price make Petites a great alternative to the expensive Cabernets.

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