Tuesday, June 17, 2014

6/16-Nicole Nielsen visits with Mike Sinor & Paula Moulton

Mike Sinor - Winemaker, Ancient Peaks & Sinor Lavallee Wine Company
Mike Sinor is recognized as one of the Central Coast's highest-rated winemakers. Wines made by Mike have scored 96 points in the WineSpectator™, 95 points in Connoiseur's Guide™, 92 points in Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate™ and 95 points in Wine Enthusiast™. In 2012 Mike was voted as Winemaker of the Year for San Luis Obispo County.
The word that best describes Mike is "Fanatical." He is a self-made winemaker with no formal winemaking education who worked his way up from "cellar rat" through grit, determination and sheer love of wine.
Raised in Visalia, CA, Mike attended California Polythechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with the objective of becoming a high school shop teacher. He financed his college education by working at several local wineries -- an experience that ignited his passion for the craft of making wine. Mike met his future wife, Cheri LaVallee, in a chemistry class at CalPoly (now that's Chemistry 101).
Mike has traveled to France on numerous occasions, delving into the winemaking experiences of Burgunday, Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. He also took a winemaking sabbatical to Australia's Margaret River in 2001. These travels are integral to his winemaking fabric and outlook.
Currently
        Winemaker and proprietor of Sinor-LaVallee Wine Company
        Director of Winemaking at Ancient Peaks in Paso Robles
        Consulting Winemaker for Center of Effort in the Edna Valley
        President of San Luis Obispo Vintners Association
Previously
        Winemaker at Domaine Alfred Winery in Edna Valley (2000 to 2006)
        Assistant Winemaker at Byron Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley (1994 to 2000)
        Cellar gigs with numerous Central Coast wineries (1991 to 1994)
        Board of Directors of the World of Pinor Noir event held in Pismo Beach each year
ABOUT ROLL OUT THE BARRELS:
For 24 consecutive years, our annual Roll Out The Barrels summer celebration has set the pace for good times, good vibes and good wines in San Luis Obispo County.
The festivities begin with a Thursday evening “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting adjacent to the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. Here, the wines of SLO Wine Country are served with artfully paired treats prepared by local chefs. Then, on Friday evening, our wineries team up with area restaurants to offer a selection of winemaker’s dinners to fit every taste.
Over the weekend, you will enjoy a two-day passport to more than 20 wineries offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment, exclusive specials, barrel and library wine tastings and more.  Plus, you can save $20 on your passport tickets just by booking your stay in the City of San Luis Obispo.  It’s never too early to mark your calendars for this signature SLO Wine Country event.


The author, award-winning winemaker and viticulturist Paula Moulton, is not your typical wine expert; this city-girl-turned-country has made quite a name for herself in a field traditionally dominated by men.
Paula Moulton, of Sonoma, CA, is CEO of A Sip Away. A viticulturist, award-winning winemaker, and author with over 25 years of experience in the wine industry, Moulton has worked with wine talent such as Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Winery, Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery, Jean-Luc Thunevin (Bordeaux's Bad Boy wine), and Phil Coturri of Enterprise Vineyards.  A wine industry leader, Paula has appeared on the Today Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and other major media outlets. She holds a BA from U. C. Berkeley in Rhetoric, an AS in viticulture from Santa Rosa Junior College, and a Wine Management degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France.
BOOKS:
Seasons Among the Wines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country invites the reader to experience the California wine country through the eyes of a city girl turned country. Paula Moulton's story is one of wonder and enchantment, unpreparedness and hard lessons, and she has survived the ups and downs associated with producing wine grapes for some of the wine country's best-known wineries. Interspersed throughout is advice for weekend gardeners and wine-loving suburbanites who will find that making wine at home is not only possible, the knowledge they will need is all right here.
Seasons Among the Vines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country and Paris: Nearly ten years after Paula's husband was killed in a car accident (and three days before the 2003 release of her first book), she took a risk and enrolled in a ten-month wine management program at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. “There was something missing from my knowledge of wine,” says Moulton, “I wanted to learn the old world style of wine and bring it back to the new world.”
In the new edition of Seasons Among the Vines, Paula details the adventures that ensue when she leaves her home in Sonoma to face the unknown in France. In Paris, she has not only the struggles of living in a foreign country to cope with but also the rigors of the French academic system—complete with a one-month stint in Bergerac as a cellar rat and a six-week internship as a sommelier in a prestigious restaurant off Le Champs Elysees.

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