Join ESB for an evening with Anthony Yount of Denner Vineyards
For our first Winemaker Evening of 2021, ESB is featuring Anthony Yount from Dinner Vineyards, whose 2016 Dirt Worshipper was listed as #18 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2019. Come taste why Wine Spectator has named Denner wine one of the top 20 in the world twice over the last decade. Meet Anthony and learn all about his winemaking journey and experience the beautiful, complex, terroir driven Rhone and Bordeaux varietals that have made this westside Paso vineyard one of the region’s best. Come for the wine, stay for the winemaker, leave with a bottle!
This is an outdoor event limited to small number of guests to provide a safe curated experience. Guests will have a their own designated space at the venue, and Chef Amy Baer Robinson will provide paired appetizers to enjoy alongside the wines. This event will be held at a private residence in a spacious backyard, with ample room for physical distancing. We ask that all guests respect the personal space of others and maintain distance during this time!
As a kid Anthony always wanted to be a Cattle Rustler or a River Pirate. Unfortunately, neither of those professions were hiring when he graduated from Cal Poly. So Anthony “cut his teeth” in the wine industry here at Denner working as cellar rat for two vintages. Later, he moved up the road to become Cellar Master at Villa Creek, where he continued to work with Denner fruit. Coming full circle, Anthony returned to Denner as Winemaker in 2009. His winemaking philosophy is simple: “If you provide the grapes and wine with an environment where they can thrive and express themselves, they will do just that.”
100% Viognier / $50 Retail
2018 Ditch Digger
45% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsaut / $80 Retail
2018 Dirt Worshipper
98% Syrah, 1% Viognier, 1% Roussane / $80 Retail
2018 Mother of Exiles
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc / $80 Retail
About the Winery…
After traveling the state for years searching for the perfect piece of dirt to grow grapes that would produce highly-acclaimed wines, Ron Denner finally found exactly what he was looking for in the far western reaches of Paso Robles in 1997. He began planting the first few acres in 1999, which has now grown to a total of 130-acres, consisting of 20 different grape varieties and counting. We designed our estate winery to fit into the rolling hills of the surrounding vineyard — allowing us to exercise only the gentlest touch on the incoming grapes. Through our gravity flow process, we can showcase exactly what the vineyard and the vintage give us and produce wines that are both powerful and finessed.