Join us for an evening with Stanley Barrios & Elena Martinez of TOP Winery!
Enjoy a fantastic evening with one of California rising stars, Stanley and his wife Elena of Top Winery, Paso Robles. They specialize in hand crafted Rhône varietal wines from westside Paso Robles. More details to come!
STANLEY BARRIOS – PROPRIETOR AND WINEMAKER
Stanley Barrios was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was influenced by music, art, and food as a child and could have equally entered any of those occupations when he discovered wine. He became a wine connoisseur and collector in his mid-twenties, traveling to learn more of wine.
While traveling, Stanley would seek the opportunity to speak with the winemakers, picking their brain on the winemaking process. How clone selections, elevations, soil types, trellising systems, and yields play a roll on a wines identity. The fascination of such complex nuances was intriguing to him. It was this hobby and his love and respect for wine that made him want to make his own.
Stanley received an opportunity to work in the cellar for Nick Elliott of Nicora as an intern in 2013. He used what he learned in the cellar, put into practice what he had taught himself of winemaking and combined it with his experience as a connoisseur to now craft the wines for TOP.
ELENA MARTINEZ – PROPRIETOR AND DIRECTOR OF SALES
Elena Martinez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She loves nature, animals, people, and entertaining.
Elena was first introduced to wine while working hospitality as a teen and early twenties. At a young age she noticed her co-workers affinity to wine but was too young to understand the hype. It wasn’t until she experienced her epiphany wine that made her see things differently. Not long after this discovery she moved to Oregon and began to indulge in all things wine. It was at this time that she began realizing how expressive wines are of the region they come from. This is where her journey to continue exploring wine regions and varietals started.
Now Elena strives to provide personalized service at TOP. While managing social media accounts, she is also behind all TOP events and manages all legal and compliance for the winery.
“Come for the wine, stay for the winemaker, leave with a bottle!”
The Winemaker evening takes place in a very special and unique Santa Barbara home with a view like no other. This modern home, with its large arched glass walls, features an unusual panoramic northern view looking across the bay; from Ventura in the east, along the mountains past the 154 San Marcos pass, to Gaviota in the west. Truly a sight!