Epoch Blog

Just as each grape variety we plant has a different story to tell, so do the various members of our team.  Our blog is the perfect outlet for our team to share all the unique happenings that make us Epoch!

Lindsey Armstrong
August 11, 2016 | Lindsey Armstrong

2016 Olympics: Wine for the Win!

Is it just us, or is the world simply a better and happier place during an Olympics season!?!  We have felt so enthused and inspired by the patriotism, athleticism, perserverance, and passion of these games that we decided to go ahead and bring the games to Epoch!  Ever the biased coaches/parents in the stands, we feel our wines have the grit, stamina, and finesse to stand up to the thoughest of competition.  Ü

A special thanks to for the always-creative Peter Turrone for penning their athletic prowess with such precision and perfection.

So without further ado, meet our Olympic athletes...

2014 White

Our Sprightly Sipper

"At 52% Viognier & 48% Grenache, this racy gal is built with a core strength of acidity.  She dominates the track and field with a specialty for sprints and high jumps.  Always with a smile, she takes the gold as she wins our hearts."

- Peter Turrone, Associate Winemaker and Proud Papa

Sprinting in our Online Store now!


2012 Veracity

A Blend for the Bars and Beam

"Leaps, flips, somersaults!  At 55% Grenache, 27% Mourvèdre, and 18% Syrah, this gal is dazzling folks from her floor routine to the uneven bars to the balance beam.  She's an all-around winner in the palate gynmastics."

- Peter Turrone, Associate Winemaker and Proud Papa

Flipping and fascinating in our Tasting Room now!


2013 Estate Blend

The Gentle Giant

"This gentle behemoth has a clear advantage in the wrestling ring.  Large and in charge, he also maintains the flexibility needed to flip the competition."

- Peter Turrone, Associate Winemaker and Proud Papa

Ready to rumble right now in our Tasting Room AND our Online Store!

Lindsey Armstrong
May 31, 2016 | Lindsey Armstrong

Cellar Talk: Catching up with the Epoch Whites

When I first approached Pete, our Associate Winemaker, about Cellar Talk, I didn't know what it would become.  Because Epoch drinkers are often curious about which Epoch wines they should be opening up sooner rather than later, I challenged him to select a bottle from our Epoch library and taste it for/with us on camera.  It only seems fair that we should pop the cork for you on occasion to give an update on what's going on in some of our bottles - tough work, but somebody's got to do it!  I have always appreciated Pete's ability to talk to me about wines in an approachable manner without making me feel stupid (I ask a LOT of silly questions when it comes to wine), so I thought that this would probably translate well on film.  Welp, it turns out that outside of the winery/lab, Pete has found a secondary calling in front of the camera.  Pete is a natural, and I feel lucky to edit his awesome, insightful, fun, and out-of-the-box-yet-relatable commentary on our wines. Ü

Having recently conducted a blind tasting of our Whites, we confirmed that our White wines have remarkable age-ability.  The over-arching take-away from the tasting was we still love every White we have made.  Wahoo!  What we didn't expect was how much we are really digging what some age is doing to these blends of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne.  In fact, we were so excited about our findings that we thought encouraging you to hold on to some of your Epoch Whites might be helpful.  

So here Pete comes to save the day!  Last week, he cozzied up with some of our Whites in the Epoch Cased Good Storage and gave us a report on what they are currently bringing to the table.  If you have a full 10 minutes and 29 seconds to spare, I encourage you to watch it ALL the way through because there are gems sprinkled throughout its entirety.

P.S. We want to hear about your experience with our wines!  Should you open an older bottle of Epoch and want to report on your findings, we would love to hear from you!  Feel free to email Pete or Jordan (peter@epochwines.com, jordan@epochwines.com) with how you think they are aging.  Also, we ALWAYS strive to make wines that are delicious and approachable upon release.  So if you are loving some of our younger wines, that is also awesome, and we would love to hear that too!  In Epoch land, there is no right, wrong, better, best, worst when it comes to the timing of drinking our wines; it's all about your personal preference.  And we would love to hear what you are thinking...in case you didn't know, y'all are our favorite and most important wine reviewers out there.  : )

P.P.S. If Pete's video makes you thirsty, we have just the thing for you!  For a limited time only, we are offering a three-pack of our '13, '14, & '15 Whites on our online store.  Sadly, we do not have enough of the '12 to include, but these three wines will not leave you disapppointed!  Get 'em while you can!  Oh, and for the next few months, you are able to secure two-day shipping for the cost of ground...BOOYA to saving on shipping!

Lindsey Armstrong
March 16, 2016 | Lindsey Armstrong

The Scoop on our 2013 Zinfandel

This weekend is one of our favorites in Paso, as the PRWCA hosts its annual Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Celebration or, as we fondly call it, Zin Fest. Ü In honor of all the festivities, we are jumpin' on the Zinfandel love train this week (in case you didn't know, we have quite the Zin program at Epoch) by pulling out a few fun Zin surprises of our own!  This year we have two tricks up our sleeve...

1) We will be offering a VERY special Zinfandel Vertical pouring at our Tasting Room this weekend (more on that tomorrow but click here for the basic deets)

2) We are offering our 2013 Zinfandel on our online store through Sunday!  This very special wine was released to our Entourage members this past fall, but we initentionally held back some of this wine so we could bust it out this weekend!  Ü  To help you get to know this Zinfully delicious wine, Bill Armstrong, our Owner (and my Dad Ü), Jordan Fiorentini, our Winemaker, and Peter Turrone, our Associate Winemaker, are here to chat with you about it.  We debuted this video during the fall release, but we think it's worthy of another share.  Enjoy, and then go treat. yo. self. to some Zin! ; )

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