Passionate, dedicated, and not afraid to push the envelope, winemaker Jordan Fiorentini brings an enthusiastic and experienced spirit to Epoch Estate Wines. Jordan oversees all the wine and vine decisions along with the day-to-day needs of the winery. Along with her dedicated staff of four, she works hard to ensure every bottle of Epoch wine is always at its best. After an extensive international search, owners/vintners Bill and Liz Armstrong found their dream partner. The Epoch winemaking mission and unique vineyards stole Jordan’s heart, and before she knew it, she had packed up her family and moved from another northern California wine region to the quaint Central Coast town of Paso Robles. The perfect complement to the Epoch Team, Jordan is energetic, experienced, optimistic, artistic, approachable, fun, friendly, and most importantly, crazy talented; her palate is the kind wine lovers dream and strive for. She also happens to be wicked smart with an engineering undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a masters degree in viticulture from UC Davis. Jordan earned her spurs working at her family's winery in Georgia (yes, they really do make wine in Georgia), at Araujo Estate in Napa Valley, Antinori Winery in Italy (where she met her husband), and most recently as head winemaker at Chalk Hill in Sonoma. If you have a geeky wine question or just want to drop Jordan a line hello email her at email@example.com.
Wine runs in Peter Turrone’s blood, as his father is a first generation Italian-American. Pete remembers the days when his Dad tried his hand at garage winemaking, and there was a full barrel of Carignane and another of French Colombard available at their house at one point. In true Italian style, Pete was served a half glass of wine with dinner by his early teens (we think that early exposure has something to do with his amazing palate). Not realizing that winemaking was a plausible career, Pete earned a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal Poly (yes we know, we’ve got ourselves a smart one!). However upon graduation, Pete quickly learned that the reality of a job in Chemistry didn’t really suit him, so he explored a variety of jobs trying to find his true calling. It wasn’t until his wife, Chelsea, encouraged him to consider returning to his wine roots that Pete pursued a harvest internship at Wild Horse Winery in Templeton. It was here that it quickly became evident that his background in Chemistry would be a real asset in a winery lab. At Wild Horse, Pete learned the basics of winemaking, but it was not until Pete moved up to Sonoma and started working at Chalk Hill that he actually got to actively participate in the process. At Chalk Hill, Pete also met Jordan Fiorentini (we know, small world) and was hired as her full time Enologist. Realizing their partnership was something special, Jordan asked Pete to assist her when she moved down to Paso Robles to work at Epoch Estate Wines. The rest is history, as they say, and Pete was stoked about returning to the Central Coast that he loves so much. You can contact Peter for questions regarding our winemaking processes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born and raised in the Central coast, Zak has never been a stranger to the world of wine. Fresh out of High School, Zak found his first winery gig working for Wild Horse Winery. We were beyond excited when Zak joined our Epoch winemaking team in 2011 as Cellarmaster. On any given day, Zack is busy in the winery, working alongside Jordan and Pete and can be found flexing his insane forklifting skills, topping off barrels, and basically doing anything related to winemaking. Besides eating good food and driving anywhere and nowhere, Zak finds spending time cleaning around the winery very satisfying. Zak can be reached at email@example.com.
Growing up in the Central Coast, Kyle has always been fascinated with agriculture, particularly as it relates to the wine industry. At 17, he started working after school for Presidio Winery in Lompoc, where for five years, he helped in a variety of roles - farming, winemaking, tasting room, and wholesale sales. It was here that he fell in love with the industry and particularly Presidio’s focus at the time - certified biodynamic vineyard (which Kyle has championed at Epoch for some time now). While studying at Fresno State in their Enology program, he interned for a harvest in Pomerol, France with Bordeaux consultant, Alain Raynaud. In 2011, Kyle joined Epoch as our awesome Vineyard Manager! For vineyard questions email Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After looking for the perfect terroir and settling on West Paso, we needed someone to help guide us in the next phase toward our dream of producing ultra-premium wines. We were huge fans of Saxum wines, so I cold-called the owner/winemaker, Justin Smith. Liz and I met Justin over coffee where we talked about our love of West Paso and great wine, and we agreed to team up to look for the right land, pick the right varietals, rootstocks, etc. We kicked a lot of dirt in West Paso before eventually stumbling across the "not for sale" renowned, but fallow, Paderewski Vineyard. We later added Catapult vineyard in the heart of the Templeton Gap, and ultimately we were in the right place at the right time to buy the historic York Mountain Winery site. Justin is a Paso hometown hero, and he is involved in all things Epoch: farming, blending, picking, our long term vision, etc. For more on Justin and his history, please read my blog on this website called, "A New York State of Wine", about Justin receiving Wine Spectator's 2010 award for the #1 wine in the world for his '07 Saxum, James Berry Vineyard wine.