To map out the burgeoning yet tightly knit west Paso winegrowing community, we have included profiles of seven notable names, an eclectic mix of neighbors making an equally eclectic mix of wines. There are fledgling farmers like Eric Jensen of Booker, seasoned winemakers such as Scott Hawley, and wine lovers like the Hoages and Bowkers who previously knew wine simply as their favorite beverage. But their common bond is a passion for Rhône grapes, and the result of their efforts has been soaring quality for an emerging category of California wine. Wine Spectator senior tasting coordinator Mary ann Worobiec explains.
From the Mar 31, 2011, issue