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CALIZA WINERY MAKES “TOP 100 WINES OF 2010” FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Only Three Paso Robles Wines Make Esteemed List
PASO ROBLES, CA – December 16, 2010 – Caliza Winery, a small husband and wife owned winery on California’s Central Coast has achieved what few other local wineries have done. Their 2007 Azimuth, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM), has been named as one of the “Top 100 Wines of 2010” by the San Francisco Chronicle. This is the second consecutive year that Caliza Winery has been included in this esteemed list.
“To be included on this list two years in a row is quite an honor and one that we are very excited about,” said Carl Bowker, owner and winemaker for Caliza. “We felt that our 2007 Azimuth blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre was a special wine and we are thrilled that someone as respected as Jon Bonne’ has confirmed our beliefs.” Carl and his wife Pam took a leap of faith when they left their businesses behind in San Francisco and risked it all to chase the dream of growing grapes and making wine. “It’s nice to know all the hard work and careful attention to the wine we make is being appreciated,” said Bowker. The winery and its wine were one of only three Paso Robles wineries to make the list. Also included were Tablas Creek’s 2008 Esprit de Beaucastel and Ancient Peaks’ 2008 Zinfandel.
The name Azimuth was chosen for this wine because of its definition - “a change in direction” - which aptly fit the Bower’s new life. The blend, commonly referred to as a GSM, was not predetermined for this wine, but instead was chosen because of the quality of the Grenache in that year. This particular varietal came from a very low-yielding vineyard, about 1 ton/acre, which equated to more concentrated flavors of raspberries and black cherry. Bowker then decided to blend in Syrah and a little Mourvedre to bring out the darker, more mysterious side of all the fruit. The result was the winemaker’s instant favorite for that year.