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Edward Sellers - Templeton Gap, Paso Robles, Cent


An emerging California Rhône producer, Edward Sellers specializes in small-lot, artisan wines.

The existence of upstart Central Coast winery Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines is directly traceable to the entrepreneurial spirit and energy of its founder Edward Sellers. As a young student at Arizona State several decades ago, Sellers became enamored with the complexities of French Burgundies. The seed was fertilized that would one day result in the formation of Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines, this month’s Gold Series Selection.

“Many customers would leave portions of their wines in the bottle,” Sellers, now 55, explained. “French Burgundies were extremely popular in our French restaurant and the other waiters and I were able to taste them when the customers were finished. I couldn’t believe there was so much difference in complexity and taste from wines that were made in the same basic locale.” After a varied career that included a number of unrelated but highly successful industries and companies, Sellers and his wife Dani (who shared his passion for wine) traveled to the West Coast to visit a college roommate who managed a golf course in Paso Robles. There, the pair was smitten by the old wine bug. They fell in love with Paso Robles itself, and foresaw the giant strides the area was making in the world of California wine.

“We basically said to ourselves, this is where we want to be. The place itself was ideal for growing great vines and the terroir afforded me the chance to do something I had wanted to do for a long time – make a series of Rhône varietals,” he added. That was 2003, and the rest is history. Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines began purchasing grapes from selected growers and began to produce the company’s initial release of wines. The case amount, 2,500, was enthusiastically received by the trade press and consumers and the small winery was on its way to becoming an overnight success.

“It’s been a really wild ride,” Edward Sellers recalled further. “We have just completed our fourth vintage and we’ve already received a number of 90’s from wine guru Robert Parker. We will produce around 5,000 cases this year, but our five year goal is to double in size. That’s where we will stop because I feel we will still be able to control our quality. Any bigger and we have to hire additional people and start making our wines from a different perspective.” Edward Sellers (as the winery is known locally) has just opened a new tasting room on the winery grounds located on Highway 46W. It has a marvelous view and is open seven days a week for interested consumers. It is remarkable to note the fact that the winery is almost completely an on-premise operation; meaning the bulk of its sales in four states (CA, NY, TX and DC) and Canada are mostly to restaurants. This makes Edward Sellers a niche winery in the truest sense of the word.

“A long time ago we decided that it was impossible to be everything to everybody,” Edward Sellers continued. “While there are others out here making Rhône wines, I don’t think any are quite like ours. I want to be different and make the best wines possible.” Sellers also considers his label (a compass rose with rays extending from the center, usually found on Old World maps) a little European but slightly upgraded. The compass rose was discovered during the Sellers’ earlier life and had great meaning for the couple. They felt it belonged on the label as a symbol of their dedication to the grapes of the Rhône Valley, one of France’s earliest wine producing regions.

Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines is the complete Rhône varietal package whose star will continue to rise as its new releases continue to impress. It is our pleasure to introduce this important Central Coast winery to our members.


  1. Edward Sellers
    2008 Proprietary White Blend
    Edward Sellers
    Blanc du Rhone
    Paso Robles

    $24.00

    $29.00
    Special Selection
    id: 671
    Special
    Gold
  2. Edward Sellers
    2006 Syrah
    Edward Sellers
    Sélectionné
    Paso Robles

    $28.00

    $34.00
    88 - Stephan Tanzer
    id: 667
    Special
    Gold
  3. Edward Sellers
    2006 Proprietary Red Blend
    Edward Sellers
    Cuvee Des Cinq
    Paso Robles

    $35.00

    $42.00
    90 - Stephan Tanzer
    id: 669
    Special
    Gold

Edward Sellars

For nearly the past a six months, Edward Sellers has served as his own winemaker. Admittedly self-taught, Sellers is also a student of the heralded UC Davis enology program. He spent four years of internship with his former winemaker, another UC Davis product. His penchant for making great Rhône wines originated with many visits to Southern France where he studied the ways and means of making solid wines in the mold of his favorite Chateauneuf du Pape reds.

‘These Chateauneufs are really great wines,” he explained, ‘and no two tasted alike. This is what I want for our Edward Sellers releases, and I know just what I want in the bottle.”

Edward Sellers

Edward Sellers originally hailed from upstate New York, where his family raised Morgan horses and was surrounded by neighbors with sheep and cows. He feels that his roots began in the farmland and have continued with his development of Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines.

‘No matter what anyone tells you,” he began, ‘It’s all in the growing of the grapes. If you are correct and attentive, the soils and climate with work together and give you some wonderful fruit to make into wines. If the grape quality is not great, neither will the wines they produce.” To that end, Sellers has managed to piece together a ten-vineyard collection of properties that he uses for his wines. He then works closely with the vineyard owners to insure that each property is carefully structured to his exacting requirements to produce fruit at an extremely high level.

‘No two varietals are alike and each has to be handled individually. Take the Grenache grape for example. Its individual clusters can be enormous so it is necessary to prune repeatedly to get the quality we desire. During development we watch each varietal closely and determine what is best for it to achieve greatness. It takes a great deal of time and attention, but it’s definitely worth it in the end,” he added. Edward Sellers is most definitely a person who knows what he wants. He has started and sold a number of businesses (from healthcare to manufacturing, from the Midwest to the Northeast). His philosophy has always been the same, namely ‘to do only one thing, but do it the best it can be done.” His pride extends to a 30-acre parcel of land in the Templeton Gap corridor of the famous Santa Lucia Highlands growing area, where conditions vary greatly and 40-degree swings in daily temperatures are common. His first estate production will take place in 2011, a unique blending of a red and white wine, and a marked departure from his varietal releases to date.

‘Our red and white program will give me a great deal of flexibility,” sellers commented. ‘We will be able to utilize all of our Rhône varietals and make a most distinctive pair of wines. They might vary slightly from year to year, but we are betting they will be most inviting to the palate.” Edward Sellers is also his own winemaker at this point, having parted with his original winemaker some four months ago. ‘I was her grunt for the past four years and I simply wanted to make the wines myself in the true artisan manner, so we parted ways,” he added. ‘I want our wines to be well-balanced and food friendly, more French style than California, but still fruit friendly. I know what I want and I don’t mind taking my time to achieve it, that’s the way the wine business works.” Sellers is also a pilot as well as an avid sailor. He estimated that for a number of years he traveled in excess of 120,000 miles each year with his various businesses. Some of that has changed. Sellers and his wife Dani have recently started a family and have been blessed with an 18-month-old baby that has changed his outlook radically.

‘The winery is really taking me home,” he finalized. ‘These days, it’s all about enjoying life and the really important things. The winery gives us a chance to experience just about everything.”

About The Region

As of now, most of the fruit that goes into Edward Sellers varietals comes from the Paso Robles AVA, the most agreeable growing environment for Rhône varietals along the Central Coast in the opinion of many experts. The conditions and soils of Paso Robles closely mirror those of southeastern France and the Rhône Valley, home to many of the world’s greatest wines.

With the exception of fruit coming from Edward Sellers’ home estate vineyards in the Templeton Gap corridor located to the south and east, (these first estate wines will be released in 2011), the remainder of the winery’s grapes are located on the calcareous-rich hillsides on the west side of Paso Robles. The ten different vineyards there are planted in small blocks to insure the vines have proper conditions to achieve a unique character.

There is also great variety available as nine different Rhône varietals make for some really splendid fruit that is rich in varietal nature and style, so important to the development of quality Rhône varietal wines.


Rack of Lamb with Jalapeno-Honey Mustard Glaze and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction


Ingredients

Rack of Lamb Ingredients
2 ½ pound racks of lamb (8-9 chops per rack)
¼ cup olive oil
6 Tbs. honey mustard
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary or 1 heaping Tbs. dried rosemary
8 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup balsamic vinegar reduction (recipe included)

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Ingredients
1 shallot, minced, or 2 Tbs. minced onion
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Juice of 2 oranges
¼ cup brewed coffee
½ cup dry red wine
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary


Instructions

For Balsamic Vinegar Reduction:
Place the shallot in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to sizzle. Immediately add the vinegar, orange juice, coffee, and wine. Increase heat to high. Boil until reduces by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the pepper and rosemary. Set aside.

For Rack of Lamb:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Trim any excess fat off the bones and ribs of the lamb. Combine the olive oil, mustard, jalapeno, salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Stand the ribs up together in a roasting pan with the rib bones intertwined, fat side facing out. Brush or spoon the olive oil mixture onto the fat side of the 2 racks of lamb. Roast for 25-30 minutes for medium-rare; the internal temperature in the center of the rack will register 130 to 135 degrees. Remove the lamb from the oven, cover loosely, and let rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into individual chops. Serve immediately with the Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.




Braised Short Ribs with Roasted Root Vegetable Puree


Ingredients

12 beef short ribs, bone-in (about 3 ½ to 4 pounds)
2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary or 2 tsp. dried rosemary
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
3 cups port
3 cups beef or chicken broth
1 Tbs. tomato paste

Roasted Root Vegetable Puree Ingredients:
2 carrots, peeled/quartered
2 parsnips, peeled/quartered
2 small turnips, peeled/quartered
2 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled/quartered
½ fennel bulb, cored/quartered
½ cup celeriac peeled and coarsely chopped
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
¼ cup pan juices from the ribs
½ cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream


Instructions

For Vegetable Puree: Place vegetables on a baking dish and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread evenly in the dish. Place in the oven along with the ribs and roast, uncovered, 1 to 1 ¼ hours, until vegetables are soft to the touch and cooked through. Stir several times during the cooking process to coat with oil and to make sure the vegetables are cooking evenly. Cool vegetables for 10-15 minutes, until they are still warm but not hot. Place in food processor and add the butter, pan juices from the ribs, and milk, and puree until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper.

For the Braised Short Ribs: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season ribs with rosemary, salt and pepper by rubbing them into the meat of the ribs to adhere. Lightly coat each side of the ribs with flour, shaking off any excess. Heat olive oil in a large, deep, ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ribs and cook about 2 minutes on all sides, until brown, about 8 minutes total. Transfer the ribs to a plate and set aside. Add the shallots, carrots and parsnips to the same skillet and cook/stir about 5 minutes, until tender and lightly brown. With the vegetables still in it, deglaze the skillet by adding the port and cooking over medium-high heat 10-12 minute, until the liquid has reduced by half. Add the broth and tomato paste and stir to mix thoroughly. Remove from heat. Return the ribs to the skillet, cover, and cook in the oven for 2 ½ hours, until meat is fork-tender and almost falling off the bone. Turn ribs several times during cooking process. Transfer the cooked ribs and the shallots, carrots, and parsnips to a plate (reserve pan juices); cover and keep warm. Place the skillet with its juices over medium-high heat and boil to reduce the liquid by about two thirds. The liquid will become thick, almost like a glaze. Spoon the glaze over the ribs and the shallots, carrots, and parsnips (you can add the ribs and vegetables back to the pan for a few minutes if they need to be warmed). Spoon the vegetable puree onto individual plates, topping each serving with 2 or 3 short ribs and some of the whole roasted vegetables, and drizzle with the glaze from the ribs.



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