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Ascension Cellars

Paso Robles AVA

An ultra--boutique winery specializing in Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines

Ascension Cellars is a premium, boutique winery specializing in barrel-select, handcrafted Rhône and Bordeaux-style blends from the Central Coast of California. Inspired by every harvest, they create wines that are flavorful and aromatic, distinctive and hypnotic with charm, balance and grace. Their focus is on unique blends that bring the singular grape varieties grown in the vineyard into concert with one other to showcase the unrepeatable beauty of each vintage in every bottle.

The current partners of Ascension met because of their love of Paso Robles...specifically the Cass Winery where one night fate brought them together and after a few shared bottles, they began their wine journey together.

Winemaker Erick Allen was initially inspired by his uncle who was a chef and developed a love of crafting delicious food and pairing it with his favorite wines. His job in interior design brought him in contact with a group of passionate oenophiles in Lake Arrowhead who had been making their own wines as a collective for decades. As luck would have it, through their grape sourcing connections he met Steve Cass, who encouraged Erick to take the leap and make his own wines. Unable to ignore the signs any longer, he made the leap to winemaker in 2010 and has never looked back.

Co-owners Dave and Lisa Dinsmore began their wine journey with a few glasses of Chilean Merlot generously shared by a stranger in a tiny apartment in London over two decades ago. That bottle sent them on a path of education and exploration that led them to Paso Robles where they encountered winery owners who graciously opened more bottles and shared their passion. It’s a place that immediately captured their hearts with its beauty, unpretentiousness and sense of fun. What followed was good fortune by the barrel.

The fruit for Ascension Cellars is sourced primarily from Cass Vineyard in Paso Robles, with small amounts also from Frankel Vineyard. All of the wines are made by Erick Allen at the Cass Vineyard and Winery facility. Cass Vineyards was selected because of the estate’s focus on low yield, premium quality fruit, varietal diversity, as well as the impeccable care of their vineyards. Their current case production is around 800-1000 per vintage.

The team at Ascension Cellars is constantly striving to create the best wines each vintage has to offer - for right now and for years to come. We are honored to share this fantastic wine with our Platinum Plus Wine Club members. Enjoy!

Erick Allen - Garagiste Winemaker