Per Caso Cellars
Paso Robles AVA
All of the wines are made in extremely limited quantities, and reflect Steve’s award-winning, Old-World winemaking techniques
One of Paso Robles’ most renowned and well-respected veteran winemakers, Steve Glossner is a trail-blazing pioneer who helped put the booming Central Coast wine growing region on the map. Over the years, he has earned a well-deserved reputation for making wines of specific character and quality, while firmly holding onto his Old World (and old-school) winemaking fundamentals. He is behind some of the region’s most popular labels, but his newest ventures of working as a consulting winemaker while pursuing his own smaller-scale, personal projects is proving to be his most rewarding and exciting undertaking yet.
Early in his career, Steve Glossner was hired as winemaker for Justin Vineyards & Winery (one of Paso’s biggest winery names) and his 1994 Isosceles (a red Bordeaux-style blend) won the coveted international award, the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy for best blended red wine. He also made the base wines that went into the 1997 Isosceles which made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year (coming in at Number 6) - the first Paso Robles offering to make the list and further elevating the region’s profile.
Steve went on to become winemaker at Adelaida Cellars, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Denner Vineyards, and Kiamie Wine Cellars - just to name a few. He realized though, that he wanted to do things his way - upholding time-honored techniques, making distinctive, age-worthy wines, and only releasing those wines when they are truly ready - which works for small-scale wineries, but isn’t necessarily the best strategy for larger-scale wineries. This brings us to his current projects of PasoPort, Pendray’s Distillery, and Per Caso Cellars, the feature for this month’s Garagiste Wine Club.
In 2006, Steve and his wife Lola started PasoPort, a boutique entity that now makes a range of award-winning port-style wines using traditional Portuguese varietals, fortified with brandy and aged in oak barrels. This was at a time when no one in Paso Robles had a port brand, and it has developed into a cult-favorite for those who love Port style wines.
In 2013, Steve and Lola purchased a 500-liter German still and became early players in the local distilling game, handcrafting their own brandy to fortify the port-style wines and also making small amounts of liquor for his new distillery named ‘Pendray’s,’ after Lola’s maiden name.
In 2014, the Glossners acquired Per Caso Cellars from its original owners, Lynne and Dave Teckman. Steve had been the winemaker for Per Caso since day one when the label started back in 2007. When the couple decided to sell it, Steve took a ‘chance’ (the name’s translation in Italian), and adopted it as his own.
The Per Caso portfolio consists of several single varietal and blended red and white wines, focusing on reflecting the terroir and personality of specific vineyards on Paso Robles’ heralded West-side. He works with everything from little-known Portuguese varietals, some bolder Bordeaux grapes, a handful of Rhône varieties and even Pinot Noir. All of the wines are made in extremely limited quantities, and reflect Steve’s award-winning, Old-World winemaking techniques. It is a treat to offer this beautiful wine to our Garagiste Wine Club members.