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6/16-Nicole Nielsen visits with Mike Sinor & Paula Moulton

June 17, 201452 min
Mike Sinor - Winemaker, Ancient Peaks & Sinor Lavallee Wine Company Mike Sinor is recognized as one of the Central Coast's highest-rated winemakers. Wines made by Mike have scored 96 points in the WineSpectator™, 95 points in Connoiseur's Guide™, 92 points in Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate™ and 95 points in Wine Enthusiast™. In 2012 Mike was voted as Winemaker of the Year for San Luis Obispo County.The word that best describes Mike is "Fanatical." He is a self-made winemaker with no formal winemaking education who worked his way up from "cellar rat" through grit, determination and sheer love of wine.Raised in Visalia, CA, Mike attended California Polythechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with the objective of becoming a high school shop teacher. He financed his college education by working at several local wineries -- an experience that ignited his passion for the craft of making wine. Mike met his future wife, Cheri LaVallee, in a chemistry class at CalPoly (now that's Chemistry 101).Mike has traveled to France on numerous occasions, delving into the winemaking experiences of Burgunday, Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. He also took a winemaking sabbatical to Australia's Margaret River in 2001. These travels are integral to his winemaking fabric and outlook.Currently•        Winemaker and proprietor of Sinor-LaVallee Wine Company•        Director of Winemaking at Ancient Peaks in Paso Robles•        Consulting Winemaker for Center of Effort in the Edna Valley•        President of San Luis Obispo Vintners AssociationPreviously•        Winemaker at Domaine Alfred Winery in Edna Valley (2000 to 2006)•        Assistant Winemaker at Byron Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley (1994 to 2000)•        Cellar gigs with numerous Central Coast wineries (1991 to 1994)•        Board of Directors of the World of Pinor Noir event held in Pismo Beach each yearABOUT ROLL OUT THE BARRELS:For 24 consecutive years, our annual Roll Out The Barrels summer celebration has set the pace for good times, good vibes and good wines in San Luis Obispo County.The festivities begin with a Thursday evening “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting adjacent to the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. Here, the wines of SLO Wine Country are served with artfully paired treats prepared by local chefs. Then, on Friday evening, our wineries team up with area restaurants to offer a selection of winemaker’s dinners to fit every taste.Over the weekend, you will enjoy a two-day passport to more than 20 wineries offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment, exclusive specials, barrel and library wine tastings and more.  Plus, you can save $20 on your passport tickets just by booking your stay in the City of San Luis Obispo.  It’s never too early to mark your calendars for this signature SLO Wine Country event. Paula Moulton - Author & Award Winning WinemakerThe author, award-winning winemaker and viticulturist Paula Moulton, is not your typical wine expert; this city-girl-turned-country has made quite a name for herself in a field traditionally dominated by men.Paula Moulton, of Sonoma, CA, is CEO of A Sip Away. A viticulturist, award-winning winemaker, and author with over 25 years of experience in the wine industry, Moulton has worked with wine talent such as Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Winery, Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery, Jean-Luc Thunevin (Bordeaux's Bad Boy wine), and Phil Coturri of Enterprise Vineyards.  A wine industry leader, Paula has appeared on the Today Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and other major media outlets. She holds a BA from U. C. Berkeley in Rhetoric, an AS in viticulture from Santa Rosa J

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