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Phenolics in winemaking led by Kevin Sass

Join us for a seminar on phenolics in winemaking led by Kevin Sass, the winemaker at Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles. 6-8pm, location Meritage restaurant at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

The cost is $25/person to cover the wines, payable in advance using this PayPal link: Payment will also confirm your reservation. Seating priority will go to those current on their BSS membership dues. 

Phenolic Analysis is changing Winemaking worldwide. From 1st growths to volume brands, to formula wines, phenolic analysis is being used everywhere. Many people are turned off and/or are reluctant to learn about phenolics due to its chemistry based roots. But phenolic analysis is relatively easy to understand. Join Kevin Sass, Winemaker from Halter Ranch, as he walks and tastes us through understanding phenolic analysis and how it is being used and abused in winemaking today.

Kevin Sass, Winemaker

A Southern California native, Winemaker Kevin Sass grew up in Agoura Hills graduating from California State University (Fresno) with a double major in Enology Wine Production and Agricultural Business.

Kevin has been making wine from the grapes at Halter Ranch Vineyard for 17 harvests. After 11 years at Justin Winery, which purchased grapes from the Halter Ranch Estate, he became Winemaker at Halter Ranch in 2011. A new state-of-the-art gravity flow winery and an estate wine-growing program has allowed Sass to showcase the 13 grape varieties planted on the 281-acre west side vineyard. Kevin lives in Templeton with his wife and sons.

“It’s every winemakers dream to have 281-acres of sustainably farmed vineyard at your fingertips. The natural resources here at Halter Ranch are the best I have ever worked with.”

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