Russell P. From began Herman Story Wines in 2001 with 7 barrels stashed in his employer’s cellar. What started as a modest homage to his rancher grandfather has become a beacon to those seeking opulent, structured Syrah and Grenache. To maintain balance while giving flavor full stage, Russell works with 30 top-tier vineyards in 7+ distinct growing regions between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. Vineyards of particular note include: Bien Nacido, Chelle Mountain, John Sebastiano, Larner, Presqui’le and White Hawk. From's dedication has held the attention of discriminating consumers and reviewers alike, earning him a coveted position in Wine Spectator's Top 100 List in 2014 for his On the Road Grenache and and average 90+ score on CellarTracker across all wines and vintages.
Founded in 2010. Vailia Esh traveled around North & South American before finding her home in Paso Robles making wine. She loves the freedom and isn’t forced into one particular style. She’s free to play, to discover and push towards new horizons. Working in a place so young, there is an unavoidable temptation to use the guideposts left by regions like Pauillac, Chateauneuf or Montalcino. This is a place as singular as those, but she’s still plottingher own trail. That’s why the Desparada wines are guided more by spirit than style. Each wine stands for a particular vision, and in each vintage she uses her new knowledge, varietals and vineyards to bring that vision into sharper focus.
No one has ever said that I’m a saint. Let’s just say I’ve got a bit of life experience. I learned about holiness from my childhood in the Middle East. I learned about selfless dedication from some former coworkers who shall remain nameless. I learned about benevolence from ex-girlfriends. And I learned about virtue from ...well, no one, actually. Virtue eludes me. I was deeply involved in the restaurant industry in Washington, D.C., when I took a trip to Napa in 2006. I decided that I had to move to California, so I worked a harvest and then finally got to Paso Robles in 2010. I worked in fine dining, and started a wine brokerage. I had found my people. After settling in at Herman Story Wines in 2013, I started making a little of my own wine. The name Saint K is a nod to my proclivity to earn a reputation. The label is a little freaky, it reflects my love for post-apocalyptic/urban-decay scenes and my sly regard for certain landlords I’ve known. My skin-contact Grenache Blanc and a Mourvedre echo the inner-city elegance I know so well. No one ever said that I’m a saint … I might as well own it.