Amy Butler opens wine tasting room
Ranchero Cellars joins Paso Underground
With two decades of vintages under her belt, Amy Butler has joined three other small producers at Paso Underground. There, she pours her Ranchero Cellars wines in a shared tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. The tasting room’s entrance is located at 1140 Pine St. behind Villa Creek.
“I have arrived at a point in my winemaking life where I can do whatever I want, however I want, at times drawing on my Davis education, and sometimes taking wild leaps of enological faith,” said Bulter. “Making wine is fun, and it’s a challenge, and it tells my story better than I can. I’m super excited to have a place where I can share it with everyone, and people no longer have to track me down to make an appointment.”
Bulter and her wines have achieved notoriety here in Paso Robles for her Rhone varieties, especially whites.
The Ranchero name honors the spur-wearing vaqueros of the old west, as well as the cowboy kitsch culture of 1950s America. Butler’s wine style aims to evoke the pastoral history of early California: old vines and dusty fields, shady oaks and goats and chickens, rusty tractors and wooden fences… because these things are timelessly authentic… and she really likes them.