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Eberle Winery wins big during 2016 season 

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Eberle Winery Winemaker Chris Eberle and Assistant Winemaker Nick Compton.

Winery wins 60 medals in 18 shows during 2016 season

Eberly Winery put its best foot forward during the 2016 national and international wine competition season, bringing home 60 Best of Show, Best of Class, Best of Varietal, Double Gold and Gold Medals in 18 competitions. Most recently Eberle was the only winery to place twice in the Best of Show at the Central Coast Wine Competition for its 2015 Viognier and 2015 Muscat Canelli, two of the first wines released under new winemaker Chris Eberle who started in Aug. 2015.

The 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition included more than 700 wines from the Central Coast as far north as San Francisco and south to Ventura County. The 2015 Viognier won Best of Show, White Wines and Best of Class at the 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition. The 2015 Muscat Canelli also earned a Best of Show and Best of Class in the dessert wine category. In addition, Eberle took home gold medals for the 2015 Viognier, the 2015 Muscat Canelli and the 2015 Syrah Rose’.

The competition wrapped up six months of wine competitions where Eberle Winery amassed several Best of Show (2015 Viognier, 2015 Syrah Rose´), Best of Class (2013 Barbera, 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc, 2014 Côtes-du-Rôbles, 2015 Syrah Rose’), Best of Varietal (2014 Côtes-du-Rôbles, 2014 Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc), Double Gold (2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Viognier, 2014 Zinfandel) and Gold Medals (2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc, 2015 Côtes-du-Rôbles Blanc, 2014 Côtes-du-Rôbles, 2015 Muscat Canelli, 2014 Sangiovese, 2014 Syrah, 2014 Syrah Rose’, 2015 Syrah Rose’, 2014 Viognier, 2015 Viognier and 2014 Zinfandel).

Winemaker Chris Eberle said he is really proud of the wines. “I’m always looking for that exceptional balance between fruit and acid,” he said. “I love finding those notes that elevate what the grapes already have to offer and then creating something special.”

Owner Gary Eberle said Chris is the best winemaker they have ever had. “He’s technical, talented, artistic and smart,” he said. “Everybody loves this guy…and he’s damned good at what he does.”

With the competitions behind him, Winemaker Eberle is now focused on the 2016 harvest and his next wines for Eberle Winery. “Last year was pretty crazy,” he said. “I came on board right before harvest. My team and I have been spending a lot of time in the vineyards and I’m looking forward to working with this year’s fruit. I’m definitely excited to see what this harvest has to offer.”

Eberle Winery is located at 3810 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles. Eberle is open daily and offers complimentary wine tasting and cave tours including 40-percent military discount and is dog friendly. Contact (805) 238-9607 or visit www.eberlewinery.com.

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