New winery opening at former Eagle Castle
Tooth & Nail Winery to be open before Thanksgiving
Rabble Wine Company, the winemaking arm of Central Coast grape grower Rob Murray, is in the process of a major remodel of the former Eagle Castle Winery on 46 West in Paso Robles, the company announced in a press release. The company plans to open its new Tooth & Nail Winery this month. Eagle Castle Winery closed and filed bankruptcy in 2012.
The Tooth & Nail Winery tasting room will pour wines from the company’s four brands: Tooth & Nail, Force of Nature, Stasis and Amor Fati. The winery features a tasting room and library for tasting indoors and outdoor tasting terraces complete with misters, heaters and couches to enjoy wines by the glass or by the bottle.
Tooth & Nail Winery has event terraces and an Amor Fati Room for hosting public and private events and weddings. In house chef Spencer Johnston, owner of Danior Catering, will offer food specifically paired with Tooth & Nail wines for winery guests.
Andrew Nelson, Rabble Wine Company partner and vice president of marketing and sales, said the rebuild “continues to be an ambitious project, but we are really excited to share our brands with visitors and locals of SLO County on our own home turf. We have received such a warm welcome to the neighborhood, and we’re thrilled to be neighbors with some of North County’s finest winemakers.”
Nelson describes Tooth & Nail Wines as having “Central Coast flavors and edgy but fun, historical labels…the end result being a bottle of wine that truly over delivers.” The tasting room is outfitted with edgy but comfortable décor all centered around casual but passionate wine chat.
Nelson said he hopes visitors get in the spirit join in when when the winery staff is “geeking out” over a new wine release. General manager Jo Armstrong noted that “the tasting room and terrace will be open later than most, and we hope that locals will come by for an after work wind-down or an evening of live music under the stars.”
Rabble Wine has plenty of Central Coast connections. The company was founded by Rob Murray, a grower and vineyard owner for over 18 years. Murray owns and manages vineyards from Paso Robles to Santa Maria, with his own brands assuming roughly five percent of the grapes he farms. Vice president of winemaking Robert Henson grew up in San Luis Obispo County and has an enology degree from California State University, Fresno, with winery, vineyard and restaurant experience from across California. Vice-president of marketing and sales and partner Andrew Nelson is a graduate of Cal Poly, as is Murray, in agricultural business.
Source: Hoot n Annie