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Winemaker Ryan Pease receives SF Chronicle Honors 

Ryan Pease

Ryan Pease of Paix Sur Terre

Jon Bonne, wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, just named Ryan Pease’s 2012 Either Side of The Hill syrah blend as one his top picks” in his recent article “Top 100 Wines: The best of the West Coast 2014.” Ryan, along with his wife Nicole are the owners of Paix Sur Terre, a small boutique Paso Roble winery.

This latest honor is a continuation of the accolades that Pease and his wife have been receiving from highly regarded publications such as Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate, for their creative Rhone style blends, since the initial release in 2009. The 2012 vintage is a blend of 70-percent syrah and 30% mourvedre, and packs a true “smile” factor.

Pease’s hands-on experience started in 2007 working with Matt Trevison of Linne Calodo. Since then Pease has been assistant winemaker at wineries such as Epoch, Lone Madrone and Grey Wolf. Working with such highly regarded wineries, he was able to gain the experience necessary to branch out with his own label, and the release in 2009 was an instant success. His attention to detail and love of Rhone blends is helping to solidify the Paso Robles wine scene as a destination for all things Rhone in California.

Cabernet sauvignon (often called the king of grapes), merlot and pinot noir have been California mainstays for decades, but creative blending, outside the box thinking, experimentation and the fun factor of creating impressive wines from Rhone grapes, and specifically the Rhones of Paso Robles, continues to put Paso in the bulls eye of California’s Rhone revival.

Pease sources his fruit from the Westside Paso vineyards of Glenrose, Alta Colina and Kiler Grove. The upcoming release will be his sixth and being only 31 years of age, you can look for Paix Sur Terre (meaning Peace on Earth) to offer up exciting Rhone blends for many years to come, and to be in the center of this exciting surge of Rhone wines.

Pease’s wines sell out quickly, (the new release will be 700 cases) and the only way to be assured of an allocation is through the Paix Sur Terre wine club. You can sign up online at: the 2013 vintage will be released in the Spring of 2015. Subject to availability, tastings may be arranged by contacting Ryan directly at:

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