A Storybook Beginning
After years of wanting to experiment with their own fruit, Cheryl finally convinced Randy to make some wine. Not having any equipment, the pair crushed that historic first barrel with their own feet. Following a fruitful romp in that first bin of grapes, Randy and Cheryl stumbled upon the name Red Soles while admiring each other's red, grape-stained feet. That first crush of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes later became the founding partner's premier vintage, their 2004 Kick-Off.
Red Soles’ Practices, Process and Philisophy
This uniquely successful, wine-growing and wine-making duo, Randy and Cheryl Phillips, happily run the tasting room themselves. Each wine in their line-up is Estate grown, and the duo is proud of the fact that they do not source their wine grapes from any vineyard other than their own.
Although the winery is definitely a full-time business, the main focus of Randy and Cheryl's company will always be farming. There is something extremely satisfying about being able to be part of a wine grape's journey from dust to vine and vine to barrel. Currently, the pair owns two hundred acres of wine grapes; half are on the east side of Paso Robles and the other half are at the winery site in the Templeton Gap. Only a small percentage of what is grown gets turned into Red Soles wine; the rest of the grapes are sold to large wineries, most of whom they have been doing business with for years.
If you want an afternoon to remember, stop by the tasting room, meet the owners, taste some delicious wines and bring your friends on over for a relaxing picnic on the oak and vine edged lawn.