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Anthony Yount

Anthony Yount, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is now the winemaker at Denner Vineyards. Yount's father always wanted to be a farmer, and the agriculture gene was passed from father to son. He tasted his first glass of wine (a '98 Beaucastel from Châteauneuf-du-Pape) while traveling with his brother in Missoula, Montana. "I didn't know what Châteauneuf-du-Pape was, let alone Grenache or the Rhône Valley. But I loved that wine, and it stuck with me," Yount says.

Yount studied agricultural business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he took a course in viticulture. During his senior year, he worked the harvest at Denner, which was then host to six winemakers. Yount interned at Denner, whose constellation of winemakers provided the perfect learning environment at the state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery. It also led to his first big job.

When fellow winemaker Cris Cherry transitioned into his own facility at Villa Creek, Yount left Denner briefly to help, working under Cherry. Cherry convinced Yount that he had the skills to make his own wine. Some Grenache Blanc became available. Meanwhile, Cherry offered some Roussanne from the esteemed James Berry Vineyard. Yount couldn't turn down the opportunity, and that is how Yount's own label, Kinero, was born in 2008.

In 2010, he went back to Denner as the winemaker and has been there ever since.

Yount is an outspoken advocate for Paso. "Paso has soils and climate unlike anywhere else in the world. That's why we can do so many kinds of wine so well. There are so many opportunities here to make a singular kind of wine that no other region could do."
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