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An impressive piece of work and a wonderful portrait of the personalities behind one of California's distinctive wine regions. And how fitting that like the wines, the book is big, bold, and vibrant.

--Alder Yarrow, Founder & Editor of VINOGRAPHY

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Never before has such passionate and personal attention been given to the people that make Paso Robles wine country so successful. The introspective photography and impressively large format of Julia Perez's book will catch attention in every tasting room and dining table it graces. Because her images are bolstered by detailed biographies of each subject, all penned by Paul Hodgins, it will also serve as a time capsule of a young region at a critical moment in its history.

--Matt Kettmann, editor, Wine Enthusiast & The Santa Barbara Independent

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The book is truly gorgeous. I’ve seen a lot of wine related coffee table style books but nothing that rivals the photography, layout, or appeal of this one. Julia is a remarkable talent. It was a joy to experience her art and eye.

—John Alban, Alban Vineyards

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Paul Hodgins and Julia Perez's "The Winemakers of Paso Robles" tells the stories behind the label of passionate, maverick vintners making wine on the California Central Coast. This gorgeous work of photography and prose is more than just a coffee table book, it's an enticing guide to the lively personalities, grape varietals, from cabernet to the wide range of Rhone varietals, and the scenic beauty that make Paso a unique wine growing region. You'll meet the pioneers, cult producers and new generation pushing the boundary on wine quality and winemaking techniques. The Winemakers is best enjoyed with a glass of Paso Robles grown and made wine.

--Mary Orlin, The Mercury News and @WineFashionista

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Wine isn't just an expression of climate, soil, and grapes. Winemakers are the magicians who balance those elements, and this handsome volume with its stunning photos and brief biographies brings 56 winemakers of Paso Robles to life.  It's an excellent way to get too know a California wine region that stands shoulder to shoulder with Napa and Sonoma. 

--Rudy Maxa, travel journalist & host of the public television series, "Rudy Maxa's World." 

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Julia's Perez's book, "The Winemakers of Paso Robles" is as big as a dry-farmed Paso Robles Zinfandel.  This is truly a beautiful book - the photography and lay-out are just stunning - but as significantly, the stories of the winemakers themselves are very well and sympathetically told. This is a must-have for passionate fans of this burgeoning wine region.  

-- Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard

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It is absolute Masterpiece. The Design, Format, and Pictures are fantastic. The interviews combined with the pictures made your feel that you were there. It is a piece of history. Paso Robles is on the bucket list.
Great Book!

--Marc M.

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What a fantastic book! It has been done so artfully and captures the wine growing and wine making in Paso Robles. It is concise and easy reading giving the reader a background and insight to the individual winemakers. I was so captured by the book that I sat down and read the whole book in about 4 hours! 

-- Kenneth R.

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A beautiful publication. Loved how real the pictures of the winemakers are!!!!

-- Cecilia M.

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Get the inside story of Paso Robles winemaking. A great way to learn a lot about the history and current state of winemaking in Paso Robles. Short, concise text and lot of large, candid photos that give one a real "feel" for the winemaker/owner, almost more than the text. Leaves out a lot of the new, younger, future of this region, but hopefully will be included in volume 2. But I love this book and am proud to own it and display it at our house in Paso Robles.
-- David R.
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We fell in love with Justin and their story on Chronic Cellars was ... I didn't get this book because I'm a wine expert or even a resident of the Central Coast. I purchased this from the Kick Starter program, because I did live in Paso Robles, Lake Nacimiento community for a year in 2014. I would commute to San Luis Obispo and pass all of the vineyards and on weekends my husband and I would explore the country back roads admiring the vineyards and stopping for wine tastings. We fell in love with Justin and their story and Chronic Cellars was a fun spot we'd spend time at as well. I wanted a memory of the time I lived in such a beautiful, yet unspoiled wine country. I've been to Napa and while it's amazing, it's pretty fancy and Paso Robles wineries felt like small families, regular folks with a passion for wine and they weren't trying to upscale their areas. This book has captured the heart and soul of the area that we had the supreme pleasure of living for a brief time. All the history of the area and wineries are in the book and I enjoy sitting on my couch slowly reading the pages and pausing at the pictures that are simply breathtaking.
-- Melanie S.
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A Great Way To Learn About The Winemakers of Paso Robles. I received my copy via the Kickstarter program and got an advance look at the stunning photography and the opportunity to look at the behind the scenes stories that both keep the book alive. The winemakers are all such characters, and it clearly comes through in the writing. It was great to see my long time friend, Cris Cherry of Villa Creek in the book. I remember introducing Cris to wine of the Rhone, Languedoc and Roussillion back when he had an Early California style restaurant in Vista, California. Now he's making stunning wines from the same type of grapes that go into those.


This is easily a candidate for wine book of the year. If you're a fan of wines from the Central Coast and especially Paso Robles, or if you're planning a trip there, this book is an ideal read as a way to get to best know the region, as it will make your own exploration so much more enjoyable.

-- Andrew A.

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For The Love of Paso Wine. We come from a family of wine lovers, every palate obsessed with a different wine region around the world. When we caught a glimpse of the Kickstarter campaign to produce The Winemakers of Paso Robles, we were delighted to see our Central Californian vintners beautifully featured. Stunning photography, Julia Perez, captures each winemaker's grit and love for their craft. She wonderfully showcases this very special wine region with romantic contrast and magical light. We were engaged with each winemakers' story, leaving us with a sense of familiarity and insight.

-- Alex E.

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Best Gift I've Ever Given. I bought the book for a lifelong pal who, with his wife, had spent a year in Paso Robles during a business related project three years ago. They fell heads over heels in love with the area and the people, especially the winemakers. They were ecstatic about the book when I gave it to them, but Mike told me this morning that he had read the whole thing and was amazed at how well it was written and photographed. And, he's going to read it again as soon as Nancy finishes it. If you're looking for the perfect gift for your oenophile friends, look no further!
-- Al J.
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A great gift for any wine lover. This book beautifully captures the passionate stories of the winemakers of Paso Robles. Absolutely stunning photos! Feels like a VIP behind-the-scenes tour to meet each one personally. Love it. A great gift for any wine lover.

-- Jennifer K.

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Great book of historic value for Paso Robles. This high quality book is very well done. While some reviewers find it "boring" or a "waste of money", I beg to differ. The Paso wine industry was founded and developed in my lifetime. The photography is stunning and the stories of each wine maker & winery that have made the Paso Robles area into a world class destination make the book a must have for me. We go often to the Paso area and have family members and good friends who own and work in the Paso wine industry, so those personal connections make it even more special. Kudos to the crafters of this book!
-- T. Lindemann

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So happy with this beautiful book ... We are so happy with this huge beautiful book that includes stories about an area that we love to visit. We appreciate the quality and construction of the book, as well as the stories included about the wineries. So much history about a local area that we never knew! Thank you for the awesome book - we'll treasure it and proudly share it for a very long time!

-- S. Brown

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Love Paso Robles and Love this Book. I love this book. The large size, excellent quality, beautiful photographs and well crafted stories about the winemakers makes me want to rush up to Paso Robles. We love the area and loved reading all the stories about the winemakers. A definite gift for any of you Central Coast wine loving friends.

-- Annette F.