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We’re two Central Coast locals who appreciate wine – and the land, people, and story behind every bottle. Come along and let’s explore all that 805 Wine Country along California’s Central Coast has to offer.

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Wine Talk is a short feature here at 805 Wine Country where we go behind the wines and ask winemakers their thoughts on inspiration, journey and progression in the wine world… or whatever else may flow when the bottle’s uncorked.

What brought you to this point in time (as a winemaker, in life, or however you want to answer)?

A bottle of Santa Barbara Chardonnay shared with a roommate when I was 18 brought me to this point in time as a winemaker; it was at that moment that my life journey in wine began. The rest was preparedness and luck. 

Meeting an exceptional young woman while working at a cafe in Arcata, California in Humboldt County brought me to this point in life: 25 years, two beautiful daughters, and a lifetime of incredible experiences and memories have followed that chance encounter, and for that I am blessed.

What does it mean to you be a Garagiste?

Getting to showcase my art in a forum where it’s truly appreciated means everything to me, and that is a big part of what it means to be a Garagiste. 

I think every winemaker has a dream of creating their own brand to more completely define their craft, especially if they have worked for winery owners and other projects. Being a Garagiste gives a spotlight to shine on our personal and individual successes.

What projects are you working on that you’re especially excited about and want to share?

At Bushong Vintage Company, we have numerous exciting projects under way. We laid down an Adelaide Gewürztraminer, rare in and of itself, to tirage last year to be our first sparkling wine release. 

We recently released our 2018 Paso Robles Famous Author Vineyard Barbera, a variety I have been wanting to work with for some time. We call the wine Sleep Angels, and it is an amazing example of the varietal. It’s one of the wines we will be pouring at Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles. 

During harvest this year, we were able to obtain some Escole Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah, the first pick of Syrah from this esteemed property. Its lineage is from the Alban vineyard, Powerblock clone, and it is absolutely amazing!

My winemaking philosophy is simple and enduring. Wine is the ultimate combination of agriculture, science, and art. I try to respect the agricultural aspects, utilize the science, and enjoy and embrace the artistic side. If I can balance these three elements in the wine I produce, then I feel I can achieve some spectacular results!

📷 Photo Credits: Photos provided by Bushong Winery.

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