The newest addition to the PasoPort family of brands,‘Pendray’s Distillery’, named after Lola’s maiden name and originating from Cornwall England, ‘Pendray’ which is Cornish, is a race of people with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the Southwest of England.
Having a distillery was always part of the business plan for PasoPort, in fact, we had a distillery in mind when we made the first port for PasoPort, it just took a little time to accomplish. In 2013, we purchased a 500 liter German pot still from Holstein. Now, in our third year of distilling, we are in full production of spirits for sipping, mixing and fortifying our port wines. in February 2015, we botted our first distilled product, a Viognier Brandy aged in white port barrels.
All of the spirits are port-finished for a unique style and flavor.
Pendray’s Distillery Products
Pendray’s Grappa – Zinfandel
Pendray’s Brandy – Viognier
About PasoPort Wine Company
An experienced winemaker with a resolute passion for Paso Robles wines, Steve Glossner has earned a reputation for making wines of singular style and quality.
Steve’s entrée into the wine industry began innocently enough; he stumbled upon the wineries in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York while obtaining a business degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His curiosity piqued, he landed a sales position at a fine wine shop in Western New York, and through the owners’ generous tutorship, his fate in the wine industry was sealed. In 1988 Steve moved to California to become a winemaker.
Jumping in feet-first, He worked the crush and began dragging hoses at various wineries in Sonoma County, then spent a harvest in New Zealand. Upon returning to the States, he began a program of graduate study in enology at CSU, Fresno. He discovered the Paso Robles area through his studies and research at Fresno, and moved there in 1993.
The following year, Steve became the winemaker for Justin Vineyards and Winery and produced the 1994 Isosceles which was awarded the prestigious international Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy for the “best blended red wine”. In 1997 he made the base wine components which were eventually blended, after his departure, to become the 1997 Justin Isosceles, rated as one of the top 100 wines by the Wine Spectator in 2000.
In 1999, after five years at Justin, he moved to Adelaida Cellars to gain further experience working with the unique aspects of Paso Robles Westside grapes under the eclectic style of winemaking instituted by former winemaker John Munch . Then, in 2002 was hired to be the Director of Winemaking at Halter Ranch, the former MacGillvary Vineyard, where he developed the initial wine portfolio and long-term wine program for the burgeoning brand from their spectacular and diverse planting of 250 acres of Westside estate grapes.
Today, Steve makes Paso Robles Wine Services, a local custom-crush facility, his home away from home. There he works closely with the owners of two different brands, including Steinbeck Vineyards and Winery and Guyomar Wine Cellars, working with fruit sources from across the appellation, from his familiar territory of Westside Paso Robles to the Estrella Plains north to Indian Valley.
In his spare time, Steve nurtures his passion for his own brands, PasoPort, Per Cazo Cellars and Pendray’s Distillery by carefully crafting unique Port-style wines, table wines and spirits. “It’s been an interesting journey” reflects Steve, “but I can’t say I would trade it for anything else by the same token.”
Thursday - Sunday - 11am - 5pm
Monday - 11am - 4pm
Closed - Tues & Weds
Always call in advance to confirm the distillery will be open.
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