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Don and Susie Law
We are lifelong skiers, cyclers, and wine devotees. So what is the common denominator? The zest to "have game" at the highest level. After making the decision to pursue the art of wine, we searched throughout California for the perfect place to establish a Rhonish focused wine project. We were blown away by the beauty of the Central Coast, and even more by the terrific wines of West Paso. After two years of scrutinizing different potential sites, we found the perfect ground, now the vineyards of Law Estate Wines. Our goal is to blend the terroir, the winery facility, and our talented team to create a memorable and site specific offering of ultra-premium wines.
A fanaticism to be a part of a spectacular vineyard site and winery, Oliver's professional transition began at the first planting in the Law Family Vineyard. In years of cellar work with Scott Hawley, the enology and viticulture program at UC Davis, and walking the vineyard rows with the youngest grape lover, Sophia Snow Esparham, Oliver is always excited to help in sharing the wines with everyone that he can.
Philipp joined us just in time for our 2016 vintage. Philipp is originally from Munich Germany, making the move to Miami at age ten. In 2008, he traveled to New Zealand to pursue his Masters in Wine Science. Splitting his time between the northern and southern Hemispheres has allowed Philipp to work at some incredible producer’s in New Zealand such as Kumeu River, and Dry River, as well as Château Angélus in Saint Émilion and Screaming Eagle in Napa. Wanting to find a place to settle down in the industry, Philipp knew that Paso Robles was where he wanted to be and these were the incredible wines that he wanted to craft. He has loved working alongside our inaugural winemaker, Scott Hawley and is now excited to take over as Winemaker and continue to produce premium wines that will continue to put this area on the map.
With a degree in Ag Business and a concentration in Marketing from Cal Poly, Adelaida’s love for all things wine is apparent in everything she does. She joined the Law Estate Wines team in October 2013, prior to opening, and has been a true asset in making the Law experience what it is. She came to us with years of hospitality experience from some of the best wineries in Paso Robles. Born and raised in the area, she is great at sharing her knowledge of Paso wines and its history with the entire team.
Levi Glenn grew up near Healdsburg where he started working in a neighbor’s vineyard at the early age of 13. After completing his Viticulture and Enology degree at Cal Poly, Levi returned to the North Coast to manage vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Missing the vibe of the Central Coast, he and his wife Katie returned when he accepted a job at Tablas Creek Vineyard. Levi is excited to be one of the driving forces of the Law team and he feels privileged to look after this amazing vineyard site.
Graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in Graphic Communication, Mariah felt right at home joining the Law team as their Creative Director. When she is not busy capturing and designing our essence in various mediums, Mariah spends her time in the tasting room hosting clients as well as managing all wine memberships and shipping orders. Her fiery personality and fresh take on the media side of the industry have allowed her to take Law Estate Wines to the next level. She is a great example that wine and design do indeed mix.
Jessica grew up on her family’s ranch in Rio Vista, California. She attended San Diego State University, and graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Public Administration. She became enamored with Paso Robles wines upon her first taste of Grenache in December of 2010, which was quickly followed by her obsession with the Paso Robles’ small town feel and warm hospitality that came with it. Jess joins the Law team as the Marketing Manager where she will help communicate and organize marketing efforts across all platforms and departments. In addition, she will also be showcasing our wines not only in the tasting room, but also pouring at marketing events nationwide.
Well versed in wine production, Pedro Vazquez is a huge asset as our Assistant Winemaker. Diligent as he is energetic, Pedro has proven faithful to his craft by continuing his education in any way he can and by always striving for professional growth. When he is not playing, watching or praying for the Dodgers, he is happy to help with anything and everything asked of him at the winery and his passion for wine is apparent in all he accomplishes.
Fallon didn't have to look far for her new home with Law Estate Wines this Spring, as she is a local native and grew up on her family’s cattle ranch in northeast Paso Robles. A graduate of Templeton High School and later Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she immersed herself in the wine industry during her college years and directly after graduating by working at highly reputable wineries in the area; broadening her knowledge and appreciation for fine wines on the Central Coast. Fallon is well-versed in the area and brings a bright demeanor to the Tasting Room which her guests find incredibly genuine and truly appreciate. Even though she has only been with us a short time, we have already witnessed the positive impact she has made.
Keith and Cindee Van Vleck
Keith and Cindee Van Vleck are both retired executives from the high tech and medical device industries in the bay area, Silicon Valley. They have been traveling together to find great food and stellar wines to share with friends for many years. Both love to cook and entertain at their home in Templeton. They first tasted the 2010 vintage at Law in 2013, prior to the tasting room even being completed, and have been happily collecting the wines ever since! This gives them an excellent perspective on how well the wines age -- if Keith hides them in the cellar!
What brought our newest team member, Marissa, to Paso Robles? A new found passion for wine, and ultimately the intrigue and charisma of Law’s atmosphere and sense of adventure! After studying Human Physiology and Biological Anthropology at the University of Oregon, she ironically found an affinity for wine and customer service. Having worked hospitality for the last three years, this was an easy fit and we are tremendously excited to be adding this strong and humble individual to our family!
If you have visited in the past six months, you have probably been lucky enough to be greeted by our sweet Victoria! Victoria has been involved in the agriculture industry from a young age through 4-H and FFA programs. This led her to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as an Agriculture Communications and Business student. In her last year at Cal Poly, Victoria pursued a different channel of the agriculture industry through Law Estate Wines! Having several years of experience in hospitality and a natural gravitation for marketing and sales, working in the tasting room has been right up her alley! Her dedication to learn and charming personality make her a joy to be around and the perfect person to create intimate and enjoyable experiences for our guests!
While a mathematician by trade and expert skier on the side, Kelli Law has a passion for everything Law Estate Wines, and is devoted to her family's legacy. On any given day, Kelli and her daughter Sophia, can be found driving the mule in the vineyard, tasting grapes and or in the tasting room pouring wine and sharing stories of their family with all of our members and guests.
Sophia Esparham, granddaughter of Don and Susie Law, has grown up around the winery eating grapes and catching lizards. She has been recently promoted to her position of "kitty wrangler" when the staff of Law adopted 3 kittens last Fall. Sophia is in elementary school, but enjoys coming to the tasting room on the weekends to say hi to guests and sign their bottle of our white wine, Soph, named after her.