Wine and Food Festival Winemaker Erick AllenErick

Ascension Cellars

Erick Allen began his winemaking career in 1991, after a two-month long trip to France and to Italy. A love of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines from the Rhône wine region in Southern France’s and Chianti wines from Tuscany framed his future. Upon Erick’s return he was telling a friend about his new found wine muse when she said, “if you love Rhône wines you should visit Paso Robles in California’s central coast where Rhône varietals thrive”. At that moment the die was cast.

Erick made friends with vineyard managers, winemakers and winery owners who shared their knowledge and passion for wine. In 2005 on a trip to Paso Robles to purchase grapes for his cooperative wine making group, Erick met Steve Cass of Cass Vineyard and Winery. Steve and Erick became friends and it wasn’t long that a conversation about the love of Syrah turned into a unique opportunity to start a project…

As the years passed Erick was allowed to test the waters and then in 2009 teamed with friends, to start his own label, Ascension Cellars. Erick’s light handed approach to wine making and love of blending wine to produce wines that are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single, varietal wines brings him back full circle to his muse.