Paula named her Zinfandel after her childhood home, THREE FIFTEEN Santa Ana Avenue in San Francisco, California - a magical place that became a melting pot of family, friends, laughter, and mutual support. 315 Santa Ana was a beacon of hope and a refuge for the many family members who came to the United States through her parents’ assistance - and friends who called it their second home. A home always filled with the love of its many visitors cemented exceptional friendships and strengthened family bonds that continue to nourish Paula and fuel the pursuit of her passion: crafting beautiful wines. This Zinfandel is a full-bodied and fruit-driven wine, supported by layers of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and a hint of white pepper. Indeed, this is a classic Dry Creek Zinfandel, but its abundance of diverse flavors is reminiscent of the creative and fulfilling experience of growing up at 315 Santa Ana Avenue.
The Dry Riesling
The Dry Riesling, HAIGHT STREET, refers to the family property located at 940 Haight Street, San Francisco. Paula’s father and maternal grandmother built this property from the ground up in 1969, and it became their flagship residential care facility and the cornerstone of the family business. This wine is as bold and driven in its complexity and flavor as her dad and grandmother were in launching and building their business. HAIGHT STREET stands out as a “white wine for the red wine lover” - opening with a bouquet of peach blossom and passion fruit on the nose, the wine has a palate full of tropical fruit, lemon grass and honeydew; in her mind, a worthy tribute to that legacy. HAIGHT STREET won a Gold Medal in the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.
Her third wine, P.J. Rose, represents the first and middle initials of her name - Paula Jean. Paula is the namesake of both her parents - Paul and Jean - and this wine reflects her passion and personality while giving credit to the people who helped her become the woman she is today. P.J. Rose is full of dynamic aromas and flavors. On the nose you get ripe strawberry, cranberry and rhubarb with wonderful hints of orange blossom and rose petal. The palate is filled with strawberry, cranberry, orange zest and a touch of star anise which is carried through with a velvety mouthfeel and delicate acidity to complete a long, gentle finish.
The newest additions to the portfolio are the 2019 Petite Sirah REVERE AVENUE and the 2108 Sparkling Blanc de Noirs BROADWAY STREET.
BROADWAY STREET is named in honor of Paula’s first elementary school, Convent of the Sacred Heart (located on Broadway Street in SanFrancisco). So much of who she is today is a reflection of her experiences at Convent. Her second elementary school, St. Emydius, is where she transferred (along with who is still my best friend, from Convent) and made many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. One could say Convent gave Paula her “sparkle” and St. Emydius turned that sparkle into the blaze that illuminated the path of her life. This sparkling wine is brioche and a hint of berry, with bright citrus in the aromas. The fine mousse brings along these notes in the mouth. And with the lingering finish of citrus, it begs for another taste.
The limited edition Petite Sirah REVERE AVENUE
The limited edition Petite Sirah REVERE AVENUE is named after the first home Paula ever knew on Revere Avenue in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, purchased shortly before she was born. It was a duplex, and the other unit was home to her maternal grandmother, great grandmother, and hermy aunt and uncle who all came to San Francisco from Panama. Even after her immediate family moved to the home celebrated by our Zinfandel (THREE FIFTEEN), Revere (as everyone called it) was still a hub for family and friends - Panamanian Sunday dinners, impromptu get-togethers and home to others that needed a place to stay. For Paula, Revere is a symbol of her history, culture, and traditions. This varietal of French origin has deep rich flavors and aromas of blueberries, blackberries, casis and a touch of vanilla. Those characteristics follow through to the palate, with hints of chocolate, pepper and spice. Strong soft tannins give this wine structure with nice acidity to bring balance. This masculine wine is definitely one to be “Revered”!
Bronze – SF Chronicle Wine Competition