Updated: Oct 29, 2020
One of Kirsten and my favorite wineries out of Paso Robles is Booker. On our first visit we met owner/wine maker Eric Jensen and came to find out he was originally a local to us hailing from San Dimas. His Sales Manager, Glen Mitton, gave us a four wheeled tour of the vineyards and production facilities where we learned of Eric’s total dedication to making great wine sustainably and biodynamically. These wines are absolutely fantastic and often rate in the mid to high 90’s.
Their name, Booker, comes from the two orphan brothers, Claude and Dick Booker, who had purchased the land in the late 1920’s. By the turn of the century the Booker brothers had acquired over 1,200 acres on Paso's Westside. They dedicated their lives to being great farmers and humanitarians, leaving 100% of their estate to charity when they passed, Dick in 1990 and Claude in 2000.
Eric and Lisa Jensen purchased 100 acres of the property in 2001 with the intent of growing the best fruit for some of the best wineries in the area. After making wine with Justin Smith (of Saxum) for five years and Stephan Asseo (of L'Aventure Wines) for two years the Jensens decided it was time to create their own expression with Booker Vineyard. The 2005 Vintage was Booker Vineyard's first release with the wines being made by owner Eric Jensen.
As proud as we are to offer these wines, unfortunately, the bulk of them will no longer be available to the public due to the limited number of cases produced each year. We will be able to offer the My Favorite Neighbor and Harvey and Harriet wines but the others will only be available while supplies last. These include: Ripper, Oublie, Vertigo, Tempranillo, and Fracture. Great wines for a special occasion such as a holiday table.