Accomplished winemaker Robert Henson — previously of Tooth and Nail Winery — has joined the team at Peachy Canyon Winery as Winemaker.
Henson brings decades of experience in the food and wine industries to Peachy Canyon. Prior to his stint with Tooth and Nail, Henson worked on his craft with critically acclaimed veteran winemaker Michael Michaud (well known from his time as winemaker for Chalone Vineyards preceding launching Michaud Vineyard in Monterey County). Following his time with Michaud, Henson served as Winemaker for at a small winery in Santa Cruz Mountains where he amassed accolades for a few years before turning his attentions to Central Coast wine country.
When asked Henson expressed his enthusiasm, saying that it’s not every day the opportunity comes along to work for one of Paso Robles’ founding family owned wineries. With a winemaking philosophy that hinges on balance in all things — from art versus science of winemaking techniques to the holy quadrant of sugars, acid, tannin and fruit in the finished product — Henson plans on applying his passions for balance, varietally-correct, and terroir-driven winemaking to Peachy Canyon’s existing award winning wine program beginning with the upcoming 2015 harvest.
Founding vintner and proprietor Doug Beckett expressed his own enthusiasm about Peachy Canyon’s change, saying:
“The Beckett family is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Henson as Winemaker for Peachy Canyon Winery. It’s an opportunity that does not often occur to have someone with such experience and skill join our team. The entire team is eager to work with Robert, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
This addition to the Peachy Canyon team comes at an exciting time for the winery, which was just named one of the Top 101 Wineries in America by The Daily Meal for the second year in a row. This is in addition to its most recent vintage of multi-award winning wines, including its gold medal winning, multi-accolade 95, 93 and 92 point Zinfandels and Best of Class, gold medal premium Bordeaux-style blend, “Para Siempre.”