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  • Writer's pictureNicole Leonetti

Warson Wine Company

I am happy to report that I attended yet another fabulous LA Wine Writers’ Luncheon.  This one did not disappoint as it highlighted Warson Wine Company from winemaker, Paul Warson.  A.O.C in Brentwood impressed us, as always, with a three-course meal featuring two wines paired with each course.  We had the opportunity to engage in deep conversation with Paul about his wine journey and his passion for the wines he is currently crafting. Upon arrival, Paul poured his 2019 Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc for us, which was a perfect introduction to this Warson Wine experience.

Paul Warson

Paul Warson is an LA guy - born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and currently living in Valley Village.  He attended UC Davis where he studied Fermentation Science.  Upon graduation, Paul traveled the world learning much about winemaking in some iconic winemaking regions in Australia and Napa Valley.  After his time in Napa, Paul started working for Bill Foley at Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, and he stayed for nine years refining his winemaking techniques.


Family and life brought Paul back to LA where he started Warson Wine Company in 2019.  He sources grapes from the best vineyards throughout Santa Barbara and LA Counties to create wines on his own terms.  This is Paul’s passion project where his constant goal is to always be improving upon his work.  He believes in “doing things with intention” and through the years he has learned how to coax what he wants out of the wines he produces.  Paul understands the importance of sustainability and strives to increase his emphasis on environmentally friendly and socially responsible winemaking.  His wines are a perfect reflection of his commitment to quality winemaking and are also easy to spot, as they all feature a label with signature blue waves – an homage to his California upbringing. 



Here are the details of the lunch:


First Course:

Butter Lettuce, Lobster, Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado, Soft Egg & Russian Dressing

2018 Viognier, Santa Barbara County

2020 Rosé, Santa Ynez Valley 

 

Second Course:

Country-style Pork Chop, Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing & Glazed Cherries

2018 GSM Blend, Santa Ynez Valley

2019 The Nines, 85% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley

 

Third Course:

Cheese & Accompaniments

2018 Petite Sirah, Happy Canyon



 

I must highlight that the Pork Chop dish absolutely blew me away and I fell madly in love with “The Nines”.  I consider myself the unofficial president of the Petit Verdot fan club and this wine cemented that status.


I encourage you to check out Warson Wine – you can shop their wines directly on the website or sign up for their newsletter to get updates on new releases.  *Bonus - I found these wines to be affordable, providing incredible value for the quality. 

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