Friendships lead to fun times, exceptional food and great wine. Yvonne’s organized wine adventures throughout California and Europe prompted Michael and Philip to want to invest in the industry. After a visit to every wine region in California, and due to Michael’s gift in seeing areas that have tremendous upside potential, they decided Paso would be the perfect place to land.
After relocating to Paso in 2000, Philip was introduced to Mark Goldberg, a master winemaker in the Pinot Noir varietal. Philip became his apprentice. While working with his mentor at Windward, Philip studied winemaking at U.C. Davis and cooking at CIA in Napa Valley. Soon thereafter, Philip and MIchael established the Asuncion Ridge brand. Their first vintage was made in 2005.