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Sans Liege

"Midway upon the journey of my life I found myself within a dark forest for the straightforward pathway had been lost.”  (Dante’s inferno 1,1-3)

Sans Liege is winemaker Curt Schalchlin's relentless search for independence.  Equally aligned with the freedoms of the New World and the heritage of the Rhone Valley, he is careful not to hold too closely to either.  Instead he trusts an intuition of the microcosms of each vineyard site and vine to guide his work through each vintage.  Tending fruit in vineyards that have captured his heart from Paso Robles down to Solvang, these sites speak for him and him for them.

When choosing vineyards to source from Curt favors character over notoriety.  Each of his sites have a distinctive appeal that separates them from the rest even though they may have been passed over by other winemakers. In taking up his own journey he has learned to not discount any field for its quirks and eccentricities.  However, for in diversity lies the promise of uncommon opportunity.  This is the heart of Sans Liege.

Wines Produced

  • - Wine Kegs Available
  • Grenache
  • Mourvèdre
  • Rhône Red Blend
  • White Rhône Blend