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84  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2016 A nthony Riboli is a man with a vision and a very broad reach. With a new state-of-the-art winery and visitor's center in Paso Robles, and vineyard properties spread across Paso, Monterey and Napa, the Riboli family has a rich winemaking history and plenty of ambition to propel them forward. "My grandparents began to look outside of Southern California for grape contracts in the 1970s," Anthony Riboli went on, explaining how San Antonio Winery became the oldest and last winery to occupy space in a bustling Downtown Los Angeles. Over the years, as L.A. grew, its sprawling entertainment empire and the sun-seeking masses that fol- lowed gobbled up the city's remaining orange groves and rural vineyard plots. For Anthony's family, the decision to stay in L.A. meant that they would have to look elsewhere for grapes. Casting their gaze northward, the Ribolis met Richard and Claudia Smith of Paraiso Vineyards. Richard was a visionary in Monterey—the first to recognize the region's true potential and the first to establish plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the early '70s. "We were so impressed by Rich's success that we decided to partner with him on four different properties," says Riboli. Gusseted by the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges, it's here With Robles, Napa, ambition to for how space its fol- vineyard they Claudia Monterey—the so four here PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN ANTONIO WINERY PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN ANTONIO WINERY PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN ANTONIO WINERY RIBOLI FAMILY WINES IS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IN MONTEREY by Christine Havens Anthony Riboli, Fourth Generation Winemaker. In Search of of MONTEREY GOLD TERROIR

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