DAM FINE WINE
"Music By Luke Udsen
The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of producing world-class wines from Paso Robles-appellation grapes. Each vintage presents a new challenge and Niels is more than willing to constantly and creatively experiment. This on-going research is only one of the things that ensures they meet their goal.
Niels' long-time nickname "Beaver," evolved further when he was working in Italy and his friends soon took to calling him "Il Castoro," which is beaver in Italian. The name and the motto stuck. Castoro Cellars' "dam fine wines" sport a picture of a beaver on each label.
Castoro is now a winemaking team effort. The team includes Niels, his mentor Tom Myers, and Mikel Olsten. Together they discuss and decide how they want to handle each variety.
"There's a lot less romance in the every day wine world than appears from the outside," Niels explains. "The winery isn't a showplace, we don't have big stone pillars and art collections, but we have everything we need to make great wine." Establishing their own winery out in San Miguel and being able to produce their wines in one place as opposed to producing different wines in different locations, still ranks as one of Niels' most gratifying experiences.
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