Enrique is passionate about wine! He currently holds the position of Senior Winemaker at Calipaso Winery and Villa and became a Winemaker at the ripe old age of 25 after working his way up in the Cellar and local Paso Robles Wine Appellation.
His specialty is working with grape varietals which thrive well in Paso Robles and other areas of the Central Coast including but not limited to: Albariño, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo. His knowledge base includes all aspects of wine production from Crushing, Fermenting, Blending, Filtering and Bottling, which makes him incredibly versatile and valuable to overall operations at Cali Paso. He knows the correct protocols to follow, is very hands on with quality control, and has developed a discerning wine palette.
Enrique was born and raised in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero Mexico and left to follow the American Dream. His wine journey started in 2001 on his arrival to Paso where he worked his first of many harvests as first a Cellar Rat, then Cellar Master, and later Assistant Winemaker for Martin & Weyrich Winery. Enrique went on to work at a large production local winery, SVP, where he learned the invaluable business end of the wine industry. He later went on to work at Pacific Wine Services, a small custom crush facility, developing his skill in boutique wine production. He now enjoys working at Cali Paso because it has the perfect balance between those large and small environments. In addition to CaliPaso Winery, Enrique started his own Boutique Winery Diablo Paso in 2012 which specializes in Spanish Varietals grown locally in the Central Coast.
Educationally, Enrique worked hard during the day and took night classes to improve his English. He has also attended Wine Seminars from UC Davis California and Fresno State, but overall it has been his on the job experience working his way from the bottom of the barrel up which has made him an exceptionally well rounded winemaker.