The History of Skyhawk Lane & Red Poets
After years of tasting, studying, and enjoying wines being produced from the wide variety of appellations and wineries. Our passion for fine wine led us to the decision that it was time to create our own wines. Skyhawk Lane's first experimental wine was produced in 2000, at our home located on Skyhawk Lane in Topanga, CA. Our friends encouraged us to enter the wine in the home winemakers competition at the Orange County Fair, we were thrilled that this wine received a Silver Medal! We were hooked!!
We then approached a friend who owned a winery and asked if we could produce some wine at his facility for commercial use. He agreed, and we began to produce two barrels of Chardonnay. Making the wine was a lot of fun, but we did not know if anyone would be interested in purchasing it. We released the wine, and it was completely sold out within 6-8 weeks. Wow! Needless to say, we continued making wine, two barrels became four, then six...
It became obvious that it was time for us to bond our own winery, so we found a location in Paso Robles and started the bonding process, which was completed in time for the 2004 harvest.
We wanted to create some more interesting wines and began the process of creating some blended wines. The first to be released were the Skyhawk Lane 2003 "Three Cane Blend" a traditional Bordeaux blend, and the Skyhawk Lane 2003 "Red Fusion" a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Once these blends were released, everyone who tasted them was wowed! They sold out immediately!
The blended wines we were making began to have a huge following so we slowly increased the production of these wines to keep up with the demand. In 2006 we wanted to differentiate our brand for our blended wines, so we introduced the label "Red Poets."
Winemaking is very romantic and artesian, and blending wines furthers our efforts in this area. The "Red Poets" brand seemed to be a perfect name for this endeavor. The first blend released under the "Red Poets" label was our 2006 "Couplet" 80% Viognier and 20% Rousanne. This wonderful white wine blend does not disappoint. We have a variety of other blended wines to be released under the "Red Poets" label in the coming year.
Our direction for the future is to have Skyhawk Lane be the designated brand for our individual varietal wines and our "Red Fusion" blend due to its huge following, and Red Poets as the designated brand for the rest of our blended wines. Cheers!
Charlie and Renee Jobbins, Winemakers