Hope Family Wines has been around for a long time…they purchased the property from the Wagner family in ’95. The Wagner Family has been in the wine biz since ’78 and their Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon used to be Caymus’ second label. The Liberty School Cab is now HFW’s largest production and uses all Paso Robles fruit, sourced from about 55 growers. Sound like a lot of growers? Well, it takes a lot of grapes to make approximately 300,000 cases of wine! That’s their flagship wine, and on top of that, they make another 50,000 cases.
Hope Family Wines produces wines under 4 different labels; Liberty School, Treana, Candor, and Austin Hope. Each label has their own characteristics and goals, but the end product is always the same: good, quality wines!
HFW’s latest release is their “West Side Red – Troublemaker”. It’s a Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend and it’s already gaining quite a bit of notoriety! You might say “There’s a lot of that blend around” and to that we’d say, “Yeah, but the unique thing about this wine is that it’s multi-vintage!” They’ve got fruit from ’07, ’08, and ’09 blended into that Troublemaker and what comes through is complexity from the older vintages and fruit and brightness from the younger vintages. It’s a fun wine that happens to have a great price point – $22/bottle. A fun new wine deserves a fun new angle – a video introducing the wine that’s a parody on the TV show “The Office”.
We got to talk to Joel Peterson, Director of Communications at HFW, all about the Westside Red:
Here’s that video on the Westside Red Troublemaker: