Welcome!

News Feed Item

Undiscovered New Paso Robles Winery Strikes Gold with Their First Red Release

PASO ROBLES, Calif., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Goran Bjekovic owns a tiny new winery just east of Paso Robles on California's Central Coast.  He only became a wine lover 14 years ago, when he moved his family from Slovenia to Italy, and then to California where his love for wine turned into a passion, and where his stepson Sasha Vujacic played professional basketball.  Now Goran has a gold medal for his wine to match Sasha's L.A. Lakers gold Championship ring.

Gold Medal winning Aleksander Red Wine from S&G Estate Winery in Paso Robles, CA

Goran's Aleksander red wine blend earned a gold medal at the prestigious Dallas Morning News/TexSom wine competition in Dallas, one of only five producers from the Paso Robles appellation to win a gold medal in this year's competition. The winners were announced at the end of March.

"I'm very proud that Aleksander pleased the judges," said Bjekovic, "the award confirms that we're on the right track with our winemaking."  The 2010 S&G Estate Aleksander was the first wine released by Bjekovic.  He's just finished bottling the 2011 vintage.  He only made 900 cases of the award-winning wine.

"The 2010 vintage was a difficult one in Paso," he said, "with plenty of rain and cool temperatures.  We didn't really have a recipe, we just made the wine in the style we liked to drink, which is mostly Bordeaux reds."  Bjekovic and winery consultant Len Napolitano put the final blend together while sitting on the back patio of Bjekovic's Paso Robles estate, overlooking his vineyard acreage.  "I think the view inspired us," Bjekovic said.

Bjekovic and his family also reside in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles. They moved to southern California when Sasha began playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.  They found their Paso property on the Internet and purchased it in 2009, naming it S&G Estate for Sasha and Goran. Their 30-acre property includes 11.5 acres of grape vines and 650 olive trees.  Bjekovic harvests the olives and turns them into oil in his own mill next to the winery.  "There's nothing better than fresh bread with our olive oil and wine," he says, "except maybe a great cigar…"

The winery entered the 2014 Dallas Wine Competition without any expectations.  The event was established in 1985, and has grown from 580 entries that first year to 2729 entries in 2014. In 2011 the competition partnered with TexSom the organization that produces the annual TexSom conference and Best Sommelier of Texas Competition.  Judges include winemakers, wine buyers and wine writers from across the country.

Bjekovic isn't letting his first gold medal go to his head.  He and Napolitano are monitoring the 2013 Aleksander as it ages in French and Serbian oak barrels, and they're developing a sales and marketing plan for the winery.  "We never plan to be big," he says, "and now we have a golden baseline for quality that we have to maintain."

S&G Estate is on the web at www.aleksanderwine.com/.  The wines are available exclusively to wine club members and selected restaurants in Los Angeles, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Trump National Golf Club.

Media contact: Rusty Eddy, Wine Spoken Here, (707) 272-9351, [email protected]

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140401/SF95700

SOURCE Goran Bjekovic

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Now has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
Updating DevOps to the latest production data slows down your development cycle. Probably it is due to slow, inefficient conventional storage and associated copy data management practices. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in Product and Solution at Tintri, will talk about DevOps and cloud-focused storage to update hundreds of child VMs (different flavors) with updates from a master VM in minutes, saving hours or even days in each development cycle. He will also...
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
SYS-CON Events announced today that WineSOFT will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Based in Seoul and Irvine, WineSOFT is an innovative software house focusing on internet infrastructure solutions. The venture started as a bootstrap start-up in 2010 by focusing on making the internet faster and more powerful. WineSOFT’s knowledge is based on the expertise of TCP/IP, VPN, SSL, peer-to-peer, mob...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dataloop.IO, an innovator in cloud IT-monitoring whose products help organizations save time and money, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dataloop.IO is an emerging software company on the cutting edge of major IT-infrastructure trends including cloud computing and microservices. The company, founded in the UK but now based in San Fran...
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it m...
The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it’s bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can’t keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jared Parker, Director of Financial Services at Kinetica, will discuss how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich inf...
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.