The Story Behind Baseline: Ryan Zotovich's Passion Project

Category: Drink

At Winc, it has been our focus to innovate and produce the most exciting wines possible for our consumers, ranging from classic Cabernet and Chardonnay to more unique varietals like Aglianico and Cinsault, and all for an amazing value at accessible price points. To add to our extensive portfolio, this past year our winemaking team has had the opportunity to continue Winc’s foray into the luxury wine segment, and create some of our most exceptional California wines to date under the Baseline project.

Two years ago, Winc brought on Ryan Zotovich as Director of Winemaking. Ryan has solidified his reputation as one of the most thoughtful and talented winemakers located in California’s Central Coast, perfecting his craft and training at some of California's most prestigious wineries including Brewer-Clifton, Sea Smoke and Zotovich Vineyards. Ryan’s approach to winemaking allows for exceptional quality of the grapes and minimal intervention in the winery. He picks with conviction; harvesting at an optimal time to let natural, balanced expressions of the fruit shine.

One of Winc’s most premium brands, Baseline stands in a class of its own. With this particular project, Winc had one main goal in mind - enable Ryan to create his dream wines. Baseline has become Ryan’s passion project, leading him to his favorite winemaking regions, known for producing top caliber wines, and working directly with incredible growers to farm high quality fruit that takes on the natural expression of place and varietal. Winc spared no expense, from the vineyard selection to the barrel selection, and the results shine through. The 2016 Ballard Canyon Syrah and 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir are now available to members, with the highly anticipated 2017 Chardonnay and 2017 Syrah to follow this summer.

The Baseline project embodies everything that Ryan loves most about winemaking, and is a testament to Winc’s continued commitment to quality. The Baseline wines are elegant, complex, structured, and perfectly balanced - well suited for celebrations and toasts of all kinds with the people you love.