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CJ Gormley is flying down from one of the most popular producers in Paso Robles,  Hope Family Wines! Austin Hope and his family have been farming vineyard land in Paso for over 30 years. This tasting will include wines that rarely leave the winery!  

"Their Cabernets have received monster score from day 1, and they are every bit luscious! Our relationship with Hope Family is strong and I appreciate that they bring wines to our VINOPOP community that are only found at the winery or are 'member only'! We get to taste a wide variety of exciting wines!"  - Naushad Huda


CJ Gormley is flying down from one of the most popular producers in Paso Robles,  Hope Family Wines! The family has been farming vineyard land in Paso for over 30 years. This tasting will include wines that rarely leave the winery! 

In 1978, Austin Hope came to Paso Robles with his family, when his parents bought a ranch and planted both vineyards and apple orchards. Attempting to punish the rebellious youngster, his father, Chuck Hope put him to work in the vineyards. Much to his father’s surprise, at just eight-years-old, Austin took to the work immediately.

Austin studied Fruit Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, while Chuck Hope and Austin’s uncle Paul were laying the groundwork for Treana Winery. When Paul passed away in 1996, Chuck Hope turned to his son to lead the family business. The bold and brash 23 year old jumped in ready to make his mark on the business.

In 2019 Hope was awarded “Wine Person of the Year” by the City of Paso Robles. Upon the inaugural release of the Austin Hope Cabernet, the wine was awarded 97 points, the highest rating ever given by Wine Enthusiast to a Paso Robles wine.


Following that, 2017 Austin Hope Cabernet was chosen by Wine Enthusiast as #10 Top 100 Enthusiast Wines of the World and is the first time a Paso Robles wine has made the Wine Enthusiast Top 10. In 2018 Austin Hope Cabernet was selected for Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wines of the World, this time landing at #7. Most recently, Wine Enthusiast named Hope Family Wines, American Winery of the Year in 2022, solidifying Austin’s place as a leader in the Paso Robles wine community.

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2022 Cellar Select Sauvignon Blanc ($47)

Ultra limited production. On the nose, Meyer lemon and hints of lemon grass. Flavors of sweet lemon curd with a touch of vanilla. This medium bodied white has an inherent creaminess from neutral oak barrels and splash of acid that excites.


2021 Austin Hope GSM ($65)

This classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre possesses aromas of fresh blackberry, black currants and violets.  On the palate, this full bodied wine is layered with dark fruit, dried violets and savory undertones.  The finish is long and integrated with beautifully weighted tannins.

2021 Cellar Select Malbec ($65)

Ultra limited production. Indulge in aromas of fresh plum, sweet tobacco, and cocoa. Fresh flavors of red plum, blackberry and vanilla develop into refined, dusty tannins that frame this full bodied wine perfectly leaving flavors of sweet oak on the finish.

2021 Austin Hope Cabernet ($56)

Aromas of freshly picked black currants, ripe and blackberries, with subtle notes of violets, mocha and dried spices. On the palate, it’s a luscious modern-styled wine layered with an abundance of juicy olallieberry and cherry fruit, while nuances of cedar, clove, nutmeg and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. Full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and integrated, polished tannins.


2021 Petite Sirah / Lagrein ($87)

This is our 3rd release of this intensely rich blend. Full bodied and well structured, the wine begins with dark fruit aromas and savory notes of spice. Flavors of blackberry, black currant are balanced with spices of black pepper and sage. This full bodied wine has long lingering tannins that coat your whole palate before fishing with sweet oak notes. 

COST Limited early bird tickets at $45 for the tasting of all wines. Price increases after early bird is sold out. Only 40 tickets TOTAL are available for this event.


We will will have a private tasting in the patio at Cabana restaurant in Laguna Beach, formally known as Suenos. 


Contact us if you have questions or comments via text at 949-441-4832 or email





Sep 07, 6:30 PM PDT
Cabana (previously Suenos)
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