We had the good fortune of connecting with Enrique Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Enrique, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have always taken chances. I plunge into projects and believe in my feelings. Hard work, dedication, and consistency are three of the most important assets which have created a successful business and wines which I am proud to produce.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Diablo Paso is my passion. I wanted to focus on making the best Spanish Varietals with locally grown grapes. I learned from the ground up, starting as a Cellar Worker when I was 23 years old, and kept working my way up and gleaned info from master winemakers and used this to evolve and create my own style which I describe as: old world meets new world.

The work has been full of exciting challenges including perfecting my Tempranillos, Gracianos, Albariños and creating unique wines for all palettes.

This passion for wine has also led me to create another label which honors my two sons: Max & Nico,. which allows for an outlet for non Spanish Varietals such as GSMs, Bordeauxs, single varietals like Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wine Tasting is what we do in Paso during the day…exploring different AVA – American Viticulture Areas which are so diverse in micro=climates.

Evenings are cool and refreshing, strolling downtown, and enjoying diverse offerings from chef owner restaurants such as Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ, Catch, La Cosheca, and Il Cortile are favorite stops: which all have excellent local wine offerings.

To end the evening, we find somewhere to relax, drink wine, and enjoy a good cigar in the clear night sky.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Mentor: Alan Kinne was the first person to introduce me to Spanish Varietals and made a deal back in 2001 to teach me wine making if I improved my English. I went to Community College 3 days a week after long days of work in the Cellar to study ESL.

Craig Reed taught me about Italian Varietals at Martin & Weyrich where he was the Winemaker and inspired my love for Nebbiolo, an Italian Grape which is rare to find in Paso Robles.

Ted Ross was instrumental in marketing assistance.

My loving family including wife Nora and boys: Max & Nico have been the motivation to work hard and leave a living legacy for future wine generations.

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