When Jerry and Marsha De Angelis retired from the nonprofit organization they operated in 1998 and moved to Paso Robles, they bought a small property, planted a small vineyard and had plans to make small lots of wine for just themselves.
For Jerry, with a doctorate in chemistry, the winemaking side came easily. Today, the De Angelises are partners in a custom crush facility on the east side of town, making up to 10,000 cases of wine a year for up to 20 clients, some as far away as New York.
“This was supposed to be a hobby,” Jerry explained. “But as we got better and better at making wine, people started asking if we’d make their wine. It kind of snowballed.”