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Heart and Soil: Eric Jensen on Life and Wine in Paso Robles

Season 3, Ep. 54

MJ’s guest is Founder of Booker Vineyards, one of Paso Robles Legendary Artisanal Cult Wineries, Eric Jensen. Eric and his wife Lisa Jensen purchased 100 acres of  property in Paso Robles, CA in 2001 with the intent of growing the best fruit for some of the best wineries in the area. After making wine with Justin Smith (of Saxum) for five years and Stephan Asseo (of L'Aventure Wines) for two years, the Jensens decided it was time to create their own expression with Booker Vineyard. The 2005 Vintage was Booker Vineyard's first release with the wines being made by Eric himself. The vineyard received organic certification in April of 2021. 


In this episode, Eric is fresh in the studio after a big night of celebrating in NYC  - and he and MJ quickly jump into discussing the bottles. This conversation is unscripted and full of heart. The opinions about wine and winemaking are candid and real. From Eric’s humble beginnings in San Dimas, CA to his early days of cold calling to his absolute love of Paso Robles and its winemakers - make sure your ear pods are charged, you don’t want to miss a minute of this one! 


A huge thank you to Eric Jensen 

Follow him on IG at @bookerbadger


Keep up with all he has going on at Booker Winery: 


https://www.bookerwines.com


Follow them on IG @bookervineyard


This episode’s in studio wine:


2016 Booker White 

2015 Booker Oublie 


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Until next time, cheers to the mavericks, philosophers, deep thinkers, and wine drinkers! 


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Thank you to our sponsor: Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso Robles is a region with so many diverse microclimates that allows for a stunning array of grapes to thrive in. It’s made up of over 200 family-owned wineries, making a beautiful variety of wines.


 Learn more at https://pasowine.com/


Tune in to their podcast Where the Wine Takes You - which explores the people, places and wines of Paso Robles Wine Country! 

https://pasowine.com/where-wine-takes-you/ 

  

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