March 2016 Journal Plus Magazine

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in Brooklyn. Torres moved to the East Coast for three months with Nora, who was then his fiancée. They have two sons, Max, 10, and Nico, 8.

include the Spanish cross on the label, so people realize that he’s not evil, even with the name Diablo on it.

The name of the wine label came to be because it’s a strong Spanish name to go along with Torres’ Spanish-style wines.

Torres anticipates that the tasting room will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The tasting room opened in the space at 827 13th St., which was vacated by Baby’s Babble at the beginning of February. For more information about the winery, go to or call 805-975-6185.

“Diablo used to be my nickname when I was a kid,” Torres said. “My mom’s still mad at me because I brought it back.” He said it was also really important to him to have Paso in the name. He chose to

make the wine under someone else’s license, but just couldn’t sell it until he had his own. “When we first started Diablo Paso I wasn’t thinking of a tasting room at all,” Torres said. “But it’s difficult to sell when you’re small.” That is the reason, he said, for opening the tasting room, to grow the wine club. “Our goal is to grow our brand to maybe 1,500 cases because we want to keep our quality and control,” Torres said. His first vintage from 2012 was 100 cases from three barrels of tempranillo. He now produces 500 cases of albariño, rosé, garnacha and tempranillo. He does everything for the wine from the grape to the bottle. He added that he has really great friends that help him bottle the wine. “I still have some of that wine [from the first vintage] left over for [the] library,” Torres said, adding that he will open a three-liter bottle of first vintage tempranillo at the grand opening of the tasting room that is slated to open around the second weekend of March. Torres and Nora have now been married for 12 years, after meeting when Nora was traveling and studying in Mexico. She visited Torres’ hometown of Ixtapa Zihutanejo, where they met.

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“It’s a very small fishing village,” Torres said. “Then later in the year I came to Paso Robles to visit.” Nora’s had family in Paso Robles since the 1980s, though she grew up on the East Coast, M A R C H


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