The Nivens’ Paragon Vineyard, one of the first in the region, was originally planted by Jack Niven in the early 1970s. It became SIPTM Certified Sustainable in 2008, the inaugural year of the program. Twelve acres on the estate were planted to Gr252;ner Veltliner for the Zocker project. With Zocker, Niven Family Wine Estates cements its reputation as an innovative California Central Coast wine company. Named for an Austrian word that translates as “Gambler,” Zocker is the Niven family’s first foray into making Gr252;ner Veltliner, an Austrian white varietal rarely grown in the U.S. Winemaker Christian Roguenant went to northern Austria in 2006, and immersed himself in the Old World ways of planting and making Gr252;ner Veltliner. The wine is New World sublime behind a very intelligent label. I highly recommended it. Website: Zocker Winery;
John Niven, third generation winegrape grower in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo, joins us to discus

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