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“It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do,” laughs Founder Chris Condos, who co-founded Vinum Cellars with friend Richard Bruno in 1997. Chris is referring to how they began their brand — no vineyards, no winery facility and no financing except for their two credit cards. At the time, the two U.C. Davis enology graduates
had no idea they were on the leading edge of a tidal wave of small, “virtual winery” entrepreneurs. “We were just a couple of young
punks who wanted to make the wines we wanted to make and not answer to anyone. It was kind of difficult for 10 years, not getting
paid, each of us holding down two or three jobs. But then we got some traction with 90+ ratings for our Petite Sirah. And today, here we are — still buying grapes, handcrafting wines, still doing everything the same as before. We never buy bulk wine. We have one employee for marketing.” Their new Spring Street Winery venture focuses on Paso Robles and the
Central Coast.

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