We had the pleasure of meeting Stillman Brown almost 3 years ago. And we must admit, he is one of the most interesting people we have ever met. Stillman or "Swilly" ( a name that he also answers to ) is an artist in so many ways. His creative abilities in music and art are to be admired. We have tasted his Syrah or Syrah blends over the years and they are as unique as Stillman himself.
Stillman's Flagship wine is his 2005 Black Zeppelin, Paso Robles Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon 15.9% alcohol. This amazing wine has won three gold medals in competition, and was rated 94 points by the California State Fair, who also awarded it Best Blended Red Wine, Central Coast.
His most famous wine is the Red Zeppelin Syrah, Bear Valley Vineyard 14.5% alcohol. Stillman has been making this wine from a remote Monterey County vineyard for several years now, and the 2005 Vintage is the best so far.
The Red Zeppelin winery is a small producer of premium and super premium wines, based in Paso Robles California. Founded in 2003, they own and have trademarked the Red Zeppelin names and brands developed by winemaker Stillman Brown at Jory Winery starting in 1991.
Stillman Brown is an award winning winemaker with these recent awards just to mention a few.
Best Blended Red Wine, Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, 2007
94 Points, Best Central Coast Blended Red, California State Fair 2007
97 Points, Alawine.com, May 2007
"It Rocks" featured review, Every Day with Rachael Ray, September 2007
Winner, Syrah Shoot-Out, 2008 Hospice du Rhone, Paso Robles CA.
Native to California, Stillman started as the winemaker of the infamous Jory Winery, which he co-founded in 1984; he originally focused on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the northern Central Coast, particularly exotic and rare clones. He conceived and developed the Red Zeppelin brand for Syrah and other Rhone varietals in the '90's, and then along with his new partners started Red Zeppelin as an independent winery in 2003, bringing his winemaking expertise and creative abilities, both of which are considerable.
Join Elaine from VINO LAS VEGAS as she speaks with Stillman at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas about his future endeavors and winemakeing philosophy
It is always a pleasure to meet such an overall unforgettable, creative person such as Stillman Brown. To find out more about Stillman and Red Zeppelin you can visit www.redzeppelinwinery.com