About Circle B
Meet Clara & Steve Baker
Retiring to work harder as farmers
Clara and Steve's story of becoming winemakers starts with retiring from lifelong careers in construction management and police work. Yearning to leave busy Southern California behind, they targeted Paso Robles where they could slow down and enjoy each other’s company. In 2012 they moved into a gorgeous home on a 5-acre blank slate, perfect for a peaceful vineyard with stunning views.
The first half acre of 600 head-trained Grenache vines was planted in June of 2012 and they were off! With 3 1/2 acres still untouched, in 2014 Tempranillo, Grenache, Carignane and Tannat vines were planted to complete the vision. They thought they would sell the majority of the grapes, make a little wine and enjoy the country lifestyle. Boy were they wrong. They quickly discovered they retired to work harder as farmers! Maintaining four acres with 3,900 vines on them is a full-time job that requires patience, stamina, science and instinct.
The obvious next step was to learn how to make wine and speak the language of potential buyers of the grapes. Grapes were quickly purchased from friends and Circle B's first wines were made—winning home wine making awards. In 2016, Circle B Vineyards & Cellars went on the market with their first releases of the 2013 Petite Sirah, 2013 Syrah and 2015 Rose’ de Garnacha, officially becoming a licensed vineyard and winemaker.
Today, Circle B is proud to offer a wide variety of award-winning releases, that no matter your palette you'll find something you love.