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Wine Tasting
Demeter Family Cellars is where wine and music intersect
 Enjoy outstanding wine while browsing over 500 vinyl records
Located in the sunny countryside of Templeton, Demeter Family Cellars is a haven for both wine and music enthusiasts. Owners James and Diane Demeter have operated the winery since 2015; their love for wine started two decades ago right here on the Central Coast.
“I am a wine lover...During the 90’s I befriended a few of the winemakers in Paso Robles while visiting my parents in Cambria, who gave me valuable insights
 into the craft. One day I walked into a local wine, beer and cheese- making shop in Woodland Hills and thought it would be fun
to make some wine. I
started as a home
winemaker
in 2000
with 100
pounds of
grapes...I
knew
that if I
wanted
to do
things on
a profes-
sional scale I
would have to
use full-sized bar-
rels and equipment...I
ended up processing 3,000 pounds of grapes [in 2001] in our driveway in Woodland Hills that won numerous medals and never looked back,” said James, who has lived on the Central Coast with his wife Diane for 16 years.
Music is part of the experi- ence when visiting Demeter Family Cellars as James has been involved in the rock industry for
decades. Starting in the 1970’s, James was the lead guitarist for The Heaters, a pop band that
toured as openers for Talk- ing Heads, Van Ha-
len, Cheap Trick, and more
iconic bands. James then
moved from the stage to instru- ment repair
work, eventually
transitioning to equipment
design with the start of Demeter Am-
plification. As James notes, “I became the leading designer of tube equipment in Los Angeles,” building equipment such as pre- amps, tube direct boxes, and gui- tar amplifiers for musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, The who, Lee Sklar, and more. During a tast- ing experience, visitors are able to learn more about the music industry by touring the Demeter
    CELEBRATING OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Established Mom & Pop Winery!
 • Multi-Year Zinfandel & Barbera Tasting
• Private Label Artisan Condiments
• Wine Country Art, Books & Carved Gourds
• Oliveto Olive Oil Pouring and Sales
• Gems, Minerals, Fossils and Jewlerey
Winery Tasting & Vineyard Tours most Sundays from 11am-5pm and by appointment.
7340 Drake Road, Paso Robles (805) 467-2138
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24th St.
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        Join our Wine Club for a 20% Discount!
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