By Janis Switzer — With a tasting room that?s only two months old, and a wine label only three years old, one may think Neil Roberts is a newcomer to the Paso Robles wine community. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even though he introduced his label Clavo Cellars to the public just a couple years ago, he has been contributing to the growth and development of Paso Robles wines behind the scenes for more than 20 years.Under the banner of Roberts Vineyard Services, Roberts has been managing vineyards and growing grapes for some of the region?s finest vineyards, including Peachy Canyon, Robert Hall, Edward Sellers and Ancient Peaks, to name a few. Before that he was the head viticulturist for Robert Mondavi, overseeing all the wine giant?s vineyard properties on the Central Coast, spanning from Monterey down to Santa Barbara County. Since moving to Paso Robles from Santa Maria in 1996, he has also been an active member of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, serving on the board of that organization for six years, and presiding as chairman for two.
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