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Indeed, the name Opolo is a nod to Quinn’s Yugoslavian heritage, and is actually the name of a blended rose-style wine found on the Dalmatian Coast. However, Quinn and Nichols have no plans to actually produce that wine, so we’ll have to be content to just enjoy the name on the label.
Quinn moved to California in 1979, and continued to pursue his love of wine and winemaking. He began to source grapes from quality growers, such as Fratelli Perata in Paso Robles. “I got wonderful fruit from them, but in 1995 they said they just didn’t have any Merlot to spare, so I went out and bought some Westside vineyard property sight unseen, to assure I’d always have a source of grapes.”
Though the impetus for buying that first parcel of vineyard was having grapes for his own winemaking, Quinn has always sold the vast majority of his crop to other labels. Quinn’s...