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OUR STORY

Sustainability First

Shale Oak was built by a highly-esteemed team dedicated to sustainability, eco-friendly principles, and environmental preservation.

From LEED Gold certified architecture to award-winning wines, Shale Oak is truly a unique place among Paso Robles wineries.

We also think our Wine Club Members are pretty special, too.

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Winemaker

Curtis Hascall

Winemaker

Curtis Hascall was introduced to Shale Oak Winery while working for Winemaker, Kevin Patrick Riley. He was impressed with Al Good’s values and sustainable vision for Shale Oak which was completely in line with his own. Curtis has been at Shale Oak from Day One and has overseen every vintage since 2008.

Born in Watford, England, Curtis intended on becoming a master beer brewer when he grew up. He moved from the San Francisco Bay area to San Luis Obispo where he became a food-science graduate of Cal Poly State University. His focus on making beer took a turn, however, when a friend hired him to drag hoses in the cellar at Norman Vineyards in Paso Robles. After working there for a few years, he took advantage of an opportunity to work a harvest at Cumulus Winery in Orange, Australia, where he would stay for one vintage.

Curtis and the winemaking team have racked up an impressive list of awards and accolades in a relatively short amount of time. Upon your first tasting of Shale Oak, you'll know why.

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Owner

Al Good

Owner

Shale Oak’s owner, Al Good, is a holistic, entrepreneurial farmer. His knowledge of the wine industry, vineyard management, and wine spans over 30 years. Born and raised in Virginia, Al began his career as an East Coast representative for a grower in the San Joaquin Valley, where he quickly became their number one salesperson. His next endeavors found him as a fruit broker in Salinas for a company he later bought. After a brief stint at growing and selling apples in the Northwest, he decided to turn his passions to the business of table grapes, where he currently has one of the largest export table grape companies in the nation.

Al has consistently built trustworthy companies turning out the highest quality products possible. He developed a holistic understanding of the agriculture business and is considered a steward of the land. Al is passionate about farming sustainability practices. His goal was to plan, plant, and build a vineyard, winery, and tasting room with next to zero impact on the surrounding environment. The result is Shale Oak Winery, a LEED Gold, SIP certified winery he began in Paso Robles in 2008 dedicated to making the best wines along the central coast of California.

Al and his wife Suzette, along with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are excited to be part of the Paso Robles wine community and can be seen on many weekends welcoming guests into the tasting room.

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General Manager

Cynthia Bowser

General Manager

Cynthia is a veteran in the wine industry and has worked every facet in the wine business. To add to her degree in Business Management (N.A.U.) She took on a grueling certification process at the Culinary Institute of America. Her wine career started as a wine buyer and Sommelier at The Strand House Manhattan Beach. Her passion for wine eventually moved her to Paso Robles where she has worked as the National Sales Mgr for several local wineries, the Regional Sales Mgr for several different cork companies and eventually started her own company, importing new oak barrels from Europe to supply the Central Coast. Shale Oak Winery has been her client since 2014 and through this forged relationship she was attracted to and impressed by the commitment of sustainability this brand adheres to. "It is my goal to grow this brand from 3K cases a year to 10K cases a year, while building a dream team you have already come to know and love".

Anthony Young

Tasting Room & Wine Club Manager

While Anthony has been a Paso Robles local for over 10 years, he is fairly new to the Paso wine community with his career beginning in 2019. He brings over 20 years of experience in customer service, hospitality, business management, and team leadership in a variety of fields. Starting off as a Tasting Room Associate at a small winery, Anthony quickly moved into management. After moving on to a larger brand as an Events Manager, he heard of an opening at one of his favorite wineries and was thrilled to join the Shale Oak team in July of 2022.

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Georgia Owens

Social Media & Wine Club Coordinator

Raised in Paso Robles since she was two, Georgia is no stranger to the area. After graduating from Paso Robles High school in 2016 she went on to study at The University of Arizona. Graduating in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Communications she found her way back home and immediately discovered her interest in the wine industry. Being a Paso Robles native working at a winery like Shale Oak is a dream come true for Georgia. She loves that she gets to combine her passion for marketing and communications with her love for wine, travel, and food. She's thrilled to get to know every Shale Oak guest, member, co-worker, and of course winery dogs. Georgia sees a lot of growth not only in her professional future but with Shale Oak as well!

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Steve Burris

Tasting Room Lead

Steve's introduction to the wine and hospitality work began in earnest in 2003 while working at Zuni Café in San Francisco and has taken him to Europe and other parts of Northern California. He's been a Sommelier with the Court of Master’s since 2008 and has tutored several others through their certifications. In 2018 he decided to get out from table-side and dive right into the winery business here in Paso Robles. These days (when he is not holding court in the tasting room), he can often be found running his wildly energetic dog around Lake Nacimiento.

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Sean Walter

Assistant Winemaker

Sean was born in San Luis Obispo and raised on a ranch in Paso Robles. After attending college in Colorado, he moved back to Paso and took a job at a boutique start-up winery, Tackitt Family Vineyards. His first harvest with them was in 2012 where he fell in love with the wine industry. After a few years with Tackitt Family Vineyards learning everything from vineyard management to winemaking to tastings and sales he decided to focus more on natural winemaking. In 2017 he was fortunate enough to join the Le Cuvier team as their Assistant Winemaker working under John Much. In 2019 Curtis offered him a job here at Shale Oak and he jumped at the opportunity to be able to pull from both his commercial and holistic styles of winemaking to create some truly special wines! 

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