About Us

Winemaker Amy Jean Butler

For 20 years, Amy Butler has produced wine in every kind of cellar, from the venerable and classic houses of Napa to enthusiastic Paso Robles upstarts. Her slightly quirky vision has seen her working with both time-tested and cutting-edge techniques, always making wines that are carefully balanced, elegantly restrained, and classically varietal in character. Driven by her quest for knowledge in winemaking, she founded Ranchero Cellars in 2008. In 2016, she delved happily into the topic of Chardonnay, painstakingly researching every aspect of its production. With Dorothy Jean, she takes this effort one step further, to embrace the value she sees in the artistry of wine and the collaboration of women. I am her.

Proprietress Janis Dorothy Pelletiere Denner

Having founded her first company at the age of 21, Janis is a lifelong entrepreneur, and a fearless one. She succeeded in building a national market research company from the ground up, selling it after 30 years and, lured by the proximity of her now grown children, settling in Paso Robles. As much as she was enjoying her gracious life of golf, horseback riding, and travel, retirement wasn’t enough for her irrepressible spirit. The pastoral appeal of the vineyard drew her in, and she started learning a new business – wine. She founded Pelletiere Estate in 2014, hoping to create a legacy for her family and realize a passion for food and good living that was born from her Italian-American heritage. With Dorothy Jean, she takes this passion one step further, to embrace the value she sees in the artistry of wine and the collaboration of women. I am her.

Artist Erin Hanson

Erin Hanson is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child. Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other recesses of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris. Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, with hundreds of collectors eagerly anticipating her work. As an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, Hanson is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.