Winemaker Susan A. Mahler (affectionately known as SAM ZinPunk) grew up with a solid sense of independence via an adventure-fueled, free-range 70’s style childhood. Her love for nature was nurtured by camping in the great Northwoods, along with biking and cross-country skiing on the “Rails to Trails” prairie paths and State Parks of Illinois. A passion for the outdoors led SAM to the Mountains of Snowmass, Colorado at age 18 where she developed her cooking prowess while working at two phenomenal restaurants. She also developed a life-long fanaticism for downhill skiing.
Of the wine kind… SAM co-founded Four Vines winery while living and working in Berkeley and made the move to Paso Robles in 2002 to dive full time into the workings of running a winery. Flash forward to 2020, the adventure continues with Cypher’s 10th anniversary and the release of the long-awaited Anime Series, bringing things full circle in this adventure called life.
The Cypher Tasting Lounge evolved out of a love of great wine, food and bringing people together to enjoy them along with great conversation and fun. Wine flights include SAM’s seasonally inspired culinary creations to enhance your tasting experience. We invite you to relax in our lounge or garden and look forward to sharing a wine-inspired culinary adventure with you.
Cypher Tasting Lounge at the Historic Train Depot
The tasting lounge is located just 3 blocks South of the square in downtown Paso at the historic train depot. Built in 1880, the Depot is an architectural gem with original wood floors, windows and loaded with charm. SAM designed a welcoming atmosphere at Cypher for guests to settle in, relax, and enjoy life in the “SLO Lane” with great wines and friendly, authentic hospitality.
Plan Your Visit
Reservations are suggested to save your space and allow us to prepare your optimal tasting experience. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins. Give us a call or text at 805-237-0055 to make a reservation,