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5 Points Cellars is the culmination of a dream to hand craft micro lots of wines that celebrate the connection of life’s joys of adventure, service, faith and friendship. The story began in 1989, when Charles Atkins and Julie Youles met at a restaurant in the 5 Points neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama (a mutual friend had been trying to set them up for years). Over dinner, the couple quickly learned that they shared many life joys in common -- namely, the spirit of adventure, dedication to community service, faith in God, and a love of sharing a good meal with friends and family.

So eight weeks later, when Charles proposed over the pilot’s speaker during an Eastern airlines flight to Orlando, Florida en route to meet Julie’s parents for the first time, “adventure” became an official theme in their life together. This adventurous spirit led them to visit over 30 of countries over the next 18 years and it served as the spark in 2005 to “head west” in pursuit of the dream of starting a boutique winery in California.

The Atkins founded 5 Points Cellars in 2006 with three wines: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Ink Grade Vineyard in Howell Mountain and a highly acclaimed vineyard in Oakville noted for producing many of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in California; and Syrah from White Hawk Vineyard in Santa Barbara. In 2007, they added Alder Springs Chardonnay, an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and “Brenner's Blend”, a Bordeaux blend from Washington State.

Kian Tavakoli- Winemaker

Kian joined 5 Points Cellars in 2005 to head up our Bordeaux varietal winemaking. Kian most recently was the winemaker at Clos Du Val where he ran their red wine program – including their highly-acclaimed reserve bottling. Before joining Clos Du Val in 1996, Kian spent four years learning cabernet winemaking at Opus One. With over 10 years of winemaking, operations and viticultural experience, Kian brings a stellar combination of sensory and production skills to 5 Points Cellars.