In an apparent surprise move by relatives (sister-in-law), Gary Eberle has been removed as operating partner from the winery he founded in Paso Robles. One of the most iconic figures of Paso Robles, Gary was dumbfounded in his reaction to the move and seemed to indicate that operating as the offered "figurehead" but without control was not what he desired to do, he would decide his future plans once the shock had worn off.
The reason for the sudden change was vague, but apparently the new managers wanted to take the winery in a direction that Gary didn't wish to go----so it sounds like they wanted volume and profit increases. Since the winery was operating at a solid profit (by all accounts), it seems it was just a "we want more" action.
Ironic, if so, since Gary Eberle had many years ago left Estrella Winery after establishing it and watching it become a large volume jug wine producer. He founded Eberle, to make moderate amounts of high quality wine in a definitive style, and along the way was an outspoken advocate for Paso Robles wine country.
[On a personal note, I've known and liked Gary for many years----I brought his wines to Texas because I admired the man, his wines, and his philosophy so much)---and have worked alongside him at competitions as well. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the man. He WAS Eberle wines. I can view this as nothing but an unfortunate and downright sad event for the winery and what Gary built over the years. What we don't need in this industry is just another big volume-driven winery producing indiscriminate wine; but I fear that's what we'll get.]