It seems as a lot of my favorite wines begin with the letter “J.” Well here is another. JUSTIN Vineyards was founded in 1981 by Justin Baldwin. Even though this might not seem very long ago there were less than ten vineyards in the Paso Robles area. Like most fine wine they concentrate on reflecting the unique soils and climate of the appellation. They mainly make Bordeaux style wines, and single varietals. JUSTIN Vineyards combine Old World tradition with New World technique.
Justine Baldwin is a pioneer at making this type of wine and often earns 90+ points for his creations. Before he was making wine though, he was an investment and international banker. Two very different professions but Justin knew a good investment when he saw one. This is why he bought 160 acres west of Paso Robles and began his estate vineyards.
Justin has earned much recognition for his wines. Wine Spectators has named JUSTIN one of the Top 10 Wines of the World. Vintages have received numerous accolades by capturing Decanter Magazine’s “4 Stars”, and Restaurant Wine’s “3 Forks” to name a few of the other prestigious honors. Robert M. Parker Jr. has even gone further naming Justin Baldwin one of his “Wine Heroes of the Year” and the “Star of Paso Robles”.
Food and JUSTIN wines obviously go together quite well. JUSTIN is the only winery on California’s Central Coast with full time chef. The chef continuously is pairing JUSTIN wines with fresh seasonal grown offering straight from the vineyard. Justin is a frequent panelist at prominent food and wine events worldwide, is a board member of several organizations such as; Wine Institute, Family Winemakers of California, and The Wellness Community Central Coast.
JUSTIN Vineyards is family owned and operated winery. There is a very smart team of people working within JUSTIN to make it successful and efficient. It takes a team of wonderful people working together towards a common goal to produce such great wines. Their mission statement is: to belong in the company of the finest wines in the world.
JUSTIN wines are available across the United States. The wine I am most familiar with is ISOSCELES. You can pick this 2011 Vintage up from your liquor store for about $70, or you can always buy it online. Go out and try one today! What’s your favorite? I know you will enjoy it. Cheers!