Paso Robles is a wine destination that delivers everything we value about the culture of wine and travel. World class taste with a down to earth approach. Here you will seldom find overcrowded wineries and tasting rooms, but it embodies the charm of central California: olive groves, vineyards, sun-kissed hills, sturdy oak trees and it sits thirty minutes away from the Pacific Ocean.
Many Paso Robles Wineries have great outdoor hangouts and JUSTIN is no exception! We have been wanting to drink this delightful wine at its growth site for a long time and our recent stint in California provided the opportunity. The Vineyard has gained a worldwide reputation and it delivers the distinct Paso Robles Red boldness and taste. It takes advantage of the rich limestone soil that is tailor made to wine growing and the old world methods used deliver a Bordeaux style series of blends that take on the names of traditional geometric shapes. Visiting the vineyard was like finally getting invited to the house of a good friend.
Most vineyards in Paso feel ‘underdeveloped’ compared to their Northern counterparts in Sonoma or Napa. That is really the charm of this area. Picnic lunches can still be had alongside the gourmet meal or cheese platters offered by the wineries. JUSTIN is around a twenty minute drive from the heart of town and really at the end of a long country road with no other farms in the area for miles. It feels charmingly isolated and even seeing no service on our cell phone was another beautiful part of setting the mood as we got to some tasting.
Tasting fees are steeper than what you will find in the area generally. It costs $25 per person but there is a promotion that if you purchase $75 of wine one of the tastings is complimentary. It is possible to buy a bottle to share as well which is what we did. There are some cheeses you can purchase to go with your wine and a mini gift boutique shop inside. As the owners of FIJI water also own JUSTIN you’ll find FIJI products all around. There is indoor seating in a very modern space but the patio area is the most beautiful spot of all, looking out over the vines that wander off into endless nature.
Some folks are short on time and so a visit to the winery is not part of their itinerary. Luckily there is the opportunity to go to the tasting room in town where you can try all the delightful vintages side by side. The cabernet is very good and probably the best value of all their offerings. Justification (cabernet and Franc/Merlot) , Isosceles (cabernet, franc and merlot) and Right Angle which is Cabernet, Sirah, Verdot and Malbec. It seems the more grapes they blend the better it gets!