Our People

“It takes a dedicated team to make it work.”

Tasting Room & Hospitality:

Tracy Dauterman
Marketing Manager, Tasting Room & Hospitality

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A California native and graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Tracy returned to California in 2007 to wet her feet in the wine industry after spending three years on the east coast working for management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton. She began her career at JUSTIN as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator, working with both wholesale and direct to consumer teams to develop point of sale material. From there she moved on to her current position overseeing the entire winery experience -- the Tasting Room, JUST Inn, and Restaurant. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband, their two cats, Mew and Ovie, and their golden retriever Cami. 

To reach Tracy Dauterman, tracy@JUSTINwine.com

Chris Jahns, CSW
Tasting Room Manager

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Chris Joined the JUSTIN Team in the Winter of 2007 as a part time Tasting Room Attendant. He moved to the central coast from the Bay Area in 2004 to study Philosophy and Political Science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. In 2005 while studying for the LSATs and prepping for Law School he took a part time job as a cellar worker and tasting room attendant at a small Paso Robles Winery. While digging out his first tank he was bit by the wine bug. Soon after he changed his major to Wine and Viticulture, with an emphasis in enology. In 2006 he worked as a harvest intern for Ancient Peaks winery in Paso Robles. Even though he greatly enjoyed working in wine production, he realized that his true passion was sharing his love of wine with others.

In the summer of 2008 Chris came on full time at JUSTIN after finishing at Cal Poly. He put his production knowledge to use as the JUSTIN Wine Educator leading the Tour and Education program for 2 years before becoming the Wine Society Lounge Coordinator and then becoming the Assistant Tasting Room Manager in the Spring of 2011. In May of 2012, Chris was promoted to the role of Tasting Room Manager. Chris has continued his wine education by becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators as well as a Level 1 Sommelier. He plans to take the Certified Sommelier exam by summer of 2012.

When not introducing guests to JUSTIN wine, Chris enjoys studying Existentialist Philosophy, contemplating the merits of Belgian Ale, and preparing meals for friends. He lives in Downtown Paso Robles with his wife Kristy and a lucky black cat named Josie.

To reach Chris Jahns, CSW, chris@JUSTINwine.com

Bruce Cooper, CSW
Tasting Room Supervisor

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Bruce, a native 'Michigander', graduated from Western Michigan University and moved to Irvine, California where he resided for twenty six years. Bruce was very active in the entertainment industry, performing, recording and touring with his swing vocal jazz group 'Vocalworks' for over two decades. Though music brought him to California, his other passion...wine, eventually led him to Bristol Farms in Newport Beach where he was a Wine Specialist for nearly seven years. Believing that working for a winery would be a dream job for any wine professional, he moved to Paso Robles and joined JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery in April of 2005. He has made many new friends here and loves the natural beauty and diversity of this gorgeous land he now calls home.

To reach Bruce Cooper, CSW, Bruce@JUSTINwine.com

Jim Gerakaris
Winery Sommelier & Wine Educator

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Jim Gerakaris joined the JUSTIN team in April of 2008. He brings a variety of experiences as a long-time wine enthusiast and from his travels while in domestic and international equipment sales in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Jim is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. He is a popular part of the education staff at the winery due to his ability to convert complex wine topics into easily understandable and entertaining learning experiences for our guests through seminars, tours, and through his writing. Jim's passions include cooking, eating, and studying the wines and cuisines of various food traditions. He is active in the local food environment and enjoys using his wood-fired brick oven, which he built, to prepare meals and to share with friends.

To reach Jim Gerakaris, jimg@JUSTINwine.com