Our People

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

Production:

Fred Holloway
Vice President, Director of Production & Winemaking

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Fred has been a successful winemaker for more than 28 years. He has worked with big, medium and small wineries, Mom and Pop to corporate, from hands on experience to supervising over 800 people. He believes that "truly great wines come from the people you work with." His career began on the Central Coast shortly after receiving his Enology degree from Fresno State University. Until the mid 1990's he worked in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties initially building a small boutique winery and then supervising production at one of the largest wineries in the state. Subsequently, he moved to the North Coast where he collaborated in producing the award winning Artisan Series for the Jess Jackson Family of Wines. There from 1996 -1998, he worked with the brand winemakers of Lokoya, Cardinale, Verite, Stonestreet, Hartford Court, La Crema, Robert Pepi and Edmeades in consistantly producing 19 wines rated 90-95 by Robert M. Parker Jr. and 15 wines scoring 90-98 by the Wine Spectator.

He returned to the Central Coast in 1999 as Winemaker at Cambria Winery. There he continued to distinguish himself with high recognition from industry pundits. Parker rated 5 of his wines 90-93 and Wine and Spirits Magazine placed him on their list of Estate Wineries of the Year naming 2 of his wines to their Top Ten wines of the Year list.

"The Central Coast has long been a breeding ground for excellence in winemaking. We were pleased that we did not have to go outside to attract such a highly talented and experienced individual," said Deborah Baldwin co-proprietor for JUSTIN.

Justin Baldwin, co-proprietor of JUSTIN Winery states that, "Fred brings a wealth of experience in both winemaking and management. Each are vitally important to our continued growth as we reach for new heights in our industry."

To reach Fred Holloway, fred@JUSTINwine.com

Scott Shirley
Winemaker

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Scott Shirley joins JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery after making wine in Napa Valley for 13 vintages, and is excited to learn the nuances of new vineyard sites in an entirely different appellation -- Paso Robles. While Scott has worked with many varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is the medium closest to his heart. Shirley trained his palate on Bordeaux blends at Opus One, where he was the enologist for six years. He then joined the Hess Collection as winemaker for nearly seven years, where his favorite wine to make was the 19 Block Cuvee, a Bordeaux blend with the unconventional addition of Syrah.

With a degree in biochemistry, Scott enjoys the artistry of creating a blend that captures the expression of a certain variety during a particular set of growing conditions. There are challenges every year, but he approaches each harvest with the optimism of a painter addressing a blank canvas. "I like to use Cab in broad brushstrokes and then soften or amplify the edges with blenders. Most every finished wine is a blend, whether of clones, varieties, barrel types, or vineyard sites, and I look forward to not only creating the 2012 ISOSCELES, but all the wines which I will soon be sharing with friends in Paso."

Scott resides in Paso Robles with his wife, Margaret, and their two daughters.

Paul Kaselionis
Grower Relations & Estate Vineyard Manager

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Paulius (“Paul”) Kaselionis joined the JUSTIN Team in June of 2008. He grew up in Tustin, just 20 minutes from Disneyland and moved to the Central Coast after graduating from high school. While living in San Luis Obispo from 1994 to 2003, Paul watched the region grow into one of the largest wine regions in California.

In 2003, Paul graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Agribusiness Marketing and a Minor in Wine & Viticulture. The hands-on approach emphasized by Cal Poly helped him develop a love for the local vineyards. While attending Cal Poly, Paul worked for two years as a Production Assistant/Tasting Room Associate for Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande and concurrently worked for Crop Care, a vineyard consulting company, as a Field Technician. While working for Crop Care, Paul visited numerous Central Coast vineyards from Santa Ynez to San Miguel every week.

After graduation, Paul continued on his northbound journey to Sonoma County where he accepted a Viticulture position with Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery. While in Sonoma County, he married his college sweetheart, and now is the happy father of two young daughters.

While at Ferrari-Carano, Paul was responsible for managing 800 olive trees and producing extra virgin olive oil, releasing beneficial insects into the vineyards to prey on mites, gathering field samples and collecting data, monitoring insects and fungus, collecting soil moisture readings, assisting in grower relations for over 50 growers, observing the 1400 acres of estate property in three counties, and being an active member of the viticulture community through various groups and programs.

Paul and his wife are excited to be “coming home.” They’ve seen San Luis Obispo County grow and have family in the area. They love the people, the topography, and the many different areas of the Central Coast. They can’t wait to start raising their family and are excited about becoming a part of the JUSTIN Family.

To reach Paul Kaselionis, paul@JUSTINwine.com

Matt Locklin
Cellar Master at Chimney Rock

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Matt is from the wine region of Temecula Valley in Southern California and is a UC Davis graduate with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. He joined the JUSTIN team in April of 2008 after working at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa, Califiornia; Kim Crawford Wines in Blenheim, New Zealand; and for a small family operation in Certaldo, Italy. 

As a cellar master, Matt is responsible for every facet of production from the time the grapes arrive at the winery to the time the wine is bottled. Matt works directly with winemaker Scott Shirley to create wines that reflect the high caliber and quality that JUSTIN’s Bordeaux blends represent, such as our flagship ISOSCELES. Matt also maintains production equipment such as tanks, barrels, gases, bottles, and presses and is responsible for hiring and training a team of interns to assist during each harvest season.   During this busy time of the year, Matt works 15-hour days, seven days a week managing cellar activities.

To reach Matt Locklin, matt@JUSTINwine.com

John Railsback
Warehouse Manager

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John Railsback joined JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery in March of 2010 as our Warehouse Manager. John brings an excellent background in the wine industry having worked for Meridian Vineyards for 14 years earning promotions over time to the manager level, most recently in charge of the Templeton Wine Services location for Meridian. John is a CPR 1st Responder, a certified Forklift “Train the Trainer” and carries many other certifications too numerous to mention.
 
John also has a love of music; he and his fellow band members are often found around the county performing in different venues so you may have seen him before now.

To reach John Railsback, john@JUSTINwine.com

Dena Whitaker
Executive Assistant

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To reach Dena Whitaker, dena@JUSTINwine.com