JUSTIN & Matt: A perfect pairing
When I first moved to the Central Coast from Australia in 2014, I had some work to do: learn about the great producers, their stories and their wines. So, I started doing my research—drinking as many new wines from hitherto unknown producers as I could manage.
It was a tough job...
What stood out immediately to me was the diversity of wine styles that flourish in Paso Robles. Great Rhône- and Bordeaux-style blends are made here, and mostly clustered on the west side of the region. There is something special about the west side of Paso. The rolling hills, pockets of walnuts, vineyards and grazing land remind me of the hills above the Barossa Valley, albeit without the minty fragrance of eucalyptus and chorus of cicadas. The confluence of geology, climate and passionate winegrowers has helped establish Paso as the most exciting region for lovers of great wines.
At the genesis of the emergence of Paso as a world-class winegrowing region is JUSTIN. The story of how Justin Baldwin came to establish his eponymous winery and then grow it to be the leading Paso Robles winery is a ripper. When the opportunity came for me to be a part of that story, I jumped at it, and count myself lucky to work with our talented and dedicated team.