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Justin Vineyards

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico.  California's landscape is as diverse as its people. From foggy coastlines to dry endless deserts, lush green mountains to rolling hills of vineyards. A morning of snow boarding in the mountains and then ocean kayaking at sunset, this glorious Golden State offers it all.
In 1981, Justin and Deborah Baldwin purchased 160 acres of land in the remote Adelaide Valley west of Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. They also released their first wine, a sparkling Blanc de Noir made from purchased fruit. In 1982, concentrating on the three classic red Bordeaux grape varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay and in 1987, their first crush of 100 percent estate Justin wines.
Their business continued to grow with the opening of the Just Inn, a luxurious French auberge and a restaurant named Deborah's Room. It became a destination for fine dining, and the winery's commitment to food and wine, as it is them and their chef that make up the only program of its kind on the Central Coast.
Justin Vineyards are located in the Central Coast region of California, less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean with elevations ranging from 1100 to 1800. The property incorporates 72 of mostly dry farmed acres planted in full-bodied Bordeaux grape varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a very small amount of Orange Muscat. The steep hillside vineyards are dry farmed and all the grapes are hand harvested. They allow the terrior to come through to expose the soils and match the extremely varied soils to the varietals to coax the truest expression of each varietal's character and complexity. Currently, some areas are being replanted to expand Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc acreage using resistant rootstock and French clones to enhance the choice of Bordeaux varietals for the Isosceles, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and Justification.

There are many wonderful famous as well as some not so well known areas in California Wine Country that are just right for an enjoyable day of wine tasting. It’s always best to get off the beaten track and find the other gold that still exists and enjoy the beautiful scenery along these wine trails in this beautiful State.

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