Justin Vineyards & Winery
Justin Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The property was founded in 1981 by Justin Baldwin when he planted the 160 acre property to the major Bordeaux varietals and created their Estate vineyard. The winery is located in the Paso Robles appellation of California’s Central Coast. The region’s first grapes were planted in 1779 by Franciscan missionaries and today are home to the third highest concentration of wineries in the United States. JUSTIN Winery makes world class wines that reflect the unique soils and climate of its California Central Coast property. Emphasis is placed on making Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques. Former investment and international banker Justin Baldwin founded JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery in 1981 when he purchased 160 acres west of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast and planted his estate vineyards.
Since its inception, Justin has focused his efforts on producing world class Bordeaux style blends from the estate vineyards for the JUSTIN label. Justin is a pioneer in producing this style of wine on the Central Coast and his efforts have been rewarded with past and present vintages earning 90+ points by the major wine trade publications.
In the heart of Sonoma Valley wine country, Landmark Vineyards practices the centuries old tradition of handcrafted wines. Garnering praise from some of the toughest critics, Landmark produces rich, balanced wines perfect for pairing with a multitude of cuisines. Landmark’s mission is “to make great wines that enhance the joy of life” and winemaker Greg Stach feels that quality and flavor begin in the vineyards. In addition to their Steel Plow Estate Vineyard, Landmark sources grapes from a range of different regions and those selected are among the finest in the highly diverse microclimates of California.
Greg Stach, Landmark Vineyards’ winemaker, is a highly respected winemaker known for crafting elegant, world-class vintages. He is recognized for creating some of the best single vineyard designates Pinot Noirs of the decade. For the past 10 years, Stach has brought his enthusiasm for and expertise in Pinot Noir to Landmark’s winemaking team. Stach helped establish Landmark’s distinguished Pinot Noir program, one which is quickly gaining notoriety as one of the premier wine programs in California.
There is a lovely French colloquialism used to describe someone so unique and exceptional that no words exist to sufficiently capture her essence. “She’s got a certain je ne sais quoi,” one might say, in the hopes it explains that extraordinary ability someone has to rise above all the rest.
The phrase “je ne sais quoi” was the inspiration for JNSQ, a superlative new wine made from select California grapes and crafted in the style of the best French Rosés and the brightest Sauvignon Blancs. The result is a taste so unique and surprising that you’ll be at a loss for words to capture what elevates these wines into a class by themselves.
The JNSQ bottle is just as distinctive as the wine inside. Fashioned by the finest French glass designer and reminiscent of a luxury perfume bottle, JNSQ is topped off by a resealable stopper adorned with our signature sculpted rose or grape, depending on the varietal. Once the wine inside has been enjoyed, this elegant bottle becomes a keepsake, ideal for displaying fragrances or fresh blooms. Of course, you’ll find countless other ways to repurpose this unique work of art.
The Angus Barn has been in service to the Triangle for nearly half a century. The rustic red barn has been praised highly through its many awards. It is consistently ranked by national trade publications as one of the 100 best restaurants in the country; Southern Living calls it a “one-of-a-kind scene.” In addition to helping the Frankie Lemmon Foundation through the annual Wine Maker Dinners, the Angus Barn also supports mental health through their non-profit organization, The Foundation for Hope.
“Iron Chef America” Walter Royal: Alabama-born Walter Royal, Executive Chef of the Angus Barn and Pavilion, knew at the formative age of 14 that he wanted to spend his life exemplifying the southern way of spreading irresistible food before guests. Although his mind may be totally focused on pleasing guests, his imagination is always soaring thinking of new ideas. And soar it did when Walter was asked to be appear as a guest chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America. Back at the Barn, Walter shares his wisdom in his well-known forum “Walter’s Teaching Kitchen,” a monthly class during which the public has a chance to learn and to interact with this brilliantly imaginative chef. Although awards, distinctions and recognition carry weight and great importance, there is no value that can be placed on Walter’s contributions to the Angus Barn. Any chef who can run two main kitchens, the gourmet wine cellar kitchen, The Pavilion catering kitchen and a kitchen team of 150, and do it all in a way that would make his grandmother smile, is worth his weight in gold.