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Paso Vibes: Justin Smith Talks Wine, Life, and The Perfect Blend

Season 6, Ep. 149

Welcome back to The Black Wine Guy Experience! I'm your host, MJ Towler, and today we're pouring into an intoxicating episode featuring the extraordinary Justin Smith. 


Get ready to uncork the story of a winemaker who has cultivated a legacy from the roots of a familial passion and a dedication to the art of blending.

In this episode, Ep. 149, we'll swirl through the early years: from Justin's father crafting wines with old vine Zinfandel and Petite Syrah to the serendipitous planting of Rhone varieties that foreshadowed the rise of their acclaimed vineyard in Paso Robles.


We'll taste the complexities of grape labeling, delve into the fascinating mislabeling saga involving Morvedra and Graciano, and appreciate the adaptability of vineyard practices to Paso's unique climate. 


Justin will share insights on crafting wine intuitively—like making a sandwich to achieve the perfect flavor balance—and discuss the challenges and triumphs within the industry, including his iconic meeting with the legendary critic Robert Parker.


Justin's journey is steeped in the richness of family tradition, the influence of Paso Robles' vintners, and a commitment to producing wine that honors the natural expression of the vineyard.


A toast to the mavericks and deep thinkers who bring diversity and depth to the wine world—this is one episode you won't want to miss a drop of. So pour a glass, settle in, and let's dive into the art of winemaking with the one and only Justin Smith, here on The Black Wine Guy Experience.



A Massive THANK YOU to JUSTIN SMITH!!!


This episode’s wines: 2018 Saxum James Berry Vineyard White Wine

    2005 Saxum Broken Stones Red Wine

     



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