Proprietors Justin and Deborah Baldwin have announced the appointment of Kevin Sass as Winemaker for Justin Vineyard and Winery.
Sass joined the JUSTIN team as an intern for the 2000 harvest seeking experience in the industry and was subsequently hired on the following January (2001) to oversee all grower relations and assist in the winery. During his time as the Grower Relations Manager, he worked closely with all JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery growers and interacted with many industry consultants.
In January of 2002 Sass was promoted to Assistant Winemaker, and in 2003 he was promoted again to Associate Winemaker. In January 2006, Sass was named winemaker of JUSTIN, managing the JUSTIN white wine and highly coveted Syrah programs as well all day-to-day operations at the winery, assisting the grower relations manager with vineyard site selection and contributing to the JUSTIN Tasting Panel for all tasting and blending trials.
Sass will now be responsible for all winemaking operations at JUSTIN, working directly with Fred Holloway, Vice President, Director of Production.
Sass is a Southern California native from Agoura Hills and graduated from California State University, Fresno with a double major in Enology Wine Production and Agricultural Business in spring of the year 2000.
“I feel fortunate to have graduated from such a dedicated hands-on University. Fresno State built a solid winemaking base which allowed me to concentrate and learn more about how quality grapes make quality wine and now I get to explore that quality every day at JUSTIN,” notes Sass.
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery is Justin and Deborah Baldwin’s family-owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines in the heart of the Paso Robles appellation. JUSTIN’s emphasis is on making Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques. JUSTIN offers wine sampling in both the Tasting Room and Wine Society Lounge, in addition to sensory evaluation and cave tours in the ISOSCELES Center, epicurean lunch and dinner at Deborah’s Room, and overnight retreats at the JUST Inn.
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery is located at 11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, California, 93446. The tasting room is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Tours daily by appointment at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Check the website for holiday hours and closings.