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From television producers to wine producers
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In 2005, proprietors Ken & Julie Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe began the pursuit of turning their long-held dream of owning a vineyard into a reality. Once childhood friends in the backstreets of Liverpool, the Emmy-winning pair would grow up to produce the primetime hit, American Idol.

It was during their time on Idol, travelling between audition cities, that they first discovered Paso Robles, a wine region still under the radar. Not long after consulting with their families, Ken and Nigel purchased and began redevelopment of an old-vine property located at the northern edge of the Paso Robles AVA. Over ten years later, Villa San-Juliette has emerged as a premier wine destination on the Central Coast.

Winemaker Dan Smith

An Oregon native, Dan grew up influenced by the Pinot Noir vineyards of the Willamette Valley. He went on to study Wine & Viticulture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo before embarking on a journey to fine tune his craft in wine regions worldwide. In 2013, Dan joined the winemaking team at Villa San-Juliette and took the lead as head winemaker in 2015.

The dynamic winemaking style at VSJ achieves balance and complexity while highlighting the natural character of the fruit. The wines are made in small lots with precision and care, aged in French and American barrels, and blended throughout the aging process to fully integrate the flavors that result in cohesive and elegant wines.

Villa San-Juliette Team

Cindi Gehrung
Financial Controller
Wendy Sullivan
Director of National Sales
Roxan Kragten
Wedding and Event Manager
Tracy Northington
DTC Manager
Yavanna Tuftee
Chef
Mike Stiekema
Enologist
Eufemio Saucedo
Vineyard Manager
Alfonso Guzman
Vineyard Foreman
Kim Headington
Office Manager
Larry Manshack
Facilities
Gracie Warwick
Social Media & Marketing
Karen Butler
Tasting Room
Danielle Bryan
Tasting Room
Richard Stevens
Tasting Room
Paddy
Vineyard Dog
Drexler
Vineyard Dog

Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast

2013 Alicante Bouschet, 91 points
2013 Chorum Red Blend, 93 points
2013 Romantique Red Blend, 91 points
2013 Grenache Reserve, 92 points
2014 Grenache Reserve, 91 points
2014 Chorum Red Blend, 92 points
2014 Sauvignon Blanc Estate, 90 points

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 90 points
2014 Petite Sirah Estate, 89 points

Vinous

2012 Petit Verdot Reserve, 90 points
2013 Romantique Red Blend, 91 points
2014 Merlot Reserve, 89 points

International Wine Review

2017 Rosé Reserve, 90 Points
2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 92 Points
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 91 Points

2018 Central Coast Wine Competition

2014 Alicante Bouschet Reserve, GOLD
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD & Best of Class
2015 Grenache Reserve, DOUBLE GOLD & Best of Class

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