PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- For clients who want to visit a winery --
and stay to enjoy a gourmet meal, luxurious lodging and a
three-course breakfast -- Justin Vineyards & Winery here may be
The venue is located halfway between Los Angeles and the Bay
area in a locale so remote that no advertisements or signs mark the
Clients can stay in the Just Inn, a French Country inn with two
small suites for $245 per night and a larger, one-bedroom suite
with a pull-out couch for $295 per night.
Rates include a three-course breakfast in Deborah's Dining Room,
a charming and intimate venue offering a view of the vineyard.
The popular five-course dinner, paired with wine for $100 per
person, may be one of the best deals around.
"It's the only [California] central-coast winery restaurant
employing a full-time executive chef," said Justin Baldwin, who has
owned the 160 acres with his wife, Deborah, since 1981. They
started the winery in 1987; the luxury bed-and-breakfast opened in
The real treat here is that the Baldwins are around all the
time, and guests really get a chance to witness a day in the life
of a winery and the people who run it.
Because it features an on-site executive chef, the property also
can host weddings or other functions for up to 150 people.
Gift items and gourmet picnic lunches are available near the
tasting room/wine bar.
Several wines from the vineyard have been recognized
internationally; the Justification Cabernet Franc-Merlot blend
recently was named to Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the
Cooking classes and other special events also are on the
For more information, call (800) 726-0049 or visit www.justinwine.com.
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