Ken and Julie Warwick took an unconventional route to get into the wine business. They were born in Liverpool, England, and grew up to produce Emmy winning television shows. You may have heard of one... it's called American Idol.
As producers, they traveled extensively to interview and audition new talent. One of those auditions occurred in Paso Robles. For those of you who have heard similar stories, we all know the ending. They fell in love with the area and its wines and decided that this was their new calling. So, in 2005, Villa San-Juliette was born.
Like most wine newbies, they realized early on that they didn't know a thing about growing grapes or making wine. Fortunately, there are a lot of people in Paso Robles who do. That led them to winemaker, Dan Smith, an Oregon native who graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in wine and viticulture.
Though the climate is quite different between the Willamette Valley and Paso Robles, the mindset isn't. Dan brought with him a sense of delicacy, nuance, and complexity that, when mixed with lower alcohol levels, produce wines that envelop the palate, not assaulted it.
Our selection is a perfect example of Dan's lighter touch. Picking took almost a week as only the mature grapes were harvested. Thus, assuring the delicate aromas would be held in suspension by the lively acidity for as long as possible. This lovely combination would sing with shrimp in a basil cream sauce.