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Saxum’s Justin Smith has 38 Wine Advocate scores of 95 points profiles Justin Smith of Paso Robles

Justin Smith

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Some people work hard to be cool. Saxum’s owner Justin Smith doesn’t need to try – he just is. He’s a guru for the emerging Paso Robles fine wine scene but you only know that by talking to people who learned from him.

He made Wine Spectator’s 2010 Wine of the Year – Saxum’s 2007 James Berry Vineyard – and 38 of his wines have scored at least 95 points with the Wine Advocate, but he doesn’t brag about any of them.

He makes his wines underneath his house in a garage with no restroom but a three-turntable music setup: you can see his priorities. Any music fan would love his collection, with exotic alternative rock (Brian Eno, Television), old blues (Lead Belly) and a smattering of hiphop, but the record geek would want to put all the albums in their sleeves; Smith’s too cool for that.

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