Here’s an essential stop in Paso Robles – J Dusi Wines. Saturated with deep Paso history but with a 21st Century next-gen vibe, here you can visit, taste, purchase, and pay your respects with the great granddaughter of the most recognized family name in Paso Robles wine. The Dusi families are proprietors of two historic vineyards where fruit is sourced by a who’s who of Zinfandel producers that proudly display the famous Dusi name on their labels.
Janell Dusi crafts Zinfandel from her grandfather’s historic Zinfandel vineyard, Dante Dusi, along with her line of other excellent wines from several varieties.
Keeping with her family’s tradition of Zinfandel, Janell, a Cal Poly trained winemaker, calls her new winemaking project Paper Street, whereby her grapes are now being grown at a barely accessible high elevation vineyard in the mountains of Paso Robles – where the unnamed rugged roads exist only “on paper.”
Janell describes her winemaking mission as “A family tradition with a new perspective,” and while her methods and modern equipment might be a departure from how things were done 80 so years ago, the basics are still there and the time-honored expression of the vineyards is paramount.