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Villa San Juliette

6385 Cross Canyons Road
San Miguel, CA 93451

Tasting:   Now Open
Discounts Available
Price Range:   $18 to $52 per bottle
Established:   2006
Vineyards:   129 acres
  30,000 cases

Villa San Juliette Description

The story begins with a little show called Corkscrewed..... The reality show “Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes” starred the owners of the vineyard Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. “Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes” was a reality series following the trials and exploits of award-winning entertainment producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick as they make a major investment in a long held dream – owning their own vineyard.

From childhood friends in the backstreets of Liverpool to producing the huge US primetime hit, American Idol, Ken and Nigel are a phenomenal success story.

Nigel is currently executive producer and “judge” on FOX Broadcasting’s summer hit So You Think You Can Dance, and Ken is executive producer of the head to head ratings rival, NBC’s America’s Got Talent and they are both enjoying the rewards and Hollywood lifestyle that come with a string of prime-time US network hits. Originally the purchase of the vineyard was planned as a consortium of buyers including Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller, one by one the investors pulled out leaving Nigel and Ken to purchase the beautiful 168 acre vineyard in Paso Robles, California alone.

Ken Warwick

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe

Problems arose from the outset. Arriving at the vineyard dressed in designer clothing, Lythgoe and Warwick try to convince the jeans-clad owner of their interest in horticulture. From there the hilarities and struggles persist; business collaborations go south; wild boars cause chaos; potential profits dive; and vines become infested with rot. In 2007 the vineyard went into full transformation. Ken and Nigel hired Tony Domingos, a local vineyard consultant in the area. Blocks of the older vineyard are being replaced by new rootstock and slowly but surely the vineyard is being revitalized.

In May of 2008 the first Estate grown bottling was made. Adam LaZarre, "The mad scientist, sensitive artiste and intellectual winemaking machine," from nearby Hahn Estates, was hired and five wines have been released under the Villa San-Juliette Label.



Villa San Juliette Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Estate Grown Wines
Sauvignon Blanc
Tours Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Gift Shop
RV & Limo Friendly
Live Music
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Villa San Juliette Reviews

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Zinfandel Fest Sampling!
Winequest, Monterey
They haven't opened their tasting room yet, but we tried the Zinfandel at the Paso Zinfest recently and found it to be very good even though it is still young. I bet that Adam LaZarre is doing an equally great job with their other wines!

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Fine Cab and Merlot
Wino, Palo Alto
We tasted this wine at an event recently and were impressed. Rich and intense nose on both the 2006 cab and merlot. Full bodied but soft tannins and very drinkable. They had a nice red blend as well. Good pricing.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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