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Legends Behind the Craft

Jun 13, 2023

Janell Dusi, the fourth-generation owner, and winemaker at J Dusi Wines, leads the way in crafting exceptional wines at this boutique Paso Robles Zinfandel winery. As a female-owned and operated establishment, J Dusi Wines embraces Janell's expertise and vision. Janell's roots run deep in the world of winemaking, having been born and raised on the Dusi Vineyard, where her grandfather Dante imparted the old-world Italian winemaking traditions to her. The Dusi family's legacy in Paso Robles Wine Country dates back to the early 1920s, and Janell continues their heritage by upholding sustainable farming practices passed down by her great-grandparents.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Janell tells us that she's a fourth-generation owner and winemaker; her great-grandparents immigrated from northern Italy and settled in Paso Robles.

  • Janell shares her winemaking journey and the process behind creating J Dusi Wines.

  • Discover when the inaugural vintage of J Dusi Wines was released

  • Learn about the diverse range of varietals thriving in Paso Robles, and how the region's soil and topography contribute to their excellence

  • Janell discusses their house style and the characteristics of J. Dusi's Zinfandel and other wines

  • Explore how Janell's winemaking philosophy allows the vineyards to express themselves

  • Janell introduces the exciting new vineyard project, the Paper Street Vineyard

  • Learn about the evolution of Janell's wines over the years and the factors that have influenced their development

  • Dive into the interplay between art, science, and passion in winemaking

  • Janell discusses upcoming wine ventures and experiments she is looking forward to exploring

  • Janell shares her vision for the future of Paso Robles and offers cautionary advice for the region's evolution


In this episode with Janell Dusi

Janell Dusi, a fourth-generation owner, and winemaker, shares her captivating journey from her great grandparents' migration from Italy to Paso Robles, to her own winemaking process and the evolution of J Dusi Wines. Discover the diverse varietals in Paso Robles, the house style of Zinfandel, the influence of vineyards on flavor profiles, and the common denominator between their different wines. 

In today’s episode of the Legends Behind The Craft podcast, Drew Thomas Hendricks is joined by Janell Dusi, Owner and Winemaker at J Dusi Wines. Explore Janell's latest vineyard project, Paper Street Vineyard, and delve into the challenges and rewards of managing two brands. Learn about their harvests, the evolution of J Dusi wines over the years, and the delicate balance between art and science in winemaking. Janell also shares her excitement for future wine ventures and experiments, while discussing her motivation and what drives her passion. Finally, envision the changing landscape of Paso Robles over the next years and discover the cautionary advice that Janell wants to share with wine enthusiasts.


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