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In 1997, Justin Smith and Matt Trevisan started Linne Calodo Cellars in Paso Robles, sharing a conviction that Rhône varieties had a tremendous future in their region. Using grapes primarily from the James Berry Vineyard, owned by Smith's father, the college buddies built a following for their small brand, and their success coincided with burgeoning interest in Rhône-style wines -- especially Syrah -- from throughout California's Central Coast.
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