Resnicks apologize, plan to donate land to SLO County

June 24, 2016
Stewart and Lynda Resnick

Stewart and Lynda Resnick

Statement from Lynda and Stewart Resnick

As the owners of Justin Vineyards & Winery, we try to instill in our local team a neighborly spirit, environmental responsibility and entrepreneurial independence, but when we learned of the terrible situation at our Sleepy Farm Road property, not to mention our poor reputation within the community, we were ashamed and are sorry.  We were asleep at the wheel.

Over the last few days, we’ve been conducting an internal review of the project and learned that while genuine efforts to meet county ordinances were made, unfortunately, there were absolutely unacceptable lapses of judgment. We’ve also talked to local residents to better understand the issues and our standing within the Paso Robles community and found that our actions are an embarrassment, and for that, we take full responsibility.

We are horrified by the lack of regard for both neighbor and nature that has been exhibited, especially the removal of native oak woodlands, and we hope that the community will accept our deepest and most sincere apologies and find it in their hearts to forgive us. We want to make things right, starting now.

Deforestation by Justin Vineyards

Deforestation by Justin Vineyards

We have already been in active and positive discussions with the San Luis Obispo County planning and building leaders and shared our plan to donate this 380-acre parcel of land at Sleepy Farm Road, and we’re actively exploring the best possible ways to make that happen, in addition to looking for other conservation opportunities in the greater Adelaida area.

As part of this preservation, we will ensure that all necessary steps are taken to conserve this land in cooperation with county and local officials. Also included in this re-mitigation process will be the implementation of immediate sedimentation and erosion control measures; the elimination of our pond project and restoring it to its natural grade; implementing measures to permanently protect oak woodlands from being removed on at least 100 acres of our property; and planting 5,000 new oak trees across our properties.

These actions are just the beginning of our commitment to being a better, more engaged neighbor, a true steward of the land, and a local voice that lives up to the spirit of Paso Robles. We want to walk arm-in-arm with our neighbors to ensure the future of sustainable farming in the region.

We know that proof of this will be in our actions, not just our words, and we look forward to working together to earn the support and trust of the Paso Robles community.



Just say NO to these horrible people and their horrible products!

Say NO to buying POM Horrible juice; FIJI Horrible water; Horrible Justin and Horrible Landmark Wines; Horrible Almonds, Citrus and Pistachios; Horrible Halos; Horrible Teleflora; Horrible Suterra; and Horrible Sweet Scarletts.

Maybe they will get the message and not do something like this again.


Ooooo get them they are rich ooooo make them pay ooooooo throw their apology back in their face. They cut trees down OMG! make them move away…..lmao


Too little, too late. You bulldozed a forest damn well knowing what you were doing.


a forest?


Yeah, a Woodland Forest.


Looks like that deal was made fast and behind closed doors. End of story, no more reporting. Just a hard-working farmer confused by government red tape.


Please rate the charming duo: (1) genuine or fake (2) sincere or flippant (3) respectful or grossly wrong. How’re they lookin’ about now? “Asleep at the wheel” ey? Not the first time. This smooth operating couple is extremely well practiced and not to be trusted – not today – not tomorrow. Point to the EXIT.


Mr. Resnick purchased Justin Vineyards with money that he received from the sale of his water allotment to the city of Los Angeles. Essentially the taxpayers of the State of California, who paid the bond measures to pay for the water infrastructure in the Central Valley, provided this scumbag with a commodity that he chose not to use for its intended purpose but instead to sell at a profit. This scumbag then took that money, which rightfully should have gone to the state of California and used it to purchase Justin Vineyards. This scumbag then proceeded to rape the land in order to plant more Vineyards so that he could grow more grapes and make more money from an asset that in truth he never even paid for. Now this scumbag has gotten caught for his illegal work on the land and his get-out-of-jail-free card is supposed to be giving the county a few hundred acres of free land. I say f*ck him and f*ck Justin Vineyards.


A more truthful statement would’ve said “Yeah, we’re sorry…sorry that we got caught!”

Kevin Rice

“We will permanently protect oaks from being removed on at least 100 acres of our property” —

Do you mean the 100 acres that lies BETWEEN the oak trees?


Did you believe Clinton when he said ” I did not have sex with this woman?” If you believed that then you should believe the Resnicks.