Vintage Cellars’ very own custom cellar designer Jake Austad is currently touring the wine country in Paso Robles, California. Some of the wineries is visiting include “local favorites” like Justin, Denner Vinyards, Turley, and Tablas Creek. Jake checked in on Monday with an exciting discovery claiming, “I think we may have found the greatest $10 wine ever made!” Apparently, this wine is not on the tasting list at Turley, but it is available if you ask to taste the "table wine.” This mysteriously good $10 wine is actually Pesenti Red Velvet Zinfandel. In Jake’s words, “Imagine blackberry jam on buttered toast with a smooth velvety finish. Make this your table wine of the summer as BBQ, pizza, burgers, brats and the classic American hot dog will all shine with this everyday wine...” Sounds good to me! I’m very curious to see what other affordable gems Jake will find on his travels.
Incidentally, if anyone has been following the BBC show "James May's Road Trip", where a BBC documentary host and wine newbie tours wine country and learns about wine from expert Oz Clarke, the most recent episode was May and Clarke touring Paso Robles. May's goal for the California leg of their trip (they started in France) was finding good wines that can be had for under 10 pounds (somewhere in the $20 range)...but I don't think they tried the Red Velvet!