Stanley Tucci Brings Vine Talk to Paso Robles

By Richard Horgan Comment

The latest episode of PBS TV series Vine Talk has a Central California flavor. Premiering over the weekend, “Zeroing in on Zinfandels” sent actor-host Stanley Tucci to the Paso Robles region to sample a concoction first bottled in California in 1857.

If you haven’t seen the program, it’s a pleasant diversion, with Tucci joined by various wine experts and celebrity guests such as, in this case, former New York Mets pitcher Ron Darling and Grammy nominated violinist Philippe Quint. Tucci asks Darling why so many MLB pitchers now seem to be into wine:

Two of the six Zinfandels sampled in the episode come from companies with literary sounding names — Victor Hugo Winery and Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery — but in each case, there is no connection.