Jake Checks In from Dubost Winery!
Vintage Cellars’ own Jake Austad checks in with us again from his California wine tour, telling us all about his latest find. “I stumbled upon Dubost on the west side of Paso Robles,” says Jake. “Sure, the sign said tasting room open, but after a half mile trek down a one lane dirt road, I was unsure. Once in the gravel parking lot, the only car there, I met Curt. Fourth generation on the family ranch, Curt had to get off the tractor and take off his farmers hat to put on his wine hat and pour.” Curt made the atmosphere of Dubost very pleasant, sharing numerous stories with Jake from his 60+ years of experience. Of the wines he tasted, Jake found the Granache and Zinfandel to be his two favorites. “The zin was accompanied by a story of how the family stumbled upon the 2 tons of fruit from the cushion vineyard near the now famous James Berry Vineyard by Saxum,” relays Jake. “It was a gem of a Zinfandel for the Dubost family.” Jake, well aware of the recent trend to label yourself “boutique” in the wine world, believes the term aptly applies to Dubost. “The wine was the very definition of boutique. All small case lots of 100 to 200 cases were made for each varietal.” Summing up his positive experience, Jake had the following to say: “If you want family owned where you can taste the passion in each wine, if you want to search out the very definition of boutique winery, you can find it at Dubost.” And Jake also recommends trying their estate olive oil, too! “It’s worth the trek down a single lane dirt road for the wine, olive oil, and stories…”