This week, we're pitting neighbors against each other...Story and Villa Toscano wineries. Both are located in Plymouth, California, about 2 miles apart from each other in the Shenandoah Valley in the heart of Amador County.
The resulting wine is a heavy, jammy, spicy, tasting inky wine. Done right, it's a sublime experience and holds up well to food with big, bold flavors like the steaks at JD's in nearby Sutter Creek or the smoked jalapeño, bacon wrapped poppers at the Dancing Bear in the historic Plymouth Hotel.
Both wines retail in the $20 range but the wineries will be willing to cut a deal in person. Story has several six packs that can effectively cut the price in half. I got a case of the Villa Toscano for $99, bringing their price to about $8.25.
Which one is best? Watch the video, above. We declared them a tie but we'd drink the heavy, bold Villa Toscano while sitting in front of a roaring fire on a winter night while the Story wine goes better in an outdoor setting thanks to the lightening effect of the mission grapes in their wine.
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