Passenger Cabernet – the next Harlan!

Passenger PigeonThe Passenger Pigeon was once the most prolific bird in the United States with numbers in the billions.  Migrating flocks a mile wide would turn the skies black and colonies could have 100 nests in a single tree. However, in the late 1800′s, the species dwindled in numbers until 1914, when the last known pigeon named Martha, died in captivity in the Cincinatti Zoo.

Passenger 2008 Cabernet

Passenger 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap Napa Valley
Retail 80.00 – GGWC $74.95

Passenger is the hot new project from wine broker Kimberly Jones and sommelier Chris Blanchard. The fruit is sourced from a “secret” Stag’s Leap vineyard. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has an amazing aroma that jumps out of the glass. Lush, densely concentrated yet elegant. Dark black stone fruit with a touch of toasty vanilla. Well balanced and structured, this wine finishes long with modest and silky tannins. Only 102 cases produced.

Hot weather shipping news!

I am working with UPS on shipping TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED (great for summer and winter). By later this week, or early next week we should have more detailed information. We still can store your wines here, but it might be great to ship during the hot summer at no or very small extra costs! I have seen a lot of data from UPS on this topic and it looks very promising.

More to come later this week…

Happy Independence Day from Golden Gate Wine Cellars

The Statue of Liberty Unveiling - Oct 28, 1886Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars,

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, barbecues, family reunions, and often time for families to reflect. We at Golden Gate Wine Cellars want to reflect on the past six years and say thank you for all your support.  Without you we would not have been able to succeed.  Being an independent business owner is a risk and requires hard work and many hours.  I wake up happy every morning (I do have a great wife and two awesome daughters), but I love coming to work and talking to all of my customers and sharing my passion. Only in America is this possible – I made a hobby into a great profession. Thank you to all of you!

Have a great Holiday weekend.  Have fun wherever you are!  Drink lots of good wine (remember my motto – Always Drink Good Wine!), but most of all BE SAFE!

A very humbled,

Frank Melis


I do have a few American success stories (wine suggestions) to share with you. Enjoy!

Lang & Reed 2009 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley
Retail 26.00 GGWC $22.99

Passenger 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap Napa Valley
Retail 82.00 – GGWC $74.95

Jemrose 2007 Syrah “Cardiac Hill” Bennett Valley Sonoma
(Stephen Tanzer 92 Points)
Retail $44.00 – GGWC 39.99

Orin Swift 2008 Papillon Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 60.00 – GGWC $54.99

La Sirena 2010 Moscato Azul, Napa Valley
Retail 32.00 – GGWC $28.99

2480 “Hollywood and Vine” 2009 Chardonnay Napa Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99

Knez 2009 Pinot Noir (Cerise/Demuth) Anderson Valley
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 29.99

Sommelier Special – 2007 Alondra Cabernet

John Lancaster and Robert PerkinsAlondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by my long time friends John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco.

During his tenure at Boulevard, John has traveled extensively throughout the world’s wine regions studying wine production and is also a professional wine judge and consultant. John and I judged together for the International Wine Competition.

Robert has been a wine consultant for several Bay Area restaurants. He has also worked hands-on in production at several small wineries including Nalle, Scherrer and Sean Thackrey. For the past nine years he has been a sommelier at Greens in San Francisco, Willowside Café in Sonoma and at Boulevard Restaurant.

Alondra 2007 Cabernet, Yountville Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.50
SPECIAL 32.50

Alondra 2007 CabernetThis is a secretive wine! We are not allowed to tell you where the fruit comes from, but I can tell you that it has to do with a successful management career in the NFL and some Super Bowl wins! I can tell you that the source is an amazing 10 acre site in the Yountville district of Napa Valley. The Alondra winemakers crafted an amazing, well-priced wine from this stunning vineyard source! On the nose one is greeted by gobs of black currant, cassis and cocoa powder aromas. On the palate this lush, densely concentrated wine classic Napa Valley black stone fruit with a touch of chocolate and a touch of spice. The palate is expressive and flavorful, with the rich fruit profile beautifully balanced by gravelly earth and refined, but silky tannins. With a production of 200 cases, I can tell you that this one will not last long!