Steal this wine!

I would never condone stealing, except when it comes to this Pickpocket from our friends from Sans Liege. All joking aside, Sans Liege has made a name for itself as one of the best Rhone Varietal producers in the state, and this latest release might be one of the best ones yet-to-date.

Sans Liege 2010 “Pickpocket” Tempelton Gap, Paso Robles
Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more
Use discount shipping code “PICKPOCKET” during check out

The 2010 Pickpocket (100% Grenache) is sourced from the Alta Colina, Derby Alban, Tablas and Pipestone vineyards. As the light is stripped softly from the bookcases, heavy curtains and sullen marble floors of this country manor, your host is likely to pour you a nightcap from some inky carafe. You are met with a rich perfume of brandied cherry Ceylon tea, fresh plum, nutmeg shard and black chocolate. A final cup of fine ground coffee is served. The sunken glass of the windows waxes to obsidian, and a prick begins worming in your mind: this place has magic. The sense comes quickly and carries with it a taste of old growth forest, burnt cinnamon, tiny sweet strawberries, creek fresh mint and fog. Now in comfortable repose in your room, you notice the creep of long shadows. It is a hours till dawn, and the sheets will make a poor shield from the darkness to come. Only 21 barrels (500 cases were produced), so this will be gone in no time. This wine has great aging potential. I would advise to decant this wine a good two hours before consumption and serve slightly below room temperature.

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Zinfandel of the Month

Nestled in the Russian River Valley the century-old Gamba Estate has consistently produced limited-production (handcrafted) wines. This organic and dry-farmed 35 acre vineyard is owned by Gus and Paulette Gamba. Guided by a family heritage of six generations of wine grape growing, it is a firm belief at Gamba that wines are made in the vineyard.

Gamba Estate 2011 “Old Vine” Russian River Valley
Retail 41.00 – GGWC 38.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 6
Use the discount shipping code “GAMBA11″ during checkout.

This single vineyard approach creates a full flavored, food friendly wine – deep garnet in color with a cherry preserve nose, delicately highlighted by red plum and dried cranberry. It flows across the palate with sumptuous flavors of chocolate, black plums, black currants and a whiff of earthiness This is a very impressive Zinfandel with a silky, smooth texture and elegant tannins, integrated with a subtle brown spice. Each bottle is a reflection of the vineyard site, soil and climate.

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Chateau Margaux can step aside for this limited Cab!

Purlieu means “the edge of the forest” or “an outlying area.” In this case, it is a reference to their home base in the new Coombsville AVA, at the edge of the forest and the entire Napa Valley. Symbolically, “purlieu” refers to their approach to winemaking, to exploring the outskirts and navigating the boundaries of what one may expect of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the key to successfully walking that edge lies in maintaining balance: between innovation and tradition, confidence and restraint, depth and refreshment. Purlieu is the culmination of several seasoned and determined wine professionals’ efforts to produce the finest Cabernet Sauvignon possible from the best estate vineyards in Napa Valley, all under the guidance of winemaker Julien Fayard (assistant winemaker at Lafite Rothschild and former assistant to Philippe Melka) and ace viticulturist Steve Matthiasson.

Purlieu 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 85.00 – GGWC 79.99

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Use discount shipping code PUR10 upon check out.

One would believe you were sipping on a 1982 Chateau Margaux when encountering this Purlieu, really! This is a masculine, yet elegantly made wine.   The color is intense and bold, dark midnight purple.   The aromas are fresh and vibrant with a whiff of cigar box meeting the best Belgian chocolate. On the palate you’ll encounter “Linebacker meets Ballerina” as the wine is powerful, opulent, robust yet extremely well-balanced and it rolls over the palate like a knife through soft butter.   Black stone fruit, anise, ripe figs flavors intermingle with a whiff of chocolate on the long, complex palate that leads to a gorgeous 30 second finish!

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The BEST Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted this year!

I taste a lot of wines every day of the year, some better some worse.  Grey Stack 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is definitely the BEST Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted this year – far surpassing those previously made by this winery and the 100’s of others I tasted so far this calendar year.

Grey Stack Cellars is hidden away in the Bennett Valley AVA in Sonoma County, one of the newest and smallest AVA’s in the United States. Vineyards and farming are truly the heart of Grey Stack Cellars and behind the traditional rock walls that surround their vineyards lies the secret to creating renegade wines: the cool marine climate and volcanic soils that can only be found in the micro-climates of Bennett Valley.

Grey Stack 2012 “Rosemary’s Block” Sauvignon Blanc
Retail 38.00 – GGWC 34.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “GREY12SB” during check out

In contrast to 2011′s tough growing season, 2012 season was picture perfect right up to harvest. Continuing a tradition started in 2006, this wine was fermented in stainless steel to preserve its verve and then aged for 4 months in 50% stainless steel and 50% mostly neutral oak. The unique Italian clone grown in Rosemary’s Block delivers its unique pineapple and passion fruit flavor profile with a nose that can be detected from several feet away. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, this wine may develop a slight haze in the bottle. Ignore it and enjoy the wine.

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Big Scoring Pinot Noir All Star

Peter Knez is a banker and wine-o-phile turned winery and vineyard owner.  He purchased the Cerise and Demuth vineyards some years ago.  The vineyard is planted to some of the best clonal selection in the industry (Martini, Pommard, David Bruce, Wädenswil, 777, etc.).  To this they add the beauty of science.  The vineyards are 100% organic, biodynamic and sustainable.  Hands-on is the key word at Knez, where they are producing wine every bit as complex, expressive and ageworthy as their compatriots in Burgundy.

Knez 2010 “Cerise” Pinot Noir
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 41.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “KNEZ10″ during check out

High toned raspberry, carnation and baking spice aromas with a fleeting scent of iron fill the nose. Its character becomes hugely spicy and floral with air, with penetrating red fruit taking center stage. Intense mouthfeel and depth of flavors remain elegant, as the taste echoes the nose. This is a sappy, classically styled Cerise with years of rewarding aging ahead.

Stephen TanzerI rarely quote publications, but Stephen Tanzer is not a “generous” guy, so when he gives 93 points, you might see a 98 from Wine Spectator!

Stephen Tanzer:  “Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant, black raspberry & potpourri, with a deeper note of licorice adding a  serious quality. Muscular but light on its feet, offering nervy red & dark berry flavors that expand and deepen with air. A spicy nuance carries through the very long, seductively sweet finish.”

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Old Vine Zinfandel of the Month

When you get some of the best fruit in the Valley you can only expect to wind up with an amazing final product.  The folks at Enkidu did just that with this 2010 Bedrock Old Vine Vineyard bottling.  But with only 200 cases produced I have to warn you that it will be gone in no time!  The original Bedrock vineyard was planted 125 years ago, planted by friends of General Vallejo on rich alluvial soils from the surrounding volcanic hillsides of Sonoma Valley.

Enkidu 2010 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley
Retail 39.00 – GGWC 35.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “ENK10BED” during check out

This wine has an amazing perfumed but amiable aroma.  It is full in body and flows across the lush palate with superb flavors of blackberries, crushed black peppercorn and licorice. The fruit and acid ratio are perfectly intertwined and well-balanced.  This Zinfandel is well-polished and loaded with finesse and ends with gorgeous silky tannins.

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Blind Tasting Winner: Comptche Ridge Pinot Noir!

Comptche Ridge winery is owned by the Weir Brothers (as in Weir vineyard, source for some amazing Pinots such as Drew, William Selyem, Spell, etc.).  Comptche has also been the foundation for some other stunning Pinots like Anthill, etc.

My tasting group was excited to add some Pinots into the mix.  This week’s lineup included:

  • Anthill “Campbell Ranch” (94 RP)
  • Anthill “Tina Marie” (93 RP)
  • Rochioli “West Block (94 RP)
  • Clos Pepe (93 RP)
  • Comte de Vogue (95 RP)
  • Brickhouse “Evelyn (93 RP)
  • Capiaux Pisoni (93 RP)
  • Brewer Clifton Mt Carmel (93 RP)
  • Aubert UVSL (95 RP)
  • Alexana (94 WS)
  • DuMOL “Aidan” (94 RP)
  • Donum (95 WS)
  • Peter Michael “Clos du Ciel” (95 WS)
  • Martinelli “Three Corner” (96 WS)
  • Comptche Ridge (96 GGWC)


received 10 first, 2 second and 3 third place votes, votes beating out a pack of other amazing Pinot Noirs. Anthill Campbell received 3 first, 7 second and 2 third place votes, while Clos Pepe received 2 first, 4 second, and 7 third place votes.

Comptche Ridge 2010 Pinot Noir, Estate Mendocino
Retail 56.00 – GGWC 52.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “COMPTCHE” during check out

The year’s wine exhibits cool, deeply-pitched aromas, showing red berry, orange peel, and hints of minerality that emerge with air. Year after year, extremely low yields create a beautiful lushness to this cool-climate wine. This full-bodied, smooth and rich Pinot Noir has long and penetrating flavors of creamy red plum and red cherry flavors on a delicate, almost crystalline frame. The finish is flavorful and long with silky tannins. 13.5% alcohol.

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Wine Tourism Day!

May 11th is Wine Tourism Day!
Two for One Tasting Admission!

Join us for an in-store tasting with winemakers of
Gain Bay, Buccio, Seabiscuit Ranch, Il Cuore, and Solitude.

Complete schedule below.

Call, email, or click on the links below to RSVP!

Walk-ins welcome, space permitting.

May 11: Gain Bay, Buccio, Seabiscuit Ranch, and Solitude.

Make sure to sign up on our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages for updates and SPECIALS!



In-Store Tasting Schedule

May 11 Wine Tourism Day! 2 for 1 admission.
Gain Bay, Buccio, Seabiscuit Ranch, and Solitude – Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
May 18 Elizabeth Spencer and Baker Lane – Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
May 25 Central Coast Day – Dragonette, Sans Liege, Herman Story, Aratas, Alta Colina
June 1 & 8 No tasting these weeks
June 15 DuMol
June 22 TBA

Heritage and Value

Campesino is a husband and wife venture with a North American farm twist.  Griselda’s grandfather Pablo Ceja (as in Ceja vineyards and winery) came to the US in 1967 to seek a better life.  Today the Ceja family owns hundreds of acres and various children run wineries and vineyards.  Griselda’s husband Marcario, who grew up near Napa and was dragged to wineries every weekend with his parents to taste wine – after graduating from Notre Dame (IN), and working in the corporate world for six years he decided to ditch the suit for purple hands and pruning shears. The rest, as they say is history.

Campesino 2011 Baybos, Sonoma Coast
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 32.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Can be mixed with Campesino Alina for free shipping
Use discount shipping code “CAMPESINO” during check out

A Rhone style Red blend from two Sonoma Coast vineyards, Sangiacomo and Ceja. The blend consists of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.  Stunning aromas of wild fruits intermingled with spice and roasted meats, leap from the glass. Luscious flavors of dark fruits followed by wild herbs and cracked peppercorn lead to a long lasting finish. Full bodied yet balanced, Baybos is a wonderful wine for any occasion.

Campesino 2012 Alina, Sonoma Coast
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX
Can be mixed with Campesino Baybos for free shipping
Use discount shipping code “CAMPESINO” during check out

A white Rhone blend of 50% each Rousanne and Grenache Blanc.  The 2012 Alina is full of beautiful aromatics. Intoxicating notes of crisp apple, citrus essence and hints of pineapple fill your nose with all that is good about spring. Tiers of Meyer lemon and guava intermingle with refreshing acidity and flavorful minerality to awaken the senses. Stainless steel fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels for 7 months, Alina provides the perfect paring with any of your favorite summer dishes.

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A limited Production “Precious” find

Stage Left Cellars

I am excited to introduce a new winery to our portfolio “Stage Left” an outfit specializing in “Rhone Varietals” from some of the most sought after vineyards in California.  For this offer I want to introduce the 2010 “Go Getter” a Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussane blend, and the single vineyard “Alder Springs” Syrah.

Stage Left 2009 Syrah Alder Springs Mendocino
Retail 41.00 – GGWC 34.99 FREE SHIPPING on six or more
Can mix and match with Stage Left 2010 White Blend
Use discount shipping code “STAGELEFT” during check out

The Alder Springs vineyard has been the source for some of the best and very high-scoring Syrahs from California (Arnot Roberts, Behrens Hitchcock, Pax, etc.) so you are in great company here!

An amazing nose that is pretty and intensely aromatic – think lavender, wild strawberries, white flowers and a hint of vanilla bean. On the palate, there’s a rich red fruit profile (pomegranates, ripe strawberries, and raspberries) and fresh natural acidity to keep everything in balance. It finishes with a nice bit of minerality, graphite and fine, dusty tannins. Lower in alcohol, but packing a ton of flavor, this is a wonderful wine for the table. Only 95 cases produced!!

Stage Left 2010 “Go Getter” White Blend
Retail  34.00 – GGWC 29.99 FREE SHIPPING on six or more
Can mix and match with Stage Left 2009 Syrah
Use discount shipping code “STAGELEFT” during check out

This fun wine offers a beautiful aroma of honey suckle, orange blossom, pineapple and lemon zest (not sweet!!).  On the palate this 2010 rendition is full bodied, with beautiful, natural acidity, lots of mouth feel of honey, white peach and it finishes with a very intense, long finish (courtesy of a little skin contact).  Only 290 cases produced!

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