“A.B.C.” Anything But Chardonnay

Nicole Abiouness took the long way to get  into the wine industry.  Growing up in Virginia, she packed up her belongings and moved to Napa where she was accepted at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America).  She signed up very every single wine course they had and eventually landed a job at Swanson before moving to Australia and Burgundy to gain some more experience.  After traveling the world, she went on to work at Chappellet before landing the dream job with John Kongsgaard (the Master).  While working with John she slowly acquired some fruit left and right and the rest…. is history – Abiouness was born.

Abiouness 2013 “Amrita” White Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 23.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12
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The 2013 Amirta White (Amrita, meaning the nectar of the Gods)is a delicate, floral, aromatic mélange of Malvasia Bianca, Viognier, Moscato, and Pinot Gris.  Lively aromas of bright tropical fruit & exotic spices jump out of the glass on impact. This medium to full-bodied white blend is amazingly well-balanced and offers great tasting pleasure.  The wine is loaded with honeysuckle, Bosc pears, gardenias, pineapple core and fresh peaches are all swirling around from start to finish. These flavors carry through on the palate and leave you with a smile asking for more!

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3 Barrel (75 cases) Sensation – Only 7 cases allocated

The Baxter Family has been making wine for over 45 years now, and has gone into its second generation.  The second generation is taking the winery into the 21st century, and it really shows.  Working with various high-end single vineyard, the Baxters are crafting some great wines these, and the 2012 Oppenlander Pinot Noir is a great example of what is to come from this winery.

Baxter 2012 Pinot Noir “Oppenlander” Mendocino
Retail 64.00 – GGWC 59.99  FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2012 Baxter “Oppenlander” Pinot Noir opens with an amazing bouquet of crushed flowers, Bing cherries, licorice and spices that jump out of the glass. A very masculine wine, yet incredibly refined and juicy. If this were a Burgundy, I’d say Pommard! Full bodied wine, that is rich and very substantial in the fruit department – well-balanced with the right touches of acid where needed!  Lush, with an incredible velvety-textured personality.  Amazingly long finish loaded with fresh, lively fruit and silky tannins.  Only 75 cases produced, and sadly only 7 cases allocated!

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Chardonnay Taste-Off Winner

We lined up an army of who-is-who with our latest Chardonnay tasting.

  • DuMOL (94 GWC)
  • Morlet (95 WA)
  • Talley Rosemary (94 WA)
  • Owen Roe (94 WS)
  • Rochioli “Sweetwater” (93WS)
  • Tor (94 WS)
  • 32 Winds by Ehren Jordan (92 WS)
  • Coldstream (92+WA)
  • Lewis (93 WS)
  • Buoncristiani (93 WS)
  • Chanin – The winner!

Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine and a “Winemaker to Watch” by San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at Au Bon Climat and Qupé, under the tutelage of winemakers Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, working his way up to assistant winemaker at both labels. Taking fall quarter off each year from his studies at UCLA to work harvest in California, Gavin also worked harvest in South Africa and New Zealand. He then traveled extensively in Burgundy and Italy before returning to launch Chanin Wine Co. in 2007!

Chanin 2012 Chardonnay “Bien Nacido”
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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This wine is loaded with complexity. On the nose you are welcomed by exhilarating aromas of white flowers, toasted almonds, baked bread and a slight touch of lemon custard. On the palate this silky, yet full-bodied elegant wine offers up awesome depth and richness, loaded with pear, kiwi and curry leaf. The texture is incredibly smooth with a fresh, clean long lasting finish.

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Crowd pleasing under $40 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet. A small production winery in the Napa Valley. Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here. I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!” The owners are third generation winery owners and winemakers so expertise is key here..

Petit Batard 2009 Cabernet, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code PETBAT upon checkout

On the nose you are greeted by gorgeous aromas of black currant, anise and chocolate. This medium to full bodied Proprietary Red blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 1% Malbec tastes a lot more expensive than its price tag! The wine is rich in body and juicy in flavor, with the right balance of fruit and acid on the mid-palate. The wine is supple and silky and easy to drink now with a good 10 years of cellar potential left.

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Merlot of the Month

Mia Klein goes way back in the food and wine industry. She was a chef, got her Enology degree at UC Davis and worked with Tony Soter, Cathy Corison at Chappellet. She followed with stints as the winemaker at Araujo, Spottswoode, Dalla Valle, Viader and Cimarossa.

The Selene name comes from Greek mythology. There are three goddesses associated with the moon in this mythology; Artemis, the maiden goddess of the waxing moon, Selene, the mother goddess of the full moon, and Hecate, the wise crone goddess of the waning moon. The moon carries a lot of meaning and symbolism for Mia Klein: “Not the least of which is following its phases. By knowing whether the moon is new, first quarter, full, second quarter, new, etc., I know where to find it in the sky, when it rises, and when it sets. For me, it’s another anchor that connects me to the workings of nature, like the fall and spring equinox and the winter and summer solstice. Besides, like my label depicts, there are few sights more beautiful in Napa Valley than the moonrise over hillside vineyards.”

Selene 2012 Merlot “Frediani Vineyard” Napa Valley
Retail 41.00 – GGWC 38.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code SEL12 upon checkout

Amazing aromas jump out of the glass of this single vineyard youngster. From the start you are greeted by lush black raspberries, slightly toasted vanilla bean, dark chocolate and espresso. Full in body, yet very elegant this wine displays a gorgeous mid-palate of black and red stone fruits, a touch of floral minerality, violet and jasmine. Lots of intensity and mouth-watering quality. The tannins are there, but not overpowering and even providing a sweet chewy texture that lingers nicely into a long last finish. Only 387 cases were produced.

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Cabernet “IS” what the Doctor ordered

When a heart surgeon tells you to drink a bottle of red wine, listen to him! Dr. Ramzi Deeik (owner of GrapeHeart Winery) dedicated his life fighting heart disease through surgery in his career as a cardiac surgeon,educating patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; moderate exercise, a Mediterranean diet… and RED WINE! Dr. Deeik is of the belief that resveratrol might be the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, assists in reducing “bad” cholesterol, and may prevent blood clots. Resveratrol resides in the skin and seeds of the grape, thus GrapeHeart wines are very “extracted” to enhance the beneficial effects. Dr Ramzi and his wife Isabel planted a vineyard and the rest, as they say, is history.

GrapeHeart 2010 Cabernet “Estate”
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 54.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount code GP10CS upon checkout

This is an amazingly well-crafted wine by French winemaker Frederic Delivert (Plumpjack, Cade, Far Niente, Clark Claudon, Sodaro,etc) will turn many heads. Out of the glass this rich and full well-structured wine shows gobs of intensity, bright black stone fruit, hints of chocolate, anise and espresso. Full in body, yet well delineated and extremely fine-tuned with elegance and great harmony between fruit and acid. On the palate you’ll encounter black currant, chocolate, licorice and espresso flavors that are beautifully balanced. This is a real classic and will age nicely for 10- 12 years. Very limited production.

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Quality & Great Value Red (200 cases produced / 10 allocated)

Carignane is the quiet Rhone Ranger varietal, the little brother of Syrah and Grenache. The wine most wineries use as a blending grape, but I can tell that this small production Trinafour Carignane will surprise you in both the quality as well as the pocket book department.

Trinafour 2012 Carignane
Retail 26.99 – GGWC 24.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more
Use discount code TRIN12 upon checkout

This 200 case production offers up an amazing aroma of lush cherries with exotic characters of black berries. The wine is mouthwatering good. On the expansive and full mid-palate one is greeted by lush black stone fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a whiff of lively acidity. This layered and complex wine will surprise many, even the big Cabernet lovers! Dense concentrated, lush and ripe fruit dominate this wine from start to finish where you crescendo into a long silky finish.

Also check out TRINAFOUR 2012 PETITE SIRAH, NIEMI MENDOCINO

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Remarkable Inaugural 3 barrel (70 cases) Napa Red Blend

Two wine industry friends got together they decided to make some great quality wines that would not break the bank. Due to the fact that they don’t have a “middle-man” we are able to offer you their wines at a price well-below where it should be. So don’t want too long to jump on this latest little gem!

Couteau 2010 “Kitchen Block” Red Blend, Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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The 2010 “Kitchen Block” is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Sirah sourced from three great vineyards in the Napa Valley (Frediani a Turley source, Hossfeld a Carter Cellar source and a small Calistoga vineyard). Right from the start you’ll be enamored by the quality of this youngster. Bright black stone fruits greet you on impact. Lush and bright black currant, plums and chocolate jump out of the glass. Full in body, yet extremely elegant and well-balanced this Napa Valley Red blend is runs pleasingly over the palate loaded with gobs of high-quality fruit flavors and dark Belgian chocolate leading into a long, complex silky tannin finish. Only 3 barrels (70 cases) produced, so hurry to jump on this one!
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Happy 4th of July!

Golden Gate Wine Cellars

Happy Independence Day to all of you that allow me the opportunity to share my love and findings of the world’s greatest wines.

On a more important note – Thank you to everyone that has fought for the United States of America, and for those that still do so today. Having Golden Gate Wine Cellars here is a privilege that I hope is never lost.

In honor of the 4th, share a bottle of your favorite American Wine with friends. We are lucky to be able to share our favorite wines with all of you.

Happy 4th of July to you all.

FREE WINE when signing up for our Wine Club

Dear Friends,

Thank You for your many years of support — it would not have been possible without you.

We have recently re-branded our wine club by creating a loyalty program where you can earn points that convert to FREE WINE (sorry, not completely free, the law makes me charge you $0.01).  If you stay a member for a least one year, you will receive bonus points that you can convert to FREE products.

Refer someone, and when they sign up for one year, you will receive EXTRA points towards FREE WINE!

We have created THREE CLUB LEVELS - APPRENTICEEXTREME & CUTTING-EDGE.

Do you have a hard time selecting wines when walking into your local store? Or do you say to yourself, I really want to try a bottle before I buy a whole case? We have the answer for you. Our Wine Club will send you a shipment of six bottles of hand-selected wines throughout the course of the year, along with extra features such as elaborate wine and food pairing notes.

The formats of the three clubs are the same, but each club has a different price point for the wines you will receive.

APPRENTICE, our beginner package features wines at around $35 and starts at $199.99 per shipment.

EXTREME, for the advanced vinophile showcases some of the best wines in the $35-$50 range for only $249.99 per shipment.

CUTTING-EDGE, for the most discerning premium wine lover features the most exclusive boutique wines in the $45- $75 range at an unbelievable $299.99 per shipment.

Every other month we will ship you six bottles of hard-to-find wines.  All you need to do is to commit to a one year minimum membership and with each shipment you will receive CREDIT POINTS that you can use towards FREE WINE ($0.01)!

Each club shipment you will receive 2 points, once you received 10 points you’ll receive one free bottle of wine (average value of your club level).

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