Wine and cheese make you smart and healthy!

Wine and cheese make you smart and healthy!

By ALESSANDRA MALITO, Marketwatch
New studies say cheese doesn’t have health risks, and wine helps your brain

Go ahead — have some cheese with your wine tonight. It turns out that cheese may not be so bad for your health after all.  A recent study challenges some of the health concerns around cheese and dairy: Mainly that they are fatty and lead to potential heart attacks or strokes. The researchers, using previous studies and data found on these dairy products, found cheese doesn’t increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It is important to note, however, that the study was funded in part by three dairy organizations, which obviously have a vested interest in positive results. The Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute and the Dairy Australia (even though the paper says they had no role in study design or data collection and analysis).

And red wine, in moderation, can help your heart and your brain, according to a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. Contrary to previous findings, such as one Swedish report from 2014, cheese, as well as other dairy products like milk and yogurt, may not be more dangerous to your health. The recent findings published in the European Journal of Epidemiology suggest there is no increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes as they sometimes have been said to do, according to another paper.

The wine study looked at wine residue passed through the gut and found that those metabolites are preventing cells from dying because of stress conditions that normally affect neurodegenerative disorders. The research showed different foods have various benefits along the digestive path, and wine, in this case, stops dying cells, and therefore delay potential neurodegenerative diseases.

And… As always, if you need some help finding the best wines for your own wine and cheese tasting activities, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 415-337-4083 or visit http://www.GoldenGateWineCellars.com!

95 Point Syrah Gem … 12.5% Alc. for those who want “lower” alcohol wines

Many of Wind Gaps’ vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another.  These geological breaks in the coastal hills funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening of the grapes.  It seems only fitting that their name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping their wines.

Wine lovers will know the name Pax Mahle from his first winery – PAX – which garnered high scores and much notoriety.  Though he has always been influenced by French styles of winemaking, it was the bold, powerful Syrahs that first brought praise and attention to Pax in his new chapter as Sommelier-turned-Winemaker.

Wind Gap 2014 Syrah “Armagh” 
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Saturated with savory elements including iron, anise, plum and brown spice on the deep dark aromas of this dense red wine.  This is definitely the scary side of Syrah…meat jus, seared meat, iron. Blackberries and spicy stem notes create a classically structured Syrah that is built to improve in your cellar for many years to come.”

Anthony Galloni 95 Points: “The 2014 Syrah Armagh Vineyard is the richest and deepest of these Syrahs from Wind Gap. Ferrous notes open up first, followed by a host of dense, meaty, peppery notes that add character. There is wild, feral quality to the Armagh that I find especially appealing. Dense and powerful, but in the classic Wind Gap style, the 2014 Armagh is fabulous today.”

Winemaker Notes: “The Armagh Vineyard saw one of its most successful seasons in a few years, more reminiscent of the 2010 or 2008 versions of this wine, this 2014 is rich, textured and loaded with ripe, succulent fruit, spice and savory Syrah elements. Probably one of the most powerful Syrahs we have labeled under the Wind Gap label and the polar opposite of the 2014 Majik Syrah, this one needs a big slab of meat or a couple of years in your cellar.

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Taking a moment to remember.

 
On this Memorial Day, now more than ever, let us remember our heroes.

Remember, honor, and pay tribute to all who have fought and selflessly surrendered the precious gift of life, so that others could live free. Give thanks to those who believed in something greater than themselves. And let us not forget their families whose pain will never go away, but may lessen with our thanks and prayers.

God Bless our fallen, their families, and the men and women in uniform all over the world.

Let us pray for peace and harmony,
…and raise a glass to the United States of America!

 

“Brilliant” 95 Point Blind Tasting Surprise = FREE SHIPPING

In a recent blind tasting of 2013 Chardonnays a very smaller producer ran away with the big prize!

The lineup of 2013 Chardonnays included:

  • Dehlinger 94 Pts
  • Hartford “Stone Cote” 95 Pts
  • Chasseur “Graton” 94 Pts
  • The Hilt “Old Guard” 95 Pts
  • Seasmoke 95 Pts
  • Del Dotto “Reserve Cinghiale” 95 Pts
  • North 95 Pts
  • DuMOL Chloe 96 Pts
  • Evening Land “Summum” 95 Pts
  • Auteur “Durrell” 95 Pts
My group of 12 tasters voted Auteur “Durrell” FIRST with 6 first, 4 second and 2 third place votes, ahead of DuMOL with 4 first, 5 secon and 3 third place votes, and Seasmoke with 2 first, 2 second no third place votes.

Auteur 2013 Chardonnay “Durrel” Sonoma Coast 
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The wine over delivers on both nose and palate.  This small production single vineyard “Durrell” Chardonnay delivers a laser beam of aromatics and flavors. On the nose hints of green apple, tropical fruit that is followed on the lush palate by citrus, honeydew, mango and a touch of butter scotch and a whiff of citurs. Offering great depth and velocity, the wine finishes long with a hint of minerality.

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2013 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard saw 30% new oak but again no malolactic fermentation. This is a brilliant Chardonnay with full-bodied intensity, plenty of minerality, some subtle tropical fruits such as tangerine and mango, but more quince, white currants and citrus oil. It has the ability to last 5-7 years, if not longer.”

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20% OFF REMARKABLE PINOT! – LIMITED TIME ONLY -

 
Matt Murphy grew up in Arkansas among a “wine savvy family”.  While studying molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Matt followed his emerging appreciation of fine wine, and his love of the land, and worked a summer at Signorello Estate in Napa Valley. At Signorello, Matt found that he loved working in the vineyard, and the collaborative nature of making wine.  After graduating he moved west and continued his quest to learn more about winemaking the the vineyards.  After a decade exploring, the Matt and his parents purchased an estate and started from scratch.  Today the vineyard is very well-regarded, as they sell grapes to a ½ dozen wineries. The Murphys produce a small amount of wine under their own label as well.

Presqu’ile Pinot Noir “Estate” Santa Maria Valley
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Galloni 94 Points: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Presqu’ile is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Juicy dark cherries, plums, sweet spice, flowers and herbs form an attractive fabric. Pliant and open-knit, the 2013 is impressive for many reasons, including its terrific balance and sense of harmony, two qualities that require serious work here. The 2013 was done with just a touch of whole clusters (15%) and aged for ten months in mostly neutral oak.”

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Overachiever Napa Cab at ½ the Price

In 1979 Bill and Mary Seavey bought the present Seavey Vineyard from an old family friend. It had been a vineyard in the 1870s, although by the 1970s it was a cattle ranch. While Bill continued his San Francisco law practice, Mary and he set about restoring the property and replanting the former vineyard. The four Seavey sons spent high school and college vacations working at the vineyard, and the Seavey daughter and her two daughters came out from Boston to help from time to time. The vineyard was completely replanted in 1983 and the first Cabernet was released in 1990 which received a 95 Point rating from Robert Parker!  Many of his wines received ratings up to 99 points!  So a real legacy. Sadly Mary passed away in 2008 and Bill left us last year, but their memory will last forever!
Seavey 2013 “Caravina” Cabernet, Napa Valley 
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This wine is bursting with blackberries, vanilla, smoky tobacco and dark chocolate. On the palate this opulent youngster offers up gobs of red and black stone fruit, touch of spice and mint.  The wine finishes with a soft silky finish.  A great expression and at $67.00 it is ½ the price of their other Cabernet!  A well valued purchase!

Galloni 94 Points:Seavey’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Caravina is one of the very finest values in Napa Valley. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2013 is a pure joy to taste, as it expresses plenty of site-specific nuance in a more approachable style than the estate’s flagships. Bright red cherry, plum, spice, mint, licorice and sweet floral notes meld into the soft, open-knit finish. This is a real overachiever, especially for the price.”

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WHY BIODYNAMIC VINEYARDS KEEP BEES

WHY BIODYNAMIC VINEYARDS KEEP BEES

From VinePair.com. By Nick Hines

When Americans come of a certain age, they learn about the birds and the bees. When biodynamic vineyards come of age, though, vineyard owners think back on the story of the bees and the grapes.

If you’ve ever strolled through an organic or biodynamic vineyard, you’ve likely come across a beehive on the property. Depending on your list of fears and allergies, you may have been hesitant around that beehive. But beehives are an important part of organic and biodynamic vineyards, and they always have been.

HOW VINEYARDS BECAME HOMES FOR BEES
The story of the bees and the grapes goes back to the early 1900s and Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and scientist who is the father of biodynamics. People who adhere to biodynamics are people who take “a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition.” For vineyard owners, that means using natural growing techniques and bringing in a variety of animals to make an entire sustainable ecosystem.

Steiner gave a series of nine lectures on the importance of bees and the beehive to the ecosystem. The lectures are about “the unconscious wisdom contained in the beehive” and how the beehive “relates to the human experiences of health, civilization, and the cosmos,” according to the Rudolf Steiner Archive.  That love of bees translates to organic and biodynamic vineyard owners today, but bees aren’t necessarily required for grape production.

WHY GRAPE VINES NEED BEES WITHOUT NEEDING BEES
Grape vines are hermaphrodites. They have both male and female reproductive organs, so they can self-fertilize. In short, they don’t need bees to make grapes. The plants around the grape vines, however, do need bees, and those other plants create a healthier environment for the vines.

“Much of an area’s agricultural health depends on nitrogen balance,” Chris Benziger, the brand manager for Benziger Family Winery, told Edible Marin & Wine Country.  “Some areas have too much and others too little. Where our concentrations are high we plant crops that deplete nitrogen, mostly grasses. Where there’s not enough we plant nitrogen fixers, often leguminous. Bees are the primary pollinators for both types of plants, all of which seem to aid in the natural replenishment of other important soil nutrients, as well.”

The flowers that need bees bring in other bugs, and the healthy ecosystem is built. When there’s greater biodiversity and balance, there’s less need for chemicals.

“We keep bees because, simply put, in the vineyard, there isn’t just vines,” Alexis Pollier, the owner of Domaine Alexis Pollier in France, tells VinePair. “There’s a whole biodiversity.”

THE POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE TO BEES
Bees love grapes as much as biodynamic vineyard owners love bees. When the biodiversity of a vineyard gets out of whack and there are no flowers for bees to flock to, they will go after sap and fruit juice.

Bees won’t bite the grapes to get to the juice, according to UC Davis, but they will gather on grapes that have a crack or puncture wound from birds, other insects, or natural splitting. The bees will then suck the juice out of the ripe grapes.

“Honey bees will visit vineyards to forage on blooms of grapes or various flowering weeds during the spring,” UCD writes, “but they are considered to be nuisances only when they forage on ripe grapes later in the year.”

But on biodynamic and organic vineyards where there’s a healthy ecosystem, the bees have no need to go after the grapes. In short: Follow the teachings of the father of biodynamics and you will have a healthy vineyard with bees. Knock everything off balance, and you’re going to have a bad time.

If you would like to learn more about Napa’s biodynamic wines and vineyards or to schedule a personalized tour or tasting, please give us a call at 415-337-4083 or visit GoldenGateWineCellars.com.

Multi-Dimensional 2 BARREL Cab Franc

Marilyn Crowley Crawford  was born and raised outside Falkirk, Scotland. She established CrauforD Wine Company in 1999 with intention to honor her seven centuries of Clan Crawfords and the love for Napa Valley. Together with her son Chris, they released their first vintages a year later in 2000. Now, seven years later, Marilyn has since retired and Chris continues to make the CrauforD wines in fine Scottish tradition. Scots are known for quality and a wee nip…in Napa…premium wine

The estate properties consists of about 20 planted acres of grapes. However, only 4 rows of Cabernet Franc are planted on the Crowley’s Oak Knoll, Napa Valley vineyard, so the production will never be very high!

You will not want to miss out on this one!

CrauforD 2013 Cabernet Franc “Piper Don” Estate Oak Knoll, Napa Valley
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This is one of the most amazing Cab Francs grown in the Napa Valley.  Only 48 cases (2 barrels) of this wine were produced.  The wine offers up a dark, inky color with aromatics of bold blackstone fruits, dark chocolate, a whiff of tobacco, and a touch of volcanic dust.  The wine is lush and rich in body with great complexity.  Full flavored with more black currant, chocolate, a touch of eartiness this wine is mutli-dimensional.  The finish is long and complex with silky grained tannins.  Sadly the production is very small – too small!

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LAST CALL FOR “STUNNER” 95 POINT CHARDONNAY = FREE SHIPPING

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2014 Chardonnay “Cuvee Alyce” Estate Russian River Valley 
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Robert Parker 95 Points: “The top Chardonnay every year is named after Stephen Hansel’s mother. The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a field blend of a Hyde and Hudson Old Wente clone. This vineyard always produces the smallest clusters and tiniest berries and, hence, the richest offering. It’s a stunner in 2014, with a light straw/gold color and terrific notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and citrus oil. Full-bodied and rich with great acidity, beautiful purity and subtle oak, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-10 years.”

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“SUCCULENT” 93 POINT CHARDONNAY

The Pisoni and Franscioni families, now third generation farmers, harness the wildness of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Their farming of the Chardonnay is pinpointed – each grape cluster and leaf positioned just right to be kissed gently by the morning sunshine and shaded from the afternoon sun and brisk Monterey Bay wind. The granitic soil provides a fine structure to grow on. The growing conditions naturally provide concentration and structure in the vines and resulting wine.

Camino 2014 Chardonnay “Soberanes’ Santa Lucia Highlands 
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The Old Wente selections of Chardonnay provide great texture and perfume. aromas of yellow plums, honeysuckle blossoms, hazelnuts, and Meyer lemon jump out of the glass. Quite dynamic on the palate, the wine shows a breadth of flavor with mineral, tangerine, white peach, and torched meringue. The finish is long and juicy leaving staying hints of incense.

Robert Parker 93 Points: “Displays delicate white peach, orange marmalade and white currants and virtually no wood in a medium to full-bodied, wonderfully crisp, fleshy, succulent style.” 

Also, be certain to check out their amazing 95 point rated Cabernet!

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