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95 Point Rated Chardonnay of the Month

Farming 51 acres of rugged vineyard in the mountains of the Sonoma Coast is no small feat. Doing it organically, while running off of solar power and all bio-diesel equipment makes it even more amazing. Not surprisingly, this level of commitment to excellence is every bit reflected in the amazing quality of the Peay Wines!

The 2015 Peay Chardonnay scored highly in all of its reviews and I think that it will score highly with you as well. Here’s what the winemakers had to says about it.

“With 17 years of vine age and a moderate growing season our Estate Chardonnay has evolved into a mature, nuanced expression that Peay Chardonnay drinkers will thoroughly enjoy. The ultimate impression of the 2015 Estate Chardonnay is grace and harmony. The nose emphasizes candied lemon, lemon verbena, and iodine. The mouthfeel is medium and silky though lively and decidedly not fat. The 2015 is truly a seamless Chardonnay with a smooth transition from the front of the palate to the long finish. It is not as round and rich as the 2009 or 2012 Estate Chardonnays and has less smokiness than the 2013 and less pear fruit than the 2014. Feel free to enjoy it now as all the pieces are in unison but with each year aging in bottle I suspect more nutty and waxy notes will contribute further complexity and enjoyment. This is my favorite Chardonnay we have released to date.“

Peay 2015 “Estate” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Retail 65.00 – GGWC 62.99
Use code PEAY during checkout

Anthony Galloni 95 Points: “The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is laced with the essence of slate, stone fruit, mint and white pepper. Bright, sculpted and nuanced, the 2015 screams with class. The 2015 deftly manages to be rich and intense, but not at all heavy. A hint of reduction adds nuance without being overpowering.”

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Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby the Hourglass, 3 Palms and Switchback Ridge vineyards. This wine’s quality is much higher than its price tag!
C-Beck 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Retail 53.00- GGWC 49.99
Use code CBECK upon check out
The wine’s aromas jump out of the glass upon impact.  Gobs of black stone fruit with hints of sweet vanilla greet you on the gorgeous nose.  This full-bodied wine is big and bold, yet silky and luscious loaded with extremely well-balanced black stone fruits (black currant, dark plum and blackberry) and the right touch of acid that will allow this wine to age nicely.  The wine finishes long with soft and supple tannins.  Only 264 cases of this great wine were produced.

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Good Old Pinot still turns heads and scores another 94 Points!


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 Pinot Noir “Cuvee Alyce” Russian River Valley
GGWC 43.99
FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
Use code HANSEL during checkout

Robert Parker 94 Points: “There are 810 cases of the 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce. This is another flamboyant beauty, with ostentatious notes of black cherry jam, kirsch, spice box, earth and loamy soil undertones. It is full-bodied, opulent and a total hedonistic, intellectual turn-on. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.”

Galloni 93+ Points: “The 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is one of the most open wines in this range. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon lift from the glass as this aromatic Pinot opens up in the glass. This site is heavy in clay and the berries are small, but those qualities aren’t especially evident today. It will be interesting to see if the wine fills out over the next year. The 2014 went through multiple stages of expression in just the time I was able to follow it. Although not fully formed just yet, the Alyce has considerable potential.”

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Moderate to heavy drinkers more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia!

Moderate to heavy drinkers more likely to live
to 85 without developing dementia!
BY GARY ROBBINS, The San Diego Union-Tribune

The University of California, San Diego claims in a new study that certain people who regularly consume moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol are more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia and other cognitive problems compared to people who don’t drink at all.

The long-term study was largely based on white, middle-class men and women living in Rancho Bernardo, a master-planned community in San Diego County.

The paper was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and is the latest in a series of mostly non-definitive studies that examine how everything from genetics to diet to environment factor in to the development of dementia.

The new UC San Diego paper says, in part, that “Moderate and heavy drinkers had twofold higher odds of living to age 85 without cognitive impairment relative to non-drinkers.”

In a statement, the university said that, “By its (federal) definition, moderate drinking involves consuming up to one alcoholic beverage a day for adult women of any age and men aged 65 and older; and up to two drinks a day for adult men under age 65.

“Heavy drinking is defined as up to three alcoholic beverages per day for women of any adult age and men 65 and older; and four drinks a day for adult men under 65. Drinking more than these amounts is categorized as excessive.”

The study, led by neuroscientist Linda McEvoy, focuses heavily on alcohol consumption, but it contains an important qualifer:

The university said the study “does not suggest drinking is responsible for increased longevity and cognitive health. Alcohol consumption, particularly wine, is associated with higher incomes and education levels, which in turn are associated with lower rates of smoking, lower rates of mental illness and better access to health care.”

UC San Diego studied 1,344 older adults between 1984 and 2013. All of the participants had some degree of college education, the university said.

A CALIFORNIA EXCLUSIVE! Our Best “Vintage” Champagne to date


The Cazals Champagne house is located in the heart of Côte du Blancs, in Mesnil sur Oger. Founded in 1897, it is today directed by Delphine Cazals, the great granddaughter of the founder Claude Cazals. Clos Cazals may be one of Champagne’s best-kept secrets. It sits tucked away in the Mesnil-sur-Oger, a Grand Cru village that is located in the Côte des Blancs just south of Epernay. The Blanc de Blancs produced in this small village are amongst the world’s top echelon champagnes. This beautiful and extremely limited grower champagne is only available in Calfornia!

Cazals, La Chapelle du Clos, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2009
Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
Use code CAZLAS during checkout

This “old vine” Champagne is a 100% hand-harvested Chardonnay from 50 year old vines planted on chalky soil in Oger, the Clos (there are only 21 of them in Champagne) was bought by the Cazals family in the 1940′s, from famous politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Léon Bourgeois.  On the nose you’ll encounter intensity and complex aromatics for bread, hazelnut and apricot.  On the large palate you are greeted by a velvety texture that is warm with a mineral afterglow.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 Thanksgiving is more than the festivities. It gives us time to ponder upon the lessons we learned over the year and how we can spread happiness around. It gives us time to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. This year, through all its ups and downs, I can’t begin say enough how grateful I am for the support and friendship I receive from each of you, both in business and in my personal life.

As I was pondering how to make this year’s Thanksgiving message a little different one of my children shared with me this short poem. Although it may be unconventional I hope it will bring a smile to your face and spread a little happiness too.

May your stuffing be tasty. May your turkey be plump,
may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious, and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!

From all of us here at Golden Gate Wine Cellars, I want to extend a special greeting of Thanksgiving to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and send you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.

2105 Carter Cellars new releases now in stock!!

The much anticipated releases of the 2015 Carter Cellars wines are finally here!

But the stock is extremely limited. As you might know, 2015 was the worst year in regards to output (yield) in California. Many were down 60+%, so that means that much less for me.  To make everyone happy, I have a very limited selection of Carter Cellars wines.

You can order up to 2 bottles each Grand Daddy and Three Kings (mixed OK), but we need to augment a little by adding some Carter Vineyard, Weitz, Fortuna or Colliseum Block so we have a “six-pack”.

On a mixed six-pack I will pay the freight (Continental US Ground Shipping only).

Quantities are extremely limited. Do NOT place your order on my site, please email, or call (415)337-4083 directly.

Kindest Regards,

Carter Cellars 2015 Cabernet ~ Beckstoffer To-Kalon “Three Kings” 97 Points
$169.99 NET

Robert Parker 97 Points: “Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The Three Kings is a little broody at this youthful stage, offering relatively subdued blackberries and black plum notes with earth and truffles suggestions plus cigar box, black pepper and new leather. The palate is a somewhat different story, filling the mouth with exuberant earth, black fruit and spice box layers, supported by plenty of lively acidity and a firm, grainy backbone, finishing long.”

Winery Notes: “From the back of the Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard, this wine throws off an amazingly deep ruby color tinged with an vibrant purple hue. Boasting off-the-charts richness and a stunningly majestic perfume of black, blue and red fruits, it is a successful expression of Cabernet Clone 7 from the world class vineyard. With its fruit forward profile, the wine opens up immediately with floral aromatics mixed with dark currants, spices and blue/black fruit. The mid palate is bold, loaded with rounded tannins that seem perfectly embedded within the core of this wine. Seamless and loaded with waves of decadent Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, this wine once again borders on stunning. While drinking superb now, give this beautiful wine a few years in the cellar to round out and you’ll be rewarded by additional nuances for years to come.”

Carter Cellars 2015 Cabernet ~ Beckstoffer To-Kalon “The Grand Daddy” 96+ Points
$169.99 NET

Robert Parker 96+ Points: “Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy features expressive cassis, blackberry tart and mocha notes with hints of pencil shavings, tilled soil and charcuterie plus a touch of menthol. Full-bodied, concentrated and laden with earthy-accented black fruits, it has a velvety texture, a hint of pepper and an herbs lift on the finish.”

Winery Notes: “From the very front of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, this block produced exceptional wines in 2015 due to exceptional farming, perfectly balanced cropping and significant hang time. Year after year, these older clone 4 vines offer our most upfront, instantly appealing and massive wine from this vineyard. Blackberry fruits, licorice, and truffle mingle to create a lavish multi-layered wine, offering an enormous mid-palate buttressed perfectly by the wine’s natural acidity and gripping tannins. Offering a unique amount of ripeness and texture, this is an elegant wine wrapped up in a cloak of raw but refined power. While drinking great now, allow this wine to age and watch it reach its full potential.”

Carter Cellars 2015 Cabernet “Weitz” 97 Points
$149.99 NET

Robert Parker 95+ Points: “Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Weitz Vineyard has a decadent nose of plum preserves, blueberry compote and dried mulberries with touches of Indian spices, sandalwood, lavender and cloves. Full-bodied, soft, sexy and seductive with its come-hither spicy berry preserves layers and plush tannins, it finishes on a persistent exotic spice note.”

Winery Notes: “From high up on the eastern Oakville Bench and renown for its red volcanic soil, this translucent purple wine opens with signature scents of red and black berry fruits, cassis and crushed petals. This year the wine has a fleshy opulent mouthfeel matched with notably plush tannins and natural acidity. Considerable depth and fruit will continue to develop as the structure starts to integrate with bottle age and bring tremendous purity and allure. Decanting a few hours will benefit this wine for early drinking; cellar for 5-10 years to enjoy this wine in its prime.”

Carter Cellars 2015 Cabernet “Carter Vineyard” 94+ Points
$159.99 NET

Robert Parker 94+ Points: “Inky purple-black colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Carter opens with alluring chocolate box and mocha notes over a core of blackberry pie and crème de cassis with spice box and tapenade hints. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with black berry and savory layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and a very long, spicy finish.”

Winery Notes: “This low production 100% blend of Cabernet Sauvignon comes from hand selected fruit out of our best vineyards. This is a classically young Napa Bordeaux in both structure and restraint, and while delicious in its youth, should be cellared to afford ideal integration. Boasting an inky purple color and virtually everything you would want in a great Cabernet Sauvignon, including dense flavors of blackberries, graphite and mocha all dressed in well-integrated oak profile. On the nose, fresh lively fruit dances with minerality and spices to make a signature profile that will only improve with age and be the definition of a classic Carter wine displaying both power and finesse.”

Carter Cellars 2015 Cabernet “Fortuna Vineyard” 94+ Points
$94.99 NET

Robert Parker 94 Points: “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Block opens with dried mint, dark chocolate and fertile loam notes over a core of cassis, black cherries and warm black plums plus hints of garrigue and dried Mediterranean herbs. Full-bodied and full-on expressive in the mouth, it delivers tons of fruit contained by rounded tannins and just enough freshness, making for a wonderfully approachable and delicious wine even at this youthful stage.”

Winery Notes: “The 2015 wine from the Fortuna Vineyard is a true expression of a great Napa Valley Cabernet from the Oakville floor – a wine that exudes both depth and the concentration. This extraordinary wine offers up inky jam colored hue with wonderfully sweet notes of beautiful red and black fruit, matched with a tannic backbone, silky palate and full-bodied finish.”

Carter Cellars 2015 Cabernet blend “Hosself Colisuem” 94+ Points
$84.99 NET

Robert Parker 94 Points: “Very deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Hossfeld Coliseum Proprietary Red (composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) leaps from the glass with plum preserves, crème de cassis and dark chocolate notes plus hints of menthol, black cherry preserves and Indian spices. Full-bodied, soft, rich and sexy, this makes for a gorgeous taste of the vintage to enjoy right now, while you’re waiting for its big brothers to come ’round.”

Winery Notes: “Brilliant deep crimson colors are met by aromas of crushed dark cherries, briary fruits, and violets. The abundant natural acidity derived from the vineyard coupled with a concentrated extraction, frames an amazing midpalate that highlights ripe red fruits, cocoa and chocolate. The complex and layered finish is wrapped in ripe, lush tannins that showcase the best traits of a Merlot and Cabernet blend. Year after year this proves to be a very stunning wine.”

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95 Point Cal-Rhone sensation under $50


I was excited to hear that Prophetess is one of the top wines Robert Parker has ever tasted, and I have to wholeheartedly agree! Curt Schalchlin has been crafting some of the most amazingly, well-priced, widely-praised Rhone blends for over a decade. His wines have made him (and me) many friends.  The Prophetess bottling, Curt’ smallest bottling sells out within weeks of its release, and with this 95 Point rating it will probably even go faster!  So don’t procrastinate!

Sans Liege XIII/XIV Prophetess, Santa Barbara
Retail 52.00 – GGWC 49.99
Use code PROPHETESS during checkout

95 Point Rating:  “A multi-vintage blend that’s from 2013 and 2014, the 13/14 Prophetess is a blend of 73% Syrah and 27% Mourvèdre, fermented with a touch stems (only from the Syrah) and aged in 40% new barrels. It’s deep ruby/purple/opaque color is followed by killer notes of black raspberries, cassis, smoke meats and dried flowers. Probably the finest vintage I’ve tasted from Curt, is has full-bodied richness, an elegant, silky, seamless personality and no hard edges. It’s already impossible to resist.” – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

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Champagne Selections for the holidays



As the holiday season is in full swing, I needed to make sure there will be some SPARKS in your end-of-the-year festivities so I put together a few “bubbly” suggestions for you to choose from. And for those of you who like to make a bigger bang into the New Year, I also have some large format bottles!

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Use the code BUBBLY during checkout for FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more of ANY of the following!

My best selling Champagne below $35.00

My best selling Rose Champagne

My best DOMESTIC bubbly (any bit as good as the French “stuff”

My best selling Champagne below $45.00

One of the best vintage Champagnes to date, and an Exclusive, only available in California!

Also check out these other amazing bubbly suggestions:


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