Category: Spotlights

A Visit to the Walter Hansel Bistro

A Frank Melis review: Last week I took my wife and daughters to check out the new Walter Hansel Bistro in the beautiful Russian River Valley.   The restaurant is about 1 mile away from the Walter Hansel Winery and 1 mile from Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California. The Bistro is a cozy, single […]

Tuesday June 10th, 2014 in Other, Spotlights | No Comments »

100 Point winemaker’s latest release

Kapcsandy is on a roll the last couple of years, having produced three 100 point rated wines and it does not seem to stop. The winery owner’s tale starts in Hungary where he escapes a bloody revolution in 1956 and winds up on the West Coast via stops in the Bay Area and Seattle. Fast […]

Wednesday May 28th, 2014 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Paul Lato King of Pinot and Chardonnay

  Paul Lato has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96, 97 and 98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s productions are ver small production, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever […]

Monday April 7th, 2014 in Spotlights | No Comments »

Killer Cab by the “King of Cab” 25% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING – TODAY ONLY!

The “Dos Lagos” Vineyards (Two Lakes) are nestled in the hills of the Atlas Peak AVA in Napa.  A 22 acre property, with only 5 of the acres planted to premium Cabernet Sauvignon. The altitude is approximately 1,650 feet. A rocky terroir, the volcanic rock is called “tuff.” The vines are planted partially on the […]

Monday March 10th, 2014 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

New DuMOL Designated Vineyard Releases!

Time flies, as this is the 16th release of DuMOL.  I remember meeting Kerry Murphy and tasting through the first bottles of what has now turned into a real success story.  The “Designated” bottlings  are always something special, and this year is no difference.  Andy Smith pulled up his sleeves and put together an amazing […]

Tuesday November 12th, 2013 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Chardonnay Deal of the Month!

Stuart Bewley grew up in California’s central valley, where hard work and farming were a part of life. But his name will be forever tied to the beverage that embodied The Beach.  While in their twenties, Stuart and his high school friend Michael Crete experimented with mixing wine and fruit juices. They ended up inventing […]

Wednesday August 28th, 2013 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Paul Lato – “The” Number One Grand Cru Producer from California!

It is with a happy, but heavy heart that I have to say -  the 2011 Paul Lato bottlings are OUTSTANDING but VERY limited! I wish I could say that I have a lot to offer of this amazing winery, but I don’t. As it has been the case in the past 5 years, we […]

Friday February 1st, 2013 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Exclusive – Kamen vertical 2004-2009 six-pack

I had the pleasure recently to sit down with Robert Kamen, his winemaker Mark Herold, and his vineyard manager Phil Coturri. Together we reviewed and tasted a 10 year vertical of Kamen ESTATE wines. All 10 vintages have been holding up very well and are show great. All of them still have great aging potential […]

Friday October 26th, 2012 in Other, Spotlights | No Comments »

Score some 94+ Points Pott

Aaron Pott has amassed a nice portfolio over the years and his own label has been on fire as of late.  This latest bottling the HMSS  or “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” comes from the famed Stagecoach Vineyard.  The legend has it that a notorious 19th century Englishman bandit robbed the daily Stagecoach here from St. […]

Wednesday July 25th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Local boutique stocks hard-to-find wines

We were fortunate enough to be featured in today’s San Francisco Chronicle! Read the full article here… Golden Gate Wine Cellars is a locally owned boutique wine store that carries hundreds of hard-to-find wines from California vineyards. The shop has close to a thousand labels in stock at any given time that are also available […]

Friday July 20th, 2012 in Other, Spotlights | No Comments »