Category: Spotlights

The Election Winner is….. Wine, not Whine

Sorry folks, politics and wine don’t mix, but then again maybe they do.  Everyone loves wine, regardless of his or her political affiliation or religious beliefs. Wine is consumed and loved by all, so wine is like the “Esperanto” of the “adult” beverage world. In case you didn’t know, Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary […]

Tuesday November 8th, 2016 in Other, Spotlights | No Comments »

Highly Rated 2014 Carter Cabernets have arrived!

  Dear Friends, Winemaker, Mike Smith Mid October is always a time of excitement, many great Cabernets reach the shores of Golden Gate Wine Cellars.  As always the Carter Cellars wines crafted by my friend and ace-winemaker Mike Smith are worth the wait!  The current “stash” of 2014 although amazing in quality, is unfortunately very […]

Friday October 14th, 2016 in Spotlights | No Comments »

The Best Wines of 2015! – Top 25

Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars,It has been an amazing year of tasting, smelling & swishing wines.  We must have tasted over 2000 wines this year, so to come up with our “own” Top 25 wines that are “the best” is not easy. My tasting group of 18 wine swishers, wine smellers, wine “evaluators”, […]

Saturday December 19th, 2015 in Spotlights | No Comments »

96-100 Point Rated Carter Cellar SPECIAL OFFER

Carter Cellars grew out of a small bed & breakfast, turned high-end hotel/restaurant with an award winning wine list. Mark Carter started hosting winemaker dinners and in 1998 he created “Carter Cellars” and the rest as they say is history.  The first vintages were made by the FIRST 100 point winemaker in Napa, Nils Venge.  Today […]

Monday September 14th, 2015 in Spotlights | No Comments »

Paul Lato 97 Point Rated Relases!

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 96-98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever met.  Attention to detail from […]

Friday September 11th, 2015 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

98 POINT EXCLUSIVE, ONE-OF-A-KIND “Premiere Napa Valley Auction Lot” CABERNET

(koo dah foo drah) – The moment when “lightning strikes” or something unforgettable occurs that you want to capture forever. This amazing 2012 Cabernet (a venture of John Schwartz/Heidi Barrett) was specially crafted for the 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Wine Auction, and Golden Gate Wine Cellars is the EXCLUSIVE OWNER of this one-of-a-kind offering!  Only 60 […]

Friday April 17th, 2015 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

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 »