Category: Spotlights

Alta Colina beats $300 wine in blind tasting!

Since the 1970’s, Bob Tillman has looked for the site where he could plant a world-class vineyard. He didn’t find that property until he moved to the Central Coast of California and tasted Paso Robles wines. Finally, he and his wife Lynn knew they were in the place where they could produce the kind of […]

Wednesday April 18th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Boutique Gem turns heads!

In a 5 winery blind tasting (Montelena Estate, Roy Estate, Buccella, Caymus Special Selection and C-Beck) this little gem surprised the group of 30 tasters. Not only did it come in first in the tasting, it also surprised the group in the final average price score (we “guess” the price of each wine and average […]

Monday March 5th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Small producer slams big name 100 point wines!

In a recent blind tasting of 2008 Cabernets and 2007 Syrahs, Patland vineyards beat out some big name wineries, including some 100 Point wines! In the Syrah tasting the lineup included: Alban Reva (100 Points, $150.00), Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne (97+ Points $350.00!!), Alban Lorraine (96 Points), ,  Betz Family La Cote Rousse, Araujo […]

Wednesday February 29th, 2012 in Events, Spotlights | No Comments »

Small (girl) winery beats up the Big Boys wineries!

Karen Culler has been around for some time now, and her portfolio has been very impressive. Although I think the last blind tasting I conducted might have just elevated her status some more. The Who’s Who of Napa Valley wineries was represented at this tasting. We tasted blind and guessed the price of each wine! […]

Saturday February 11th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Malk 2008 Cabernet blows away the big names in a blind tasting!

For those who bought the 2007 vintage I can tell you that you will be happily surprised by this latest release. Unfortunately this year’s production is much smaller (only 200 cases produced), but it is just as good. We recently lined up 10 big Napa Valley (expensive and highly rated) Cabernets and the result was […]

Monday January 16th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Trespass beats the best Cab Francs from Napa and Washington State!

In a blind tasting of big name Cabernet Francs, the little Trespass winery (yes only 150 cases produced of this vintage) blew away a lot more expensive and highly rated wines, including:  Hourglass ($150.00), Cadence, Andrew Will ($75.00), Derencourt ($140.00), Realm ($90.00), Pride ($75.00), Cayuse ($85.00), Del Dotto ($90.00), Crocker Starr ($70.00), Reverie ($60.00) and […]

Wednesday January 11th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Our first wine offer of the year. Pre-sale of Paul Lato.

Paul Lato has become synonymous with some of the best “Burgundies” made in California.  All of his releases have received rave reviews from Parker, Tanzer, and many others – especially our Golden Gate Wine Cellars followers. The average score for any Paul Lato wine is 94.5 Points, not shabby for my Polish (via Canada) sommelier […]

Friday January 6th, 2012 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Happy Holidays – And a special “gift” pre-sale!

Dear Friends of Golden Gate Wine Cellars, I just want to give you a sincere thank you for all your support over the past year. My family and I value that tremendously. Just the other day, I arrived home from work and ask my youngest daughter how her day was. She replies: “Fine Daddy, but […]

Saturday December 24th, 2011 in Other, Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Walter Hansel Pinot Noir beats out the big names in a blind tasting! LIMITED – 95 Points!!

I just got my hands on an extremely limited allocation that you definitely want to know about! Walter Hansel is synonymous with good quality wine at a respectable price. This latest bottling is inexpensive for its great quality!  We tasted 10 Pinots, and Hansel Rodgers Creek came in # 1. The lineup consisted of Beaux […]

Wednesday December 7th, 2011 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | 1 Comment »

DuMol Designated Vineyards 2009 The “Best Ever!”

This is already the 15th release of DuMol! I fondly recall the first vintage (1996), it feels like just yesterday. As always the Fall releases are the “gem” of the portfolio – and very limited!! Those who bought the Spring releases will get priority on these bottlings. Of course FREE SHIPPING* on six or more […]

Friday November 11th, 2011 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »