Category: Tasting Notes

“A.B.C.” Anything But Chardonnay

Nicole Abiouness took the long way to get  into the wine industry.  Growing up in Virginia, she packed up her belongings and moved to Napa where she was accepted at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America).  She signed up very every single wine course they had and eventually landed a job at Swanson before moving […]

Wednesday July 30th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

3 Barrel (75 cases) Sensation – Only 7 cases allocated

The Baxter Family has been making wine for over 45 years now, and has gone into its second generation.  The second generation is taking the winery into the 21st century, and it really shows.  Working with various high-end single vineyard, the Baxters are crafting some great wines these, and the 2012 Oppenlander Pinot Noir is […]

Monday July 28th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Chardonnay Taste-Off Winner

We lined up an army of who-is-who with our latest Chardonnay tasting. DuMOL (94 GWC) Morlet (95 WA) Talley Rosemary (94 WA) Owen Roe (94 WS) Rochioli “Sweetwater” (93WS) Tor (94 WS) 32 Winds by Ehren Jordan (92 WS) Coldstream (92+WA) Lewis (93 WS) Buoncristiani (93 WS) Chanin – The winner! Gavin Chanin, who was […]

Friday July 25th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Crowd pleasing under $40 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet. A small production winery in the Napa Valley. Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here. I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!” The owners are […]

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Merlot of the Month

Mia Klein goes way back in the food and wine industry. She was a chef, got her Enology degree at UC Davis and worked with Tony Soter, Cathy Corison at Chappellet. She followed with stints as the winemaker at Araujo, Spottswoode, Dalla Valle, Viader and Cimarossa. The Selene name comes from Greek mythology. There are […]

Monday July 21st, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Cabernet “IS” what the Doctor ordered

When a heart surgeon tells you to drink a bottle of red wine, listen to him! Dr. Ramzi Deeik (owner of GrapeHeart Winery) dedicated his life fighting heart disease through surgery in his career as a cardiac surgeon,educating patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; moderate exercise, a Mediterranean diet… and RED WINE! Dr. […]

Friday July 18th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Quality & Great Value Red (200 cases produced / 10 allocated)

Carignane is the quiet Rhone Ranger varietal, the little brother of Syrah and Grenache. The wine most wineries use as a blending grape, but I can tell that this small production Trinafour Carignane will surprise you in both the quality as well as the pocket book department. Trinafour 2012 Carignane Retail 26.99 – GGWC 24.99 […]

Wednesday July 16th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

97 case production wins blind tasting, only 6 allocated

The 2010 Cobb “Jack Hill” won our Pinot extravaganza tasting. The lineup included: Anthill “Campbell Ranch” 94 WA Talley “Rincon” 93 WA Kosta Browne Kanzler 93 WA Ayoub 95 WS DuMOL “Finn” 94 WA Patz & Hall “Hyde” 95 WS Archery Summit “Arcus Estate” 93 WA Shea “Homer” 93 WA Brittan “Gestalt” 94 WA COBB […]

Monday July 14th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Sans Liege’ stunning new releases

Curt Schalchlin has been at for some years now and has created a real following among many Rhone varietal lovers. I have many clients that have standing orders for this winery. The record is one client in the Los Angeles area who buys over 15 cases of Sans Liege wines, he says that it is […]

Friday July 11th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Remarkable Inaugural 3 barrel (70 cases) Napa Red Blend

Two wine industry friends got together they decided to make some great quality wines that would not break the bank. Due to the fact that they don’t have a “middle-man” we are able to offer you their wines at a price well-below where it should be. So don’t want too long to jump on this […]

Wednesday July 9th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »