Posts tagged: 2015

97 POINT PINOT STAR

  The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. In 1918 Giuseppe died, […]

PROHIBTION WINE BECOMES LEGAL

  Hey Aldo, when you come by on Friday, bring me a couple pounds of walnuts, some fruit and vegetables, two dozen eggs and a “black chicken”. And thus went one of the hundreds of inquiries during prohibition when selling wine was not legal. Aldo Biale called his jugs of Zin a “Black Chicken” to […]

Superb Quality & Amazing Value Chardonnay by Winemaker of the Year!

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisoni.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has […]

Paul Lato 2015 Releases Pre-Sale!

  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 his bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I’ve ever met.  Attention to detail […]

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Ric Forman’s Value 93 Point Zinfandel

  Rossi-Wallace is a venture between husband and wife Ric Forman (Forman Winery) and Cheryl Emmolo (Emmolo Winery).   Annie ROSSI and Roz WALLACE are the mothers of Ric and Cheryl. And since a mother’s influence is undeniable, it made sense that they should honor their spirited (and red-headed) mothers. After all, the couple inherited their deep […]

3 Barrel, Kick-Ass wine

  The name Apsara comes from the Sanskrit word for a celestial dancer whose movements represent the key elements in our wine, balance, purity & expression.  Robin Akhurst learned from some of the best in industry – Anne Claude Leflaive at Dom. Leflaive in Burgundy, Matt Wenk at Two Hands in the Barossa Valley, Thomas […]

French Laundry’s Favorite White

When Sommeliers recommend and drink Sauvignon Blanc they often prefer, the dry, earthy, mineral, floral whites of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume and Graves. This is the inspiration for Somm Blanc, a blend of Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon “Remixed” in California.  When a great Master sommelier friend of mine, Will Sherrer, got the opportunity to use […]

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Remarkable White by Wormer Spottswoode Winemaker

  Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets and Rhone Blends.  She recently added an Albarino to the lineup, and the wine is amazing. I tasted this with some Spanish winelovers and they […]

Wednesday November 9th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

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 […]

Happy HalloWine!!

Le Pich, meaning “golden eagle” in Waipo Indian is a project from Purlieu Wines. Purlieu’s objective is always balance:  healthy fruit picked at peak ripeness, with power and freshness; with balance comes the capacity for wine to age, fascinate and excite. Winemaker Julien Fayard trained in France, was the assistant to director of winemaking for […]