Posts tagged: 2016

GREAT Cabernet UNDER $35 still exists!

Obsidian Ridge Vineyard is planted at 2,640′ atop the Mayacamas range north of the Napa Valley. This is one of the newest American Viticultural Areas, named Red Hills Lake County for the distinctive volcanic soils that define this remarkable mountain appellation. The vineyard’s red soils are shot through with obsidian rock — this steep, sloping […]

Blind Tasting Winner!

Last week we conducted a blind tasting of well-known 2015 & 2016 Pinot Noirs.  While all wines were top-notch, a few stood out and here are the results: Aubert CIX (97 Points) Pisoni “Estate” Babcock “Je ne sais quoi” (95 Points) Loring “Aubaine” (94 Points) Walt “Sierra Mar” (94 Points) Brewer Clifton “459” (95 Points) […]

Tuesday April 3rd, 2018 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Paul Lato 2016 Releases!

Great NEWS, the GREAT wines from our friend Paul Lato are here!!!  The 2016 vintage is clearly one for the records books (amazing quality, but sadly still small quantities).  As always, Paul’s wines are first-come, first served.Paul Lato was born in Poland. He worked as a certified Sommelier in one of Toronto’s most exclusive restaurants […]

Monday April 2nd, 2018 in , , | No Comments »

Value Pinot of the Month

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 been to […]


In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard […]

Premier Cru Vineyard Chardonnay Gem

Montagu is a boutique winery dedicated to showcasing wine from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Each wine is a true expression of the world-class terroir from which it comes. Dedicated to minimal intervention in the winery, Montagu allows each wine to naturally express its authentic and full potential. Montagu Wines […]

Bevan’s Amazing 95 Point Chardonnay

Addax is a high-end, boutique wine project owned by Josh Peeples .  The wines are crafted by ace-winemaker extraordinaire Russell Bevan – probably one of the most sought-after winemakers in the US today. Addax 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast GGWC 69.99 Net FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more Use code ADDAX during checkout Sourced from the Ritchie […]

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 in , , , , | No Comments »

Paul Lato 2016 Releases Pre-Sale!

    Great wines from our friend Paul Lato!  The 2016 vintage is clearly one for the records books (amazing quality, but sadly still small quantities).  As always, Paul’s wines are first-come, first served. We are offering “futures” to our Paul Lato clients in January.  We expect the wines to arrive in late March early […]

Thursday January 25th, 2018 in , , , | No Comments »

LAST CALL FOR Heidi Barrett’s only White

  The only white wine from La Sirena, this Moscato is an unusual, delicious dry (not sweet) expression of Muscat Canelli. In its signature blue bottle, Moscato Azul has become a fan favorite for its drinkability, perfumey aroma, crisp acidity, and ability to pair well with many different dishes. It’s especially perfect during the spring […]

Wednesday January 17th, 2018 in , , , , | No Comments »


    Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many […]