Posts tagged: 2016

Value Still “Happens”

  Pied-à-Terre is the realization of many years Richard Luftig put in working in the restaurant and wine industry and grasping that you should be able to find a well-priced bottle of Cabernet under $30.00!  He again succeeded with the 2014 Pied à Terre Cabernet which he sourced from various amazing Sonoma vineyards – Clajeaux, […]

Value Napa White is a “Textbook” example of quality/cost ratio

  The Textbook Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from two superb Napa Valley sites. The first is located in the Carneros AVA which represents sixty percent of this release. Its long, cool season brings rich, tropical and stone fruit aromas and flavors. The second site represents forty percent of the blend, is located near the Yountville […]

Friday September 29th, 2017 in , , , , | No Comments »

It is FINALLY HERE, A “different” White Blend

This is only the second vintage of Annia, here Ribolla Gialla takes the lead in the blend. There is a story that George Vare liked to tell us about Ribolla, according to the late, great Stanko Radikon, Ribolla is the consummate supporting actor when blended into a wine under the 50% threshold. at that minority level, […]

Thursday August 17th, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

A Runaway Bride… Needs Wine!

Cloaked in mystery and unable to divulge secrets, Bridesmaid Wines are serious wines for bona fide wine drinkers. Just like her namesake and inspiration, Bridesmaid Wines are available, alluring, important and very sexy. Bridesmaid is an Appellation Napa Valley white blend framed in the Bordeaux classic grape varieties. This wine is all about the talent […]

Spottswoode’s HOT NEW Sauvignon Blanc

In 1972 Jack and Mary Novak purchased the orginal “Spottswoode” property  In 1977, when Mary Weber Novak’s husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her with five young children and a newly replanted vineyard, she became one of the first women to run a major Napa Valley winegrowing estate. In the years since, through her hard work, insight […]

Spottswoode Winemaker’s MUST HAVE White

Hourglass was created by Ned Smith in 1976, who loved making Zinfandel from this property.  In 1992 his son Jeff Smith took over the land and business and enlisted Robert Foley as his winemaker.  They started Hourglass 2.0. by making Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc from this amazing property.  Jeff since purchased what is […]

Tuesday June 27th, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Wine Diva + Video Game Producer = AMAZING NAPA WINES

The team of Heidi Barrett (Wine Diva a.k.a Queen of the Valley) and famed viticulturist David Abreu are the axile driving CapCom owner Kenzo Tsujimoto’s Napa Valley winery.  The vineyard was planted in 1998, and the first release (2005 vintage) was in 2008.  Since then “Kenzo” has become an household name for top-notch, high-end Napa […]

WINE ALERT – 100 Point Winemaker Must Have White

Celia Welch cannot be stopped!  She’s a women with a mission.  A mission to make the best and perfect wines in the Napa Valley. She has many 100 pointers under her name (Scarecrow).  Keever Vineyards is nestled in the western slopes of Yountville, California in the Napa Valley. It is a family-owned and operated winery, producing […]

Don’t say White Wine is not Real Wine…

Founded by husband and wife team Sarah and Chris Pittenger in 2009, Gros Ventre Cellars is a small, family-owned winery operating out of the Sierra Foothills. They produce less than 1,000 cases of vineyard-designated wines such as Pinot Noir from the True Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley, along with several new wines from the burgeoning wine region […]

The Top 25 Wines of 2016!

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. But as always, we will do our best! My tasting […]

Tuesday November 29th, 2016 in , | No Comments »