Posts tagged: Bien Nacido

Scary but true, Pommard meets California

Scar of the Sea wines is a shared vision between long-time friends and colleagues, Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli. The mission for Scar of the sea wines is to produce wine and cider that are unique to a place, balanced, complex, and most importantly are fun and delicious to drink.Scar of the Sea 2015 Pinot Noir “Q Block” Bien […]

Wine Wake up Call… 96 Point MUST HAVE Wine

Justin Willett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing 190 cases. His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers. Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita […]

Blind Tasting (95 Point Rated) Chardonnay Winner

We don’t do a lot of (enough) blind tastings, especially Chardonnays.  So I am excited to share the results of my latest tasting group endeavor. The lineup included some well-known and highly-regarded and high-scoring wines. Our group of 14  tasted and reviewed the wines twice, with almost identical results. The lineup: DuMOL Chloe (95 RP) […]

What is a Microclimate?

Microclimate is a word English teachers love: the definition is self-explanatory. But while it seems easy to understand, the wine jargon that often accompanies wine tastings and tours makes microclimates seem complex and confusing. In truth, microclimates are easy to see and even easier to feel. Unlike “malolactic fermentation” and other mysteries of winemaking, microclimates […]

A 94 Point Chardonnay Gem!

  Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine, and the “Winemaker to Watch” by San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at Au Bon Climat and Qupé, under the tutelage of winemakers Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, working his way up to assistant […]

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95 Point Must Have Pinot Gem

Life has come full circle for Dick Doré. Born and raised on the family-owned Rancho Tinaquaic, this sixth generation Santa Barbara resident returned to his roots in 1985 by establishing Foxen with long-time friend, Bill Wathen. After working as a banker in the 60 & 70’s he gave up his nine-to-five job and moved his […]

Paul Lato 97 Point Rated Relases!

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

Paul Lato – “The” Number One Grand Cru Producer from California!

It is with a happy, but heavy heart that I have to say -  the 2011 Paul Lato bottlings are OUTSTANDING but VERY limited! I wish I could say that I have a lot to offer of this amazing winery, but I don’t. As it has been the case in the past 5 years, we […]

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 […]