Posts tagged: Spotlights

The Heidi Barrett Collection (Incudes $0 Shipping)

Heidi Barrett, the “Queen of the Napa Valley” has been at it for 35+ years and still has a lot to offer, and her latest La Sirena releases are clear proof of that. Last week I got together with the La Sirena team and tasted all the new fall releases and not one of them […]

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

A Visit to the Walter Hansel Bistro

A Frank Melis review: Last week I took my wife and daughters to check out the new Walter Hansel Bistro in the beautiful Russian River Valley.   The restaurant is about 1 mile away from the Walter Hansel Winery and 1 mile from Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California. The Bistro is a cozy, single […]

Tuesday June 10th, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

Paul Lato King of Pinot and Chardonnay

  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, 97 and 98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s productions are ver small production, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever […]

Monday April 7th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

New DuMOL Designated Vineyard Releases!

Time flies, as this is the 16th release of DuMOL.  I remember meeting Kerry Murphy and tasting through the first bottles of what has now turned into a real success story.  The “Designated” bottlings  are always something special, and this year is no difference.  Andy Smith pulled up his sleeves and put together an amazing […]

Chardonnay Deal of the Month!

Stuart Bewley grew up in California’s central valley, where hard work and farming were a part of life. But his name will be forever tied to the beverage that embodied The Beach.  While in their twenties, Stuart and his high school friend Michael Crete experimented with mixing wine and fruit juices. They ended up inventing […]

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 […]

Exclusive – Kamen vertical 2004-2009 six-pack

I had the pleasure recently to sit down with Robert Kamen, his winemaker Mark Herold, and his vineyard manager Phil Coturri. Together we reviewed and tasted a 10 year vertical of Kamen ESTATE wines. All 10 vintages have been holding up very well and are show great. All of them still have great aging potential […]

Score some 94+ Points Pott

Aaron Pott has amassed a nice portfolio over the years and his own label has been on fire as of late.  This latest bottling the HMSS  or “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” comes from the famed Stagecoach Vineyard.  The legend has it that a notorious 19th century Englishman bandit robbed the daily Stagecoach here from St. […]

Local boutique stocks hard-to-find wines

We were fortunate enough to be featured in today’s San Francisco Chronicle! Read the full article here… Golden Gate Wine Cellars is a locally owned boutique wine store that carries hundreds of hard-to-find wines from California vineyards. The shop has close to a thousand labels in stock at any given time that are also available […]

Milange, the next “collectible” – Frank’s own wine label

I don’t want to be partial to my own label, but I am proud!  Milange is named after my daughters (MILayna and ANGElina).  It has been in the works for some years now, and now it is finally here! Our inaugural release of 100 cases was poured at our New York wine event last week […]