Posts tagged: Spotlights

CELIA WELCH, “The World’s Most Influential Woman in Wine”

CELIA WELCH “The World’s Most Influential Woman in Wine”The Drinks Business magazine recently published its list of The World’s Most Influential Women in Wine. Our very own Celia Welch made the number three spot! As a child growing up in Oregon, Celia Welch would sit under a giant oak in her back garden picking grapes […]

Tuesday May 22nd, 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 »

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 […]

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 […]

Small producer slams big name 100 point wines!

In a recent blind tasting of 2008 Cabernets and 2007 Syrahs, Patland vineyards beat out some big name wineries, including some 100 Point wines! In the Syrah tasting the lineup included: Alban Reva (100 Points, $150.00), Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne (97+ Points $350.00!!), Alban Lorraine (96 Points), ,  Betz Family La Cote Rousse, Araujo […]