5th Annivesary Wine Tasting Recap

5th Anniversary Wine TastingOur Fifth Anniversary Wine Tasting Event was a great success. We had a complete sell out and unfortunately had to turn away many of you – my apologies for that, but we have to comply with occupancy regulations. As for the tasting – the line was outstanding and not one wine disappointed the crowd. However, some wines were clearly the hits of the night.

In the under $25 category, the winners were:

Luli Pinot Noir 2009

Luli Chardonnay 2008

Parlay Proprietary Blend 2008

Page Sauvignon Blanc 2009

In the $20 – $40 category, the winners were:

Penche Proprietary Blend 2006

Ketchum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008

Shane Syrah “Unknown” 2007

Revolver (Page Wine Cellars) Petite Sirah 2007

Ramian Viognier 2008

In the over $40 category, the winners were:

Paloma Merlot 2007

Coho Cabernet 2007

Coho Merlot 2007

Tournesol Proprietary Blend 2006

Penche Cabernet 2006

Ramian Cabernet – Chapter 7 – 2007

S. Coquillette Brut Carte d’Or Champagne – NV

5th Anniversary Wine TastingWe had people from all over California (Fresno, Santa Rosa, Redding, San Mateo, etc,), and some folks as far as Washington DC, Connecticut and Illinois – just to attend this event. Thank you very much!

I also need to thank my wife for always being on my side, and for assisting me with this event.

We will continue our series of wine tasting events, the next one TBA sometime in mid to late October, and of course the “big one” Holiday Wine Tasting Event in December. Thank you again for your continued support. And as always, please feel free to give me a call if you ever have a question about any of the wines I offer or need any assistance.



It’s Official: Red wine heals broken hearts!

Everyone knows that red wine is a key component of any romantic evening, and a glass of fine wine can sooth even the greatest heartbreak. But who could have guessed that it can play a role in healing physical damage to the human heart as well?

The Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published an article last week stating their findings that in their efforts to use stem cells to heal heart damage, the presence of reservatrol, one of the component ingredients of red wine, greatly increased their rate of success! They found that the stem cells were more likely to survive and the wound area experienced less stress when exposed to reservatrol in cardiac regeneration experiments on lab rats.

Where do I sign up for the human research group?

Leviathan 2008 Proprietary Red

Leviathan 2008 Proprietary RedAndy Erickson is the winemaker for Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Ovid, Arietta, and others.  Andy teamed up with his wife Annie Favia-Erikson and her family to create Leviathan. This 2008 Red is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 7 % Syrah.

The dictionary lists the definition of Leviathan as “something unusually large or  formidable.”  I can say that this latest release is just that! Perfumes of star anise, paprika, and thyme draw into the glass. Flavors of cherries and blackberry jam rush over the palate, with smooth tannins and intense fruit lingering on a lengthy finish. A sizeable wine, the newest incarnation of Leviathan is a hedonistic delight now, and should provide added excitement in years to come – but why wait?

FREE SHIPPING* on purchase of a FULL CASE!

Retail 52.00 – GGWC 47.90
Leviathan 2008 Proprietary Red

Go even greener by recycling your wine cork!

Cork ReHarvestI think that pretty much everyone knows that you can recycle the glass from your wine bottles, but few people realize that the cork from your bottle can also be recycled! There are dozens of well known locations to drop off your glass bottles in any city in the country and most towns with a recycling program will accept glass as well.  But try to recycle that cork and you may have to dig a little harder.

Unlike screw top caps and plastic bottle stoppers, natural cork is a very easily recycled material. While recycled cork is not used to make new wine corks, there are many other products that your old wine cork can be recycled to make. On top of that, cork is a 100% biodegradeable material as well as being one of the most responsibly and sustainably harvested forest products available.

Fortunately, cork recycling is becoming more common in many parts of the US and Canada as well as the rest of the world. Cork ReHarvest is a relatively new non-profit organization that was formed in 2008 to educate, encourage, and facilitate the recycling of cork products. In doing so, they aim to both preserve the incredible biodiversity of the world’s cork forests as well as reduce the waste created by the nearly 13 billion natural corks that are produced each year.

By requesting wine that is closed with natural cork and by recycling the cork you use, you encourage wineries to utilize more eco-friendly materials and can have a big impact on the environment as well. To find a cork recycling drop box in your area, you can visit Cork ReHarvest’s website at http://corkreharvest.org/finder.php.

Pre-Sale: O’Dwyer 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from the O’Dwyer estate is a worthy follow-up to their inaugural release. This wine seems to have a little more intensity and fruit compared to the 2006 vintage, which went over well I have to say.

The wine kicks off with an amazing aroma of black stone fruit and a touch of mocha and vanilla. It is full in body with lush and bright blackberry fruit on the mid palate. Leading into the long finish, this wine is well structured with gently, silky showing tannins that will give this youngster a good prognosis on cellar life!

Again a very limited production wine and a Golden Gate Wine Cellars EXCLUSIVE!

For a very limited time, you can acquire this very unique wine at special pricing of only $68.00 (Retail $75) or $65.00 when you purchase a full case. Because of its limited availability, this wine is not yet available on our website, so you must CALL to place your order. 415-337-4083

Barrel 27 Syrah 2006 Right Hand Man, Central Coast

Barrel 27 Syrah 2006 Right Hand ManThe 2006 Right Hand Man possesses a deep, almost black garnet color with rich aromas of raspberry jam, dried cherry, grilled meat, black pepper corn, and black plum, wrapped in notes of rose petal, anise, sweet wood-smoke, mocha and toasted vanilla. On the palate, the wine blossoms with flavors of raspberry and currant fruit, filled out with Asian spice notes, anise, mint and even more pepper. A complex and well built mid-palate flows seamlessly into a long, pure finish of pepper-spiced raspberry, lifted with great acidity and firmed with excellent tannins.

Barrel 27 Syrah 2006 Right Hand Man
Retail 20.00 – GGWC 17.99
Full case is 16.99 per bottle (mix and match with other Barrel 27 products OK)

Totus Tuus Cava Brut Metodo Tradicional, Spain

Totus Tuus Cava Brut Metodo TradicionalA fun nice, crisp, bone dry clean Sparkler from Spain! The Totus Tuus is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarello, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada and 6% Pinot Noir. Great for sipping after a long day at the office at the porch or with a BBQ.

Totus Tuus Cava Brut Metodo Tradicional, Spain
Retail 19.50 – GGWC 14.99

O’Shaughnessy 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain Napa Valley

O'Shaughnessy 2006 Cabernet SauvignonOne of the superstar estates on Howell Mountain, O’Shaughnessy’s winemaker Sean Capiaux is the force behind these impressive reds. Capiaux also makes his own wines under the Capiaux Cellars label.

Robert Parker gives this wine 94 Points and says:  “…the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, …is performing better now than it did last year. A dense purple color in addition to plenty of creme de cassis, crushed rock, blueberry, and brioche-like notes are found in this full-bodied Cabernet. It avoids the rustic tannins of this vintage, and exhibits good sweetness and purity of fruit. Consume it over the next 15-20 years. ”

Retail 80.00- GGWC 74.95
O’Shaughnessy 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain