Stunning Cabernet under $40.00

Top Secret This is one of those secretively made wines – we cannot tell you the name of the winemaker nor where he sourced the fruit as it is top secret.  I can tell you that it is a Top notch individual that has gotten big scores over the years and the source is equally sought after by many wineries.  What I will share with you is that it is a Napa Valley blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc

Ultra Violet 2010 CabernetUltra Violet 2010 Cabernet Napa Valley
Retail 40.00 – GGWC 36.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “ULTRA10CS” during check out

This wine features a uniform dark ruby red color. Nose of black cherries, cassis, tobacco and pencil lead. Mouthfeel is rich and opulent without being heavy and leads to flavors of black cherries and plums. Well balanced, with smooth tannins and earthiness. Fermented for 20 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new). 400 cases made.

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Penche Cab wins the battle of Napa Cabs!

Penche Wines

Over Thanksgiving, I was still working, we had the “Battle of Napa Cabs” at my house.  My group of wine snob friends had selected their best Napa Cab or Blend (2008 vintage) for Frank’s Thanksgiving Battle. No one got killed, only a little embarrassed when their gem did not act as one!  The line-up was impressive:

  • Abreu Madrona (97 Parker – $600)
  • Chimney Rock “Tomahawk” (94 Parker – $ 125)
  • Alpha Omega To-Kalon (93 Parker – $130 )
  • Hall “Segassia” (96 Pasrker – $150)
  • Tor “Mast” (94 WS – $75)
  • Anderson Conn Valley Reserve (98 Parker – $125)
  • Barnett Rattlesnake (94 Parker – $130)
  • Paul Hobbs “To-Kalon (97 Parker – $ 175)
  • Coup de Foudre (94 Parker – $125)
  • Corison “Kronos” (94 Parker – $ 95)
  • Mondavi Reserve (95 Parker – $130)
  • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace (94 WS $175)
  • Andrew Will “Sorella” (95 WS – $75)
  • and of course Penche Estate Cabernet


This estate has been quietly producing some of the best wines in the Napa Valley.  The 2008 is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon Penché Estate,  1% Cabernet Franc Saunders Vineyard, Oakville Hillside 5% Malbec Stagecoach Vineyards 1% Merlot Larry Hyde, Carneros Vineyard 2% Petit Verdot Saunders Vineyard, Oakville Hillside and Penché Estate Vineyard

Penche 2008 Cabernet SauvignonPenche 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
Retail 75.00 – GGWC 64.99 — FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
Use discount shipping code “PENC08CS” during check out

Dark garnet hue; Deeply layered aromas of ultra ripe cassis, boysenberry, anise, dark chocolate, toasty French oak, sweet vanilla, cedar, floral perfume, white pepper, sage, anise, and caramel chews. Expect a big, round, full and rich mid palate density laced with intense flavors of ripe blackberries, black cherry, integrated toasty oak, and mouth-coating chocolate. The persistent yet balanced finish exhibits excellent depth, purity, and elegance.

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This Zin will “Rock your world”

Morgan Twain-Peterson reminds me of a scientist turned rock star or a rock star turned scientist.  Maybe he is “Rockientist”.  All I can say, he really knows what he’s stuff.  Since his childhood days at age 5 – he made his first wine in Kindergarten, when you and I were playing with dinky toys!  He went on the get degrees from top notch schools, including a PhD – the guy is not even 35 and he has 30 years of experience.  Worked around the globe in Australia and Bordeaux (Lynch Bages).  When he created Bedrock our Rockientist blossomed as he fell in love with many old-vine vineyards.  I don’t need to tell you, but Bedrock has a cult-like following.

Bedrock 2011 Old Vine ZinfandelBedrock Old Vine Zinfandel
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99 (FREE SHIPPING on 12)
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The 2011 Old Vine Zin shows a very intense sexy, spice nose with gobs of bright red and black stone fruit intertwined with a touch of white pepper.  On the palate, this gorgeous youngster teases the palate with hints of crushed rocks, chocolate and well-balanced black stone fruit.  .  The wine has an amazingly long finish.  The wine is young and could benefit from some time in the cellar, but if you really can’t wait, decant it and let it breathe for 2-3 hours.

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2012 Holiday Newsletter

We invite you to view our
2012 Holiday Newsletter

Inside you will find information on some of the new releases that we have just gotten in and are expecting over the next few months, our 2013 tasting schedule and “educational” in-store tastings, Holiday gift selections, and more!

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Stunning Cabernet under $40.00

Alta Wines

The Alta venture (founded by Fred and Nina Oliai) is located at an elevation of 1650 feet on the eastern slope of the Atlas Peak facing the Suisun Bay to the southeast and the Vaca mountains to the East. At this elevation, the 10 acre vineyard is cooler than Napa in the afternoons, but being above the fog, the vines enjoy sunshine as soon as dawn break. The vines are rooted in rocky volcanic soils. The impoverished soil limits the crop to just about 1 to 1.5 tons per acre of intense fruit. All these elements provide an ideal and uniform growing season. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the two main varietals.

Alta 2010 Estate Cabernet SauvignonAlta 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Retail 46.50 – GGWC 41.99
SPECIAL 39.99 on 12 with FREE SHIPPING
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This wine offers an amazing aroma of Crème de Cassis and black currant fruit that jump out of the glass. This intensely aromatic wine is full in body, loaded with more lush fruit on the mid palate, hints of black currant, coffee, chocolate and a touch of minerality (Atlas Peak soil). The wine runs over the palate like a prima ballerina in a linebacker body. The finish is equally impressive.

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15% OFF! 2012 Holiday Wine Tasting

Get 15% OFF the price of tickets to our Holiday Wine Tasting
when you order before November 25th
by calling me at 415-337-4083!

(Applies to phone and email ticket orders only.)

2012 Holiday Wine Tasting

The Best Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley!

This is a wine that will make the French take a run for the hills!  In a recent line-up of the best of the best Napa Valley Cabernet Francs, the new release from World’s End came in first. This wine would make an ideal pairing for many meals during the holiday season.

The line up included:

  • Del Dotto (92 Pt Parker)
  • Macauley “To-Kalon” (93 Pt Parker)
  • Crocker Starr (93 Pt Parker)
  • Jasper Hill(96 Pt Parker)
  • Poggio de’ Colli (94 Pt Parker)
  • Lang & Reed 2-14 (95 Pt Decanter)
  • Constant (93 Pt Parker)
  • World’s End “AGTW”

– The winner WORLD’S END!

World's End 2010 "Against the Wind" Cabernet FrancWorld’s End 2010 “Against The Wind” Cabernet Franc
Retail $48.00 – GGWC 44.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more
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Intense aroma of floral, raspberry and black cherries with a touch of spice.  This Saint Emillon style Cabernet Franc will please many wine lovers alike.  The wine is full in body and shows the true expression of its varietal and the terroir it was grown on.  Sourced from two of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley this gorgeous wine will be a true center piece during the 2012 Holiday season.  Loaded with stunning fruit from start to finish, it is the elegance that will wow you and the silky tannins on the finish will allow you to drink this young, although decanting will showcase the best side of this youngster some more!

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A 95 Point Cabernet Gem!

Hidden Ridge Wines This property is hidden amongst the great producers on Spring Mountain. Marco di Giulio has been at the helm since its inception and they have slowly created a loyal following of their mountain Cabernets.  The property is situated on a steep 55% slope, so not suitable for a whole lot – hard for the grapes and definitely makes maintenance a challenge all year around and during the harvest.  The final result though is a great quality wine.  This “Impassable Mountain” just received a 95 Point rating!

Hidden Ridge 2007 Impassable Mountain Cabernet SauvignonHidden Ridge 2007 “Impassable Mountain” Reserve Cabernet
Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99 – FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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The 2007 Hidden Ridge Vineyard “Impassable Mountain” Reserve is selected from the best barrels. “Impassable Mountain” harkens to the original name of the area that is home to Hidden Ridge Vineyard. Nineteenth-century surveyors were assigned to find a stagecoach route through the rugged terrain only to realize that it was, at the time, “impassable.” “Impassable Mountain” is a dense, complex wine revealing aromas of cocoa, black currant, pipe tobacco and clove on the nose and smoke, fall leaf, cherry, blueberry and vanilla on the palate. Rich and powerful, the wine remains well balanced with a long mint and clove-laced finish.

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2012 Holiday Wine Tasting!

Join us on December 8 for our
Holiday Wine Tasting

We bring wine country to the city with the best selection of hard-to-find and boutique wineries. Meet the winemakers and taste their latest creations.

December 8, 2012
5:30 – 9:00 pm

Donworth Hall
452 Eucalyptus
San Francisco, CA 94321

Click here or call 415-337-4083 for tickets.
One ticket is good for two people.

An amazing value Cabernet blend for under $40.00!

Petit Batard

Jeffrey O’Neill is the third generation winemaker and chairman Emeritus of the Wine Institute, his business partner Larry Vosti has had an interest in wine since attending school in the Bordeaux region of France. Along the way, in addition to his real estate development, he has owned a restaurant, a retail wine business and has been a collector of fine California and French wines for over 20 years. Larry is the former President of the California Vintage Wine Society.

Petit Batard 207 RedPetit Batard 2007 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley
Retail 42.00 – GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more
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The 2007 vintage is a Bordeaux-style blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 29% Malbec. The wine offers up beautiful aromas of currants and anise with a touch of toasty vanilla on the nose.  This well-balanced, well-crafted full bodied wine offers up stunning black currants, dark chocolate and cassis. This wine is very elegant with a Euro-flair to it.  This is a real crowd-pleaser that will not break the bank!

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