End of Year Sale!


I ran out of words…. But not deeds…




*Offer valid 12/31/2020. Does not apply to to already discounted “on sale” wines.
Cannot be combined with other discounts.
Cannot be used to purchase gift cards.

It’s not too late to send the gift (card) of WINE!


In a hurry? Shopping for someone particular? Our virtual gift cards make it a cinch.

It’s never late when you’re sending WINE. If you’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike for a thoughtful gift, we now offer virtual gift cards from $25 to $1000 for anything on our website 

We’ve seen our virtual gift cards used many different ways: as Secret Santa gifts, as stockings stuffers, virtual wine tastings, and even for our Wine Clubs

Select your gift amount, enter their email, and personalize it with a gift message. We’ll do the rest.  Your gift can be under the tree well before Santa arrives!

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Great Holiday Gift – Sign up for a 1 year Wine Club Membership and receive a $300+ Gift!


Our Wine Club Subscriptions make great holiday gifts, and a full-year membership saves you up to $150, and as an EXTRA INCENTIVE, for a limited time, when you sign up for a 1-year membership, you will receive A $300+ GIFT in the mail as our “Holiday Thank You”

Do you have a hard time selecting wines when walking into your local store? Or do you say to yourself, “I really want to try a bottle before I buy a whole case? We have the answer for you. Our Wine Club will send you a shipment of six bottles of hand-selected wines throughout the course of the year, along with extra features such as elaborate wine and food pairing notes.  Our Wine Club offers many unique hard-to-find wines.  Every two months we ship six bottles (mix and match) before they are reviewed by the press and or our customers (no mass emails, etc.).  In essence a preview before the Joneses get their hands on them (often they won’t as you get to sample them first and re-order!).

Check out our Club offerings:

Apprentice Sampler Wine Club – Annual membership – $100.00 of regular price
Regular $1399.99 ~ NOW $1,299.99 

Extreme Wine Club – Annual membership – $100.00 off regular price
Regular $1,599.99 ~ NOW $1,499.99 

Cutting-Edge Wine Club – Annual Membership – $150.00 off regular price!
Regular $1,750.00 ~ NOW $1,599.99 

Wine Club subscriptions are available in a single-shipment option as well.
(Wooden box and Santa not included)

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Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for availability and priority allocation!


Today is the last day to get your orders in so we can ship them first thing tomorrow, Monday Dec 28!

Only 1 and 2 Day Service will get your goodies delivered in time for New Year’s Eve.

Bubbly suggestions to end a “…” year, and celebrate the start of a (much) better year!

Don’t procrastinate
to get your Holiday Bubbly ordered up

The holidays are (almost)here and what better to celebrate than with
some great bubbles that will not break the bank!

Click on the selections below for tasting notes & pricing

Billecart-Salmon 2009 Champagne with Decanter Set
Billecart 2008 Extra Brut Champagne 97 Points
A. Margaine Champagne Premier Cru “Le Brut” 93 Points
Colin 2012 Grand Cru Champagne
Dosnon Rose Brut Récolte Champagne
Henri Dosnon Brut Rose Champagne
Carboniste 2018 Rose of Pinot Sparkling, Napa
En Tirage 2010 Blanc de Blancs, Beckstoffer, Carneros, Napa
Allimant Laugner Crémant Rosé d’Alsace

Thienot Rose Champagne NV Reims, France
Stéphane Coquillette Carte d’Or Brut Champagne 92 Points
Louis de Grenelle Platine Crémant de Loire
Andre Robert Champagne Brut “Reserve” Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs, Le Mesnil
Cazals 2009 Champagne Millesime 94 Points
Clotilde Brut “Grand-Cru” Champagne, France
Gonet-Medeville 1er Cru Cuvée Tradition Champagne 93 Points
Monthuys Champagne NV Brut, 750ml
Monthuys Champagne Brut NV in MAGNUM

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Happy Holidays

Cheers to you and your family,
That you will celebrate in health and good fortune.

If you love snow, We hope you have it!
If you love warm sunshine, We hope you have that too!

But either way… May your days be Merry and Bright;
and may you be surrounded with love and companionship!

Wishing you the very best in this Holiday Season
from all of us here at Golden Gate Wine Cellars!


Archaeologists might have identified Jezreel winery featured in Bible!

Archaeologists might have identified Jezreel winery featured in Bible


The winery was first discovered in 2013 and exposed in several seasons of excavations in the following years. It presents several installations carved into the bedrock.

MOSAICS, like this one from Beit She’an, can provide insight into winemaking in ancient times. (photo credit: DANI KRONENBERG / THE ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY)

In the biblical books of Kings I and II, the winery of Jezreel is the setting of some of the most gruesome episodes of greed, violence, sin and divine retribution. Researchers have identified elements that confirm the excavation carried out in northern Israel is compatible with the biblical narrative, according to a paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies.

The winery was first discovered in 2013 and exposed in several seasons of excavations in following years. It presents several installations carved into the bedrock.

“Naboth the Jezreelite owned a vineyard in Jezreel, adjoining the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, ‘Give me your vineyard, so that I may have it as a vegetable garden, since it is right next to my palace. I will give you a better vineyard in exchange; or, if you prefer, I will pay you the price in money.’ But Naboth replied, ‘The LORD forbid that I should give up to you what I have inherited from my fathers!’” reads I King 1:4 (translation Sefaria.org).

It is currently impossible to date with certainty the remains of the ancient winery that was uncovered not far from Jezreel, a settlement that has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years, the lead author of the study, Dr. Norma Franklin of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, told The Jerusalem Post. However, different factors support the idea that whether or not there was a man called Naboth, whoever authored the story must have been aware of the existence of that winery, the only one in the compatible area, she said.

“With these kinds of structures, we can assess when was the last time that they were used – in this case quite late, around the first century CE – but not when they were built,” Franklin said. “The events that are described in the Bible are usually considered to take place around the ninth century BCE. It is possible that the winery already existed back then, but it is hard to say. However, some scholars believe that the story was actually written down later, around the sixth century BCE, when we can state for certain that the winery was already operating. There is no way to know whether what is narrated in the Bible happened exactly as related, but the narrative must have existed.”

Aerial photo of the winery after excavation in 2013.

To date the findings, the researchers compared the typology of the installations with similar ones in the region from a variety of periods.

The wine-making technology used in Jezreel was pretty archaic, involving people treading the grapes with their feet, probably not more than four people at a time, Franklin said. 

Moreover, later wineries were usually built not in the fields, as in the case of the Jezreel winery, but directly in the village, she said.

“Another element that was very exciting for us was that several years ago, a nearby kibbutz sampled the soil in the area to find out if and where it would be possible for them to start growing grapes,” Franklin said. “The results showed that in the whole area there was only a small zone that would be good for vineyards, exactly where the ancient winery stood.”

According to the biblical narrative, King Ahab did manage to lay his hands on Naboth’s winery with a trick and the help of his wife, Jezebel, by accusing the man of defiling God and having him killed. For this sin, the king incurred God’s wrath against himself and his lineage, as the prophet Elijah announced to him.
Indeed, several years later, the prophecy would be fulfilled, and dozens of descendants of Ahab, including his son and successor to the throne, Joram, would die at the hands of Jehu, an army commander, in a confrontation that once again started in the winery of Jezreel.

Excavations currently are not taking places at the site while the archaeologists focus on publishing their findings during several years of research, Franklin said



The 2018 vintage is probably one of the best, if not “THE” best ever! Astonishing quality, but as always very small quantities.  I am very excited about the ADDITIONS of the new Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Paul’s ever-expanding portfolio! If Hyde’s vineyard would be located in Burgundy, it would for sure carry the Grand-Cru or Premier Cru designation – either way the source is top-notch, as are Paul’s latest additions.

You are probably saying, what Paul Lato in Napa…. Yes, Larry Hyde has been a big fan of Paul Lato and vice versa.  So it was only a matter of time until Paul would source from this California Premier Cru vineyard. This is its Inaugural release!

Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Magic Moments” Hyde Vineyard, Carneros (Inaugural release)
GGWC 94.99
Use code PAULLATO during checkout

OK to mix & match with other Lato wines

This stunning Paul Lato Hyde Vineyard offers up a basket full of aromas that jump out of the glass.  The wine is loaded with tons of dark red fruit, spices, a hint of mixed herbs, and licorice. This bold, lush youngster is loaded with class and pedigree and tons of generous fruit that is balanced with the right touch acidity.  The lush flavors of this remarkable wine lead smoothly into a textured, silky finish.

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: ”All destemmed & brought up in plenty of new oak (80%), the ruby/plum-hued 2018 Magic Moments Hyde offers up a ripe, perfumed bouquet of Bing cherry, blood orange, violets, black tea, & forest floor. This silky, medium to full-bodied effort brings plenty of sweet fruit, yet it stays light, elegant, & flawlessly balanced.”

Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Goldberg Variations” Hyde Vineyard, Carneros (Inaugural release)
GGWC 84.99
Use code PAULLATO during checkout

OK to mix & match with other Lato wines

The 2018 vintage is probably one for the history books!.  The wine is very refined and expressive, with ripe citrus aromas, and a deep core of rich pear and honeydew melon flavors that bring fantastic complexity. The finish is filled with a touch of butter, a hint of toasted hazelnut and refreshing acidity.

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “From the cooler Carneros region of Napa Valley, the 2018 Goldberg Variations Hyde Vineyard is another Chardonnay that’s up with the crème de la crème of California. Lots of ripe peach and nectarine fruits, subtle tropical notes, plenty of spice and brioche, medium to full-bodied richness, and a juicy, lengthy finish all make for a killer wine to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years.”

We have a small amount of the 2018 Spring Releases remaining (they assort for FREE SHIPPING as well)
Hurry there’s not much left of these either…

Paul Lato 2018 Chardonnay “Souvenir” ~~ Sierra Madre Vineyard ~~  97 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour” ~~ Duravita Vineyard ~~ 97 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Chardonnay “It’s All Good” Talley ~~ Oliver’s Vineyard ~~ 94 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Goldberg Variations” ~~ Hyde Vineyard ~~  97 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Chardonnay “Done & Done” Talley ~~ Rincon Vineyard ~~ 95 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit” ~~ Zotovich Vineyard ~~ 95+ Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Suerte” ~~ Solomon Hills ~~ 98 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Magic Moments” ~~ Hyde Vineyard ~~ 96+ Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “C’est La Vie” ~~ Drumm Canyon ~~ 97 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Atticus” ~~ John Sebastiano Vineyard ~~ 97 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Pinot Noir “Duende” ~~ Gold Coast Vineyard ~~ 96 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Syrah “Cinematique” ~~ Larner Vineyard ~~ 99 Points
Paul Lato 2018 Grenache “Ora et Labore” ~~ Larner Vineyard ~~ 94 Points
Melis Family 2019 Rose of Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills (made by Paul Lato)

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Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for priority allocation.

The Original Screaming Eagle Winemaker’s HOT New Head Turning Cab Release!

The crown jewel of La Sirena, Cabernet Sauvignon is Heidi’s favorite varietal to work with, and the wine she is best-known for throughout her career. This Cabernet has all the makings of Heidi’s classic, elegant and balanced style, produced from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley.

La Sirena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC Price 179.99
FREE SHIPPING on 4 or more!
Use code LAS17CS during checkout

(Can be combined with other La Sirena wines)

Heidi’s Notes: “We were extremely lucky to harvest this fruit before the fires of 2017, so we were able to produce a wine of pure character with zero smoke damage. The 2017 La Sirena Cabernet is very dark blackberry in color, with the ripe, layered aromatics of Cab Sauv and a lifted note from the addition of Cab Franc. Across the palate the wine is vibrant, balanced, and explosive with flavor. Soft and silky in texture, yet has a powerful structure and expression of fruit. Flavors are black fruit-driven with dark cherry and berry notes dominating, layered with sweet toasted French oak as a complement. Age-worthy yet approachable as of this tasting. Tannins are pretty mild in this vintage, not needing much time in the bottle at all. A great example of classic Napa Cab – purely delicious!”

The wine is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc ~ Only 300 cases were produced

Suggested drinking range: Delicious upon release, cellaring for 5-10 years is great, but also has potential to last 20+ years stored properly. This wine ages beautifully.

Suggested Food pairings: Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Kobe/Wagyu beef (any high quality red meat), roast duck with pomegranate sauce, ribs, veal chops, portobello mushrooms, grilled summer vegetables, Caprese salad.

Also check out these other great Heidi Barrett made wines:
La Sirena 2019 Moscato Azul
La Sirena 2016 Malbec, Knight’s Valley LAST CALL
La Sirena 2016 Pirate TreasurRed, Napa Valley VERY SPECIAL PRICING
Vin Perdu 2018 Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 96 POINTS

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Call 415-337-4083 or email frank@goldengatewinecellars.com for priority allocation.

Drinking While Eating is Not Food and Wine Pairing

Drinking While Eating is Not Food and Wine Pairing

by Alder Yarrow
on Vinography.com

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece entitled “Food and Wine Pairing is Junk Science” in which I attempted (some would say unsuccessfully) to argue the point that the so-called “rules” of wine and food pairing, and that the supposed “art” of making such combinations is a load of crap that actually makes wine harder for people to understand and appreciate.

In the weeks since, as is my usual habit, I have posted things on social media about what I’m eating and drinking. Several friends and followers have “pounced” on such posts with glee, exclaiming (some good-naturedly, some with just a whiff of spite) something along the lines of “SEE, so you DO believe in food and wine pairing.”

They’re missing the point, entirely.

Choosing a wine you want to share with your dining companions and drink with your dinner is one of the most natural and wonderful experiences afforded us as human beings, and something utterly fundamental. As far as I’m concerned, it’s practically why wine was invented in the first place.

But deciding what you want to drink with your meal is not the same thing as carefully matching a specific wine to an individual prepared dish of food with the idea that the wine plus the food will result in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This intention, and the supposed artistry and principles that underlie it are what produce the anxiety and hangups that infiltrate the average consumer’s understanding of what wine means.

Perhaps I should have said that I believe in merely combining wine and food, not matching them. We should all drink wine while we eat. We just shouldn’t worry about it, nor make it anything resembling an exercise of precision.

Choosing wine to go with a meal can easily have almost nothing to do with the food being served. Sometimes, for me at least, it’s simply about what I want to drink. The other night, I just wanted to drink Champagne. It didn’t matter to me in the slightest what I was going to be eating for dinner.

Of course, other times, what’s on the table does enter the picture, but not as a formula or an equation to be solved. It may sound like I’m headed towards the splitting of hairs here, but what I’m really getting to is the idea of intention. If anything could be said to be the kernel of my rant it is this: deciding what to drink when you eat needs to be less about precision and more about pleasure. More about you and who you are eating with, and less about what someone else says is the right pairing or a set of principles about acidity and sweetness that you read in a book.  We should all have food and wine together. But we should be enjoying them, not pairing them.