Category: Tasting Notes

Paul Lato’s HOT NEW 2018 RELEASES

Great NEWS, the AMAZING 2018 wines from my friend and winemaker Paul Lato are on their way!  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 some new Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs to Paul’s […]

Monday April 6th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A DOUBLE 96+ POINT “Expressive, Long Haul, Fairy Tale” Cabernet by the former Screaming Eagle Winemaker, Andy Erickson

When Xavier Cervantes was scouting properties in Napa, he looked in all the usual hallowed ground for vineyards: Oakville, Rutherford, Pritchard Hill. The Mexico City entrepreneur got close — in escrow — twice, once with a property on Atlas Peak, once on Howell Mountain. Both fell through at the 11th hour. It took seven years, […]

Friday April 3rd, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

APRIL FOOLS… NOT! A Heidi Barrett White Wine???

The only white wine from La Sirena, this Moscato is an unusual, delicious dry (not sweet) expression of Muscat Canelli. In its signature blue bottle, Moscato Azul has become a fan favorite for its drinkability, perfumey aroma, crisp acidity, and ability to pair well with many different dishes. It’s especially perfect during the spring and […]

Wednesday April 1st, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Under $60 , 100% Estate CAB GEM = MUST HAVE

Halter Ranch is a small, family-owned winery located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida District.  The “pulse’ of Rhone Varietals in California.  All the wines produced by this small winery are 100% Estate-grown.  Aside from growing various “Rhone” varietals, they also have “Bordeaux” varietals on their estate.   The “Ancestor” is named for the […]

Saturday March 28th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A Powerfull, Fragrant & Bold Chardonnay that over-delivers for its pricetag!

  The “Tether” wine is a new Anna Monticelli & Kimberly Jones project. This is real value in a bottle. They make stunning a stunning Cabernet & Chardonnay that over-delivers for the pricetags! Tether 2017 Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley GGWC 37.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 or more Use code TETHER at checkout Mix & match […]

Friday March 27th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


  B Kosuge 2018 Gamay, Carneros Napa Valley GGWC 25.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 Use code GAMAY during checkout The Kosuge Gamay is bright, fresh and more svelte than its older sibling. Maybe a bit more true to the essence of the Gamay grape, though who am I to say? I am loving how fresh […]

Thursday March 26th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Frank’s NEW Rose has arrived and its Yummy!

When I first got into the wine industry a few decades ago, rosé was anything but cool. White Zinfandel from California made the public think that all rosé was sweet, and unfortunately, imports such as Royal Lancers from Portugal and wines such as Sutter Home White Zin confirmed this notion. Today, however, rosé is the […]

Tuesday March 24th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“Trifecta” for Gallica Cabernet with 3 x 96 Point ratings

Rosemary Cakebread is among the seasoned winemakers who have been instrumental in bringing Napa Valley Cabernet to prominence. After earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery, where she took her first winery job right after college. […]

Saturday March 14th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Corona Virus Note to our clients – WINE SALE

Dear Friends,   We are all confused and concerned about what is yet to come with the Corona Virus outbreak. My wife is teaching her University students online from our home, both of my daughters are getting their High School curriculum online as well. The restaurants are empty, the stores are too. No traffic on […]

Friday March 13th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The Queen of Pinot offers FREE SHIPPING

Entering the wine industry 20 years ago as a harvest intern, Shane Finley has literally started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. After spending several seasons as an intern in California, Australia, and the Northern Rhône, Shane became Cellar Master at Copain Custom Crush. While there he had the opportunity to […]

Thursday March 12th, 2020 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »