Posts tagged: 2018

A Bride and … Free Shipping as a Wedding Present

After many years the Bridesmaid wines are being rebranded of sorts.  Pam Starr (fomer Spottswoode winemaker) has been producing the Crocker & Starr/Bridesmaid wines for many years now.  Crocker & Starr was always estate grown, Bridesmaid only partially.  That has changed and so has the pacakaging. Gorgeous new labels and the same stunning wines, sort […]

Best Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc to date!

Winery Notes:  “We approach the creation of our Sauvignon Blanc with the aim of crafting a wine that is as structured and cerebral as it is dynamic and tantalizing for the senses. This is an incredibly high bar for this noble grape, to which we give the greatest respect. To achieve this goal, our 2018 […]

Tuesday August 13th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Stunning 4 Barrel “White Bordeaux” from Jeff Pisoni & Bibiana Gonzalez Rave

Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave (Pahlmeyer, Wayfarer winemaker) and Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia winemaker). Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana […]

NEWS FLASH – 97 Point White Gem under $40

This is only the fourth  vintage of Annia. There is a story that George Vare liked to tell us about Ribolla, according to the late, great Stanko Radikon, Ribolla is the consummate supporting actor when blended into a wine under the 50% threshold. at that minority level, the grape will truly morph into the background, providing […]

Thursday August 8th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Another Spottswoode (100 points?) Gem

“We approach the creation of our Sauvignon Blanc with the aim of crafting a wine that is as structured and cerebral as it is dynamic and tantalizing for the senses. This is an incredibly high bar for this noble grape, to which we give the greatest respect. To achieve this goal, our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc […]

Wednesday June 26th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Sauvignon of the year by Scarecrow winemaker… A must have!

Celia has earned many great accolades as the winemaker of Scarecrow, Corra, Rewa, Castiel, Keever and many other wineries.  This latest Sauvignon Blanc, the Keever 2018 vintage is probably the best to come from this estate ever.  Unfortunately a very small production! The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc was grown both on the Keever Estate […]

Former Spottswoode Winemaker releases a stunning White

After many years the Bridesmaid wines are being rebranded of sorts.  Pam Starr (fomer Spottswoode winemaker) has been producing the Crocker & Starr/Bridesmaid wines for many years now.  Crocker & Starr was always estate grown, Bridesmaid only partially.  That has changed and so has the pacakaging. Gorgeous new labels and the same stunning wines, sort […]

Impressive White for those on a budget

The Kristy Vineyard grows on the western bench over the Salinas River on the broken sediment of ancient sea beds, fully exposed to winds off the Monterey Bay. Kristy is special because Albariño in the vineyard reaches full phenological ripeness at low potential alcohol and bright natural acidity. FYI: Pronunciation  – Albariño (“alba-reen-yo”) La Marea […]

No April Fools Joke – Frank’s own Rose is here (and ace winemaker Paul Lato made it)

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 […]

The BEST Sauvignon Blanc in the US Bar None is HERE!

Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo knew they were on to something special way back in the late 90′s when impromptu blind tastings with friends and trips to Napa became a regular part of their life. Over the next several years, they met with and were inspired by some of the greatest winemakers and viticulturists […]