Posts tagged: 2018


  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 , , , , , , | No Comments »

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 March 16th, 2020 in , , | No Comments »


  Bevan’s stunning new 2018 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir releases are now in stock and you are not going to want to miss them! Bevan 2018 “Ritchie Vineyard” Chardonnay, Russian River Retail 74.99 – GGWC 71.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 or more Use code BEVAN during checkout The Bevan Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard has intense pink […]

Napa’s BEST Post-Prohibition Zin is NOW Totally legal!

The Prohibition Story about Black Chicken: Going back to the early 1900’s … Hey Aldo, when you come by on Friday, bring me a couple pounds of walnuts, some fruit and vegetables, two dozen eggs and a “Black Chicken”. And thus went one of the hundreds of inquiries during prohibition when selling wine was not […]

Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Winemaker of Year’s stunning NEW Pinot & Chardonnay releases

  Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisoni.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my […]

94 Point, Pretty, expressive Spring Time White

Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets and Rhone Blends.  She recently added an Albariño to the lineup, and the wine is amazing. I tasted this with some Spanish wine lovers and they […]

Thursday February 27th, 2020 in , , , , , | No Comments »


Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas in […]

A Modern Day California Bubbly that will “tickle” the palate, and not hurt your wallet!

“Carboniste” is a new, very exciting sparkling wine project by husband and wife duo, Jacqueline and Dan Person.   Dan was the longtime assistant winemaker Schramsberg (Napa Valley’s oldest & premium Sparkling wine producer) and quite some years at Larkmead.  His wife worked  as an invested consultant for a large winery.  Together they decided to […]

Friday December 27th, 2019 in , , , , | No Comments »

A Gorgeous 96 Point Beauty that won’t break your heart or wallet!

I love the new Syrah Colson Canyon, a classic Tensley Syrah with its plum and darker fruits, peppery herbs, olive, and savory meatiness. Possessing full-bodied richness, impressive purity of fruit, and a big finish, it’s another winner that will keep for 10-15 years. Tensley 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon, Santa Barbara GGWC 44.99 FREE SHIPPING on […]

Tuesday October 15th, 2019 in , , , , , | No Comments »

A White Bordeaux… from Sonoma by Ace Winemakers 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, J. Finn, etc. 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 […]