Posts tagged: Spotlights

CELIA WELCH, “The World’s Most Influential Woman in Wine”

CELIA WELCH “The World’s Most Influential Woman in Wine”The Drinks Business magazine recently published its list of The World’s Most Influential Women in Wine. Our very own Celia Welch made the number three spot! As a child growing up in Oregon, Celia Welch would sit under a giant oak in her back garden picking grapes […]

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 in , , | Comments Off on CELIA WELCH, “The World’s Most Influential Woman in Wine”

A Visit to the Walter Hansel Bistro

A Frank Melis review: Last week I took my wife and daughters to check out the new Walter Hansel Bistro in the beautiful Russian River Valley.   The restaurant is about 1 mile away from the Walter Hansel Winery and 1 mile from Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California. The Bistro is a cozy, single […]

Tuesday June 10th, 2014 in , , , | Comments Off on A Visit to the Walter Hansel Bistro

Chardonnay Deal of the Month!

Stuart Bewley grew up in California’s central valley, where hard work and farming were a part of life. But his name will be forever tied to the beverage that embodied The Beach.  While in their twenties, Stuart and his high school friend Michael Crete experimented with mixing wine and fruit juices. They ended up inventing […]

Wednesday August 28th, 2013 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chardonnay Deal of the Month!

Score some 94+ Points Pott

Aaron Pott has amassed a nice portfolio over the years and his own label has been on fire as of late.  This latest bottling the HMSS  or “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” comes from the famed Stagecoach Vineyard.  The legend has it that a notorious 19th century Englishman bandit robbed the daily Stagecoach here from St. […]

Wednesday July 25th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Score some 94+ Points Pott

Local boutique stocks hard-to-find wines

We were fortunate enough to be featured in today’s San Francisco Chronicle! Read the full article here… Golden Gate Wine Cellars is a locally owned boutique wine store that carries hundreds of hard-to-find wines from California vineyards. The shop has close to a thousand labels in stock at any given time that are also available […]

Friday July 20th, 2012 in , , , | Comments Off on Local boutique stocks hard-to-find wines

Small producer slams big name 100 point wines!

In a recent blind tasting of 2008 Cabernets and 2007 Syrahs, Patland vineyards beat out some big name wineries, including some 100 Point wines! In the Syrah tasting the lineup included: Alban Reva (100 Points, $150.00), Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne (97+ Points $350.00!!), Alban Lorraine (96 Points), ,  Betz Family La Cote Rousse, Araujo […]

Wednesday February 29th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Small producer slams big name 100 point wines!

Small (girl) winery beats up the Big Boys wineries!

Karen Culler has been around for some time now, and her portfolio has been very impressive. Although I think the last blind tasting I conducted might have just elevated her status some more. The Who’s Who of Napa Valley wineries was represented at this tasting. We tasted blind and guessed the price of each wine! […]

Saturday February 11th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Small (girl) winery beats up the Big Boys wineries!

Malk 2008 Cabernet blows away the big names in a blind tasting!

For those who bought the 2007 vintage I can tell you that you will be happily surprised by this latest release. Unfortunately this year’s production is much smaller (only 200 cases produced), but it is just as good. We recently lined up 10 big Napa Valley (expensive and highly rated) Cabernets and the result was […]

Monday January 16th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Malk 2008 Cabernet blows away the big names in a blind tasting!

Walter Hansel Pinot Noir beats out the big names in a blind tasting! LIMITED – 95 Points!!

I just got my hands on an extremely limited allocation that you definitely want to know about! Walter Hansel is synonymous with good quality wine at a respectable price. This latest bottling is inexpensive for its great quality!  We tasted 10 Pinots, and Hansel Rodgers Creek came in # 1. The lineup consisted of Beaux […]

Wednesday December 7th, 2011 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Walter Hansel Pinot Noir beats out the big names in a blind tasting! LIMITED – 95 Points!!

The world is (not) ending… But it IS selling out fast!

Jonathan Maltus created his second pool of new wines from some amazing vineyards in the Napa Valley. The entire production of his previous World’s End offerings entirely sold out within a matter of months! (I have a small handful reserved if you are quick to give me a call) That is a strong testament to […]

Wednesday September 21st, 2011 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The world is (not) ending… But it IS selling out fast!