Monthly Archives: June 2014

Raise your hand if you are confused: Bordeaux pt 1

Welcome back to our series on de-mystifying the French wine scene. Last week we talked about the basics of French wine including the Regions, Varietals, and Labels in France. This week we are going to look at the Grapes, Locations, and Regions of Bordeaux. Bordeaux One of the most recognizable words in wine. The word alone conjures […]

Vineyard Spotlight: Beckstoffer Georges III

THE VINEYARD The Details: Date Acquired: 1988 by Andy Beckstoffer (Learn more about Andy below) Acreage: 300 acres, about 250 acres planted.  In 2009, 181 acres were placed under a land conservation easement that forever prohibits non-agricultural development. Appellation: Rutherford Location: Located on Napa Valley’s legendary Rutherford Bench, adjacent to Caymus Winery and bordered by Conn Creek and the […]

Venge and Steltzner hit a homerun

We love our jobs. Another great week of tasting only the best wines in the world. Someone has to make sure that we only offer the very BEST to our clients. 2011 Venge Family ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate WSI 95 After two vintages of blending our Calistoga and Oakville Estate vineyards to produce our Family Reserve […]

Tasting from the week of 6/1/14

We love our jobs. Another great week of tasting only the best wines in the world. Someone has to make sure that we only offer the very BEST to our clients. 2009 Valdez ‘Landy Vineyard’ Petite Sirah, Russian River Valley Wine Spectrum Rated 95: An effusively fragrant red, offering aromas of violets, crushed berries and nutmeg, […]

Spotlight: Viognier

Viognier is a white wine grape varietal grown in France, Australia, New Zealand, Virginia, Washington, California, Texas, and Ontario, Canada. Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce luscious full-bodied wines with a soft character.  Aromas: Peach, Pears, Violets and Minerality Flavors: Peach, Apricot, Apple, Nutty Styles: Dry and medium-bodied with loads of fruit flavors, Late-Harvest style makes a beautiful dessert wine. Food: Spicy Food, white […]