Monthly Archives: September 2014

Flanagan Estate Syrah; Bennett Valley wine as its best

Bret’s Pick FLANAGAN ESTATE “Pay attention to the name “Flanagan.” The state of the art winery (with caves dug into a hillside) in Bennett Valley is doing something Bennett Valley wineries aren’t supposed to do: producing great cabernet. Matanzas Creek is nearby, and merlot is the neighborhood’s flagship varietal. But Flanagan’s small-production cabs are ethereal, and the syrah? Three […]

Peirson-Meyer; Making amazing European style wines

Bret’s Pick PEIRSON MEYER Peirson Meyer is the personal label for winemaker Robbie Meyer and longtime friend Alan Peirson.  In addition to Peirson Meyer, Robbie has made wine for Peter Michael, Lewis Cellars, Jerricho Canyon, Vongalzang, and others. Robbie is a very classic, meticulous winemaker, utilizing native yeast and natural winemaking practice such as un-fining […]

David Abreu: Vineyard Manager Extraordinaire

“When the history books are written, David will go down as the most influential person in the California wine industry. He has had his hands in all of the great wines since the early 1990s.” – Brad Grimes; winemaker David Abreu, a third-generation rancher from St. Helena, California and graduate of the Viticulture and Enology program at UC Davis, founded Abreu Vineyards […]

Tastings: From Remoissenet to Chasseur, a week of fine wine.

Our week started with a BANG! Monday afternoon we started our palates on a week long journey that started in the vineyards of Burgundy & the Rhone Valley. Tuesday we spent a quick moment in Sonoma before relishing in the great wines of the Napa Valley. Thursday saw us enjoying the fruits of labor from amazing vintners Ojai and […]

Buccella; an under-the-radar ‘cult’ Cabernet (Employee Pick)

Bret’s Pick BUCCELLA Buccella is one of the most under the radar ‘cult’ Cabernets in Napa Valley. It is made by the talented Rebekah Wineburg with consulting winemaker Celia Welch (Scarecrow, Corra, Keever, Dr.Stephens, etc). Rebekah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Buccella. After graduating from UC Davis, she spent time in Tuscany […]

‘Omerta’ the Italian code of silence & a Jack Ass from Martinelli

In all the time I have been here, I have never participated in a week of tastings that has been better received by our staff. Our team consists of salespeople that have been doing this from less than a year to 20+ years. That is one heck of an experienced group of palates. DO NOT WAIT, […]