Monthly Archives: February 2015

France, Italy, and California shine bright this week

The best way to describe this weeks tastings is an “an embarrassment of riches”.  Our lineup this week featured one winner after another. It was so hard to choose a Top 5 that I gave up and listed 7 wines for your viewing and drinking pleasure. 2012 Clos du Caillou ‘Les Quartz’, Chateauneuf du Pape Wine […]

In vino felicitas. In wine there is happiness.

In vino felicitas. In wine there is happiness. There is also truth, as we have been reminded, and one of the truths in my life is to make wine. I conceived the Ilaria label to share with you the geographical, cultural, intellectual and historical aspects of wine.    An excellent domestic Malbec by Ilaria. Ilaria is Italian for […]

Peirson Meyer is one of Sonoma’s most under the radar wineries

“Peirson Meyer is one of Sonoma’s most under the radar wineries. Founded by a group of Peter Michal veterans, Peirson Meyer excels with racy, resonant wines long on personality. This year there is a new Sauvignon Blanc from Ritchie Vineyard, but it is the Chardonnays that impress most. Stylistically the Chardonnay and Pinots show a […]

Why did the “Black Chicken” cross the road?

2013 Robert Biale ‘Black Chicken’ Zinfandel, Napa Valley Wine Spectrum 94: Big flavors of mixed warm berries black cherries round tannins mulling spices and a touch of pepper and toasty vanilla. A comforting sipper on its own this fantastic classic also pairs wonderfully with smokey barbecue burgers, pizza or hearty pasta. For added softness and aromatics stash […]

Julien Fayard of Lafite, makes an outstanding Napa Cab (Employee Pick)

I have a phenomenal Cabernet to tell you about today, as well as the first vintage of Chardonnay from Le Pich.  Le Pich is a bottling from the Purlieu label and is made by Julien Fayard, who came to Napa Valley with a refined winemaking style from his experience at Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut […]

Venge Vineyards; 2nd Generation Royalty

ROOTS The Venge (ven-ghee) family has farmed vitis viniferra varieties in Napa Valley for nearly a half-century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge migrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud’s son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the […]

Cab is King; a look back at this weeks tastings

This weeks tasting lineup was peppered with a bonanza of beautiful Cabernets. Although we taste across the spectrum when it comes to types, styles, and varietal of wines, Cab is truly King in this weeks tastings. 2009 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – $75/b Wine Spectrum 95: This bottling shows off its pedigree with style and substance. Mouth […]

Robbie Meyer; a very classic, meticulous winemaker (Employee Pick)

Peirson Meyer is the personal label for winemaker Robbie Meyer (previously with Lewis Cellars, Peter Michael, Jericho Canyon and others) and longtime friend Alan Peirson.  Robbie and Alan met while working together at Peter Michael. Robbie is a very classic, meticulous winemaker, utilizing native yeast and natural winemaking practice such as un-fining and un-filtering. You […]