Monthly Archives: May 2014

Aubert, Hobbs, Rosenblum, and JC Cellars all turn to Ulises Valdez.

ULISES VALDEZ With more than 20 harvests behind him, Ulises has risen to the top of his profession. Widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in wine country, Ulises has worked with some of the most important winemakers in California including Paul Hobbs, Mark Aubert, Kent Rosenblum, and Jeff […]

Top 5: Tastings from the week of 5/25/14

With only 2 tastings this week, it was the perfect example of QUALITY over QUANTITY. Every week we have the tough fantastic job of tasting dozens of wines to make sure that we only offer the very BEST to our clients. We are constantly on the look out for amazing under-the-radar wines, along with celebrated projects from […]

Spotlight – Ulises Valdez is a game changer.

Ulises Valdez Crosses Borders Reposted Article By Tina Caputo: 1/18/11  ( We wine writers hear tons of stories about people who give up successful white-collar careers as doctors, tech gurus and the like to follow their winemaking dreams.  “I just felt the need to get back to land,” says the retired cardiologist whose closest contact […]

Spotlight: Rutherford AVA

Rutherford first won worldwide recognition in 1939 when Georges de Latour won a gold medal at the Golden Gate International Exposition for his 1936 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, for more than a century the Rutherford region has been recognized for producing red wines of incomparable opulence and elegance. Although […]

Napa’s Dream Team

If you asked someone to put together a Napa “Dream Team” it would probably be very similar to the team that was put together to create the amazing wines out of Kristine Ashe Vineyards, “Entre Nous”. With vineyards located in the Oakville AVA (Other notable Oakville wineries: Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Dalle Valle, Futo, Ghost Block, Harbison, Paradigm, […]

Winemaker Spotlight: Shauna Rosenblum

Shauna Rosenblum: Rockin’ the vine at Rock Wall Wine Company Shauna Rosenblum and her father, Kent, in the tasting room at their new Rock Wall Wine Company   If your dad is the King of Zinfandel, would that make you Princess? Shauna Rosenblum, the 27-year-old daughter of Kent Rosenblum of the world-renowned Rosenblum Cellars of […]

Balance. Substance. Finesse. Wines from Spell Estate

Balance. Substance. Finesse. SPELL ESTATE is committed to delivering the highest expression of Pinot Noir without forfeiting the integrity and beauty of the varietal. More than any other grape, Pinot Noir captures the essence of time and place. We source our grapes from the best vineyards in the United States. Spell grapes ripen on steep hillsides […]

Winery Spotlight: Spell Estate

Spell Estate is a winery that is committed to delivering the highest expression of Pinot Noir without forfeiting the integrity and beauty of the varietal. Founded in 2006 by Bill and his wife Tiki, they produced their first wine vintage in 2007. The Spell Estate is located just outside of Santa Rosa, California, and produces […]

Zinfandel: BBQ’s Perfect Mate

For many people across the U.S. Memorial Day has become the unofficial kick off to summer. And you know what that means? Time to fly your flag, slather on some sunscreen and fire up the BBQ . Last week we shared some amazing Zinfandels with you and this week we have even more to offer […]

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