Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Kings of California Winemaking Shine this Week.

I know you may get sick of hearing this from us, but…Wow! What a phenomenal week of tastings. This week saw wines from: Vineyard Manager great Jim Barbour (Hundred Acre, Grace Family, Revana, Harbison Estate, The Vineyardist, Gandona Estate, DR Stephens, Blankiet, Pride, and Checkerboard) Winemaker Phillipe Melka (Dana Estates, Hundred Acre, Lail, Vineyard 29, Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, Quintessa) Winemaker Andy Erickson […]

Learn about one of Napa Valley’s emerging stars!

Benoit is a star on the rise in the wine world and is devoted to continuing the tradition of producing wines of distinction and acclaim.  “For me it’s all about the mindset, about what kind of freedom you’re going to get. I’m the kind of person who likes to build something, not just maintain it.” ~ Benoit […]

Howell Mountain Power and Bohemian Grace

We only held two formalized tastings this week, but they were fantastic. The Amizetta property is a steep and rocky 40 acre parcel with southern facing slopes at the tail end of Howell Mountain in the Conn Valley region of Napa Valley. The vineyards are farmed by Jim Barbour. Edward Clark is the winemaker, with […]

Kirk Venge; The Son Tries to Out-do the Father

Winemaker for Venge Vineyards, Igneous, Hunnicutt, Macauley Vineyard, Frazier, Bacio Divino, JAX, B Cellars, Trespass, JR Wine and Calistoga Ranch. “When I was growing up, working in the vineyard and winery gave me a wonderful sense of partnership in my family’s way of life; it was hard work, but I loved it.” – Kirk Venge […]

Oregon and Washington dominate this weeks tastings.

This week we were lucky enough to taste some beautiful wines from the Walla Walla Valley of Washington and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Shea Vineyards and Raptor Ridge make gorgeous Pinots that are a great representation of what Oregon Pinot should be and Reynvaan is one of the more famous producers in Washington, and for […]

A few of our favorites from last week’s tastings…

We taste 1000’s of wines each year. Highlighted below you will find a few of our favorites from this past week’s tastings.  2013 David Arthur ‘Elevation 1147’ Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa Valley Wine Spectrum Rated 96: The 2012 Elevation 1147 is a massive wine with a dense, deep ruby color. Aromas of spicy, brambly baked fruits of blackberry […]

From the owners of Screaming Eagle…Jonata

From the minds behind Screaming Eagle, comes its sister winery JONATA; quite possibly California’s next Big Cult Winery and Santa Ynez’s First! “This remarkable Santa Ynez estate is under the same ownership as Napa Valley’s Screaming Eagle winery…this is one of California’s most exciting new wineries. What they are accomplishing with Bordeaux varietals is mind-boggling….” Robert Parker, […]