Category Archives: Spotlight

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Powerful”

Today’s word is used to describe robust wines of great substance. Powerful wines can be a bit overwhelming to the palates of those who prefer their wines on the mellow side. Despite their potent nature, these wines never lack a sense of balance,  which is why this is viewed as a positive tasting descriptor. “Powerful” […]

Meet the Winemaker: Justin Lattanzio

Justin Lattanzio moved to San Francisco from the East Coast in the Fall of 1996, knowing very little about wine. However, with all of the great restaurants and wine shops in the San Francisco Bay area, it was easy for him to find and to taste some of the finest wines from California and around […]

Rolando Herrera and Mi Sueno – More than just a dream.

Rolando Herrera was a teetotaler until he discovered he had a good wine palate. The native of Michoacan, Mexico, was working as a laborer before discovering an interest in winemaking. He is now founder and sole proprietor of Mi Sueño Winery, and his wines are poured in restaurants throughout the U.S.—and even at a 2001 […]

The 3 H’s of Napa: Howell + Heidi = HAVE TO HAVE IT

Lamborn wines can best be described as wines that have the almighty 3 H’s Howell Mountain fruit Heidi Barret as winemaker HAVE TO HAVE IT!!! Those 3 H’s are enough for most people, but if you want to know more about Lamborn and why their wines are so stellar, read on and enjoy. (info credit to […]

Winemaker Spotlight on Bridget Raymond

A decade ago, Wine Spectrum was introduced to several fantastic, but unknown, winemakers. They were just getting their start and coming into their own, making great wines, but flying very ‘under the radar.’ Some of these now familiar names and faces include Jason Woodbridge of Hundred Acre, Tor Kenward of Tor and Russell Bevan of […]

Ramey Wine Cellars. Guided by passion and a commitment to goodness in the glass.

A DELICATE BALANCE Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness from the area’s finest vineyards. Our philosophy is our process: It’s about respect for the land. Nature guides our process and we listen – closely. It’s about terroir. The vineyards are selected for their ability to sustainably produce […]

Ulises Valdez, vineyard manager extraordinaire, tells his tale.

Ulises Valdez, one of the nicest people you will ever meet, gives a detailed account of his history and how he became one of the GREATEST Vineyard Managers in California. Ulises’ tale of tenacity is amazing. Hear from the man himself as he talks about growing up one of eight brothers and sisters, no father, […]

The Premiere Napa Valley Results Are In

The 20th annual Premiere Napa Valley was another HUGE success for Wine Spectrum. This is the 5th time we have purchased lots from this exclusive auction we are so excited about our winning bids. WHAT IS PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY? Produced in California’s renowned Napa Valley, Premiere Napa Valley is one of the rarest wine collections in […]

Agnitio means recognition and knowledge

AN-YEE-TSEE-O THE STORY AGNITIO, A LATIN WORD MEANING RECOGNITION AND KNOWLEDGE, EXISTS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING PREMIUM WINES THAT HONOR THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE LAND: THE WORKERS. WITHIN EACH VINEYARD ARE ENDLESS STORIES OF DEDICATION, PERSEVERANCE AND A LOVE OF EACH UNIQUE PLOT OF LAND. “A place belongs forever to whoever claims […]