Category Archives: Spotlight

Kathryn Kennedy; California sun with a Bordeaux style

An excerpt from the 1/14/16 edition of the New York Times Santa Cruz Cabernet: Wines You Never Knew By ERIC ASIMOV “Where cabernet grows the best is the Silicon Valley side, the high-value real estate area,” said Marty Mathis, president of Kathryn Kennedy Winery, which has made excellent cabernet sauvignon in Saratoga since Ms. Kennedy, Mr. […]

Kevin Kinsella, A Man of Vision

From a high, sun-drenched private valley in the western foothills of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley comes an exquisite cabernet sauvignon hand crafted with the ultimate expertise and care by legendary winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown. THE STORY All wine stories begin with friends. In our case, the friends who took a chance that your palate could […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Parador: An Exclusive Gem

     Parador Cellars is located in the Napa Valley and they are dedicated to producing Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon at the highest level of quality, in hopes of gracing the same tables as other inspired wines from around the world. After 18 years in the wine industry, from merchant to wholesaler, Steve Ventrello embarked […]

d’Arenberg and their ‘Custodian’ Grenache

Family History One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery, cellar door and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant. Joseph’s son Frank joined him […]

Tor Kenward; we work together to achieve the best possible grapes regardless of cost

TOR Wines Tor Kenward spent 27 years as a senior executive with Beringer Vineyards working in winemaking and marketing, helping to build a wine company known to collectors worldwide for its outstanding Reserve and single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. He retired in 2001, and along with his wife Susan, started TOR Kenward Family Wines, a small […]

Wine Spectrum’s 2015 Winemaker of the Year is…

A lot of things have changed in the 25 years we have been putting great wine’s on people’s tables. But one thing that hasn’t is the standard we set so long ago. We will only work with the BEST wines, and the BEST winemakers. We work with hundreds of winemakers and we taste through thousands of wines […]