Category Archives: Spotlight

Jayson Woodbridge and Hundred Acre create a possibly perfect wine.

“Good” isn’t a word Jayson Woodbridge, owner, vintner and visionary of Hundred Acre would use when it comes to his wines. His motto is clear and concise, “stand amongst the very best or not at all”; he’s spared no expense assembling one of Napa Valley’s most exciting wines. Accompanied by a team of Napa Valley’s brightest […]

Large Format Wines: Why you should go BIG

Is bigger really better? How big is too big? To the first question we can confidently say yes, there are definite advantages to investing in large format wines. While size can range from the magnum, which equals two bottles, all the way up to the grand daddy of them all, the Nebuchadnezzar, which is equal to twenty […]

World class Pinot and Syrah; Russian Hill Estate

2014 started with a BANG! Last week our staff was able to taste the wines of the always stellar Russian Hill Estate. Check out the bottom of the post for our favorite Syrah and Pinot from the tasting. Russian Hill Estate is a family owned and operated winery, located in the heart of the Russian […]

Honig a leader in sustainability and spectacular wines

In 1964, Louis Honig purchased a 68-acre ranch in Rutherford from the Wagner’s (owners of nearby Caymus Vineyards), in the heart of the Napa Valley. The vineyard was planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which he sold to neighboring wineries. Louis worked to create a family gathering place at the ranch, for his […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anonymous Celebrity Winemaker does it again

2011 Wine Spectrum Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’ Wine Spectrum Rated 93+: The beautiful nose on this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir reveals this well-kept secret of a wine, with pure red raspberry and sour cherries intermingled with notes of sweet, caramelized sugar, cinnamon, forest floor and crisp oak. The long finish is dominated by red fruit tones. […]