Category Archives: Employee Pick

In vino felicitas. In wine there is happiness.

In vino felicitas. In wine there is happiness. There is also truth, as we have been reminded, and one of the truths in my life is to make wine. I conceived the Ilaria label to share with you the geographical, cultural, intellectual and historical aspects of wine.    An excellent domestic Malbec by Ilaria. Ilaria is Italian for […]

Orin Swift; Butterflies and the Kitchen Sinks

Three wines which were originated by Orin Swift Cellars, the personal label for winemaker Dave Phinney (previously with Opus One, Mondavi, Whitehall Lane, and currently winemaker for Stanton, his own Locations Label (from France, Italy, and Spain), and the Orin Swift wines (including the uber nice Mercury Head, Papillon, Mannequin, Abstract, and about 5 or […]

Frédéric Magnien; One of my favorite under the radar Burgundy producers

Arguably one of my favorite under the radar Burgundy producers is the young and very talented Frédéric Magnien. Following in the footsteps of 5 generations of winemaking in Morey, Fred really pushes the envelope and produces wine of character and poise but at the same time with umph and body to appeal to a more new […]

Talisman Pinot Noir; Solve the Mystery

Talisman Winery focuses on single vineyard Pinot Noir from mainly Sonoma County. Utilizing at least 7 different vineyards from all corners of the county, their goal is to showcase the true essence of the individual property.  Vineyards ranging from Carneros, up on Sonoma Mountain, to the far Sonoma Coast, and even all the way up […]

Flanagan Estate Syrah; Bennett Valley wine as its best

Bret’s Pick FLANAGAN ESTATE “Pay attention to the name “Flanagan.” The state of the art winery (with caves dug into a hillside) in Bennett Valley is doing something Bennett Valley wineries aren’t supposed to do: producing great cabernet. Matanzas Creek is nearby, and merlot is the neighborhood’s flagship varietal. But Flanagan’s small-production cabs are ethereal, and the syrah? Three […]

Peirson-Meyer; Making amazing European style wines

Bret’s Pick PEIRSON MEYER Peirson Meyer is the personal label for winemaker Robbie Meyer and longtime friend Alan Peirson.  In addition to Peirson Meyer, Robbie has made wine for Peter Michael, Lewis Cellars, Jerricho Canyon, Vongalzang, and others. Robbie is a very classic, meticulous winemaker, utilizing native yeast and natural winemaking practice such as un-fining […]