Cellar Notes

Notes about the wines we have tried recently.

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Toast Your Valentine With A Glass of Vilarnau Cava

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion (well, OK, excuse) to indulge in a glass of sparkling wine. There are many kinds of sparkling wines made around the world made in a variety of ways from many different grape varieties. Cava is Spain’s contribution to the world of sparkling wine and is made with particular grape varieties using the traditional method. […]

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7 Deadly Wines and Ghirardelli Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Fully realizing wine and chocolate pairing is not to everyone’s taste, we’re sharing a wine and chocolate pairing for Valentine’s Day because we also recognize many will think the pairing is a grand idea. We recently received three wines from 7 Deadly Wines and three chocolate bars made by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company as tasting samples, so we are proceeding with […]

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2014 doqi Saperavi – A Qvevri Wine from Georgia

The country of Georgia is situated on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Russia is its neighbor to the north, Turkey and Armenia lie to the south and Azerbaijan to the east. We may just be discovering wines from Georgia, but the winemaking history there goes back 8,000 years. Georgia’s fascinating winemaking includes more than 500 indigenous grape varieties. […]

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2017 Château Malescasse – Consistently Delicious and Affordable Bordeaux

Château Malescasse is located on Bordeaux’s left bank north of the city of Bordeaux in between the AOCs of Margaux and Saint-Julien. You might say it’s located in a great neighborhood. This bottle of Château Malescasse, which we received as a tasting sample, comes with lots of memories for us. It is one of the Bordeaux wines we tasted almost […]

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Calla Lily Estate & Winery in Napa’s Pope Valley

Calla Lily Estate encompasses 95 acres on the eastern slopes of Howell Mountain. Vines were first planted in 1995, though Hong Kong businessmen Anthony Fung and Andy Chui established Calla Lilly in 2013. Current plantings include 12 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, five acres Petite Sirah and one acre each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Cary Gott has […]

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Hey French: Pasqua Has Fun With Wine

Hey French You Could Have Made This Wine But You Didn’t is a wine with a very long name and more than a bit of attitude. This new wine, made by Pasqua in northeastern Italy’s Veneto region, is a multi-vintage blend of Garganega along with Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon. It comes with a graffiti-inspired label similar to the PassioneSentimento wines […]

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A Taste of Portugal’s Vinho Verde Region

Just when you expect us to be sipping red wine we’re reaching for the lively white wines of Vinho Verde. We know we’re swimming against the stream, but these energetic wines from Portugal are perfect with appetizers or to sip while cooking even if it’s too chilly to sit on the patio. And it’s so refreshing to take a break […]

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Sosie White Blend will Brighten a Winter’s Day

As I sit writing this cellar note it is foggy and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The forecast is for a chilly day with no sunshine until this afternoon. And it’s the first day of winter. This white wine will be a delicious way to welcome winter this evening. We received this wine as a tasting sample. Regina Bustamante and Scott MacFiggen, […]

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Good Things Come in Small Packages from Robert Hall Winery

With all of us having smaller celebrations over the holidays this year it follows that purchasing wine in smaller bottles might be a good idea for many of us. And I like the idea of drinking better wine rather than drinking more wine. We’re happy to share these little gems with you that we received as tasting samples from Robert […]

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Organic Wines from Chile’s Ritual and Veramonte

The good news about these four wines just keeps on coming. All are imported into the US by González Byass USA, who sent these wines to us as tasting samples, and are part of the González Byass family of wines. That’s good news because these wines are widely available in the US and all are under $20, mostly by quite […]