Cellar Notes

Notes about the wines we have tried recently.

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UPSHOT Wines: Unique Blends From Rodney Strong Vineyards

Rodney Strong Vineyards is well known in Sonoma County and is a name recognized by many wine enthusiasts. The Russian River Valley winery has grown and matured along with the Sonoma County wine scene. The portfolio of wines made by Rodney Strong Vineyards now includes UPSHOT wines, which includes a white blend and a red blend. We received both wines […]

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Welcome Rosé Season With Diora La Belle Fête Rosé

If national sales figures for rosé wines are and indication, I’m not the only one looking forward to rosé season. The beautiful color of rosé in the glass makes me think of warmer weather and always makes me feel hopeful. We have a few favorite rosés but we are always open to tasting new ones as well. This rosé and […]

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Beaujolais Nouveau is Perfect for Springtime Sipping

Every February we get a few days of bright, sunny weather with temperatures approaching the 70s. We take advantage of the break from chilly weather by heading outside to finding a sunny spot in the backyard to enjoy the faux spring. We know it won’t last long and soon we will be back to chilly, rainy weather, but this little […]

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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 […]