Tim Porter from Porter Family Vineyards (Fri. July 1st)

We LOVE Porter Family Vineyards. And over the years we have sent many of you to visit them in Napa because their luscious, full-bodied cabernets and cab/syrah blends knock the socks off of most Napa wine houses, and they are the nicest people!  Friday, from 5-7:30 we will be hosting Tim Porter. He will be pouring five of the Porter Family Vineyards Wines:

  • 2013 Chardonnay
  • 2012 Irreverence Merlot
  • 2012 Sandpiper Merlot/Cab Blend
  • 2012 Cave Dweller Cabernet/Syrah Blend
  • 2012 Porter Cabernet
Tim Porter

Tim Porter

The very scientific Porter family has combined their love for sciences and land in Porter Family Vineyards. The vineyard is located in the Coombesville AVA of Napa Valley.  They make small amounts of beautiful hand crafted wines.  Tom and Beverly Porter met while working at IBM. Tom was an electrical engineer for IBM, he patented the technology for the floppy disk and when he became the VP of Product development for Seagate Technologies in San Franciso, he purchased the vineyard in Coombesville. Since then, the project has become a family affair! Currently their son Tim (formerly a Computer Scientist with double master's degrees in Computer Science & Financial Economics), daughter Heather (Zoologist) and son-in-law Steven Wolfe (Rocket Scientist) all work at the family vineyard.  

New French Wines, Saturday, July 2nd from 1pm-5pm:

  • 2015 La Croix Belle Caringole Rosé- Côtes de Thongue  
  • 2015 Chateau La Tour de Beraud- Costières de Nîmes
  • 2014 Anne de Joyeuse Chardonnay- IGP Pays d'Oc (Limoux)
  • 2013 Domaine Sorin de France Bourgogne Rouge- Côtes d'Auxerre
  • 2014 Anne de Joyeuse Malbec- IGP Pays d'Oc (Limoux)

Show Me Amarone! Wine tasting March 18th & 19th


2008 ACCORDINI AMARONE "LE BESSOLE" The new vintage of Accordini Amarone is in, and it is a richer style than last years! Come in to try it Friday &/or Saturday.  The 2007 received 92 from Wine Enthusiast, and although this vintage is not yet rated, the people on cellartracker are loving it, giving the wine a 93. The 2007 was more delicate with cedar spice on the finish. The 2008 is filled with dark plum and dried berry notes. You can't find a better Amarone deal than this!

Join us for our tastings, Friday from 5:00 to 7:30 and Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00.We will be sampling the Amarone that is on deal, both days. For those of you who missed the Eberle tasting yesterday, we will have all of the Eberle wines open tonight, Friday, while supplies last. See below for more details.


2014 Eberle Chardonnay- Paso Robles

NV Eberle Full Boar Red- Zinfandel, Cabernet, Sangiovese, & Tempranillo

2013 Eberle Zinfandel- Paso Robles

2013 Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet- Paso Robles

2014 Quinta do Gomariz Loureiro- Vinho Verde DO, Portugal. A very interesting white with deep citrus fruit. Over the past 5 vintages, this Loureiro has won 33 wine awards from different competitions. It is a great white to pair with fatty fish, white meats, Italian and Asian cuisine. 

2014 Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'aura- Campania, Italy.  Feudi di San Gregorio has won countless acclaim for its work with Campania’s ancient varietals. Some of the wines they are known for include their Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo, and Aglianico. The Ros’aura is 100% Aglianico, and is a fuller-style rosé. Expressing notes of sour cherry, strawberry, and a bit of pepper spice, it is a great wine to enjoy with a country pate and cornichons.


2014 DeSante L'Atelier White Blend- Napa Valley, CA. An all-time favorite of ours, this blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sauvignon Vert is remeniscent of a white Bordeaux with just that extra hint of texture that Napa offers. Although best known for his red wines, David DeSante makes some exceptional white wines, and this is his most affordable offering. 

2014 Castello della Sala Bramìto del Cervo Chardonnay- Umbria IGT, Italy. The Umbrian estate & medieval Castle of Sala was purchased by the Antinori family in 1940. The cool climate near Orvieto is great for growing white wines. This creamy chardonnay is a blend of wine done in stainless steel, as well as some wine that is aged in oak and goes through full malo-lactic fermentation. The wine has aromas and flavors of pineapple and of citrus fruit, hazelnut butter, and vanilla.

2014 Division Winery Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir- Umpqua & Eola-Amity Hills Valley, OR. Tasted blind, this wine would confuse most connoisseurs. The warm, dry 2014 season along with an extended time on the grape skins (which concentrates the flavors) gives this wine a much fuller-flavor than your typical gamay. It is like a spicy pinot noir, with flavors of raspberries, black pepper, a hint of licorice, and rose petals on the finish.

2010 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon-Colchagua Valley, Chile. A lighter-style cabernet with lots of earthiness. Makes for a good wine to have with grilled meats and peppers. 

2008 Accordini Amarone 'Le Bessole'- Valpolicalla, Italy. See Description above. 


For more information on the wines, visit:

  • http://www.kysela.com/wine/wine-brand/accordini/accordini-amarone-classico-le-bessole/2008-accordini-amarone-classico-le-bessole.html
  • http://quintadegomariz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Fichas-Tecnicas-QG_2013_Loureiro_EN.pdf
  • http://www.palmbay.com/feudi-di-san-gregorio-rosaura.htm http://www.antinori.it/en/26-generazioni/castello-della-sala/bramito-del-cervo-2014
  • https://divisionwinemakingcompany.com/winesvines/wines/2014/villages_gamay.php2

St. Patrick's Day Tasting: Eberle Winery from Paso Robles

On Thursday, March 17th, from 5-7:30, we will be hosting Stacy Bonnifield of Eberly Winery. A specialist of agricultural business management, Stacy cut her teeth in the wine business working for Wild Horse Winery as their Retail Operations and Hospitality Manager. Gary Eberly offered her the position as the Sales and Marketing Director for his winery in 2007, and Stacy has been with them for 9 years now.

Eberle Winery is the longest, continuously owned family-run winery in Paso Robles with over 30 years in the business. Gary Eberle a pioneer of Paso, was one of the first to purchase major acreage in the appellation, and then build one of the first large commercial wineries long before anyone had ever heard of the area, his tireless promotion of the Paso Robles wine region is clearly evidence today with a region labeled as “the next Napa.” As the single most awarded winery in the country, constantly winning at competitions across the U.S., Eberle continues to promote not only Paso Robles, but wines which reflect a sense of place, while retaining solid value. 

We will be pouring the following on Thursday:

  • 2014 Chardonnay: Produced from our own 29-year-old estate vines, flavors of tangy green apple, pineapple and Meyer lemon fill the palate, ending with a hint of toasted oak.
  • NV Full Boar Red: This medium bodied wine, has juicy fruit flavors of cherry and blackberry,  supple tannins and a hint of cola. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sangiovese & Tempranillo
  • 2013 Zinfandel: Aromas of raspberry and blackberry with a hint of smoke, while the palate is coated with rich dark bramble berry flavors, cedar and spiciness.
  • 2013 Cabernet: The palate is full of rich flavors of cassis, black cherry and cola with slight herbaceous notes. Lush with velvety tannins, this wine has a long finish.

Pinot Deal (Save 28%) and Spanish Specials!

Join us for our tastings this week, Friday from 5-7:30pmand Saturday from 1-5pm. Below we have three wines on a special deal this week as well as the wine dinner menu for Café Renaissance. This week we will be featuring:

  • 2015 Alkoomi Rosé of Syrah/Grenache- Frankland River, Australia
  • 2014 Schumann-Nägler Riesling Qualitätswein-Rheingau, Germany. A wonderfully rich, semi-dry, riesling from a 35hectare family vineyard that has been producing wines for 575 years!
  • 2012 Windy Oaks Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir-Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
  • 2013 Il Conte Villa Prandone Marinus Rosso Piceno-Marche, Italy. A great, full-bodied Italian red, for those who like Sirpasso and the Campiano Primitivo. 70% Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese.
  • 2007 Paniza Gran Reserva Red- Cariñena, Spain. A structured tempranillo/cabernet /grenach blend aged in for almost 3 years before release. 
  • 2013 Abaida de Acón Roble, Tinta Fina- Ribera del Duero, Spain
Windy Oaks, Paniza, Acon Roble

PINOT DEAL: 2012 Windy Oaks Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains, CA Windy Oaks is a small winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA that is run by the Schultze Family. Father and Son, Jim and Spencer tend to the viticulture and winemaking while, Judy Schultze runs the marketing and tasting room with her other son, James. They have 26 acres of pinot noir and 1 acre of chardonnay. The winery employs sustainable practices, using many organic and biodynamic methods. The wines are unfined and unfiltered and aged in French Oak. 85% of what they make goes directly to their mailing list, so it is hard to get your hands on!

Very floral initially, becoming more fruity over time. Intoxicating aromas of spice-infused cherries, roses, herbs, and subtle oak. Delicious essence of fresh cherries with an amalgam of accents including spice, cola, graham and anise. Modest in weight and very polished, with balanced tannins and a lengthy finish filled with cherry goodness. Score: 92. PinotFile

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA has less than 1500 acres under vine, and a little over 50 wineries.  It is south of San Francisco Bay and along the coast. The Pacific facing slopes can be quite cool and offer a rugged terroir that is great for pinot noir.

2013 Abadía de Acón Roble, Tinta Fina- Ribera del Duero, Spain We have featured Abadía de Acón’s crianza and reserve wines before, with much liking from our customers; this is the first time we have shown their ‘Roble.’  The perfect fruit and wood blend, which enhances its aromatic intensity. Composed exclusively with Tempranillo from vines 15 years old, and aged for five months in new oak casks. Intense and very well-balanced. Attractive notes of ripe red and black berries accompanied by chocolate, liquorice and cocoa. Spicy, toasty background on the palate with hints of toffee and coffee.

2007 Paniza Gran Reserva-Cariñena, Spain A silver medal winner at the International wine challenge, this red blend of tempranillo, grenache, and cabernet has a pure Burgundy-like nose showing careful use of oak. Sweet, plump and well-balanced, with a refined finish. A great buy if you want a full-bodied, yet smooth, well-aged wine.