High Valley Reverie

I remember standing on a mountain ridge full of vines looking down on Clear Lake thinking “Clay Shannon is the luckiest guy in the world!” This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Then I realized he may be one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever...

Bastille Day is a Great Wine Day

For those of you unfamiliar with the national French holiday, we have this from Wikipedia: “The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which...

Tilia for Wine Value

To say that Nicolás Catena is a pioneer in the Argentine wine production is a bit of an understatement. He is often cited as the person who has helped create the high quality, modern industry that Argentina is today. The Catena family operates in many different...

Happy Fourth of July

Have a great holiday and enjoy some grilling and great wine from American, family-owned wineries. Remember to keep your wines cool if you are on the patio. Serve the Sauvignon Blanc at around 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir drink...

Wine in Cans? You Betcha! Gonna Be Big!

I’ve been working in wine shops since 1988 and I have seen some trends come and go. Varietal trends like the craze for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Argentine Malbec, and Red Blends. All those continue to roll on. I remember the first time I saw screw caps coming in on...

Takin’ Care of Dad

Here’s a tip for Father’s Day; skip the tie. I must admit I’ve gotten a few nice ones over the years but to be honest, I’d rather have a nice bottle of Bourbon – or a nice wine! Our stores are full of what Dads really want and we’d be very happy to help you find...
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