En Garde Virtual Tasting


The Hungarian word for Perfection embodies En Garde’s rich family heritage spanning two continents, a passionate artistry for making world-class wines, and the masterful patience of their winemaker Csaba Szakál, who is steeped in four generations of Hungarian winemaking. 🍷

If you hadn’t already guessed, it’s time for another installment of the Bacchus & Venus virtual tasting series, and we’re very excited to have Csaba Szakál of En Garde winery join us this time around!

A $155 value, yours for Only $135!!

All wines are delivered right to your door with access to our online tasting room. It couldn’t be any easier.  📦

We’ll be featuring the following wines:

  • 2018 Santa Barbara Viognier
  • 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir
  • 2014 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

This tasting happens on 9/3/20 at 6pm PST and will last one hour.

Zoom is required to participate in this evening spent learning about the history and artistry of En Garde Winery. These wines are not to be missed. 🍷

Registration deadline is 8/24/20, so be sure to get your orders in soon! 📅

Send us a message to sign up!

Cheers! 🥂

Anarchist “Conspiracy Theory” North Coast Red Blend 2014

Included in: Red Club & Sampler Club, October 2020
Regularly $36. Club member re-order: $32

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A project of The Wine Foundry in Napa, which specializes in ultra-premium custom-made wines, Anarchist Wine Co.’s winemaking team began experimenting with co-fermentations and unusual blends which created sensational results. Anarchist Wine Co. is founded on a passion for creative offerings. They are not your hoodie wearing, molotov cocktail throwing anarchists; they are a nod to those with the foresight to observe the situation, the mindfulness to ask the question, the courage to take action and forge the outcome. These are the Anarchists the winery honors and their wines walk a similar path. They blend varietals not usually made together in the traditional wine landscape. 

Declaring independence from conformity, Anarchist Wine Co. offers an innovative lineup of wines that challenge the status quo. Anarchist Wine Co. wines also are known to sport award-winning artistic labels reflecting the creative process and personality of each wine. Each label draws on an art form called “Generative Art”, which uses an algorithm incorporating data from people and places that capture the spirit behind the individual wine. 

Winemaker Patrick Saboe at The Wine Foundry in Napa, California is a busy man as winemaker for the custom, small-lot winemaking facility for numerous individuals and small commercial brands. From harvest to tank or barrel, and lastly to bottling, Saboe has a thread of what each client desires for their wine running through his mind. Throughout his winemaking with Anarchist he has shown imagination and resourcefulness. ‘Conspiracy Theory’ is one of the flagships for Anarchist Wine Co. in which Saboe used syrah, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, malbec, cabernet franc, and petite sirah to make a bold, beautiful, flavorful, and playful wine. 

‘Conspiracy Theory’ was modeled after the cult status wine ‘The Prisoner.’ Patrick Saboe gave homage in this 2015 blend to Dave Phinney – the brilliant winemaker who created The Prisoner. He loved the idea of The Prisoner and the fun blends behind it. Conspiracy Theory is a New World blend, and Saboe wanted it to be something that people have not had before. Stylistically, he wanted it to feel familiar but be a blend someone hadn’t conceived or tried yet. It is a blend of all California that changes varieties year to year. Napa and Sonoma vineyards are featured primarily. 

This New World rare red blend is rich and intense. To get into the Halloween spirit we like to pair this wine with a handful of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Peanut butter and chocolate is already a pretty stellar combination on its own, but paired with the dark fruit flavors in this wine, the combo moved into a whole other level. The smooth creaminess of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is the perfect complement to the ripe berry fruit. 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020

Epoch Estate Blend Paso Robles Red Blend 2014

Included in: Red Club – October 2020
Regularly $49. Club member re-order: $39

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As geologists, Bill and Liz Armstrong share a similar spirit, one that is dedicated to the purity of science and endless exploration. A wine lover, one day Bill woke up and realized he wanted more – he wanted to be a wine producer. This decided, he set about on a deliberate search for the perfect plot of land. While studying oenology in his spare time, his palate quickly took a liking to wines from the Rhone region in France, particularly Southern Rhone.

When initially setting out on this crazy quest to create wine, Liz and Bill did not have their sights set on any particular wine region. This was a search for the ultimate American terroir that would produce world-class wine. The two things they knew for sure were that they loved wines made from Rhone varietals, and being geologists, they understood the importance terroir plays in making world class wines.

After extensive research they kept coming back to Paso Robles for the weather, unique soils, hilliness, and extreme temperature swings. In 2004 the epoch officially began with the purchase of Paderewski Vineyard and in 2008 they spread roots to Catapult Vineyard. The legacies of York Mountain and Ignacy Paderewski are honored and carried through Epoch wines. What they were not expecting when they found this plot of land was that the Paso culture totally jived with their personalities. The entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit along with the rodeo, All-American vibe had Bill and Liz feeling at home from day one.

After an extensive international search Bill and Liz found their dream partner in winemaker Jordan Fiorentini. The Epoch winemaking mission and unique vineyards stole Jordan’s heart. Passionate, dedicated, and not afraid to push the envelope, Jordan brings an enthusiastic and experienced spirit to Epoch Estate Wines. Her palate is one that speaks to her through shapes; having an awesome artistic side, Jordan now draws her Tasting Notes in addition to writing about each wine. (How cool is that?!) She earned her spurs working at her family’s winery in Georgia, then Araujo Estate in Napa Valley, Antinori Winery in Italy (where she met her husband), and most recently as head winemaker at Chalk Hill Estates in Sonoma.

The 2014 Estate Blend comes from the original vineyards the Armstrong family purchased, Paderewski and Catapult in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. The blend is 36% Syrah, 36% Mourvedre, 22% Grenache, and 6% Tempranillo. This blend shows a full range of flavor: red plum, berry and surprising watermelon fruit flavors. The earthy and grounding elements of this blend include black olive, earth, sweet leather, brown spice and meat.

This wine’s full body goes perfectly with melt-on-your-tounge chocolate so when your kids come back from trick or treating, steal away a couple Hershey’s Kisses to pair with this bold red blend.

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020

Oestermann G3 Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Included in: Reserve Club – October 2020
Regularly $110. Club member re-order: $95

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The team behind Oestermann Family Wines is a Napa Valley/San Francisco based father daughter duo, who developed a passion for wine making after moving to California from Denmark. Klaus Oestermann has been part of the high tech industry for the past three decades and decided in 2009 to finally pursue his passion for wine making once his daughter Victoria began to develop the same interest. Oestermann Family Wines is a small, limited availability producer of high quality, opulent, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc from some of the top vineyards in Napa Valley. The family also produces a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Rose and rich single vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, which we would be more than happy to order for you! 

This “G3 Vineyard” Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an incredible value. It comes to us from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley. Owned by the Beckstoffer family and formally named “Georges III Vineyard”, wines coming from this plot typically cost $150-$450. It was originally planted by Thomas Rutherford in 1895 before Georges de Latour, founder of Beaulieu, purchased the site in 1928 and it became the home to BV in the ’60s and ’70s. 

The “G3 Vineyard” Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was harvested on October 6, 2016 so we get to enjoy it almost exactly 4 years after harvesting the fruit. It is composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.75% Cabernet Franc, 1.75% Petit Verdot, 1.25% Malbec, and .25% Merlot. In 2016, the warm days and cool nights yielded near perfect growing conditions while a warm spring resulted in an early harvest. 

This wine is built around rich flavors of black cherries, caramel, and dark plums. The 2016 vintage also reveals complex aromas of wild berries, red currants, and spice. The wine is medium-plus bodied with a beautiful texture, polished tannins, and balanced acidity. The palate begins rich and round, gradually giving way to weight bearing, mouth-filling tannins and a nice smooth silky finish. 

Chocolate plus peanut butter is already a perfect pairing but a glass of Cabernet will sweeten the snack even further. This dark red offers profiles of jammy fruit with black cherry which will complement the chocolatey peanut butter combo well. It is just us or do peanut butter cups taste better when they’re pumpkin-shaped? 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020

RESA Sonoma Valley Grenache 2014

Included in: Reserve Club – October 2020
Regularly $85. Club member re-order: $75

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In 2003, after leaving his career in investment management law and equity analysis, Fredrik Johansson joined the harvest team with Outpost Wines which is where he dove headfirst into wine production. In 2007, he became the winemaker at Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, where he first crossed paths with Shannon Staglin. Shannon’s family purchased their vineyard when she was only six years old which is where her journey in wine began. 

Fredrik and Shannon quickly established a great professional relationship but more importantly a wonderful friendship. In fact, Shannon played matchmaker, introducing Fredrik with his now wife Carissa Mondavi. 

In 2013 Fredrik began a personal project to create Grenache-focused wines and in 2017 Shannon started a new venture focused on Pinot Noir. Shortly after, with the blessing of their families, they decided to join their complimentary talents and experience to create RESA wines. This project celebrates their passion for beautiful, expressive, nuanced red 

wines. The artwork on the bottle label is an original piece created by a good friend of the team, Richard Von Saal. It is an abstract line drawing inspired by collaboration, depicting two unique profiles, the one on the left is Fredrik and the one on the right is Shannon connected by a bright shared ribbon of thought signifying the convergence of the two journeys surrounding a bottle of wine. 

Effusive and spicy, the 2014 RESA Grenache is a vibrant dance of cinnamon-inflected mulled strawberries and rosemary smoked plums lifted by lavender top notes. The bright flavors, supple mouthfeel and fine-grained texture deliver wonderful balance and definitive pleasure. This wine was only released with 75 cases and is a hot commodity to acquire. 

The fruit and structure of this Grenache will fully agree with the chocolate flavor (and bright candy shell) of M&M’s. The chocolatey goodness of M&M’s are wonderfully matched to the bold flavors in this wine. 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020

Sans Maison “Sundowner Boys” Paso Robles White Blend 2017

Included in: Sampler Club & White Club – October 2020
Regularly $36. Club member re-order: $32

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Sans Maison literally translates to “without house” but owner and winemaker Nick Elliot believes it represents wanderlust and making your home wherever you are. This is what Sans Maison represents: an adventurous wine endeavor. 

“Farmed from a variety of sought-after vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast, the fruit for each Sans Maison bottling is a beautiful gathering of sites. Each year, when winemaker Nick Elliott tastes through his barrels there are alway a handful that intrigue and entice him. These barrels are set aside, thought about constantly and finally crafted to find a home within Sans Maison.” 

Nick learned the value of hard work growing up. The lessons learned then have guided his passion for winemaking ever since. He understands that to do something right, one must start at the source. For Nick, the guiding philosophy behind his wines is that the source is the vineyard, where he can often be found when he’s not at the winery. 

Nick arrived in Paso Robles at 19 years old with zero wine experience. He learned the business from the ground up wearing many hats while working for a handful of the region’s top winemakers and absorbing everything he could about winemaking. He started at the bottom scrubbing floors and barrels, shoveling grapes, and punching down tanks. He learned to tackle any job and do anything necessary to ensure the wines are crafted and cellared with the utmost care. His adventurous spirit and affinity for unique flavors are the main inspiration for the wines of Sans Maison. 

“At the end of the day, we give thanks. Thanks to our family, our friends, the laughter of kids dreaming of becoming astronauts, and the sun setting to the West resting up for a brand-new day. Pour yourself a glass of Sundowner, and give cheers to the day behind and the one ahead.” – The Sundowner Boys 2017 White Rhone Blend 

There is nothing to be scared of this Halloween with a glass of this Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne Blend and a pack of Nerds. The orange blossom and nectar notes add a touch of sweetness to those tiny sugar bombs. The Nerds are inherently sour and then sweet which perfectly perks up your taste buds with a glass of this Paso Robles white blend. 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – October 2020