Watch the Bruliam – Lesson in Pinot!

Our Bruliam Lesson in Pinot was a smash hit! Kerith Overstreet is so amazingly knowledgeable and the night was a lot of fun. If you missed it, don’t worry, you can watch the replay!

We uploaded the whole video to our Facebook page so you can watch it HERE! <—-🍷

Click the link to head to our Facebook page and watch the Virtual Tasting as if you were in the room with us!

Cheers! 🥂

Peter Paul “Mille Frères” Sneak Peak

We have some lucky Wine Club members this month. We have *another* video Sneak Peak for you! This time it’s Peter Paul’s “Mille Frères” 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir!

Enjoy! 🍷

Try to restrain yourself from asking “Where’s Mary?” when you open up this Pinot Noir. Mr. Peter Paul, while unrelated to the 1960s folk band, is a very generous and philanthropic man responsible for founding this small production wine label.

In addition to owning his own wine label, Peter launched the Headlands Foundation in 1995, to work to improve the standard of life for underprivileged children and their families in the Bay Area. He is a longtime supporter of many Bay Area nonprofits, including Food Bank of Marin, Marin Abused Women’s Services,  St. Vincent’s School for Boys, and Meals on Wheels to name a few. 

Martin Reyes wears many hats – one being the winemaker for Peter Paul and another being a Master of Wine. Not to be confused with the Master Sommelier, the top restaurant-based (and better-known in the USA) credential, a Master of Wine holds the most respected title in the world for the production, business, and handling of wine. Martin started with Peter Paul in 2016, and his first 2016 vintage of Napa Cabernet was rated “Top 100 under $100” in Wine & Spirits magazine – not bad!

I am personally a big fan of Peter Paul wines because they don’t cut corners, they don’t pinch pennies, and their wines fall nothing short of top quality because of it. This Pinot is sourced from a few different prestigious vineyards from all over Sonoma, all contributing their unique flavor to the wine. You’ve got the graceful texture of coastal-climate Pinot Noir with the chiseled features from the windy Petaluma Gap, and a little Russian River spice thrown in for good measure. The Mille Freres is structured and elegant with aromatics of bergamot, violet, and blueberry, along with generous flavors of boysenberry, blueberry, molasses, and cool forest floor. It’s the perfect balance between earthy and juicy.We all know that mushrooms and Pinot are a match made in heaven, but for this big, juicy wine, we wanted to take it a step further: Roasted Mushrooms stuffed with fontina, spinach, kale and pancetta. It brings together all those earthy flavors that compliment this wine so perfectly. Now that is a gourmet meal. Bon Appetite!

Bruliam Virtual Tasting

We’re excited to announce that Bacchus & Venus is now hosting virtual tastings! We miss having you in our tasting room, so this is the next best thing: a delicious tasting experience without ever having to leave the comfort of your home!

We’re starting off strong with Bruliam Wines! On June 18th, Bruliam winemaker Kerith Overstreet will guide us through her world of Pinot Noir and the terroir of Sonoma Coast’s newest AVA: The Petaluma Gap.

We’ll be sending you three beautiful wines straight to your door, followed by a link to access the virtual tasting, presented via Zoom.

The wines will include the following:

  • 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

.This tasting will be on 6/18/20 starting at 6pm PST and will last one hour.

The whole package, three wines and virtual access, is only $147!

Sign up by June 7th and join us for a night of enjoyable educational and delicious Pinot Noirs!

Send us an email to register!

Union Sacre’s Sneak Peak: “Clandestin” Cabernet Franc

For those in our Red Wine Club, we have a special sneak peak for you! Xavier Arnaudin of Union Sacre has a quick guided tasting for you of their 2018 “Clandestin” Cabernet Franc from Santa Barbara!

Like this video? Well you’re in luck! We’ll be doing a full virtual tasting of Union Sacre’s wines. Subscribe to find out how you can be a part of it!!


Every bottle of Union Sacre is a story of unlikely friendship, one that stretches across the globe. They like to say that they are “C’est une cave faite par 2 amis pour le meilleur et pour le pire,”  or, in english: “A winery made by 2 friends, for better or worse.” 

Union Sacre’s (the sacred union) is made by “two friends” as mentioned above, one French, one American, both with “day jobs” at excellent artisan wineries in Southern California. Xavier Arnaudin is Assistant Winemaker at Sans Liege (maker of “The Offering”), before that with Barrel 27, Herman Story and Arcadian. Philip Muzzy has been working with Proof Wine Collective and designing labels for Herman Story, Sans Liege, and Desparada.

The label is also an homage to the region they love so much: Alsace. Each wine is distinctly in Alsactians style, but with their rich Santa Barbara fruit. The result is something beautifully unique. 

The wine you’re about to pour into your glass is actually something extra special: the 2018 Cladestin Cabernet Franc. We’ll let them explain why: “Our daily work is with Cabernet Franc, and we are under contract to never produce a Cabernet Franc under Union Sacre, but in the heat of the harvest moments, sometimes the temptation is too much. In those moments Le Clandestin is born.” Sometimes, despite our best intentions, destiny intervenes. 

This gorgeous Cabernet Franc is full of earthy fruit notes, both on the palate and the nose: brambly blueberry, plum, violet, and black pepper. Rich and full with that perfect Cabernet Franc edge. It is unfined and unfiltered, leaving a huge complex experience on the palate.

To  balance the fruit and and earth notes, we’ve found that pork pairs best with this Cab Franc. Try a Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast, top with gravy or a fruit compote and you’ve got yourself a meal worth inviting your friends over for. This wine makes a beautiful centerpiece and it’s worth sharing with those you love (or save it all for yourself, we promise not to tell!)

Welcome to California’s Finest.

Welcome to the Bacchus & Venus Blog!

Located in Historic Downtown Sausalito, our staff of experienced Sommeliers work tirelessly to bring you the finest vintages from California’s best boutique wineries.

The Wheelers

Founded in 2002, our mission has always been to bring amazing small production wines to those who would appreciate them most, experts and novices alike. New owners Todd and Cyndi Wheeler, have continued on that mission, and are very excited to continue bringing you the best of times with friends and family.

On this blog you’ll find everything you need to be in the know on all the best wines in California. From Eureka to Santa Barbara, we’ve got you covered. We’ll have information on special vintages, amazing winemakers, pairings and recipes, shop events (both online and in person,) and so much more. We’re even going to have a special section for our Wine Club Members!

We really wanted to create a space for people who want to dig a little deeper into the history of the bottle they’re enjoying. Trust us, when you know all the stories, it makes the wine even more delicious.

Stay tuned for more delicious wine knowledge from Bacchus & Venus!!