Cotiere “Deriv􏰑e” Red Blend 2017

Napa Valle􏰒y$50 (Wine Clu􏰓b Reorder Price: $45) A New World wine with an homage to its Old World origins, Co􏰕tie􏰖re is a low-production, one-man winery that is the reali􏰗ation of owner Kevin Law’s dream that began with his college wine epiphany. He produces small amounts of wine from about twenty-four di􏰘erent vineyards in Santa BarbaraContinue reading “Cotiere “Deriv􏰑e” Red Blend 2017″

Vaughn Duffy Carignane 2019

Bartolomei Brothers Vineyard, Mendocino $29 (Wine Club Reorder Price: $26) Some of you may remember when Matt Duffy was the Manager here at Bacchus & Venus over a decade ago. He estimated that he tasted more than 3000 wines working here, which helped foster his desire to become a winemaker. He began at the bottom,Continue reading “Vaughn Duffy Carignane 2019”

H•L•R Cellars “HellaNora” Malbec Blend 2018

Fountaingrove District, Sonoma County$39 (Wine Club Reorder Price: $35) H•L•R Cellars is a small boutique winery located in Eastern Sonoma County, established in 2012 by Steve and Joan Heller. We first met Steve Heller at a charity event where he was pouring his H•L•R Cellars wines to raise funds for local college scholarships. Winemaking wasContinue reading “H•L•R Cellars “HellaNora” Malbec Blend 2018”

Weatherborne Pinot Noir 2015

Sta. Rita Hills$40 (Wine Club Reorder Price: $35) Chris Carter was born to be a winemaker. Wine isn’t his second career. It’s not his hobby. He didn’t make money in tech or as a hedge fund investor. Winemaking is what he was meant to do. It’s his profession. He went to UC Davis at ageContinue reading “Weatherborne Pinot Noir 2015”

Ballentine Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2018

Napa Valley$55 (Wine Club Reorder $45) Ballentine, family owned since 1906, represents four generations of history. As a winery with deep roots in Napa, they are a farm-to-bottle winery. Ballentine grows all of their grapes to make limited, truly exclusive Napa Valley wines. Their specialties are Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon but they make a diverseContinue reading “Ballentine Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2018”