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October 24, 2014
Lentils have a fresh texture and consistency that when combined with a freshly crafted tortilla and some hand cut salsa, make for a bite-size meal rolled up in your hand. A fantastic source of protein, the lentils will capture the essence of the soft vanilla oak of the 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the hand cut tomato salsa (mild recommended) will bring out those ripe red fruit berry nuances. Also an incredible pairing with the 2013 Gruner Veltliner for those that like the crisp acidity and minerality of the Gruner coupled with the salty texturing of the lentils which really brings out an explosive fruity component.


July 24, 2014
25 years is a long time! For many people, 25 years spans the majority of their professional career. The average American family will have moved 4 times, changed jobs 6 times, and have owned 9 different cars.


April 9, 2014
The Grüner is one of my most favorite wines that Rudy makes. While it is a great sipping wine it is also pairs great with a number of dishes. One of my favorite spring/summer dishes is this Thai Noodle salad. It is light, refreshing and quick to make. Enjoy!


February 6, 2014
The other night my friends and I decided to have dinner and to open a number of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignons from various wineries in Napa Valley. It was decision made at the spur of the moment, so off to the store we went. The hard question was what to make? Steak? No. Chicken? No. Burgers? Hmm… What about lamb burgers? Now were talking! This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe that goes great with Cabernet, Zin, or really any red wine.


January 7, 2014
Of all the foods that I enjoy cooking, pork chops are by far one of my favorites. Whether it is bone-in chops, loin cut or that wonderful add-to-anything cut that is bacon - grilled, pan cooked or baked - pork is always a pleasure. Pork is a staple in my house, and this is one of many recipes I have. It has a short cook time which makes it convenient any time.


October 10, 2013
This month we thought we would help those who could not make it to the cave dinner recreate our main entrée: Braised Short Ribs. Click here to get all the delicious details. Cheers!


August 25, 2013
Some great pictures from our dinner with more to come. Check us out on Facebook as well, as more pictures will be uploaded there.


May 31, 2013
Rudy's Thoughts on blending wines


March 30, 2013

Chicken Kebabs with Bacon Paste

Hi All,
This month’s recipe is a new favorite of mine. Now, you may be thinking: 'What the heck is BACON PASTE?" It is quite simply bacon turned in to a paste. It is then spread over what you are cooking, in this case chicken kebabs. What the paste does is keep the chicken nice and moist when it might otherwise dry out. Do not miss this one. Click here to go directly to this savory chicken recipe.
Cheers, Nick Skinner Wine club Chef


December 16, 2011

Not only does the above header rhyme (great: 2008), but it is true. 2008 was the last of the classic warm vintages that typify a Napa Valley harvest. The reds have great concentration, yet are all beautifully balanced at the same time. This is not an easy trick.

Since we sell the majority of our wines directly from the winery to individual consumers these days, you probably won’t see a lot of these wine reviews posted on the shelves of your favorite stores. I thought I would take a moment to gloat and list the spectacular press that we have received recently.

Wine & Spirits Magazine

First let me start with the fact that we were chosen as a ‘Winery of the Year’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine for the ninth time!!! According to their statistics, there are only 25 wineries – in the entire world - that have received this honor more times than us. And many of these are much older than we are. They also chose our wines as # 19 and #35 of the top Cabernet Sauvignon's of the year, and #1 top Red Blend of the year (The 2008 Reserve)

2008 Reserve:

98 POINTS!     #7 of the top 100 wines of the year:                                                         – Wine Enthusiast

95 Points        Top Red Blend of the Year                                                                         Wine and Spirits

2008 Agira Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

94 Points and ‘Cellar Selection’                      Wine Enthusiast

93 Points                     Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

2008 Post Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

94 points                                                      – Wine Enthusiast

93 Points                                       – Wine and Spirits Magazine

2008 Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

94 Points and ‘Cellar Selection                     Wine Enthusiast

2008 Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

94 Points and ‘Cellar Selection’                    Wine Enthusiast

2008 Spaulding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

91 Points                            - Connoisseur’s Guide to Cal. Wine

2008 DMD Cabernet Sauvignon:

92 Points                                                    - Wine Enthusiast

‘Best Buy’ AND 89 Points             - Wine and Spirits Magazine 



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