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A Winemaker's Passion | Kim Vance of Zoetic Wines

Guest blog courtesy of: Sarah Funky, www.sarahfunky.com

I’ve always admired what inspires others passions, especially something that they will drop everything for to accomplish. That’s Kim Vance; a winemaker extraordinaire who moved from Texas to California to produce her own wine from start to finish.

Be Memorable This Holiday Season With Wine

It’s officially Autumn and we find ourselves turning away from summer activities to a more festive time of year. During this time, as business executives and entrepreneurs, we begin to think about ways to acknowledge our best customers in a way that makes them feel valued. This prompted me to do some research on the value of said customers. What I learned was staggering and insightful. Did you know that 80 percent of your future profits will come from just 20 percent of your existing customers?

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Best Rosé for Summer | Keller Estate, Sonoma Coast

Cellar Angels' CEO Martin Cody kicks off our weekly #NoDumpBucket tastings with a mouthwatering wine from Keller Estate in the Sonoma Coast - the best rosé for summer!

Best Wines To Pair With Summer Fun

It’s summertime, and the livin’s easy. The immortal words of Ella Fitzgerald….or Sublime, depending on your taste in music.  Both have their place in long, sunny days and warm, breezy evenings that stretch late into the night. And what better way to enjoy summer than by spending time outside with loved ones?  Pair with that the perfect bottle of wine for every summer occasion and you’re sure to build memories to last a lifetime. 

Boutique Hand-Crafted Wine: What Does That Really Mean?

Guest blog courtesy of Kate Boyle MacDonald, Winemaker, Boyle MacDonald Wines

I’ve often spent the day in the tasting room chatting with folks about ‘everything- wine’. I love talking about wine. And vines. And fruit. And the emotions invoked by smelling and tasting. And, well, like I said, ‘everything-wine’.

Cabernet Sauvignon Inspired by André Tchelistcheff | Michael Trujillo Wines

 

"You might say this 2015 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon has been thirty-six years in the making. I am very proud to introduce my fifth vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under my surname; Trujillo." –Winemaker Michael Trujillo

 

Clif Family Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon | King of the Mountain

As the most widely grown and highly acclaimed varietal in the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly deserving of the attention it receives.  At Clif Family, we like to refer to our Howell Mountain Cabernet as the King of the Mountain.  As cyclists and adventure seekers, this title refers to the best climber in a cycling road race.  Our parallel in winemaking is the best grapes for our winemaking program.  And few could argue that Howell Mountain is the home to some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Napa Valley.   

Five Simple Steps To Start A Winery

Step One – Steal Grapes

In the fall of 2006 I found myself, even by my own admission, doing something I should not have been doing, standing in the falling rain, picking Cabernet grapes behind the St. Helena library in Napa Valley. Lets just say these were not my grapes.  After hauling two large trashcans back to my garage, I made my first wine. And it was terrible.  I put a picture of my dog on the label and stuck it in the back of my cellar. Ignoring the obvious question, “why did no one pick expensive St. Helena Cabernet?” I continued on. 

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