VINO FINO TASTERS 40th ANNIVERSARY TASTING & DINNER
The Vino Fino tasters began in 1974 with a bunch of fellows
who were, for the most part CPAs working at the venerable accounting firm of
Arthur Andersen. The tasting was held at the home of Gary Peer in Menlo
Park. Also in the group was, curiously, an IRS staffer and myself.
I'd been invited thanks to Tim Zainer, who'd been in Burlingame to see a movie
at the Hyatt Cinema which is across the freeway from the wine shop, Weimax.
Tim noticed a selection of unusual and well-regarded wines and extended an
Over the years, members have come and gone.
Some simply lost interest in wine. A few passed away. Some moved out
of the area.
Over the years, the group has changed.
Not everyone is a CPA, for example. We have some attorneys, judges and law
enforcement types...but there's still a handful of Vino Fino
(Left to right): Tim Zainer, Gerald Weisl, Jack Sweitzer, John McGlothlin and
Tim Zainer had the idea of perhaps opening some older vintages
to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the tasting group. John McGlothlin
said he probably had a few older bottles for such an event and I knew I had
stashed a handful of bottles.
I was also able to beg our friends at Sonoma's Pedroncelli Winery to see if they
might have a bottle of their 1970 vintage, a wine I remembered as being in our
very first tasting.
Before long we had a nice line-up of bottles standing up in waiting for this
I thought, given the fragile nature of the wines of this age,
it might be best to open the bottles, check to see if they were passable, then
decant them and 'preserve' them with a dose of the inert Argon gas we have at
Then, once I'd seen if everything was okay, I could (hopefully) quickly print a
list of the wines so everyone would have a tasting sheet for note-taking.
And so I began...carefully extracting the corks as best I could.
The Ah-So Cork Puller, an "old West German" gizmo, is indispensable
for opening old bottles. The corks tend to be fragile and often break into
pieces when subjected to a normal corkscrew.
The first bottle I opened was a 1972 Sebastiani "Proprietor's Reserve"
Zinfandel from the North Coast Counties appellation.
Wine had penetrated the cork to a bit more than the half-way point and the
bottle was still in good condition.
The Pedroncelli family had not opened a bottle of their 1970 in a while and were
cautiously optimistic about how it would show, so they sent along a
"back-up" bottle of the 1971, just in case.
As you can see, the fill level is quite reasonable for 40+ year old bottles.
When you remove the top part of the foil capsule, it's not unusual for the corks
to have a bit of mold or be stained by a drop of wine.
Both of these bottles were in pristine condition.
The 1971 cork was in great condition...perfectly cellared!
The 1970 was also easy to open...
You slide one prong of the Ah-So between the cork and the glass bottle...then
gently insert the other side.
I prefer to twist the Ah-So in a counter-clockwise fashion, while attempting tp
gently pull the cork out of the bottle.
Another pristine cork!
The wines, then, were "double decanted."
Single decantation is when the wine is poured into a decanter or carafe and
served from that container.
In this instance, we rinsed the sediment out of the bottles and poured the wines
back into their original containers, simply without the sludge-like deposit
which accumulates after such lengthy bottle aging.
We had a bottle of 1970 Mayacamas Cabernet. The fill level was about the
top of the shoulder and, as you can see, the cork was a bit stained.
Some folks will immediately jump to conclusions and can tell you with certainty
that this bottle is going to be poor.
However, in our experience, you never know until the cork is pulled and the wine
The color was good, though!
John also provided a bottle of 1968 Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon.
The top of the cork was fairly clean, but when I put the Ah-So in, I noticed the
cork was a bit loose and slipping...so I grabbed a corkscrew to open this
Even the Screwpull (these days they're called Le Creuset wine openers) chewed up
the cork and I could smell the aroma of vinegar.
Another corkscrew was able to help extract the stubborn stopper...
The wine smelled okay and I was able to decant it and pour it back into the
John left the $3.50 price tag on the bottle.
The 1970 Louis M. Martini was in good condition!
Special Selection, too. This was, in fact, a Special Selection.
They also used to offer "Private Reserve" Cabernet which was simply
the normal bottling which had been given additional bottle aging at the winery.
The 1970 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet cork was in good condition...
...but the cork in the Private Reserve bottle was more
This is why a decanting funnel is helpful...you can strain out
the little bits of cork from the wine.
We had a 1970 Heitz Cabernet from the famous Martha's
That cork had a bit of a stain on the top and there was a fair amount of
sediment adhering to the cork.
So...at this point, here's what we had:
Tim Zainer was bringing two additional bottles and I had a jug
of Champagne to whet everyone's whistle to start and a old, brown bottle of
Robert Mondavi's "Botrytis" Sauvignon Blanc from 1981!
I then packed up the bottles, some wine glasses, tasting sheets, decanter,
camera, etc. and headed to South San Francisco to the Basque Cultural Center.
We opened a magnum of Lancelot Pienne Champagne and John
McGlothlin took care of pouring this for one and all.
Dick, Captain Chardonnay, was pleased to know the Champagne
was made entirely of his favorite grape.
Tim brought a bottle of wine from our early days...a Barbera
made by Giuseppe Mascarello.
This was old and a bit tired, but not totally over the hill.
The next bottle was made by Sebastiani in Sonoma...
A 1972 "Proprietor's Reserve" from North Coast grapes. I recall
the 1972 vintage as being a bit wet and many red wines were a shade, or two,
lighter than normal.
This bottle held up nicely and while it may have been past its prime, it was
still nice to remember a wine made during the Nixon Administration.
The label indicates "Unique Bramble Flavor," and the wine still had a
bit of the blackberry/brambly sort of character.
Tim had another schluck of Champagne, which may account for his
earlier-than-normal trotting out some words in German.
We then poured the 1968 Buena Vista Cabernet...
As noted above, the Buena Vista cork was totally saturated and the first sniff
of the top of the cork was of vinegar.
But the lesson to be learned, as always, is you cannot judge the wine until the
cork has been removed from the bottle and the wine has been poured into a glass!
This was showing reasonably well, certainly old and then some, but not oxidized
or having turned to vinegar.
The young lady serving our group came into the room to tell us about the handful
of special additions they had to add to the already plentiful menu.
We poured the 1971 and 1970 Cabernets from Pedroncelli.
The 1970 had been included in our inaugural tasting 40 years ago.
The group was split on choosing a favorite between the two Pedroncelli wines.
As we might expect, both wines were a great reflection of the vintages.
In the mid-seventies, the 1970 vintage was regarded as "the" vintage
to buy. It was a bigger and riper wine, showing slightly darker fruit
The 1971, on the other hand, was elegant and bright. The fruit notes were
still lively and 'fine.'
We all hoisted a glass to toast (and thank) the Pedroncelli Family on behalf of
wine drinkers everywhere for making solid quality wines and offering them at
Way back at that first Vino-Fino tasting in 1974 we learned "Pedroncelli is
Italian for good wine at an honest price."
Forty years later the Pedroncelli continues to make wines of good quality and
their bottles are snapped up by wine drinkers who are not concerned with
fruit-bombs, tons of oak, jammy, high-octane, numerically high-scoring bottles,
but who appreciate drinkability and sensible pricing.
At this point we began having dinner...We started with a little Charcuterie
Plate featuring a coarse "Country Pate" and some Prosciutto.
Next up was Louis M. Martini 1970 Special Selection Cabernet
Louis Martini had been regarded as producing wines which were
ready to drink upon release.
The 1970 had more tannin than the typical Cabernet from Martini and so it was
held back for additional bottle aging before being released...I seem to recall
the 1971 was offered before the 1970, but am a bit fuzzy on that.
Well, this bottle was showing well...it had some of the supple texture which was
typical of Louis Martini wines of that era and yet there's still some life to
At this stage in the proceedings, our hostess was busy ladling
homemade Cauliflower Soup to everyone...
The 1970 BV showed a tad more dark fruit compared to the Louis Martini and was a
nice bottle...still in good condition and while it's not going to get any
better, it should hold on a few more years.
But if you own one of these, I'd consider drinking it in over the next few
Mayacamas was regarded as a blockbuster Cabernet in the 1970s. They made
the "fruit bomb" of that era and these days the current releases from
Mayacamas seem tame by comparison to other wines which have some notoriety.
This was deeper and darker than the other wines in tonight's marathon of
It had a touch of tannin, still, and dark fruit.
I wouldn't suggest holding it, but it ought to remain about the same for a few
more years if your storage conditions have been pretty good.
We had a nice little salad next...
Then we had two "heavy hitters" to savor and enjoy with the main
BV 1970 Private Reserve and Heitz 1970 Martha's Vineyard.
Both wines are Hall of Fame caliber bottles...
The BV had dark fruit and polished, cedary notes from the oak. It was
medium+ bodied on the palate and elegant. The tannin in the wine is
modest at this stage, making for a most drinkable and pretty wine.
The nose of the Heitz was classically "Martha's Vineyard," as the
minty, eucalyptus-like fragrances waft from the glass. It was also medium+
bodied and very lightly tannic.
We heard the voices of supporters from both camps as the dinner progressed.
And here's what was on the table...
Racks of lamb...Osso Buco...
Cassoulet, Duck Confit and more!
Notice the Pedroncelli bottle in the background had been drained "dry"
by this point...
Years ago we had purchased some bottles of Mondavi's
"Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc." The 1981 vintage was retailing for
$50 back in the mid-1980s and it was more costly than a good bottle of
A bottle remained unsold and, given its brown color, unsaleable, so I chilled it
to see what we might find...
The wine was a brown as a Cream Sherry and yet the nose clung to its honeyed
origins. There was a nice mix of nutty, Sherry-like oxidation and the
sweet honeyed fragrances. On the palate, the wine was fairly lush and
rich...very much a curiosity, but rather enjoyable.
To finish the evening, we decanted Tim's bottle of 1970 Fonseca Vintage Porto.
The 1970 vintage is another Hall of Fame year and this was a marvelous
bottle...It had lost a bit of color, but was still nicely fruity, sweet and
Please note: The wines tasted are not always wines
we have (or have had) in the shop.
Many bottles are merely for our enological exploration.
Price quoted are current at the time of the tasting, but may be different
when you're reading this.
WE HAVE NOT ORGANIZED A TASTING IN A WHILE...
BUT WE DO POST THE RESULTS OF A PRIVATE TASTING GROUP THAT'S BEEN MEETING FOR
MORE THAN 40 YEARS!
We are working on
organizing some blind-tastings at the shop.
Send us a note to indicate your interest in participating.
These would be on Wednesday evenings and you'd need to bring 8 wine glasses.
(A private tasting group that's
been meeting for more than 44 years!)
HEMISPHERE CHARDONNAYS in Pandemic Mode February 2021
CHARDONNAYS in Pandemic Mode January 2021
FROM WINERIES OPERATING IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE VINO FINO GROUP December
SAUVIGNON BLANCS November 2020
CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS October 2020
FRENCH WHITE BURGUNDY September 2020
PINOT NOIRS August 2020
of 2016 & 2017 JULY 2020
THE LANGHE February 2020
RIESLINGS January 2020
THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY WINE
& FOOD MARATHON December 2019
VINTAGES OF GIGONDAS November 2019
RIGHT BANK BORDEAUX October 2019
CABERNETS September 2019
+ 2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPES August 2019
(Mostly Californian) JULY 2019
(Left Bank) TASTING JUNE 2019
TASTING May 2019
ZEALAND PINOT NOIRS April 2019
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS March 2019
RHÔNE SYRAHS February 2019
BLANC-SAUVIGNON GRIS-SAUVIGNON MUSQUÉ January 2019
HOLIDAY WINE & FOOD MARATHON December 2018
ALBARIÑO November 2018
COAST SYRAHS October 2018
CLASSICO MOSTLY September 2018
AMERICAN MALBECS August 2018
ZINFANDELS July 2018
COAST RHÔNE WANNABEES June 2018
CABERNETS MAY 2018
GERALD IN EUROPE IN MARCH/APRIL
CABERNET$ February 2018
& KIWI RIESLINGS January 2018
HOLIDAY WINE & FOOD MARATHON December 2017
WHITE BURGUNDY November 2017
BLANC/SEMILLON BLENDS October 2017
RHÔNE REDS September 2017
COAST & RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS August 2017
BIANCO--WINES FROM THE VOLCANO July 2017
ZINFANDELS June 2017
WINES FROM HITHER & YON May 2017
ZEALAND PINOT NOIRS April 2017
REDS February 2017
"RHONE WANNABEES" January 2017
HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON December 2016
AUSLESEN RIESLINGS November 2016
VELTLINERS Austrian vs The US October 2016
MOSTLY WEST COAST September 2016
STATE CABERNETS August 2016
DI SARDEGNA July 2016
HEMISPHERE RIESLINGS June 2016
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 2016
PINOT NOIRS April 2016
CHIANTI RISERVAS February 2016
BORDEAUX--LEFT BANK JANUARY 2016
WINE MARATHON December 2015
PRIORAT WINES November 2015
ZINFANDELS October 2015
SYRAHS September 2015
AFRICAN CABERNETS & CABERNET BLENDS August 2015
BLANC July 2015
SAUVIGNON BLANCS May 2015
CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS April 2015
STATE CABERNETS January 2015
VINO FINO HOLIDAY WINE DINNER & TASTING December 2014
GIGONDAS October 2014
2010 & 2011 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE WINES September 2014
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS of MODEST PRICE August 2014
VINTAGE CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS June 2014
ITALIAN BARBERA, MOSTLY 2011 VINTAGE May 2014
PINOT NOIRS April 2014
FINO 40th ANNIVERSARY DINNER February 2014
WHITE BORDEAUX January 2014
2013 HOLIDAY WINE & FOOD MARATHON December 2013
SHIRAZ November 2013
ARGENTINA October 2013
FRENCH RED BURGUNDIES September 2013
AND MOURVEDRE BLENDS August 2013
VERMENTINO July 2013
SPANISH TEMPRANILLO JUNE 2013
GRENACHE & GRENACHE BLENDS MAY 2013
(Mostly Southern Oregon) FEBRUARY 2013
REDS Featuring TOURIGA NACIONAL January 2013
HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON at the OLYMPIC CLUB December 2012
& CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS November 2012
STATE CABERNETS October 2012
SHIRAZ September 2012
ZINFANDELS August 2012
FROM ALSACE July 2012
PIEMONTESE BARBERAS June 2012
COAST PINOT NOIRS April 2012
2009 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS March 2012
COAST SYRAHS February 2012
FROM PUGLIA AND SONOMA January 2012
HOLIDAY TASTING & DINNER December 2011
CHAMPAGNE WITH TWO MYSTERY CONTESTANTS November 2011
NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO MEETS WASHINGTON STATE October 2011
SONOMA ZINFANDELS September 2011
LOIRE VALLEY CHENIN
BLANCS August 2011
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS July 2011
2006 NAPA CABERNETS June 2011
PIEMONTESE BARBERAS May 2011
CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS April 2011
2008 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS March 2011
SPÄTLESE RIESLINGS (Mostly) February 2011
CRU BEAUJOLAIS January 2011
FINO HOLIDAY DINNER & WINE MARATHON December 2010
OREGON PINOT NOIRS November 2010
2007 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS October 2010
CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS September 2010
LEFT BANK BORDEAUX August 2010
STATE CABS & BORDEAUX BLENDS
BARBERA June 2010
NAPA & SONOMA ZINFANDELS April 2010
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS March 2010
2007 RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS February 2010
RANGE OF FRENCH CHABLIS WINES January 2010
& WINE MARATHON December 2009
SPARKLING WINES November 2009
MALBECS October 2009
COAST CHARDONNAYS September 2009
RED WINES August 2009
BUDGET BORDEAUX July 2009
WHITE WINES June 2009
BAG OF CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS April 2009
WINES, MOSTLY FROM THE 2004 VINTAGE March 2009
COAST PETITE SIRAHS February 2009
& PETITE SIRAH COMPARISON January 2009
VINO FINO CHRISTMAS December 2008
2005s: NAPA CABERNETS November 2008
COUNTY PINOT NOIRS October 2008
RITA HILLS -2006 VINTAGE- PINOT NOIRS SEPTEMBER 2008
RELEASED ZINFANDELS August 2008
RHÔNE VALLEY WINES JULY 2008
LOIRE VALLEY SAUVIGNONS JUNE 2008
CHABLIS 2005-2006 MAY 2008
RHÔNE SYRAHS APRIL 2008
CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIRS January 2008
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS
DINNER December 2007
COAST CHARDONNAYS November 2007
SHIRAZ October 2007
TEMPRANILLO WINES September 2007
2005 VINTAGE ZINFANDELS August 2007
RELEASE (2004-2005) ZINFANDELS July 2007
WINES FROM ALL OVER June 2007
LAGREIN WINES May 2007
MALBECS April 2007
HEMISPHERE PINOT NOIRS March 2007
2004 CABERNETS February 2007
BEAUJOLAIS January 2007
FINO CHRISTMAS December 2006
ZINFANDELS November 2006
NOIRS of VALUE-PRICING October 2006
OF SYRAHS TASTING September 2006
CABERNET-SHIRAZ BLENDS August 2006
VALLEY (California) and MARGARET RIVER (Australia) CABERNETS July
PETITE SIRAHS June 2006
NORTH COAST PINOTS and a FRENCH INTRUDER May 2006
: BASILICATA & CAMPANIA'S MAJOR RED WINE April 2006
D'AVOLA - A TASTE OF SICILIA March 2006
VINO FINO RADAR ZINFANDELS January 2006
TASTING & DINNER December 2005
BUBBLIES FROM AROUND
THE WORLD November 2005
COAST PINOT NOIRS October 2005
OF CONFUSION CABERNETS September 2005
ZAINER'S SIDEWAYS LOOK AT MERLOTS August 2005
LOIRE VALLEY CABERNET
FRANCS June 2005
SYRAHS March 2005
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS February 2005
FINO HOLIDAY WINE MARATHON December 2004
OF MODEST PRICE November 2004
TEMPRANILLO October 2004
CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIRS September 2004
SHIRAZ-CABERNET BLENDS August 2004
FROM ALSACE July 2004
SOUTHERN RHNES (7 Chteauneufs & a Vacqueyras) June 2004
WINES FROM CAMPANIA & BASILICATA May 2004
WINES FROM THE ABRUZZO & MARCHE REGIONS April 2004
ZINFANDELS February 2004
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO January 2004
FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA 2003
CÔTES du RHÔNES September 17, 2003
OREGON PINOT NOIRS August 20, 2003
COAST SYRAHS July 16, 2003
Bordeaux June 18, 2003
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 21, 2003
THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003
2002 NEW ZEALAND
SAUVIGNON BLANCS March 19, 2003
California CABERNETS February 19, 2003
FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA December 4, 2002
PINOT NOIRS 1999-2000 November 20, 2002
WHITE WINES October 16, 2002
SHIRAZ August 21, 2002
& SPARKLERS July 17, 2002
May 15, 2002
Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS Feb. 20, 2002
1999 ZINFANDELS January 16, 2002
December 5, 2001
New PINOT NOIRS November 14, 2001
CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS October 17, 2001
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 19, 2001
LANGUEDOC REDS August 15, 2001
SAUTERNES July 18, 2001
1998 NEBBIOLO June 20, 2001
1999 PINOT NOIRS May
SAINT-MILION Tasting April 18, 2001
CHARDONNAYS March 21, 2001
NAPA CABERNETS/John Vignau Memorial Tasting October 20, 2000
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 20, 2000
CHARDONNAYS August 16, 2000
FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: CLARETS June 21, 2000
FROM UNDER THE TUSCAN (and Umbrian) SUN Aprile 19, 2000
1997 BORDEAUX: MEDOC May 17,
WEIMAX TASTING ARCHIVE
CABERNETS 2004 Vintage March 19, 2008
PINOT NOIRS-2005s March 13, 2008
PINOT NOIRS February 6, 2008
2004 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS April 25, 2007
STATE CLARETS April, 11, 2007
NORTHERN RHONE SYRAHS April 4, 2007
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO March 28, 2007
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS November 8, 2006
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS October 18, 2006
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPES-Flight #2 October 4, 2006
TUSCAN REDS--MOSTLY SANGIOVESES September 20, 2006
NAPA CABERNETS July 19, 2006
SAINT EMILIONS July 12, 2006
SYRAHS 2003-2004 July 5, 2006
CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS June 21, 2006
CRU BURGUNDIES 2003 VINTAGE May 31, 2006
DWELLERS: 1990 CABERNETS & 1990 BORDEAUX May 17, 2006
AMERICAN CLARETS May 10, 2006
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE May 3, 2006
GOLDEN STATE PINOT NOIRS April 19, 2006
NAPA CABERNETS March 15, 2006
WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS March 8, 2006
NORTH COAST ZINFANDELS March 1, 2006
BURGUNDIES vs. 1997 SONOMA PINOT NOIRS November 9, 2005
CABERNETS, ETC. November 2, 2005
CABERNETS October 19, 2005
GRAND CRU BURGUNDIES September 14, 2005
RED BURGUNDIES September 7, 2005
MEURSAULTS August 31, 2005
RHNE SYRAHS August 17, 2005
SHIRAZ August 10, 2005
AUSSIE SHIRAZ UNDER
$60 August 3, 2005
SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES June 8, 2005
CALIFORNIA SYRAHS June 1, 2005
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 18, 2005
NAPA CABERNETS May 11, 2005
PINOT NOIRS-2002 & 2003 VINTAGE WINES April 27, 2005
DWELLERS: 1990 BURGUNDIES and a COUPLE OF CALIFORNIA PINOTS April 6, 2005
ZINFANDELS (Mostly 2002s) MARCH 16, 2002
BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO March 9, 2005
HEMISPHERE CLARETS March 2, 2005
SIRAHS February 16, 2005
ROS CHAMPAGNES AND
CALIFORNIA PINK BUBBLIES February 9, 2005
DWELLERS: 1991 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS January 19, 2005
FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS CABERNETS November 10, 2004
Napa CABERNETS November 3, 2004
COAST SYRAHS October 20, 2004
RED BORDEAUX & CALIFORNIA CLARETS October 13, 2004
TEMPRANILLOS of 1999 & 2000 September 29, 2004
PULIGNY-MONTRACHET September 8, 2004
CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET September 1, 2004
THE RADAR PINOT NOIRS August 18, 2004
SAINT-JULIEN & PAUILLACS July 21, 2004
MARGAUX July 14, 2004
DWELLERS: 1982 BORDEAUX July 7, 2004
June 30, 2004
SAINT MILIONS June 16, 2004
CLOS de VOUGEOT (and a ringer) MAY 12, 2004
OREGON PINOT NOIRS May 5, 2004
CALIFORNIA MERLOTS April 21, 2004
WEST COAST CABERNETS APRIL 14, 2004
1999-2000 BORDEAUX COMPARISON
March 10, 2004
BAROLO March 3, 2004
Deluxe Napa CABERNETS February 18, 2004
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS $50 & Under February 11, 2004
DI MONTALCINO February 4, 2004
ZINFANDELS 1995 & 1999 Vintages January 7, 2004
PRESTIGIOUS WEST COAST CABERNETS November 12, 2003
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS November 5, 2003
LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIRS October 29, 2003
2001 VINTAGE GIGONDAS October 22, 2003
TEMPRANILLO WINES October 9, 2003
WINES-METHODE CHAMPENOISE October 1, 2003
(Mostly) AUSTRALIAN (Mostly) SHIRAZ September 24, 2003
NUITS-ST.-GEORGES September 10, 2003
WINES FROM SPAIN September 3, 2003
COAST SANGIOVESES August 27, 2003
PULIGNY-MONTRACHET (Mostly Premier Cru Wines) August 13, 2003
CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY August 6, 2003
NAPA CABERNETS July 30, 2003
TUSCAN SANGIOVESE-BASED WINES July 23, 2003
VINTAGE MERLOTS July 9, 2003
FROM HITHER & YON July 2, 2003
ZINFANDELS June 25, 2003
PINOT NOIRS June 4, 2003
NAPA CABERNETS May 28, 2003
PINOT NOIRS May 14, 2003
CLARETS May 7, 2003
SIRAHS of Current Release.
April 30, 2003
CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHETS Premier Cru Selections April 9, 2003
GRAND CRU'S of GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN April 2, 2003
1999-2000 SOUTHERN FRENCH REDS (RHONE
WANNABE'S) MARCH 26, 2003
VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE TASTING MARCH 12, 2003
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE TASTING MARCH 5, 2003
NAPA VALLEY CABERNET TASTING FEBRUARY 26th, 2003
FRENCH RED BURGUNDY TASTING February 12, 2003
& 2000 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS November 13, 2002
NAPA CABERNETS November 6, 2002
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO OCTOBER 30, 2002
SHIRAZ TASTING OCTOBER 23, 2002
CHATEAUNEUF-du-PAPE TASTING October 9, 2002
NAPA CABERNETS September 25, 2002
WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS September 11, 2002
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 4, 2002
PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1er Cru Tasting August 28, 2002
CABERNETS (Mostly 1999s) August 14, 2002
FRENCH BURGUNDY July 24, 2002
GRAVES BLANC July 10, 2002
CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY July 3, 2002
CONDRIEU TASTING June 26, 2002
PAUILLAC & SAINT JULIEN TASTING June 12, 2002
MARGAUX TASTING June 5, 2002
CABERNETS & MEDOC TASTING May 29, 2002
California CABERNETS May 22, 2002
American MALBEC May 8, 2002
West Coast MERLOTS May 1, 2002
Coast (California) PINOT NOIRS April 24, 2002
Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS April 10, 2002
CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS April 3, 2002
FRENCH RHÔNE SYRAHS February 13, 2002
(Mostly) 1999 CALIFORNIA SYRAHS January 30,
1997 BAROLO January 23, 2002
Late-Released CABERNETS January 9, 2002
BAROLO October 24, 2001
RED BURGUNDIES October 10, 2001
Grand Crus of Gevrey Chambertin October 3, 2001
WINES September 26, 2001
CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE September 12, 2001
"High Roller" CHARDONNAYS September 5, 2001
BORDEAUX August 22, 2001
WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS August 8, 2001
Tasting August 1, 2001
CALIFORNIA ZINS July 25, 2001
1998 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS
July 11, 2001
CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS June 6, 2001
1997 ECHEZEAUX May 30, 2001
COAST ZINFANDELS May 23, 2001
West Coast Merlots May 9, 2001
WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS May 2, 2001
BARBARESCO April 25, 2001
Mostly RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS
April 11, 2001
NAPA CABERNETS April 4, 2001
BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO March 28, 2001
1997 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY &
MOREY SAINT DENIS
with one 1996...March 14, 2001
GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN March 7, 2001
BAROLO February 28, 2001
California Cabernets January 10, 2001
California Cabernets November 8, 2000
TUSCAN SANGIOVESES November 1, 2000
& CALIFORNIA WANNABEEs October 25, 2000
Mostly 1998 PINOT NOIRS
October 11, 2000
CALIFORNIA CABERNETS October 4, 2000
CLARETS September 27, 2000
RED BORDEAUX September 13, 2000
1997 NAPA CABERNETS
September 6, 2000
CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS August 30, 2000
1997 CLOS DE VOUGEOTS August 23,
SIRAH & SYRAH (West Coast) August 9, 2000
CALIFORNIA MERLOTS August 2, 2000
FAMOUS CALIFORNIA CABERNETS June 14, 2000
COAST SYRAHS June 7, 2000
1997 CABERNETS May 31,
of RECENT VINTAGE May 24, 2000
ZINFANDELS May 10, 2000
HEMISPHERE CLARETS May 3, 2000
California CABERNETS April 12, 2000
FRENCH RED BURGUNDIES March 29, 2000
vs ITALIAN (Tuscan) SANGIOVESE March 22, 2000
PINOT NOIRS March 8, 2000
SHIRAZ TASTING March 1, 2000
CHAMPAGNES (NV BRUTS) January 5, 2000
BORDEAUX (MEDOC) TASTING November 10, 1999
CABERNET-INFLUENCED VINI FROM
ITALY November 3, 1999
CABERNETS OF THE WORLD
TASTING October 27, 1999