Reviews & Recognition


The revolution at Pahlmeyer has begun!

By , Napa Man, May 5, 2018

Under the direction of new winery President, Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of founder Jayson Pahlmeyer, there is a slow, subtle tweak coming to one of Napa Valley’s premiere cult wines, Pahlmeyer. Read More

Chronicle Tasting Panel's Favorite Wines of 2017

By , Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2018

It's a new year with many new wines to discover, but before we move on, I'd like to revisit some of the Chronicle panel's favorites from 2017, with comments from our tasters. A number remain on shelves locally while others have transitioned to new vintages - those are noted accordingly along with outside critical acclaim, if available. Though we haven't officially put the latter through their paces yet, the consistency of the winemaking in the wineries I've included suggests they're all well… Read More

Top 100 Napa and Sonoma Wines of 2017

By ,, January 4, 2018

There has never been a better time to buy the best of Napa and Sonoma. Take a look at my list of top 100 wines from the regions that we’ve tasted in 2017 because there’s got to be a number of wines – both reds and whites – that you’ll like. From a fresh and balanced 2014 Oakville cabernet to a bold and bright 2015 Sonoma Coast pinot, these are the wines that you must drink. Come and taste the precision and pure fruit character that California does so very well.Most of the wines in the… Read More

95 Points - Wine Spectator #9 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017
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Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015Score: 95For more than three decades, the Pahlmeyer family has been perfecting its formula for the quintessential California Chardonnay; ripe fruit fermented and aged in 95 percent new French oak yields an opulent mouthfeel and rich flavors. All the grapes for this wine come from Atlas Peak, Napa’s highest-altitude appellation, where Pahlmeyer’s estate vineyards are located. Elevations range from 1,500 to 2,100 feet, and while most wouldn’t think to… Read More

Wine Enthusiast Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2017

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2017

Join us, and meet the trailblazers who are shaping the future of wine, beer, cider and spirits in America. These winemakers, grape growers, retailers, bartenders, educators and more are redefining the alcohol beverage industry as we know it.With an eye on innovation and an impulse to constantly reach for the horizon, each of these honorees is doing their part to lead the conversation and leave a lasting influence on the world of food and drink for generations to come.President, Pahlmeyer… Read More

Women in Wine: 8 Great California Female Winemakers

By ,, March 8, 2017

Women winemakers have been on the job in California since the 1880s. Today, roughly 10% of bonded wineries in California, about 450, have a woman at the helm. The quality of the wines they produce makes it clear why these “women winemakers" prefer to be known as winemakers, period.Bibiana Gonzalez Rave, Wayfarer Vineyards, NapaBibiana makes her journey in wine sound like fate. She says, “I first dreamed of becoming a winemaker when I was 14 years old and I never looked back. I was a young… Read More

Wine to Buy This Week: 2014 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

By ,, February 21, 2017

Chardonnay is often seen as a dime a dozen, but when you find an iteration so compelling and complex it can stop you on a dime. Read More

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs Blur the Boundary Lines

By , New York Times, February 16, 2017

Stony and earthy, with impeccably balanced flavors of red fruit and flowers. Read More

Splurge On Yourself for Valentine's Day

By , Wine Enthusiast, February 13, 2017

One of the benefits of being single on Valentine’s Day is you can treat yourself to a special bottle of wine instead of spending your paycheck on a pricey (not to mention mediocre) dinner for two. Here are some picks for sparkling, white, rosé, red and sweet wines to toast that special someone: YOU! Read More

The 2013 Vintage Told in 10 Cabs

By , Wine Enthusiast, Februart 10, 2017

Consistent temperatures and a calm growing season have led to bold, big tannins and gems meant to cellar. Here are 10 Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to try. Read More