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Last Friday, I attended the SFMOMA reception in celebration of the new art exhibition – How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now. I was a little late getting there (no surprise) but made it in time to hear the curator discuss the importance of the Terroir exhibit. In short, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in wine, design and architecture.  

On the left is a picture of me with a few of the judges from the 1976 Paris Tasting! This detailed mural signifies the year when the rest of the world began to take the California wine business seriously.

So now I’m back in Napa with thoughts of stuffing, butternut squash, mashed potatoes and a big turkey dancing in my head. With that I’m thinking wine, wine and a little more wine and not just for the big feast this week but for the holiday season. I picked up a few more cases of the wines below for cellar replenishment. These aren’t for sale on our website but call us in Napa and we’ll make sure to put aside a few bottles for you to try.



Fleuron Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2009 – Kudos to Denis Malbec and the Capture team for making a fun, easy-drinking Chard that’s $20!



BOND Matriarch Red 2006 – I think this vintage is better than the ’05- deeper, more persistent structure.

Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – this is a richly concentrated wine that with a few hours left on its own (like half the day), becomes a BEAUTY.

Carter Beckstoffer ToKalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – possesses that undeniable “ToKalon” profile from the nose to the finish. Liking this ’08 a lot but then again, what’s not to like about a well-made ToKalon Cab that’s actually at a fairly reasonable price compared to a few others.

Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – Big time respect goes out to this winery for their longtime following. Almost like a cult group, Silver Oak lovers have never been more loyal, especially with this ’05 vintage.

‘Till next time, remember this - drink any and every wine, so long as it’s good!


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Dean & Deluca