A Cellar Above

(661)832-9533 4711 Wilson Road
Bakersfield, CA 93309
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  • Today is the High Holy Day--National Zinfandel Day.  So, we are going to crack open another one from the estate sale trove.  As you can see, I have a ready backup.   Will report back on findings, later.Edit some hours later.  We're going with the Guenoc, tonight.  I'm about a half-a-glass into it, and, while this certainly not any kind of wine e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Names have been drawn at random and PM's have been sent to everyone. You have 2 weeks to get the wine shipped. Everyone should have their package in hand by no later than. November 28th.if you are new at this and need some tips just PM Secret Santa and I will do my best to answer all your questions.Wines are being shipped and received.Participan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


  • I began my wine journey mining for hidden gems in little known regions along the east coast of the United States. A common response to many of the wines I shared and wrote about back then went something like this; “What, they make wine there?” In fact, wine is produced in all 50 states, but many people can count on one hand the wines they have t... Read More

    From the article The United States of Wine


  • In New Zealand they use awnings over the grapes in several vineyards. Interesting to see.Greg, see my post above about rainwater sucked directly into the berries as opposed to up from the roots. My understanding is that the biggest issue is water absorbed into the berries. Water on the berries is a lot easier to deal with. Either way, split berr... Read More

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  • Whew,,, Peter and Adam Just dodged a major bullet and Now I am wanting to reserve the 2014 Cargassaci and Keefer Pinot Noirs from Siduri..Just as the final grapes were harvested by Peter Cargassaci for Siduri Wines it started to pour Rain...  The story will be told, just as I taught a Wine Class 2 days prior regarding Pinot Noir/ Burgundy.Exactl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • To welcome fall, and without a doubt the season has arrived, like clockwork, the moment our Labor Day weekend had wrapped up, I have always had a bit of a tradition of opening some Barbaresco. While my heart may belong to Barolo, the somewhat more elegant and more approachable wines of Barbaresco are perfect for times when you are looking for so... Read More

    From the article Barbaresco and Nebbiolo to Buy Now!


  • Well, Jon and Darren have inspired me to go into the cellar and pull one with age on it.  Picking this one willl reduce the average age of my inventory pretty significantly.I find several things fascinating about this label.  First of all I had misidentified this wine in my inventory for about 20 years.  I had listed it as "Lytton Springs," not ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Just found another offering for the same Muscadet winemaker I recommended above. My warning flag popped up because this level of attention often leads to future price rises...  ;-(From the Somm Select flash site. Not sure how the formatting will transfer, so apologizing ahead of time if it doesn't work so well... DOMAINE DE LA PÉPIÈRE, CHÂTEAU T... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • So I just started a wine tasting class a couple of weeks ago in college as an elective course. I am learning a lot about wine, and recently aeration, so we have been using decanters to let Cabernet Sauvignon breathe, which does get better after some minutes in the decanter. I felt like it also improved a lot an Argentine Malbec young wine.But ea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thoughts about wine aerators?...


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


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