Preferred Palates Newsletter

Welcome Preferred Palates Members. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Wine Club shipment wines in your Notes.

Current Issue: August 2021

2018 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon

"With restaurants opening up again, I've been thinking a lot about the role of the sommelier. I think it's a job I would have loved, tasting and learning about wines from around the world and helping customers find just the right match for their meal. But in my day, there just weren’t that many sommeliers around; only five-star restaurants and hotels had them. Today they're much more prevalent, and I really enjoy picking their brains when I'm dining out..."

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June 2021

2018 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

"When I built our Tasting Room on Highway 29, just south of St. Helena, I was inspired by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. Carrie and I had recently been to Barcelona and seen some of Gaudi’s most famous works. I’d heard the well-known quote attributed to him: "There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners." With that as my cue, I designed our Tasting Room, a building that echoes the undulating hills to the west and the wine caves burrowed into them. I still love the feeling of entering that building, cool, cozy and cave-like at first until you walk out onto the sun-washed open-air patio with its spectacular views and modern aesthetic..."

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April 2021

2018 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon

"I’ve always thought that living life to the fullest means that sometimes, you take a leap of faith. Many years back I was driving around and saw a used Porsche for sale. I’ve always loved those cars, so I stopped and had a look. It was in good shape, seven years old but with only 7,000 miles on it. The price tag was a little high for my budget then, but I decided to give it a test drive. The feeling I had when I started up the engine is almost indescribable. The adrenaline just flowed. Needless to say, that car came home with me that day. I think wine is similar..."

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February 2021

2018 Flora's Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon & 2018 Trilogy

"I’ve been thinking a lot lately about relationships. The personal relationships that sustain us in our daily lives, but also the professional ones that nurture our careers. Throughout my time in the wine industry, I’ve gotten to know wine shop owners, restaurateurs, country club managers and hoteliers. Many of these people introduced me to others in the industry, and this network was at the foundation, I believe, of our success. In the last several years it is our relationship with club members like you that sustains me...."

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