Carol Shelton Stopping By

So when the recent raging fires take your home but not your winery, what should one do?? Well if you are pioneering winemaker Carol Shelton you hit the road with a bunch of your wines. We are lucky to welcome Carol here for a casual tasting of some of her iconic California wines this Wednesday from 6-8 pm. Antonio Lopez will be providing some live entertainment as well.

Back when the glass ceiling still hung over the wine making industry, Carol was early to punch holes through it. Through an indomitable spirit and tireless work ethic she not only perservered but managed to work side by side with such icons as  André Tchelistcheff at Buena Vista and Peter Lehmann at Saltram in Australia. Her time making wine with these wine icons would be invaluable as she laid the foundation as a winemaker in Sonoma County. 

Her accolades would fill many pages, she has won Winemaker of the Year five times, has countless gold medals for her wines at Rodney Strong not to mention her own labels, was named one of eight Pioneer Women Winemakers of Sonoma County and recently her 2011 Wild Thing Zinfandel was included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines.

She'll be on hand as we pour four of her current releases, the Wild Thing Chard and Old Vine Zin, her subtle and nuanced Carnaros Pinot Noir and the Karma Zinfandel from Sonoma. A tasting flight of all four is only $8 and we'll have special pricing on these in the Wine Cellar also. So come on out and support a great winemaker by enjoying some delicious wines!


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Bonavita Red

    #1 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #2 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 18 bottles)

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #3 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time. (behind by 7 bottles)

  • Baglio delle Fate

    #4 Baglio delle Fate

    A native grape of Sicily, this 100% Nero d'Avola is a great deal! Brambly red, blue and black fruits, savory dried herbs and earth. Full body, juicy, smooth tannins! tied

Fun New Arrivals

  • Porron Decanter

    Porron Decanter

    The porron wine pitcher is a festive way to serve wine. Either use as a decanter or just pick up the porron and tilt it so that a thin stream of wine pours directly into your mouth! It takes some skill, but it is fun at a party to see how well you and your friends master the technique. Each porron holds 1 liter, which is a perfect size to hold a bottle of wine.

  • Maimai Syrah

    Maimai Syrah

    So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??

  • Gotes del Priorat

    Gotes del Priorat

    A slightly different and wonderful lighter take on Priorat. The gorgeous blue slate show immediately on the nose, Carignan is there but with richness and elegance. Really pretty and an homage to the fruit. Gorgeous leather and blue black fruit flavors with spice and soft leather. Organic, hand picked and just 9 months in French, this really is a lovely wine!

  • Armas de Guerra Mencia

    Armas de Guerra Mencia

    An excellent introduction to Bierzo's native varietal, the palate is fresh, elegant, and clean. Energetic aromas of fresh blue fruits, violet and white pepper, plus a subtle touch of licorice. Supple and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral highlights with a hint of smokiness.