Highlights from the California Wine Institute Fall Asia Vintners Tour – Manila 2023 Masterclass by Elaine Chukan Brown

The California Wine Institute launched its Fall Vintners Tour 2023 and marked its last tour in Manila on October 23, 2023, at Shangri-La Fort. The main highlight of the tour is the masterclass, where the speaker serves as the American Wine Specialist for, global wine educator, and wine writer, Ms. Elaine Chukan Brown. Followed

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Sand Point: Sustainable and Food Worthy

Written by Michael W. Reyes Coming off a brand re-design and the addition of new varietals, Sand Point stands to be one of the most interesting California wine brands on the market in 2022. Hailing from the Lodi and Clarksburg wine regions of California, Sand Point comes from the Lange Twins Family Winery, a five-generation

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Hey Wine Club Members! Do you love Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon but looking for an affordable alternative for more frequent drinking?  Consider Bonanza, a multi-vintage California from the exquisite Caymus Vineyards and a new addition to the Wine Club’s portfolio of premium American wines. Learn about Bonanza’s conception from Head Winemaker, Chuck Wager: California has always

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Far Niente & Nickel & Nickel

The California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century was the catalyst that transformed Napa Valley from a sleepy agricultural area into a booming viticulture region, with over 140 wineries in operation until the beginning of the sad chapter of Prohibition in 1920. With Prohibition in effect for 14 long years, many growers decided to tear

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Give the Gift of Wine

Christmas time is finally upon us and we can feel our communities swell with yuletide cheer. Are you still thinking about what that perfect gift may be? Stop thinking! We have you covered at the Wine Club with special Christmas packs that will make you incredibly popular this season. Every pack comes with three bottles

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Atalon ‘Pauline’s Cuvee’ 2013

Written by Michael V. Reyes Among my two favorite wine destinations to visit in the world are the charming medieval village of Saint Emilion in the heart of the world famous Bordeaux wine region in France and of course Napa Valley.  It has been a while since my last trip to Saint Emilion, but I

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11/11 Wine Sale

Written by Michael W. Reyes It is finally time for the Wine Club’s biggest sales of the year, our 11/11 clearance sale. It is the perfect opportunity to load up on high quality American wine for the Holidays (because we all know how fast that goes during festivities). This year, we have 11 excellent wines

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley’s rich winemaking history began well before the California Gold Rush in the mid 19th century. The early pioneers established the first commercial winery in 1861, and its success and leadership sparked a wave of new growth. By 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in operation.  This tremendous expansion, however, was soon brought

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The Magic of Wine Glassware

What is one of the most notable things about wine? I would argue it is the glassware. The cool looking bulb on a stem that houses the exquisite  nectar just feels right. Imagine having wine in a water glass – it just would not do. Besides the spectacle , there is actually a scientific reason

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Navigating an American Wine Label

The hardest part about drinking wine is reading the label. Wine producers and regulators are notorious for having nuanced labeling practices which often confuse more than clarify. In the recent decades New World producers and regulators, specifically in the US and Australia, have taken major strides in simplifying labeling practices, but there are still small

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