Monday, December 26, 2016

H. Montanile's A Winery Review - In The Cellar

The following are a list of red wines that are moderately priced and a sure compliment to your Cellar.  These red wines retail for approximately $55.00 or less. We have generally selected only new releases that are easier to locate and purchase.  The wines listed In The Cellar have been rated 90 and above by some of the most popular wine critics (i.e. Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Stephen Tanzer, James Suckling, James Halliday, Vinous & Wine & Spirits).

(Wines denoted by *are priced over $55.00 however, they have been on our In The Cellar List for 18 years and will remain, vintages have been updated for your buying and tasting pleasure)


Anderson Conn Valley Right Proprietary Red Napa 2008

Arrowood Cabernet 2004


*Barnett Cabernet

BR Cohn Sonoma Valley Olive Hill Estate Vineyards Cabernet 2009

BV Rutherford 2013

BV Tapestry 2010, 2012

Benziger Sonoma County Reserve Cabernet 2006, 2007, 2010

*Berringer Alluvium 1994 (consistently rated over 90)

Berringer Knight’s Valley 2013

Buehler Napa Valley Estate Cabernet 2010, 2012, 2014

Burgess Cabernet, Napa Valley Vintage Selection 1999, 2012


Chappellet Cabernet Napa Valley Signature 2014
Charles Krug Generations Cabernet 2013
Chateau Montelena Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
*Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1999
*Chimney Rock Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012
Clos Pegase Cabernet, Napa Valley 2007
*Corison Cabernet, Napa Valley 1997, 2006, 2012,2013
*Cornerstone Cabernet - 1996 


Dry Creek Cabernet, Dry Creek Valley 2010, 2012
*Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet 2012, 2013
Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet 2012


Etude Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012


Ferrari-Carano Cabernet, Alexander Valley Vineyards of Tre Monte 1997
Flora Springs Trilogy, Napa Valley 2007 (*2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Foppiano Vineyards Estate Bottle Petite Sirah Russian River 2012
Forman Cabernets - Any Vintage in your price range
Franciscan Estate Magnificat Meritage Napa Valley 2012
Frank Family Cabernet 2012, 2013
Freemark Abbey Cabernet, Napa Valley '97
Frog’s Leap Merlot 2013


Girard Cabernet '97
Grigich Hills Merlot Napa 2012
Groth Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012/Reserve Cabernet 2012*
*Guenoc Cabernet, Napa Valley Beckstoffer IV Vineyard reserve '97


Heitz Cellar Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012 (not rated)
*Heitz Cellar “Martha’s Vineyard” Napa Valley Cabernet 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010
Paul Hobbs ‘Crossbarn” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
*Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Honig Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013


Iron Horse Cabernet, Alexander Valley T-T 1997, 2001, 2003


Justin Cabernet, Paso Robles 2014 (not rated)
*Justin Isosceles reserve, Paso Robles 2008


Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc ‘Two-Fourteen’ Napa Valley 2009
Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc ‘Right Bank’ Napa Valley 2007
Larkmead Cabernet, Napa Valley '97


Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River 2013
Merryvale Cabernet Napa Valley 2010 (not rated)
*Merryvale “Profile” Napa Valley Bourdeaux Blend 1997, 2012
*Mondavi Reserve Cabernet, Napa Valley 2009
Mondavi Cabernet, Oakville 2013
*Mondavi Cabernet, Stags Leap District 2005, 2009
Mount Veeder Winery Napa Valley Cabernet 1994
Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel 2012


*Napanook (Dominus) Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 2012, 2013
Ninety-Plus Cabernet Lot 94 Collector Series Rutherford 2014


Robert Pecota Cabernet, Kara's Vineyard '97
*Rodney Strong Rockaway Single Vineyard Cabernet 2012
Peju Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012
*Peju Reserve Cabernet Franc (napa Valley) 2011
Joseph Phelps, Napa Valley Cabernet 2003, 2008, 2011 (*2002, *2010, *2013)
*Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011, 2013
Pine Ridge Estate Vineyards Cabernet 2010
*Pine Ridge Cabernet, Stags leap District 2010, 2012
*Pine Ridge Cabernet, Howell Mountain 2010, 2012
*Plumpjack Cabernet, Oakville 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001
Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet 2000
Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003, 2004
Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2001, 2005
Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma County 2003, 2005


A. Rafanelli Cabernet, Dry Creek Valley 2011, 2013
*Raymond Generations 2009, 2012
Raymond Reserve Select Napa Valley Cabernet 2013
*Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013
*Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet 2010
Rombauer Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013


Saddleback Cabernet, Napa Valley 1997, 2009
St. Clement Cabernet Napa Valley 2010
St. Clement Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
*Schweiger Cabernet, Spring Mountain District 2005
*Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet 1994
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “Artemis” Cabernet 2013
Stag’s Leap Napa Valley Cabernet 2013
Stonegate Cabernet, Napa Valley 1997
*Swanson Cabernet, Alex’s Oakville Napa Valley 1997, 2005


Titus Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
*Trinchero Signature Cabernet, Napa Valley 2008
*Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet “Atlas Peak Valley” 2010


Viader Proprietary Red 1999, 2000
*Viader Proprietary Red 1995, 1998, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2004
Von Strasser Cabernet, Diamond Mountain District 2012
WhiteHall Lane Cabernet, Napa Valley 2012

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pairing The Best Wine With Your Holiday Cookies

If you're spending your Holidays cooking, cleaning, and exchanging presents with loved ones, a glass (or two) of wine and some Christmas cookies may be exactly what you need. Here is a list of what wines to pair with Holiday cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies & Sherry - Since it's able to pair so well with numerous foods and has a relaxed honey flavor, it pairs wonderfully with soft, chewy gingerbread cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies & Port - Port, having a higher residual sugar, is a classic dessert wine. This is increased by the salt in the peanut butter, creating the perfect pair.

Sugar Cookies & Riesling - With it's sharp acidity, Riesling adds a pleasant lemony accent to buttery sugar cookies. It adds to the sweetness of the cookie since it's also on the sweeter side.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies & Cabernet Sauvignon - Being a full-bodied red, Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderful with peppermint, which can be a little overpowering.

Snickerdoodles & Sauvignon Blanc - Using cream of tarter and cinnamon, Snickerdoodles have a sweet and spicy taste. To enhance the cookie flavors, pair it with a Sauvignon Blanc that shares in the same tangy notes.

Oatmeal Cookies & Zinfandel - Since Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are so rich in texture, a husky Zinfandel is the perfect wine to compliment it's variety of flavors. Containing oats and cinnamon, these cookies go well with this full red wine.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies & Pinot Nior - A red wine that is light to medium bodied, Pinot Nior absorbs the red fruit flavors in Jam Thumbprint Cookies well. Containing vanilla tones from the oak barrels, it also goes well with the plainer cookie base.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wine Shop at Home

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Our Wine Flasks are premium stainless steel flask that hold 8 ounces of your favorite wine and are sized to 5 3/4" x 3 5/8" for large pocket or purses. Wrapped in a deep, high-resolution, glossy work of art by hand and lovingly packaged ready for immediate use or gifting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Health Benefits Of Red Wine

From dry to sweet, there is a large variety of red wines that are delicious. But did you know that red wine can also be beneficial to your health? Of course, anything that is good for you is only good in moderation. To get maximum health benefits from red wine women should consume no more than one drink (5 oz.) and men no more than two drinks per day. Keeping that in mind, here are some health benefits of red wine:

Lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Red wine tannins give it the color red and contain procyanidins which protect against heart disease. Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, aids in removing the chemicals responsible for causing blood clots, lessening your risk of coronary disease. Drinking a glass or two of red wine daily can cut blood clot related stroke rates in half.

Imitates gym time.
Also known for better physical performance and muscle strength, resvertarol mimics cardiovascular improvements similar to exercise.

Protects you from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Another benefit of resveratrol is that is defends you against cell damage which can prevent mental decline due to age.

Aids in the treatment of cancer.
An active antioxidant known as quercetin, which is found in red wine, can work against cancer cells (according to the American Cancer Society). Quercetin can stimulate natural cell death in certain kinds of cancers.

Supports a long life.
A 29 year long study was conducted that showed a 34% lower mortality rate for red wine drinkers over beer or vodka drinkers. The polyphenol that may be responsible for this is...resveratrol.

So there's no need to feel anything but positive about having that glass of red wine daily. Just remember to drink in moderation and don't drink and drive.