Wine Blog

November 30, 2016

My 2015 Wine of the Year is 2013 Lamborn Family Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

After returning from Hong Kong last week my wife Kim and I enjoyed a special dinner together and we shared a bottle of 2013 Lamborn Family Cabernet Sauvignon; after a few sips I turned to her and said “this is phenomenal wine!” This is my #1 wine of the year from California. I receive thousands of phone calls this time of year from people looking for that  very special gift bottle for family, friends and clients, and most often people ask for the exact same old handful of expensive Napa wines.  These conversations bore me to death as do most of those wines. In fact I just tasted 13 of the greatest and famous California Cabernets some that cost a $100-150 more than the Lamborn wine, and the Lamborn wine blows them away.

Here is my Lamborn Story…

Howell Mountain is a long way from my beloved Bo...

October 31, 2016

When we started PrimeCellar in 2008 we tasted hundreds of wines that we bought from local retailers and from trade tastings; our goal was to find exciting California wines of high quality, from small boutique producers that were just getting started, just as we were.

The wines from Kokomo Winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma immediately caught our attention, so we made an appointment to visit. We were warmly greeted by the young owner/winemaker Erik Miller and his partner, wine grower in Dry Creek for four generations, Randy Peters and after tasting their new releases, we were able to sign them up to represent them in Asia. Erik and Randy have teamed up to make many great wines in the last 8 years, from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhone blends, Dry Muscat and of course the most famous grape from Dry Creek Zinfandel! As Erik’s family o...

July 1, 2016

“Taste the Greats of Bordeaux Tour with Ralph Sands”
 

I’ve just returned from yet another amazing tour of some of the greatest estates in the storied history of Bordeaux with 18 customers, something I have been privileged to do so many times now and sometimes I still have to pinch myself!
 

After a full week of breakfast every morning, great lunches and dinners at a different Chateau everyday and many great wines I definitely came home a few extra pounds heavier but with a lifetime of memories, so it was all worth it. My customers got a firsthand experience of being in the wine business; it rained all week but it did not dampen our sprits! Here are the highlights; I hope you can join me on my next tour.


Sunday June 12th- All 18 customers arrive on the same plane from Paris. Check in at Hotel Relais Margaux before are welcome dinner at Ch. Cantemerle where Director Philippe Dam...

May 31, 2016

 

As always we kept a crazy busy schedule tasting over 1000 wines from the new baby vintage of 2015. We stayed in the Medoc, at Ch. Beauragard in Pomerol and at Ch. Le Thil in Leognan. The hard work was well worth it, I know the wines inside and out and the comparison vintage is an easy answer for me; very much like 2005.
Now that the scores are in and some prices are out we are indeed having our first real Pre-Arrival Campaign since 2010 and everyone who loves Bordeaux is happy with the opening prices, at least so far. I’m thrilled with the wines across the board, the absolute natural beauty the wines feature, and the great purity of fruit, the tremendous freshness and above all, their great taste.
This vintage is the perfect vintage for young people to lay the foundation of a great wine cellar and if you are up there in age it is important to know that this is not a vintage...

May 1, 2016

 

After a few quiet months in the business of wine the month of May really kick starts an exciting year for wine. In Hong Kong May 24-26 is VinExpo Asia and PrimeCellar will have a booth pouring our fantastic California portfolio so be sure to stop by. I have just returned from Bordeaux where I tasted over 1000 wines from the fine 2015 vintage; more on that later.

At PrimeCellar we are in our eighth year of business in Asia and as I reflect on this time and the wineries we represent I am very proud of the entire group, as the wines keep on improving and the winemakers are really hitting their stride. We keep in close contact with them all year round to see what is new and what they are excited about; here is the latest information.
 

On Howell Mountain my buddy Mike Lamborn is excited about the beginning of Organic Farming at Lamborn Family in 2016. Mike is honest and straightfo...

Please reload

Featured Posts

Reflections on a Quick Trip to Asia…

December 1, 2015

1/4
Please reload

 
Editorial

Mr. Ralph Sands

Wine Consultant

 
Recent Posts

July 3, 2020

October 30, 2019

Please reload

 
Follow Us
  • Facebook Classic
  • Instagram

Location

Contact

 

Suite A, 8/F, Rice Merchants Building,
77-78 Connaught Road West, 
Hong Kong

 

Tel: (852) 3690-8630
Head Office: (852) 2523-2111

 

saleshk@primecellar.com

© 2015 by Prime Cellar (H.K.) Limited. Proudly created by Showplace (H.K.) Limited

Hong Kong Pioneer, California Wine Specialist, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, USA Wine, Prime Cellar Hong Kong