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March 1, 2016

Wow, it is already March and time seems to be flying! For wine lovers it is already an exciting year with so much great wine being available from all over the globe and more coming on the horizon.

From California there continues to be a wide selection of Cabernet Sauvignons from the lush and plush vintage of 2012 that are drinking wonderfully right now and everyone loves them; but be aware that 2013 in my opinion is even better, featuring a darker core of stronger fruit with better freshness and acid. Many of the early releases from 2013 are available now. The 2013’s Cabernets from Lamborn Family, Somerston, Priest Ranch and Kelleher should be spectacular wines and I am very excited to taste them all. I did just taste the 2013 Zinfandel and Pinot Noir made by Erik Miller at Kokomo and they are indeed outstanding.

The 2010 Brunello vintage continues to dominate much of the w...

May 1, 2015

Where do you start when describing a love affair that started almost 40 years ago and changed your life forever; I suppose at the beginning. The year was 1978 and I was 23 staring at the wine selection at K&L Liquors in Millbrae California which at this time was 3 by 5 feet in size and today features over 4000 wines to choose from. The previous week one of the employees and I decided that we would explore this “wine thing” and that we would buy one bottle every Friday night and taste it in the parking lot.

Wine was definitely not the rage back then and most wines were consumed in huge 4.0 liter bottles we called jug wines. Our venture into wines bottled in .750ml started with white wines like Wente Grey Riesling and Charles Krug Chenin Blanc and they were interesting but we soon moved to the King of Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon. We tasted now legendary wines like 1974 & 1975 Robe...

January 5, 2015





Hoping for Peace; and a Great year for Wine in 2015!


Happy New year to you; all our Prime Cellar members and my esteemed colleagues from the west coast of California.


Unfortunately for most of us the year of 2014 will be remembered with a heavy heart and as the year of protests in Hong Kong and in America.


For the first time in five years I did not travel to Hong Kong due to the dramatic protests for democracy. Being an American who has a love for Hong Kong and its people this is very difficult to watch from afar, as well to understand and reveals the harsh reality that we take our freedom here in America for granted every day.


In America’s major cities, protesters are clashing with police over racial profiling and the shooting death of a young black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri by white police officers and most recently the chocking death of another black...

December 5, 2014



Warm holiday seasons greeting to all you from rainy California! As we move into December everyone has a smile on their face as our first real rain storms of 2014 move into our parched state.


The weather in the last three years has produced outstanding vintages in 2012, 2013 and 2014 but it is also the driest period ever recorded. A fourth year of drought could bring serious consequences to all aspects of California living as well as grape production. Please keep your fingers crossed in hope for a very wet and snowy winter here in California!


The old proverb “the greatest Christmas gift of all is spending time with someone you love” is a perfect thought, but I might add… “But even better with a fine glass of red wine in your hand”!


The holiday season is the time to bring out your best wines for your special people and enjoy life to its fullest; at PrimeCellar we have some sp...

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