The great Charles Thomas came by recently to taste us on his new wines. Fantastic stuff. We especially enjoyed the 2013 Thomas Hsi Red Blend. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and a smidge of Petit Verdot. It’s a blockbuster: red and black fruits intermingle, wrapped in a gorgeous layer of cocoa, toffee and… Continue reading New in the shop: Thomas Hsi
Stephane Vivier is one of our favorite-small scale Pinot Noir producers because he always brings a welcome touch of his native Burgundy to his West Coast Pinot Noirs. Delicious on their own and even better with food, these are wines that are drinking well now and only promise to get better with age. His 2014… Continue reading New Arrival: Vivier Pinot Noir
When dining out, I don’t usually like to pay restaurant markup on wines I can get for much less here at Back Room, but I made a an exception recently at Oakland’s excellent Flora where their rich, decadent Confit Pork Shoulder almost cried out to be paired with Arnot-Roberts 2014 Sonoma Coast Syrah. And what… Continue reading Arnot Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2014
Napa Master Sommelier William “Willie” Sherer has a passion for Spanish varietals, and it shows in his Iberian Remix wines. He stopped by recently to taste us on the lineup, and we’re thrilled to carry one of the best California Albariños we’ve had. It’s a great winter white–its aromas of orange blossoms and ripe, fresh… Continue reading Iberian Remix Albariño and Orange Glazed Pork Loin Roast
Brian Newberry dropped off another case of his delicious, tiny production (50 cases) Cabernet Franc just in time for this week’s Cabernet Franc special. Do yourself a favor and TRY THIS WINE! You’ll be glad you did.
Dave Bos, vineyard manager extraordinaire and head honcho at Bos Wines, is one of our favorite viticulturalists. Not because he farms organically and biodynamically, and not because he sometimes brings his delicious home-made salami down to the shop (ok, that’s part of it). He’s a favorite at Back Room Wines because of the consistent quality… Continue reading In the vineyard and winery with Dave Bos
Harvest 2016 is in full force here in Napa, so last week I paid a visit to Leaf & Vine, one of our favorite up and coming local wineries, to see how the wines are shaping up. Leaf & Vine is located in Napa’s “crusher district,” an industrial park near the airport where many small… Continue reading A visit to Leaf & Vine Wines