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Angels save small grape growers

This is a really amazing story about some small grape growers who were in serious trouble before Sam Plunkett and our Angels came to the rescue. If you’re an Angel, you should feel proud because this rescue wouldn’t be possible without you! It started with a very sad post with some devastating news… Angel-funded winemaker Sam Plunkett […]

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Cult Cabs – a cult you’d want to be in?

Just after recording Matt Parish talking about how everybody should be able to afford great Napa Cabernet, I read the perfect article to follow that video up in the San Francisco Chronicle on the history of cult wines and where they are today. I say it’s perfect because the author honestly explores Cult Cab, a […]

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How Jim Olsen made Napa Cab with a twist

This is a guest post by a winemaker named Jim Olsen who is releasing his new Napa Cab called Shoot the Moon this month. It’s a really interesting wine because he set out with a daring goal of making Napa Cab with a twist. I’ll let Jim explain! Jim explains how he made Shoot The Moon: I set out on […]

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Naked Gold Medal Wines

8 of your Angel-funded wines just won prestigious awards at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, and we wanted to give a round of applause to the winemakers who won (and some context on why this is so cool). ROX Scott Peterson Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2013 – DOUBLE GOLD DRG Daryl Rex Groom Highmark Ridge Russian […]

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Wayne Donaldson sparkling wine update

The much-anticipated release of Wayne Donaldson’s wine is being delayed an eensy bit so that Wayne can maintain the impeccable quality of his bubbly. Wayne gets the freedom to focus on quality Quality is Wayne’s #1 priority, and that’s why we agree whole-heartedly with Wayne about delaying bottling. This has an unfortunate impact because it means his […]

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Arneis, the little rascal

This is a post about an Italian white wine by Serena and Gianfranco Cordero made out of a very special and rare grape called Arneis. Arneis comes from the northwestern part of Italy (Roero in the Peidmont, just beside Barolo). And it’s a fantastic grape that doesn’t get enough attention. Why you’ve never heard of Arneis It’s […]

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Thank you from the world’s most grateful winemakers

Happy Thanksgiving from all the Angel-funded winemakers. Messages of gratitude and appreciation from all of us.

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The Winemakers Behind the World’s Most Famous Wines

You may not know ANY of our wines, and that’s a good thing. Our customers support independent winemakers and get exclusive access to their very limited, small lot wines. So these will never appear on a grocery store shelf… they’re unique to us. But you’ve definitely run into our winemakers… The crazy thing is that these […]

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Do winemakers use customer feedback to improve their wines?

This is a guest post by Bill & Claudia Small of Small & Small who are releasing their newest New Zealand Sauvignon this month. You might notice that the ratings have reset on this wine (while they normally carry over from one vintage to another) and there’s a great reason for that. The Smalls have […]

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Pecorino wine? Isn’t Pecorino a cheese?

Our customers made us promise to find more hidden gems for our Angels, special wines that are a bit off the beaten path and taste like a hundred bucks. And one of them is about to be released: it’s a Pecorino. Firstly, we’re sure it’s not cheese Pecorino is a wine grape too. Every single person we’ve spoken […]