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  • Storytime Cellars El Dorado County California
    Events,  Wine: All

    Storytime Cellars

    So much is new at Bookshelf Wines, including the addition of our second label, Storytime Cellars! We wanted to make the announcement quickly and will catch you up on the latest soon

  • Events,  Wine: Dichotomy,  Wine: Zinfandel

    Happy 2019!

    News from New Orleans…we were so pleased that our wines did well at the first New Orleans International Wine Competition held in late November.  Dichotomy (2017 white pinot noir) was awarded a gold medal and our 2016 Zinfandel earned a Bronze.  What was even more exciting than the awards was that our wines were poured at the four Grand Dames restaurants in the French Quarter the night after the competition ended.    We were thrilled!    To refresh your memory those four restaurants are Gallatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, and Brennan’s, all world famous and restaurants that have produces some of the finest chefs.  We’re looking forward to entering the 2019 competition…

  • Wine: All,  Wine: Sangiovese,  Wine: Zinfandel

    Fine Tuning for Spring Bottling

    January and February begin our final stretch of tasting and decision making for our wines for the spring bottling.  Wines go through a natural aging process from fermentation (primary and secondary) to aging in different oak and or steel barrels.  We taste the wine along the way and make decisions on how much new oak versus neutral oak is needed to get our desired output.  The January tasting is most exciting and gives the wine maker a very good insight if we hit it right!  We taste wines 100% varietal and then if needed add a small amount of another varietal to give it the desired color, more fruit or…

    Events,  Wine: Chardonnay,  Wine: Viognier,  Wine: Zinfandel

    Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras translated to English means “Fat Tuesday”.  Mardi Gras, an annual celebration, is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of solemnity and penance for Catholics.  Because many of the Acadians (Cajuns as they became known) who immigrated to South Louisiana in the late 1700’s were and still are Catholic, they celebrated, and continue to celebrate Mardi Gras as part of their culture.  In addition to the well known New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, many of the small towns and cities across South Louisiana celebrate Mardi Gras with a series of balls and parties several weeks prior to the actual Mardi Gras…