Gandona Winery - Exclusive 5/1/13 Dallas Wine Tasting

Next Wednesday 5/1/2013 we are hosting a wine tasting at the Wine Poste in Dallas ( for more details) that you won't want to miss - Gandona Winery of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey.  Legendary winemaker Phillipe Melka (Napa Valley (Dominus Estate), Western Australia (Chittering Estate), Chianti in Italy (Badia O Coltibuono) and Bordeaux (Chateau Petrus) produces a very small amount of wine each vintage for Gandona, and we will be featuring both of their 2010 Cabernets. 

In addition to the wine, the property owner, Manuel Pires, will be on hand to tell us all about the wine and many other stories.  Ive been told he is a bit of a character so we are in for a real treat!

This wine sold out last year in a matter of days, so please take the time to stop in and try to allocate yourself a bottle or two -

Wednesday May 1st – Gandona Wines of Napa Valley (with Winemaker Manuel Pires)

Please join us as we welcome Manuel Pires to the Wine Poste for a once in a lifetime tasting for the much anticipated premier release of Gandona Wines out of Napa California.

Manuel Pires, Vintner  
Growing up in Portugal, Manuel Pires spent summers on his grandfather’s Quinta in the famed wine region of Douro. There, he made a promise to one day live life working the land. In 2006, Manuel and his wife, Cristina, purchased an estate on Pritchard Hill and began development of what would become Gandona Estate. Together with winemaker, Philippe Melka, and viticulturalist, Jim Barbour, they dedicate themselves to producing world-class wines.

The Wines:

2010 Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon is a celebration of fine craftsmanship and a wine capturing the spirit of its artisans and inspiring piece of land.  The 2010 vintage culminated with an early October harvest of the "Old Block" at sunrise.

Although youthful at its release, the 2010 Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine revealing the ingredients of a grand vin with intense flavors of black currant, black cherry, tobacco, cigar box, licorice and minerals.  The mouth feel is a harmonious combination of lush and sweet characters with finely grained tannins and lively fruit.  The flavors follow through its generous and lengthy finish, a joyous conclusion to this wine of great depth and character.  200 Cases Produced

2010 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon

Encosta ("slope") Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides of Gandona Estate and its terra cotta-colored, volcanic soil.  The 2010 vintage is a wine celebrating the very soul of hillside fruit capturing the essence of the vine's interaction with earth and sun.

It opens with aromas of bright red cherry and cranberry with underlying notes of cassis and tobacco.  On the palate, the wine shows a juicy, full mouth feel reminiscent of fresh black and ripe cherries.  Rounding out the mid-palate are finely grained, sweet mountain tannins that reveal a beautiful marriage between them and well integrated oak.  The lingering finish is laced with nuances of rich cocoa powder and supported by a strong acid backbone demonstrating a wine worthy of aging.  400 Cases Produced

More Info on Gandona Wines:

Wednesday May 1st – 6-9pm @ Wine Poste Dallas - $25

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Friday Night Wine Tasting - Anthill Farms Pinot Noir

2011 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Tasting

Friday, April 12, 2013 / 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Taste the new 2011 releases from one of our favorite California Pinot Noir producers, Anthill Farms. This new producer has burst on the scene with startling good Pinot Noirs made from purchased grapes. Three young Pinot lovers, Anthony Filiberti, David Low and Webster Marquez met while working for the well-known Pinot specialist, Williams Selyem and sold their first wine under their new label in 2004.

The trio’s goal is to craft Pinot Noirs that “express the growing site and the characteristics of the vintage, and above all else, taste good.” They disdain the riper style of Pinot Noir, looking more for freshness of flavor and acidity. Some whole clusters are included in the winemaking. New oak is limited to about 30%. Racking, fining and filtering are avoided.

The annual production of 1,400 cases is quickly snapped up by a mailing list which leaves very little that ever makes its way into the normal distribution channels. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer four of their new releases for sale and tasting! 

Here is the lineup…

  • 2011 Sonoma Coast
  • 2011 Peters Vineyard
  • 2011 Campbell Ranch Vineyard
  • 2011 Tina Marie Vineyard

Come, Enjoy, Buy and Enjoy Some More!


The Wine Poste Team is happy to announce that we received our TABC permit today! We will be publishing the site shortly so our friends can join our wine clubs and start shopping for their favorite wines!

We can't wait to host all of you in our beautifully designed space within the Design District of Dallas, TX!

Thanks again for all of your support during this long process!

-The Wine Poste

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Friday Night Wine Tasting

This Friday Night, Feb 8th, James Jordan of the Dallas Wine Company will be hosting a complimentary wine tasting at the Wine Therapist in East Dallas:

Au Bon Climat

Au Bon Climat (which means"a well exposed vineyard") was founded in 1982 by owner and winemaker Jim Clendenen, producing an array of highly acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from their vineyards located in and around Santa Barbara county. We will be offering six of their current releases for tasting.

While tasting these delicious offerings we invite you to peruse the work of local artist and fellow wine industry member Michael Needleman and sculptor Eric Garcia. Don't miss this opportunity to get your aesthetic groove on!


Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:00 - 9:00 pm

The Wine Therapist

1810 Skillman at Live Oak

Dallas, TX 75206




UPDATE: Wine Poste &

Hey Guys!

This blog post is just a heads up regarding the upcoming launch of my newest venture -

The Wine Poste / is almost here and open for business! 

We are nearly all the way through the TABC and are getting close to completion of our warehouse at 2001 Irving Blvd in the Design District of Dallas, TX.  We will begin scheduling and sharing the dates of our upcoming regular wine tastings, winemaker events, wine dinners, and taking reservations for our newly renovated warehouse space for event rentals.

Please check back here for official announcements and  updates.  We will be holding an opening weekend grand opening and will release details in the coming weeks.

We look forward to treating you to the best wine experience around and hope that you will come along for the ride!

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