Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lost Angeles


Carolyn Turner, Carina Cellars' national sales manager reporting from the road, and I have just spent a couple wonderful days selling Carina Cellars to restaurants and wine bars in Orange County and Los Angeles and have visited some really wonderful restaurants and wine bars, and so wanted to share a few with you. 

On Tuesday I spent the day working with the gregarious Colby Hagen, who is one of the reps that I work with for our distributor (American Wines). We spent the day in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, and had lunch at The Golden Truffle, which was delicious! We also visited a few other wonderful places like Villa Nova, Wildfish, Wine Gallery, The Bungalow, Brix Wine bar and Spark restaurant...a very packed day!

Then I spent Wednesday working with another American Wines rep, the illustrious Patrick Garvey, who was wonderful company. We took the wines around to several hot spots in Santa Monica, and especially enjoyed lunch at Gjelina (featured above from left: Patrick Garvey ready to dig in!, avocado & beet salad, turkey sandwich and chickpea soup)
*For a full restaurant review of Gjelina, please visit our website.

If there is a restaurant or wine shop you would like to see Carina Cellars at, please contact me at 805-252-0860 or


Monday, July 20, 2009

3 Generations of Iconoclast

The Iconoclast is our flagship wine, with a unique blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa and 33% Syrah from Santa Barbara, and here you see the progression of the blend throughout the years.
The black label is the Iconoclast that winemaker Joey Tensley created under his Tensley Wines label.
The yellow label is the first vintage of Iconoclast that Joey created as the new winemaker for Carina Cellars in 2001.
In 2003 the red and black label was created specifically to differentiate our higher-end wines with under 100 cases, and remains the same for our current 2006 Iconoclast.
The 4th generation of the Iconoclast can be seen in the background...the Carina Cellars vineyards that will produce the grapes for our Estate Iconoclast! We expect that the first vintage will be next year, 2010 stay tuned!
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