This is a wine pairing that will rock your world!

Who doesn’t love hearing that sizzle as you throw a piece of raw meat onto that red hot grill? The taste buds start to salivate as the smokey aromas waft up, tantalizing your olfactory and conjuring up images of that first bite. Add some peppers, red onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and asparagus, all dowsed in EVOO, and you are on a roll, heading towards a blissful culinary experience. Read More

Final Vintage from one of Russian River’s finest…

2013 is the final vintage of what many consider to be one of the best kept secrets in the world of ultra-premium Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Considered by many that have tasted these two wines over the years to be California’s version of Grand Cru Burgundy, both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were crafted by Paul Hobbs.
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Early grape harvest in Napa Valley

A worker harvests pinot noir grapes at Vyborny’s Game Farm vineyard on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Yountville, California . (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

As we approach the harvest season in wine country (also known as “The Crush”), hotels, lodges and BnBs start filling up. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding The Crush, harvest season is a very popular time for wine fans from all over the world to make the pilgrimage to the “holy land”.
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The jury is no longer out! Pinot Noir purists and fervent fans of this varietal have already cast their vote on TEN ACRE!

Although still under the radar, for now, TEN ACRE is one of the up-and-coming Pinot Noir producers to watch, and there is still an opportunity to get on the TEN ACRE bandwagon. If you have not taken the plunge, there is no better time to get on board than right now, with this vintage.

Ten Acre Team

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Winemakers are Optimistic as the 2014 Wine Harvest ramps up – Could this be the 3rd “Dream Vintage” in a row?

The 2014 wine harvest, or “Crush”, is picking up steam throughout California with each passing day. A trend has emerged, and the familiar refrain from grape growers and winemakers goes something like this: the 2014 growing season and wine harvest in California looks really, really good, but it’s earlier than ever.

Grower/winemaker, Steve Matthiason states, “2013 was an early vintage, and this year is even earlier.”
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Proprietors Scott and Lynn Adams launched Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves in 1999, a very successful and premium Dry Creek Valley winery specializing in Zinfandel and Rhone varietal wines.

Since 2002, Scott & Lynn have lived with their two daughters on their “slice of heaven”, a small 10-acre vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley.  Since this is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country, they drew their inspiration from their home vineyard to craft the world-class TEN ACRE wines. Read More

“You cannot just plant an
Old Vine Vineyard”

Planted in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley grows some amazing fruit. Old Vine vineyards are a tradeoff, choosing quality over quantity. With a production of only 1/2 – 1 ton per acre, the resulting grapes from the Gamba Estate Vineyard impart a concentration and depth of character that cannot be duplicated from young vines. (A Zinfandel vineyard at it’s peak produces about 5 – 7 tons per acre.)

When you combine the small production with the labor-intensive, sustainable farming practices Gus Gamba employs, it makes one wonder if it’s worth the effort.  That question evaporates once you open a bottle and take a sip, and you’re just glad that someone is making a wine like this.

Gamba bottling line

Bottling 2011 Gamba Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

GAMBA Vineyards and Winery has just released its new 2011 GAMBA ESTATE OLD VINE ZINFANDEL, one of our most popular Zins. At the rate the 2010 sold out last year, it is highly recommend you get yours sooner rather than later.


Gamba Estate Vineyard – Russian River Valley

$40 per bottle ($480 per case)
(Reg. $45)

(To place an order, click the button below to send us an email with contact information and your order.)





Gamba 2011 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

Gamba 2011 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

Deep garnet in color with a cherry preserve nose, highlighted by red plum and dried cranberry, this wine promises a classic expression of Zinfandel on the palate. Beginning with an appealing mix of spicy berry aromas and flavors, the wine expands into medium to full bodied ripe briary fruit of plum, black cherry, earth minerals, and white pepper.

The texture is silky smooth, with elegant tannins, integrated with a subtle brown spice. The long cherry kirsch-filled finish is punctuated by firm but gentle tannins. With ample acidity, the balanced framework, effusive fruit, and a smooth lingering finish, this wine will drink wonderfully for several years to come.

2011 Growing season:

In 2011, careful canopy management was the key to the success of our overall crop. We continue our vigilant work in the vineyards, watching over our blocks carefully and working continually to insure the best fruit possible from each vintage. Early in the season, we thinned the canopy, diminishing the demand on the old vines considerably by dropping fruit to encourage even ripening and good air circulation.

The adequate ripening conditions during the season allowed steady flavor development, and in conjunction with our cultural practices, gave us the potential for full flavored wines with balanced alcohol levels.

The harvest period provided plenty of time for our blocks to be picked individually and at optimum maturity, allowing us the luxury of separate extended macerations, fully extracting color and flavors from the skins. We are excited to share the resulting wines; they are fruit driven, and produced flavors that are complex and well balanced.


Keeping in the spirit of this organic, dry farmed vineyard, the must was not inoculated for fermentation, relying instead upon naturally occurring ambient indigenous yeasts. The whole berries undergo a cool, extended maceration, prior to fermentation, to generate maximum skin contact and extract fruit character. After a long but steady fermentation, the free run was kept and aged separately from the press fraction. After aging for 14 months, the bench trials from each lot were initiated to achieve the target master finished wine.

Paulette and Gus Gamba

Paulette and Gus Gamba