Michael Hepworth










HOLLYWOOD,CA (Spiritsman)9/7/13/– When I first saw the name Double Decker I thought this must be some kind of English Wine imported from London of all places, but it is purely Napa Valley, with the name being utilized purely for marketing purposes. To create a market share for a new wine in an extremely crowded market is quite a challenge, but in the case of Double Decker they have a built in advantage, being part of the Wente Estate dynasty.












Lets start with the Pinot Grigio 2011 which is certainly fresh, crisp and easy to sip. and since both wines are priced at $11.99, good value as well. Food pairings with this wine would be salads, grilled chicken, seafood and any spicy food. For those of you interested in these kind of things, the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks at a cold temperature to retain the fruity flavors. Those flavors consist of green apple and lime and a touch of mineral which creates the crisp wine.









The Double Decker Red Blend consists of a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah and Barbera. The taste is a rich blend of black cherry, plum and blackberry creating a robust yet smooth concoction. All the components of this blend were aged separately in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel tanks.












Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California, was founded in 1883, and were named American winery of the year in 2011 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and they have an impressive collection of wines we like a lot. The enterprise also includes Murrieta’s Well and TaMAS Estate Wineries. In 1912 Carl Wente was persuaded to import some Chardonnay cuttings from Montpelier, France, and the result today is that there are almost 100,000 acres in California dedicated to Chardonnay.










Wente was also one of the first vineyards in California to launch a restaurant on the Property, and today there is also a Greg Norman designed golf course and a concert venue with top acts such as Chicago and REO Speedwagon booked for this summer.

In 2008 founder Carl Heinrich Wente was inducted into the “Vintners Hall of Fame” and in 2010 the winery was presented a lifetime achievement award at the California State Fair.








 Here are just a few of the Wente Estate wines we like a lot :

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon-Charles Wetmore Estate-California’s first agriculture commissioner

Traces of berry, chocolate and oak. Rich, luscious taste.

Riva Ranch from Arroyo Seco in Monterey.

Tropical flavors from the long, cool growing season

The Spur 2010 from Murrieta’s Well

Red Blend with 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petite Verdot, 23% Malbec, 5% Petite

Syrah grapes

The Spur 2011 from Murrieta’s Well

Red Blend with 31% Petite Syrah, 29% Petite Verdot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon,

8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc.


Michael Hepworth

287 S.Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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