Realm California Cult Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Tasting

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 07:30 PM

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“I hope that some day (we are at a point where in California) we rate the great wines based on the terroir." – Jess Jackson



I have been following the Realm Cellars since they got started in 2002 and founder Juan Mercado visited the store many times in the early days to tasting me on new releases and keep me informed on what was happening with the new winery, etc.  Then, they started scoring 100 points in the Wine Advocate and the rest was history, they only make a few hundred cases of each wine so when you get those last two points 99 and 100 it makes the wines much easier to sell.  I think they sold out of the spring releases in 2016 sold out in just three hours! 

So, when we received a big collection of Realm wines going back to the 2009 vintage there was no question that we would be hosting a Realm Cellars wine tasting as soon as humanly possible.  With the wine bar back open we are ready to see how Benoit and Juan did with the oldest selections from the cellar we picked up and with all the wines now 5 to 11 years old we have some of the top vineyard sites from Napa Valley as well as the blending skills of winemaker Benoit Touquette on display tonight.


Join us as we experience on of the top small producers from Napa Valley going back to the 2009 vintage.  Chef Toni Lampasone will be making a special meal to accompany the tasting wines and the fee for the event which includes dinner is $375 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail


Realm Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

Thursday, June 11th



2009 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2009 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Realm Cellars Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2009 Realm Cellars The Falstaff Proprietary Red Napa

2009 Realm Cellars The Tempest Proprietary Red Napa

2010 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2010 Realm Cellars The Bard Proprietary Blend Napa

2011 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2011 Realm Cellars The Bard Proprietary Blend Napa

2012 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2012 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2014 Realm Cellars The Bard Proprietary Blend Napa

2015 Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa



Cheese and Charcuterie

Buratta and Grilled Portobello Stack with Fig Vinaigrette on a bed of Baby Arugula

Sesame Crusted Tuna with citrus Ponzu and Soba Noodle Salad

Pulled Pork Ragout over Creamy Polenta with Plum demi Glaze

Fresh Berry Panacotta


The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $375 + tax per person and there are only 13 spaces available for this event.  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail  Please let us know when you make your reservations if you have any dietary restrictions and Chef Toni will be happy to accommodate you. 




A bit about Realm Cellars:

Realm Estate

Making wine at the very highest level has always been at the core of Realm Cellars. Through “these blessed plots” – vineyards that we own and sites that we carefully curate – our aim is nothing less than to illuminate and reflect the pinnacle of Napa Valley winegrowing. But our vision for what Realm can be encompasses more than creating fine wine. Securing an enduring place in the history of Napa Valley, that is also our aspiration.


Realm Cellars is a journey, built upon the dreams and ambitions of people willing to risk everything in the pursuit of beauty and quality. We have come a long way, but there is always so much further to go. Drawing on a shared ethos of entrepreneurship and relentless perfectionism, the Realm team will never be satisfied with the status quo. Every success - and every failure - is an opportunity to learn, adapt and evolve. With grit and determination, we strive to create a legacy greater than any one individual, one that will last for generations.


As we look to the future, we see only possibility. Our Estate in the Stags Leap District is our foundation, ensuring that Realm Cellars will be here for decades to come. There is much work ahead: a property to revitalize, vineyards to re-plant, a hospitality concept to be realized, and of course, wines to be made. As we map our course, our promise - to our customers, our growers, ourselves - is that Realm Cellars will never be static, never complacent. We will make our mark in the firm belief that the best is always yet to come.


When people visit Realm Cellars today, they don’t see what we see.

To them, Realm is an established winery in the Stags Leap District, with vineyards stretching from the Silverado Trail to the top of Wappo Hill, a modern wine cellar with shiny new equipment, and wines served in elegant glasses by a staff of professionals. They see something that’s smooth around the edges, they see success...

We see the road that got us here.

A rough road with potholes and unexpected turns. A grand experiment in risk taking, a string of fits and starts with more than its fair share of setbacks. We see going into debt, begging growers for fruit, working with borrowed equipment, harvesting until three AM, selling bottles one at a time. We see losing an entire vintage to fire, divorce, debt, more debt, near dissolution, and then finally, finally... a break, a rebirth. Even with our successes, we’ve never been short of challenges, and we’re certain that more lay ahead.

When we look at Realm today, we see it in its entirety, and that’s the story we present here. It’s not short and it’s not fluffy. It’s real. If you want to understand how we got to where we are today, this is the place to do it.

We closed on the Hartwell property on December 30, 2015, and a new chapter began for Realm Cellars. After thirteen years of making wine, we had a home. A winery and a vineyard -- an Estate! It kind of blew our minds. Benoit had worked on this property for over ten years, so it wasn’t exactly new to him. What was new to him - and to us – was the concept of owning the place. We went from renters to owners overnight, with all the responsibility that entails. When the reservoir got clogged with leaves from a heavy rain, Andy and the team went and shoveled it out. When the front gate wouldn’t open, Eden figured out how to get it fixed. When a falling branch knocked out the electricity, Juan called PG&E. There was no landlord, no property manager. And to be honest, there’d been some delayed maintenance.

February 2, 2016. The day of our Spring 2016 release. It was not a good day, to be honest. The wine sold out in three hours, but a lot of our long-time customers weren’t happy. We had never been a wait-listed, high-demand brand that sells out in a few hours; it caught us all by surprise. We knew there was momentum, but we didn’t anticipate how quickly people would be on the computer to order wine, and we didn’t allow enough time for the customers who would normally place an order. Talk about growing pains. We felt terrible. We did a video to apologize. And we changed our allocation approach.

We always knew Realm needed its own winery. It was the logical and necessary next step. We’d made wine at Boswell since 2007, and it had been a good home, but it was like sharing a kitchen - a little out of our control. We started looking around in 2014 and considered a lot of properties. But none of them were quite right. About the same time, Benoit proposed the idea of approaching Bob and Blanca Hartwell about the Hartwell Estate Vineyards property in Stags Leap. Benoit had made wine for the Hartwells since 2004, and had been viticulturist for the estate since 2008. He knew the property well and understood its potential. He also knew the family was thinking about downsizing their operation.


In the winter of 2014 Realm held its first annual Grower Dinner. It was the first time we were able to formally recognize and thank the growers who supply us with grapes. Some of these growers had been with us since the very beginning. They’d stuck with us through some pretty tough times. Without them, there would be no Realm.

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