Introducing Tony Biagi

We’re excited to share our big news:  winemaking veteran Tony Biagi has joined Amici as our Consulting Winemaker. Tony has decades of experience working with some of the most prestigious labels in the Napa Valley, and we’re delighted to have him on board to lend his expertise to Amici.  Tony will be working closely with Amici Winemaker Bobby Donnell.  On a personal level, he fits in to our group of amici like he’s always been part of the gang. “What I’m most excited about is to be joining such a wonderful extended team that’s already in place,” he says of Amici. “There’s such a supportive atmosphere, it’s really a family feeling.”  If you’d like to know more about Tony and his background, check out his bio on our website.

Kicking Off Harvest 2015
Tony came on board just in time to throw himself into the harvest.  We kicked off our harvest season on August 14 with Sauvignon Blanc, about two weeks ahead of usual, and things are looking great.   It’s a smaller yielding harvest than the past two years, but quality is excellent.  Hear Consulting Winemaker Tony Biagi discuss this year’s harvest with Amici Winemaker Bobby Donnell:

Another Great Visit from Total Wine & More

Last night we had the pleasure of hosting about 60 wine experts from Total Wine & More stores across the country.  They had a chance to try all of our current releases, get a sneak preview of some upcoming releases, and a few library wines were thrown into the mix as well.  Then we all enjoyed dinner under the oak trees on a warm evening with the sunset lighting up the Palisades mountains behind us.  As aways, a great night with our friends from Total Wine!


Introducing “Friends with Benefits”

You asked for it, you got it!  After many requests, we are happy to announce Amici’s new wine club, or, as we like to think of our members, “Friends with Benefits.”  Enjoy the perks of friendship with shipments of special wines not always available to the general public, including pre-release, library and limited-production wines directly from the winery.  Members also enjoy many advantages reserved for our inner circle of friends, listed below.

We offer three tiers of membership, geared towards your specific tastes:


Amici Wines

A mix of white and red wines chosen from our Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

6 bottle ~ $210
12 bottle ~ $420
24 bottle ~ $840

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Amici Reserve and Vineyard Designate Wines

A mix of white and red wines chosen from our Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Reserves and Singe Vineyards.

6 bottle ~ $500
12 bottle ~ $1000
24 bottle ~ $1500

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Amici Reserve and Vineyard Designate Red Wines

A mix of red wines chosen from our Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Reserves and Single Vineyards.

6 bottle ~ $745
12 bottle ~ $1490
24 bottle ~ $2980

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Members of each club enjoy the following perks and features:

  • Three shipments annually comprised of Amici wines specially chosen based on your Membership level
  • Access to new vintages before these wines are released to the public
  • Complimentary tastings at Amici Cellars (advanced reservations required)
  • Collectible recipe cards in each shipment paired specifically with Amici wines
  • Invitations to exclusive events at the winery
  • $10 ground shipping on orders of 6 bottles or more

For our “Something More” and “Confidant” Club members, the relationship has even deeper meaning:

  • Private wine tasting for members and up to seven guests with cheese pairing (advanced reservations required)
  • Special access to our library wines and large format bottles
  • Preferred pricing and early enrollment for Amici events and classes at the winery

We welcome you to join us as an Amici friend…with benefits!

Chicago Tribune on Tannins

Bill St. John of the Chicago Tribune recently interviewed Joel Aiken about tannins:  what they are, why they’re necessary in wine, and how a good winemaker manages them.  The result is an excellent article which may teach something to even the most devoted wine aficionados.  Here it is (view the entire article):

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Olema New Releases

Announcing new vintages of Olema wines!

2012 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
2013 Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County
2013 Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County

Word is spreading fast: Amici’s second label “Olema” has gained attention across the country as people discover that the name Olema offers exceptional wines at incredible values. We spend a lot of time and effort searching out and purchasing grapes from only the best—and sometimes very well-known—vineyards to create excellent wines at affordable prices. Joel’s three decades of winemaking means he’s able to get his hands on some amazing grapes before anyone else, which is our good luck—and yours!

Last year’s Olema releases garnered accolades from the wine press, including Wine Spectator naming the 2012 Olema Chardonnay in its “Top 100 Values of 2014,” a distinction given to only 100 wines out of 18,000 tasted. Meanwhile, the 2012 Olema Pinot was rated 90+ points by Wine Enthusiast and International Wine Cellar, among other top wine press.

These new Olema releases are from the 2012 and 2013 vintages, widely regarded as the best back-to-back vintages in many decades, and will surely be just as popular as the last.
Olema_CS2012 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Made from grapes hand selected off vineyards in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, this is an inky dark Cabernet displaying complex aromas of black cherry, cedar and espresso followed by blackberry and chocolate flavors. It is full-bodied on the palate with lush juicy fruit and silky smooth tannins. In his vintage ratings, Robert Parker rated 2012 at 96 points (“Extraordinary”) for Sonoma Cabernet. The 2012 Olema is an excellent example of what this vintage has to offer. $22.50
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prod_image1_65-5 copy2013 Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County

A blend of Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from premier vineyards, this wine features the classic Russian River Valley characteristics of perfumed aromas and bright, focused cherry flavors, framed by the delicate tannins of the Sonoma Coast. An outpouring of beautiful ripe cherries intertwine with a hint of sweet vanilla on the nose. On the palate, dark berry flavors mingle with hints of cola, leather, earth and white pepper. Perfectly balanced refined fruit and silky tannins create a seductive, smooth wine. $20.00
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prod_image1_62-4 copy2013 Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County

Aromas of green apple, pear, melon and marzipan meld seamlessly with a hint of buttery oak and refreshingly crisp finish on this Chardonnay, a blend from premier vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley appellations of Sonoma County. A portion of the blend was fermented in barrels for a rich, creamy texture with the remainder fermented in stainless steel which preserves the bright, vibrant fruit and crispness. $15.00
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