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!

Another Record for Premiere Napa Valley


© 2015 Bob McClenahan, Napa Valley Vintners

Saturday saw yet another record-setting year at Premiere Napa Valley, for both the auction overall, and for our own Amici lot.  The highly anticipated auction, which brings hundreds of wine industry trade visitors to the Napa Valley every February, brought in $6 million in a fun afternoon of excitement and heated bidding.  Amici’s offering, a 5-case lot from a single barrel of 2013 Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, went for a healthy sum of $32,000, which amounts to more than $533 per bottle (the auction’s average price per bottle was $286).  The Missouri Hopper Vineyard on the Oakville Bench is one of Napa’s oldest vineyards and consistently produces premium, world-class Cabernet.  Tasters of Amici’s lot Saturday were wowed by a stunning, age-worthy wine that showed rich and complex layers of dark cherry, cassis and mocha.

There was much excitement Saturday about the quality of the 2013 vintage as visitors spent the morning sampling the auction wines in the barrel room at the Greystone Culinary Institute of America.  Some tasters extolled the 2013s as “even better than 2012,” a vintage which is already widely regarded as extraordinary.

At the end of the day, vintners and attendees alike went home happy.  Vintners were thrilled with the generosity of the bidders, whose funds raised will go to support the important work of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, and many of those bidders have some incredible one-of-a-kind lots of wine coming their way.


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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Amici is Coming to You!

You don’t have to make it to Napa Valley to try Amici’s new releases this month; we’re coming to you! Here’s a list of where we’ll be pouring our wines in the next few weeks:
Wednesday, Dec. 3: 
– Perry’s Steakhouse Winemaker Dinner 6:30 pm, Katy, TX

Thursday, Dec 4:
Total Wine, 2-5 pm, Clearwater, FL

Friday, Dec 5
Total Wine, 3-7 pm, San Antonio, TX (Del Norte)
– Total Wine, 12-3 pm, University Park, FL
– Total Wine, 4-7 pm, Charlotte, NC (Promenade)
– Total Wine, 12-3:15 pm, Durham, NC
– Total Wine, 4-7 pm, Cary, NC

Saturday, Dec 6:
Total Wine, 12-5 pm, San Antonio, TX (The Rim)
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, Tampa, FL
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, Charlotte, NC (Myers Park)
– Total Wine, 12-3 pm, Raleigh, NC (Triangle Plaza)
– Total Wine, 3:30-7 pm, Raleigh, NC (Six Forks Rd.)

Sunday, Dec 7:
Total Wine, 1-4 pm, St. Petersburg, FL
– Total Wine, 12-3 pm, Huntersville, NC
– Total Wine, 12-4 pm, Raleigh, NC (Brier Creek)

Tuesday, Dec 9:
Total Wine, 12-2:30 pm, Fort Myers, FL
– Total Wine, 3:30-6 pm, Naples, FL

Wednesday, Dec 10:
Total Wine, 12-2:30 pm, Stuart, FL
– Total Wine, 3:30-6 pm, Wellington, FL

Thursday, Dec 11:
Total Wine, 12-2:30 pm, Boynton Beach, FL
– Total Wine, 3-6 pm, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Friday, Dec 12:
Total Wine, 1-5 pm, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, Laurel, MD

Saturday, Dec 13:
Total Wine, 12-4 pm, Boca Raton, FL
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, McLean, VA

Sunday, Dec 14: 
– Total Wine, 12-5 pm, Laurel, MD
Friday, Dec 19: 
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, Claymont, DE

Saturday, Dec 20:
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, Claymont, DE

Sunday, Dec 21: 
– Total Wine, 12-6 pm, Norwalk, CT

Holiday Recipes that Pair Well with Friends: Amici Cellars Celebrates the Season

‘Tis the season for gathering around the holiday table, sharing a toast of fine wine and a festive meal with family and friends. Designed for stress-free sharing and pairing, this smart make-ahead menu from Amici Cellars saves holiday hassle while still being a show-stopper!

Amici Cellars is a winery that is, at heart, a story of friendship: Amici’s owners are all great friends with an equally great enthusiasm for making and enjoying great wines together. So they invited Napa Valley Chef John Adamson to create a menu of dishes that can be made or prepped in advance, leaving the cook with plenty of time to be part of the festivities.

“I’m always looking for elegant, holiday-worthy dinner party dishes that can be made ahead and leave me with time to enjoy the evening with our friends,” says co-owner Celia Shepard. “These three fit the bill perfectly!”

A stylish yet easy do-ahead hors d’oeuvre, Baked Chèvre in Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce is perfect for entertaining. The bright acidity and hint of citrus in Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley are a refreshing complement to the creamy goat cheese. Best of all, you can simply pop it in the oven just before guests arrive and enjoy the party!

A sophisticated soup makes a wonderful first course for a dinner party. Chef Adamson pairs his “Wild and Tame” Mushroom Soup with Crispy Shallots with Amici Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley. The wine’s lively raspberry and black cherry flavors provide a nice balance to the hint of cream in the soup, while its subtle earthy notes harmonize beautifully with the soup’s deep mushroom flavor.

For the main attraction, a classic Beef Wellington with Cabernet Reduction is an elegant dish with a presentation that makes it worthy of a special occasion. Prepped in advance, it’s only a half hour from oven to table. The fine tannins and dark fruit flavors in the Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley provide a lovely balance to the rich pastry, and layers of mushrooms and pâté in the Wellington highlight the wine’s savory notes.

Download all three recipes and learn more about Amici Cellars wines at Happy Holidays!