1980-02 February Classic Newsletter


At the age of 16, John Pedroncelli came to California from the hills of Lom­bardy in Italy. He originally homestead­ed a 160 acre ranch near the Pitt River, an area which is now covered by the Shasta Dam project. In 1927 he purchased the J. Canata Winery which was originally found­ed in 1904 by a wholesale grocer. The property is located in the foothills of the Russian River watershed, in Sonoma County. On the property was an old barn which provided the basis for the present day winery. The winery's production for years consisted of red and white jug wines which were sold largely to the Italian community in the surrounding area. In 1963 James and John Pedroncelli took over the operation of the winery from their father. The brothers expanded the line and the winery today produces a full line of varietal wines.

Cabernet sauvignon is a superb red wine grape, largely responsible for the great clarets of Bordeaux. Transplanted to the north coast counties of California, cabernet sauvignon produces some of the finest red wines of the state. Most fine California cabernet have escalated to the $10.00 to $15.00 ranges. It is hard to find a reasonable, yet good cabernet. This years release of Pedroncellis, cab­ernet Sauvignon, 1977 is not a great cab­ernet, but a very good one for the price.

The wine has a deep color, expansive nose, and a full body. It should be all­owed to breathe for a while before serving as airing brings out some of the wines more subtle characteristics. Serve at room temperature with red meats or hearty dishes.

$4.25/fifth $45.90/case


The Rhone is one of the great rivers of Western Europe. It originates in Switzerland, transverses Lake Geneva, and empties into the Mediterranean west of Marseille in France. Vines are grown along its banks for the major part of its course and a great variety of wines are produced. The Cotes-du-Rhone is that area of the Rhone Valley which lies between Lyon and the Mediterranean, a distance of about 120 miles. Much of the wine from this region is marketed under specific village or district names. The remainder, amounting to about 10 million gallons, is regionally designated Cotes-du-Rhone. Less than 1% of this wine is white, and it is rare to find a good one. We were pleased to locate this one.

There are some twenty grape varieties which French law permits to be grown in the Cote-du-Rhone, most of which are red grapes. None of the white grapes which are grown are of noble character but when judiciously blended can produce some very pleasant and distinctive wines. Each pro­ducer determines his own blends and con­sequently markets a product which he feels is what a Cotes-du-Rhone should be.

This Brotte et Armenier white Cotes­du-Rhone is a good example of the type of white wine which comes from this region of France. It is dry, light golden in color, medium bodied and slightly tart. It is at its best served chilled with sea­food, shellfish or light dishes.

$5.00/fifth $54.00/case

The CELLARMASTER Wine of the Month Club

The Cellarmaster Wine of the Month Club is a unique and enjoyable way to taste and learn about many of the fine wines currently available.

When you become a member, you will receive each month: one red wine selection for the month, one white wine selection for the month (rarely, a rose instead of the red or white), and an information newsletter describing the wines and their origins. One wine will be a domestic, the other an import, and both bottles will be full fifths. This sequence will alternate the following month. The total cost for both bottles will never exceed $10.00 plus sales tax and shipping costs of $1.75.

Membership also carries the privilege of purchasing wines from previous selections (as available) at members reorder prices which show discounts from 10% to 25%

For free membership information: Write to: The CELLARMASTER Wine of the Month Club (Dept. N) Post Office Box 217 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 Or Call: (213) 378-8998