Jan. 3rd, 2012

B Cellars Winery of Calistoga, California | Old World Techniques Mixed With a Love of Wine

Not yet ten years old, B Cellars Winery is already redefining winemaking and modernizing old World techniques. B Cellars grew out of the combined passions of Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys.

Jim, now fondly called the “Mad Chef” by folks at the winery, entered the partnership with more than 30 years experience in the luxury goods industry and a passion for food. Duffy brought the experience earned from a 20-year period as a senior-level executive of the Four Season Hotels and Resorts, as well as an enthusiasm for wine. The two men met at a barbeque, where they learned that they shared a common dream: to one day embark on a journey in winemaking.

Jim and Duffy founded B Cellars
Winery in 2003 out of a common love of
wine and were soon joined by Kirk Venge, named one of the Top 20 New Winemakers in the World by Food & Wine Magazine in 2005.

Dedicated to the artisan creation of complex and beautifully balanced wine, B Cellars utilizes the French technique négociant—obtaining grapes from several vineyards to blend into a single bottle. Grapes are collected from over 20 high-quality vineyards within the Napa Valley region. In a modern twist, B Cellars Winery not only produces blends from multiple vineyards, but it also produces blends of different varietals. This contemporary approach results in food-friendly, complex wines with layers of flavor.

The B Cellars blends are Jim’s dreams finally reaching fruition because the crafting of versatile wines means they pair well with nontraditional wine-pairing foods. Food plays an important role at B Cellars Winery, where Chef Christina Machamer, Season Four winner of Hell’ s Kitchen, comes in. She leads interactive food and wine tasting programs to show winery guests, through sensory experiences, the complexity and depth of the wine.

When visiting the B Cellars Winery, wine tourists can taste inside the charming salon or enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch outside on the patio.

  • ’10 Blend 23 Citrus, green apple candy, fresh pineapple $35
  • ’07 Blend 25 Black currants, dried cherries, exotic spice $55
  • ’06 Dr. Crane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Ripe cherries, mocha, sage leaf $135

    B Cellars Winery
    400 Silverado Trail
 Calistoga, CA 94515
    707.709.8787; 877.229.9939
    Tasting Room Open Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    SPECIAL NOTES: No appt needed for flagship tasting,
B bites served with flagship tasting, private tours, barrel tastings by appt, available for private events, pet-friendly.
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