**Please note that Scarlett Wines operated as McGah Family Cellars until its name change in March 2015. Media coverage published prior to that date reflect the previous company name.** 


Have a Winner for Dinner

October 2014
Out of the plethora of wines I taste each month, I ignore the bad ones and the marginal ones, and just write about those which I believe to be great values in their price range. At least for my palate, I could throw a dart at this page, pick the wine closest…

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The Coolest Wine Labels for 2014

September 2014
It’s time for the coolest wine labels slideshow—an annual, and sometimes bi-annual, collection of wine labels that go above and beyond, delivering a “wow” factor that makes them as much fun to look as as they are to consume. In this year’s selections we have labels…

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The McGah Family: From Football to Fine Wines

September 2014
The McGah Family is best known for their legacy with the Oakland Raiders. “My great-grandfather E.W. McGah co-founded the NFL team in 1960 and we maintained ownership until 2005,” says Sherratt Reicher, owner, owner of McGah Family…

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Dunn on Wine: How Hand Sorting Saved 2011 in Rutherford

September 2014
Winemakers in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley have a golden opportunity to add the first fresh and meaningful term to wine labels in decades, but they’re blowing it. At least, I have yet to see “Hand Sorted” on a bottle of wine…

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2011 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon Review

August 2014
Fleshy and very full bodied, this is a supple, complex, somewhat oaky wine with ripe fruit character (cassis, plum) and a long, lightly tannic finish. Warrants further aging. 5 day cold soak. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 90% new…

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McGah Family Cellars Introduces Inaugural Scarlett Zinfandel from Napa Valley Winemaker Mike Smith

August 2014
McGah Family Cellars, an award-winning Napa Valley winery, has partnered with two new distributors to expand its national market presence. Vintage Wines and Ultimate Distributors will represent the winery in Illinois and Georgia, respectively, bringing…

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McGah Family Cellars Introduces Inaugural Scarlett Zinfandel from Napa Valley Winemaker Mike Smith

June 2014
McGah Family Cellars is pleased to introduce Scarlett Zinfandel, the inaugural vintage of its 100% Estate Grown Zinfandel and Petite Syrah blend. This expressive Rutherford wine is the newest creation from Mike Smith, one of Napa Valley’s new superstar…

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Beverage Industry News, June Issue

June 2014
Representing over four generations of winemakers, McGah Family Cellars is a family operation form the soil to the glass. The McGah family’s history in Northern California began over a century ago when E.W. McGah first put down…

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Sauvignon Blanc Review – McGah Family Cellars 10-70 Green Rutherford-Napa Valley

May 7, 2014
This time, Catherine Fallis of Planet Grape and our Resident Master Sommelier, talks Oakland Raiders and Sauvignon Blanc. Sort of…It’s a Sauvignon Blanc review of McGah Family Cellars…

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Festival Attracts a Heady Blend of Boutique Winemakers

March 4, 2014
While the fact that Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the main beneficiary likely plays a big role in the success of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, the organizers’ uncanny ability to attract intriguing boutique winemakers and the region’s best…

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Napa Valley: Defining Rutherford Dust

May 7, 2014
The term “Rutherford dust” gets applied to tasting notes of wines from that part of Napa Valley. But what does it really mean? I put aside my fear of sounding like a Napa philistine and dared to ask the question…

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McGah Family: Football, Family and Fabulous Wine

February 10, 2014
I originally planned to do a wine and National Football League oriented column, but I find myself writing this over a week after the Big Yawn (Big Game). And I guess you already lived through that with me with my column around the BCS Championship Game…

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Elite 150 – 2014 Wine Winners

February 2014
The inaugural Drink Me 2014 Elite 150 includes a wide range of beverages from producers both large and small, a breadth of choice that the selection process itself is designed to accommodate. From ambitious bottlings crafted by the largest manufacturers to more niche products…

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Wines of the Week: California’s North Coast

January 31, 2014
The Northern Coast of California is one of America’s premier regions for producing world-class wine. Made up of sub-areas ranging from the famous Napa Valley and Sonoma County to real up-and-comers, like Lake County, there is great quality and variety to be found.

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McGah Family Cellars Releases New Vintages

January 6, 2014
McGah Family Cellars is pleased to announce the newest vintages of its estate wines, the 2011 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc. The McGah family is most notably known for founding the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s and maintained ownership of the team until 2005.

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2011 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc

January 31, 2014
McGah Family Cellars introduced the two newest vintages of its estate wines: the 2011 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from 100 percent single-vineyard-estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Grape Goddess Recommends Holiday Reds from California

December 19, 2013
What is it about the holiday season that brings so much joy yet so much stress? There’s just so much pressure to do all the extra things we do, and to do it right. Entertaining, selecting gifts, getting gifts to their destinations, attending all the parties, the list goes on…

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McGah Family Cellars Introduces Library Wines Collection

November 21, 2013
McGah Family Cellars, an award-winning Napa Valley winery, has introduced a Library Wines Collection for the holiday season. Created with the wine enthusiast in mind, the collection features four vintages (2006 – 2009) of the winery’s ultra-premium…

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Oakland Raiders’ Founders Family Winery Expands Distribution to Asia

October 25, 2013
McGah Family Cellars, the Napa Valley winery from the founding family of the Oakland Raiders, has partnered with two new wine brokers to expand distribution in Asia and Northern California.

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Review: Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 Points

November 2013
Smooth and ripe with plum, cassis and spice; juicy and classic with toasty oak and lovely balance; long and stylish; an exciting wine made by Mike Smith.

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McGah Family Cellars Expands Distribution in Asia and Northern California

October 24, 2013
McGah Family Cellars, the Napa Valley winery from the founding family of the Oakland Raiders, has partnered with two new wine brokers to expand distribution in Asia and Northern California.

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Wendy’s Favorite Things for October: Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon

October 2013
It’s time for another monthly roundup of Wendy’s Favorite Things…my favorite new-to-me culinary and kitchen finds. I absolutely LOVE trying out new items, working with them in my kitchen…and then sharing my finds with you.

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2013 Football Wines

October 10, 2013
With the NFL season just past the quarter-mark, the Chicago Bears playing tonight, and Notre Dame with a bye-week, I have a rare weekend during the football season where neither my Saturday nor my Sunday plans are set in stone.

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Review: Wines of McGah Family Cellars, 2013 Releases

October 3, 2013
Did you know: The founders of the Oakland Raiders now have a wine label? McGah Family Cellars is the winemaking arm of the McGahs, which owned the Raiders from the founding in 1960 to 2005.

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Review: Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 Points

September 2013
2010 McGah Family Cellars Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon 93 point drink me rating. Production: 267 cases – get it while you can, sells out fast! 100% single vineyard estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon.


McGah Family Cellars Review

September 25, 2013
McGah Family Cellars is operated by the family that founded and ran the Oakland Raiders franchise from 1960-2005 in various forms. I can’t really speak much to the football portion of this review except…

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Oakland Raiders Wine

September 25, 2013
I recently received an email asking me if I’d be interested in learning about the wines from McGah Family Cellars. The McGah family co-founded the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s and have been producing premium wines in Rutherford.

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up

September 16, 2013
taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be…

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Very Grapey Gridiron Grapefriends

September 13, 2013
The Oakland Raiders are not very good. But maybe it’s not a sieve-like run defense or an indecisive and largely injured O-line. Maybe it’s just that their training camp is in Napa (I MEAN, AMAAAAAAZING) and these guys couldn’t…

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2011 McGah Family 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc

September 2013
Mike Smith makes a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from the estate that produces his enormously impressive Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon…this one is named for the esteemed Russian Hill building in San Francisco that is a family gathering place…

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Wine and Football Season Kicks off for Raider Nation

August 1, 2013
For Unfiltered’s sport-minded readers, the PGA Championship may be just a week away, and baseball’s playoff picture is starting to shake out, but all the talk around the wine fridge this week has been about football…

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McGah Family Cellars ‘1070 Green’ Named Year’s Best Sauvignon Blanc

June 2013
2011 Rutherford Napa Valley 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc – With its bright lime scents edged with talc, this wine is focused on saline freshness. Grown in Rutherford at an estate vineyard between the Silverado Trail…

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McGah Family Cellars ‘Scarlett’ Cabernet Sauvignon

January 31, 2013
Grown in the historic eastside of Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation, the limited production 2008 ‘Scarlett’ Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon has everything we love about Napa Valley Cabs! From its dark fruit flavors…

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The Best of California Bordeaux: Napa Valley

September 18, 2012
We have reached the mid-way point of our survey through California Bordeaux. Thus, we stop in the Napa Valley, which of course, is the centerpiece for many discussions on the Bordeaux grape varieties grown in the state since the area…

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