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The Daily Flight: The Official Cellar Angels Blog

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Innovative Wine Company Dispels Notion “You Never Get A Second Chance” by Offering Members a Second Chance to Select Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley Wines

CHICAGO, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cellar Angels has begun their annual tradition of “Angel Favorites” where their exclusive members get a second chance to buy a variety of cult wines from Napa and Sonoma Valley. The unique company features 52 events each year where members receive access to highly acclaimed wines from prestigious wineries to raise money for charity. To receive a free membership, go to www.cellarangels.com for immediate activation.

“We’re a company known for disrupting the norm whether it’s through our customer service or exclusive access to wine,” said Martin Cody, president of Cellar Angels. “Our Angel Favorites allow us to respond to customer requests and dispel the notion you never get a second chance to make a first impression as these are wines our customers wanted another chance to purchase. But they should act fast.”

Cody is referring to the company’s unique platform where members have just six days to purchase at a discounted rate. After that time, the offer is gone forever. But it is replaced by another exclusive offer complete with a custom movie featuring the winery.

In addition to reduced pricing and privileged access, Cellar Angels features a unique charity component known as Sip Save Give where the member selects a charity to receive Cellar Angels’ donations. Charity partners include Jenny McCarthy’s autism charity Generation Rescue, The V Foundation and notable charities such as Save-A-Pet, Ounce of Prevention and A Place to Bark.

“The process affords wine lovers an opportunity to truly change the world,” he said.

The wineries selected as Angel Favorites include Feast It Forward, White Rock Vineyards, Blanchard Brothers, Cornerstone Cellars, Anaba and the spectacular Zinfandel producer D-Cubed. There are a few surprises awaiting members as most wines featured from Cellar Angels winery partners are not available in stores and usually only accessible via the winery mailing list.

Cellar Angels also features private access to winemakers, special incentives for on property stays and private tastings. To receive your weekly offer please register at www.cellarangels.com.

About Cellar Angels
Cellar Angels was created by a compassionate group of wine-lovers intent on truly changing the world through wine. Their mission is simple: connect small, artisanal wine producers to larger audiences, expose wine-lovers to exclusive purchase opportunities and raise money for a select group of charities. They love wine, love introducing others to great wine and love making a difference. Cellar Angels provides an opportunity to accomplish all three. For information, go to CellarAngels.com

I always enjoy and appreciate a place of business where they know your name.  We’re a strange sort, we human beings, and for thousands of years have had an innate need to belong.  What better example of belonging than a place of business ‘where everybody knows your name’.

If you spent any time in front of the television on a Thursday night from 1982-1993 you most likely watched and laughed to the comedic genius of Cheers, the sitcom from which this week’s blog draws inspiration.  If indeed we all seek inclusion, what could be more enjoyable than inclusion with a group down at the local watering hole?  Granted, there are certainly far loftier avenues and places for inclusion, but perhaps this one resonates with more people than most.  It harkens back to days of easier times in college – chug-a-lug contests, tailgate parties and the favorite drinking establishment where loyalty was rewarded and they absolutely knew your name.

Today it seems knowing a customer’s name is a thing of the past.  Replaced by the painfully ubiquitous “can I help you” as the store employee fails to make eye contact, shake your hand or even gesture in your direction.   It pleases me to share with you a special place that aligns much more closely to Cheers and far from failed eye contact: The Harvest Inn of Napa Valley.  I highly encourage you to put this on the agenda for your next wine country visit.

With the rapid growth of Napa proper there are an increasing numbers of hotels, inns, B&Bs and rentals vying for your dollar.  Many are great, some are “so so” and a few are downright awful.  Move up the valley slightly to the gastronomic epicenter of wine country, Yountville, and there too is a growing consortium of top notch establishments within walking distance of legendary restaurants.  Most hotels are less than five years old and in my opinion, none can compete with the legendary opulence, history, beauty, service or surroundings you’ll find at The Harvest Inn.

My advice, use the Cellar Angels private link and secure your access to an incredible stay.  Here’s why the Harvest Inn excels in wine country and a few pointers on successful wine vacations:

  • A home base. The Harvest Inn affords a perfect proximity to wineries south of St. Helena, north of St. Helena and even in Sonoma as there are two cross-roads getting you there; one for the adventurous, Spring Mountain Road and the other for the timid, Petrified Forest Road.  Having a home base in St. Helena offers you close proximity to all “up valley” wineries and is also far less congested than downtown Napa just 18 miles away.
  • A solid breakfast for your full day of wine tasting. Harvest Inn’s rustic, wood paneled country inn over-delivers with its offerings of fruit water, gourmet coffees, and a buffet table including quiche, assorted cheeses and meats, eggs, eight or more cereals, waffles, sausages, croissants, hot and cold sides and much more.  Wheat free?  They have you covered.
  • A gorgeous fire. Each room has a functional wood burning fireplace complete with starter kit and extra logs that gets cleaned each day.  After a full day of tasting and dinner you arrive back to paradise, light a fire, sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery or another glass of higher-end complimentary wine.  If you desire a larger fire, the reception area (an enormous post and beam construction which is a fantastic space all by itself) has one you could virtually walk into.  It also has a bar, comfortable leather couches and gaming tables.

Conclude your evening with a dip in the heated pool or simply a walk through the incredible grounds with over 300 mature (read, very tall) pines.  Anything you need from winery reservations to hot air ballooning reservations, is always a phone call away.  The service staff is impeccable and has the added, long forgotten nicety of knowing your name.  A word of caution, you may become so comfortable with the room, pool, spa and grounds you forget about visiting the wineries!  Enjoy!

Martin Cody, President, Cellar Angels

By Guest Blogger, Paul Maroon
Owner, Maroon Vineyards

“Years ago Joseph Phelps was a pioneer in [Coombsville] and discovered how wonderful the Cabernets were from this area.” –Paul Maroon, Owner, Maroon Vineyards
After many years of dreaming about a life in Napa Valley, it finally came true for me in the year 2000 when we established Maroon Wines and Maroon Vineyards.
I moved to Napa from Portola Valley, CA and overnight became a wine grape grower with the help of my very talented vineyard manager Serafin Rubio. I really wanted to know what our grapes could do so I decided to make some wine from my grapes. I felt I could then honestly represent the grapes I was selling to other wineries. It was a very busy year in the valley so finding a winemaker was not an easy task. However I got very lucky and was able to have Chris Corley from the Napa Corley family as my winemaker.

Cellar Angels’ CEO Martin Cody interviews Paul Maroon
“This is Cabernet country here without a doubt; probably some of the best Cabs in the world.”
The wines Chris made for us were out of this world and have continued to get better with each harvest. We only made a small amount of wine in 2000 but it was so good we just had to make more and more with the help of my General Manager Kelly Darter. I could not have done it without Kelly.
This year was our 14th harvest and a magnificent year in Napa Valley. Not only did we get wonderful quality we also had a bountiful harvest. It is not often that you get quality and quantity in the same year. We hope to continue making the same great wines for many years to come.

Guest blog by Mac Watson
Proprietor, Macauley Vineyard


The Macauley Vineyard label was originally established in St. Helena in the early 1980s by Ann Macauley Watson and for several years produced a very well received late harvest Sauvignon Blanc with help from renowned winemaker, Ric Forman.

By Guest Blogger Greta Boris
Fitness Expert and Author of “The Wine and Chocolate Workout”

We just had our annual family camping trip the first weekend of October. It has always been a fun event. We secure 4 or 5 campsites at El Capitan above Santa Barbara and any number of relatives show up in their camping trailers, pop-up tent campers, or tents. But it hasn’t always been easy to keep family harmony.
Not that they aren’t wonderful, but extended family can get on each other’s nerves after a couple of days if they aren’t kept busy and MORE

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