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May 2021 Pickup Party Schedule

12th Apr 2021 @ 18:23 by Bill


May is upon us and we are going to go full swing into the parties again so come enjoy the new release wines and recipes at any one of these complimentary parties held at Bill's Cellar ~ 18 Matheson Street, Healdsburg.

Note there are only two parties each Saturday and Sunday but we have added some Wednesday parties so come enjoy mid-week festivities.


Click on your choice below or call us on 707-433-1500 to RSVP .

If you have already RSVP'd, you're all set!


Saturday May 8


Sunday May 9


Wednesday May 12


Saturday May 15


Sunday May 16


Wednesday May 19


Saturday May 22


Sunday May 23


Wednesday May 26


Saturday May 29


Sunday May 30


Wine Club Members and partner are complimentary; guests are $35 each with RSVP. Sorry but with Sonoma County restrictions we can only accommodate members with prior appointments so please confirm as a prior reservation is required for entry.

Call with any questions: 707-433-1500 Monday to Friday ~ 9am - 5pm PST

If you can't make it to one of our parties you can pick up your wine any day at either of our Matheson Street tasting rooms or simply call or email us so we can arrange a visit for you or to ship your wines.

Please note: Our parties are complimentary for Wine Club Members and are usually fully booked. If you RSVP and then cannot make it please let us know within 48 hours of the party you booked. This allows others on the wait list to take your place otherwise we need to charge you $35 per person.




April 2021 Extreme Climate Shipment

29th Mar 2021 @ 13:36 by Bill


Here are the wines selected for our February and May wine club shipments.

For members within areas of extreme climate (you know who you are) we ship their normal February and May wine club allocations in April to make sure they can enjoy our wines regardless of weather extremes.

Don't worry, we are not shipping all these wines to you, just your normal allocation as you have previously requested. You can simply click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information on that individual product.


White Wines of April 2021


Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - French Mustard Chicken
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Lemon & Herb Pepper
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chipotle Honey Chèvre


Caress Cuvee Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Spicy Garlic Crab Noodles
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Harissa Spice Blend
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Garlic & Chive Chèvre


Frisky Riesling 2020

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Hearty Chicken Thigh Soup
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Herbs De Provence
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Jalapeno Chèvre


Joy Sauvignon Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pear Crisp
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Petals ~ Fragrant Sweet Spices
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chevre with Honey and Orange Blossom


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Red Curry Peanut Noodles
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Red Curry Spice
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Jalapeno Chèvre


Red Wines of April 2021


Scandal Zinfandel 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Sweet & Sticky Chinese Pork
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Chinese Five Spice Mix
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Red Butte Hatch Chile


Amuse Melange 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Turkey Meatloaf with Cinnamon Clove Tomato Sauce
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Tasty Meat Sprinkle ~ Onion Chopped
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Apple Walnut Smoked


Rapture Pinot Noir 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Goat Cheese Mushroom Toast
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Peppercorns White (whole) Sarawak
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pour Me a Slice


Elate Grange Cuvee 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Blackberry Glazed Baby Back Ribs
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - American Spicy BBQ Rub
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Blu del Monviso


Clarissa Vin Rouge 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Roasted Potato Salad, Sauce Gribiche & Green Beans
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Sicilian Salt
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Herbes de Humboldt


Passion Pinot Noir 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chicken and Dumplings
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Bay Seasoning ~ Nutmeg
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Truffle Noire Gouda


Bills Cellar Wine of February 2021


Interlude Mélange 2016

How difficult it is to follow a vintage as amazing as 2014! However, Interlude 2016 fits well into the continuity of the greatest vintages of the beginning of this century!

Our Bill's Cellar Members are exclusively receiving the Interlude Cabernet Sauvignon, a Left Bank Bordeaux-style Red Wine blend created from our California vineyards and inspired by Château Latour.


The Relic Shiraz 2017

Our Bill's Cellar Members are exclusively receiving the only remaining bottles of the Dan Standish's 2017 "The Relic" Barossa Shiraz, a single vineyard Shiraz with a small Viognier component. This is a special wine, among the very best being made in Australia today.



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Private Virtual Tastings with Bill

Get reacquainted with Bill by doing a Virtual Tasting of our wines right in your own home. Invite friends to attend either into your home bubble or virtually. We will send the wines cheese and toppings and Bill will lead you through a fun and informative hour or so of tasting pleasure. See our Private Virtual Tastings page to learn all about the wines available for tasting.



February 2021 Wine Club Shipment

22nd Jan 2021 @ 15:29 by Bill


Here are the wines we have selected for you to enjoy in February together with the cheeses, recipes and spices to go with your wines.

Simply click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information.


White Wines of February 2021


Chantilly Chardonnay 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - French Mustard Chicken
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Lemon & Herb Pepper
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chipotle Honey Chèvre


Caress Cuvee Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Spicy Garlic Crab Noodles
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Harissa Spice Blend
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Garlic & Chive Chèvre


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Red Curry Peanut Noodles
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Red Curry Spice
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Jalapeno Chèvre


Red Wines of February 2021


Scandal Zinfandel 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Sweet & Sticky Chinese Pork
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Chinese Five Spice Mix
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Red Butte Hatch Chile


Amuse Melange 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Turkey Meatloaf with Cinnamon Clove Tomato Sauce
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Tasty Meat Sprinkle ~ Onion Chopped
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Apple Walnut Smoked


Rapture Pinot Noir 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Goat Cheese Mushroom Toast
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Peppercorns White (whole) Sarawak
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pour Me a Slice


Bills Cellar Wine of February 2021


Interlude Mélange 2016

How difficult it is to follow a vintage as amazing as 2014! However, Interlude 2016 fits well into the continuity of the greatest vintages of the beginning of this century!

Our Bill's Cellar Members are exclusively receiving the Impulse Cabernet Sauvignon, a Left Bank Bordeaux-style Red Wine blend created from our California vineyards and inspired by Château Latour.


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December 2020 Wine Club Shipment

25th Nov 2020 @ 10:15 by Bill


We have selected some beautiful new release wines for you to enjoy in December together with the cheeses, recipes and spices to go with your wines.

Simply click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information.


White Wines of December 2020


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Poached Chicken, Ginger & Scallions
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Golden Grill with Turmeric
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Adarre Reserve


Caress Cuvee Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Jalapeno Crab Dip
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Herbie's Catch of The Day
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Fiorito di Capra


Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Apple, Bacon & Onion Flatbreads
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Fennel Seed (ground)
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Delices de Bourgogne


Red Wines of December 2020


Folly Melange 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Braised Beef Brisket
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Chopped Onion Slices ~ Garlic Steak Seasoning ~ Garlic Flakes
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Blu D'auvergne


Entice Cuvee 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Tomato Cognac Bisque
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rubbed Basil Leaves ~ Pepper Steak Seasoning
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Rainbow Peppercorn Chevre


Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Mexican Chocolate Almond Cookies
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Cinnamon Quills
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Fig and Grapefruit Chevre


Bills Cellar Wine of December 2020


Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Our Bill's Cellar Members are exclusively receiving the very first release of Inspire 2016, a left-bank Bordeaux-style red wine created from our Atlas Peak, Napa vineyards and originally inspired by Château Lafite Rothschild.


Visiting Healdsburg ?

We have curated deals with local partners to include lodging discounts, dining perks and unique tasting experiences exclusively for our Williamson Wines Club Members. Savings on room rates for Williamson Wines Club Members may actually cover the cost of your wine selection! See our Visitor Concierge page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about all the benefits of membership.



EXTREME CLIMATE WINE CLUB

26th Oct 2020 @ 16:36 by Bill


We have chosen a selection of new release wines for you to enjoy in November. Naturally as a valued Wine Club Member you will only receive wines based on your own previously stated preferences.

Click on the relevant wine to see the wine details, winemaker notes and tasting notes.


White Wines of November 2020

Caress Cuvee Blanc 2019

Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

Gertie Gewurztraminer 2019


Red Wines of November 2020

Tantalize Melange 2017

Folly Melange 2017

Entice Cuvee 2017

Passion Pinot Noir 2018

Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Harmony Shiraz 2016


Private Virtual Tastings with Bill

Get reacquainted with Bill by doing a Virtual Tasting of our wines right in your own home. Invite friends to attend either into your home bubble or virtually. We will send the wines cheese and toppings and Bill will lead you through a fun and informative hour or so of tasting pleasure. See our Private Virtual Tastings page to learn all about the wines available for tasting.



October 2020 Wine Club Shipment

17th Sep 2020 @ 18:31 by Bill


Our culinary team have created some great new recipes so here are the wines we have selected for you to enjoy in October together with the cheeses, recipes and spices to go with your wines.

Simply click on the wine, cheese, recipe or spice for more information. To watch our chefs prepare the recipe click on the red arrow.


White Wines of October 2020


Caress Cuvee Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Butternut Squash Feta Tartlet
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Baharat Spice Blend
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Roaring 40's Blue


Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Seafood Pasta Saffron Cream
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Kashmiri Saffron
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Montasio


Joy Sauvignon Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pear Crisp
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Petals -/- Fragrant Sweet Spices
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chevre with Honey and Orange Blossom


Red Wines of October 2020


Tantalize Melange 2017

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Cranberry Glazed Meatloaf
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Bill's Steak Rub -/- Apple Pie Spice -/- Turkey Stuffing
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Crescenza


Passion Pinot Noir 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chicken and Dumplings
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Bay Seasoning -/- Nutmeg
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Truffle Noire Gouda


Harmony Shiraz 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Spicy Lentils with Butternut Squash and Sausage
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Rose Harissa -/- Aleppo -/- Urfa Biber
CHEESE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Il Canet


Bills Cellar Wine of October 2020


The Standish Shiraz 2017

Our Bill's Cellar Members are exclusively receiving the only remaining bottles of the Dan Standish's 2017 "The Standish" Barossa Shiraz, a single vineyard wine sourced from an old vine Greenock vineyard growing on ironstone soils. This is a special wine, among the very best being made in Australia today.



Visiting Healdsburg ?

We have curated deals with local partners to include lodging discounts, dining perks and unique tasting experiences exclusively for our Williamson Wines Club Members. Savings on room rates for Williamson Wines Club Members may actually cover the cost of your wine selection! See our Visitor Concierge page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about all the benefits of membership.



2020 Fire & Smoke Survival

26th Aug 2020 @ 09:23 by Bill


Good News!

Thanks to our valiant firefighters we have come through the 2020 wine country fires, our tastings rooms are open and we have been really fortunate in the vineyards.

With fifteen vineyards located across four counties our vineyard planting diversity has saved our 2020 grape crop from potential smoke taint.

Our Dry Creek Valley vineyards located on the valley floor have not been exposed to heavy smoke as much as hillside vineyards in locations such as the Rockpile near Lake Sonoma.

In spite of their mountain side locations in Napa our Pritchard Hill and Atlas Peak vineyards were also below the smoke line and show no signs of being effected while our Sonoma Mountain, Mendocino and Red Hills vineyards saw no smoke and are ripening naturally.

Prior to harvest this year we will have our labs test each vineyard block for guaiacol and 4-methyl guaiacol, chemicals that taint the wine with a smoke flavor. In the past we have effectively managed our vintages to eliminate these chemicals prior to fermentation so, if present, we know how to separate and remove them.

The result is that our 2020 vintages will still be the high quality, natural wines you have come to expect from us.



Bill's Covid Interview

22nd Jul 2020 @ 16:30 by Bill


In these uncertain Covid times at least one winery is maintaining it's services to its community of customers. A reporter recently asked winery owner Bill Williamson a series of questions about this and we thought to share Bill's answers with you.


Q: What has been the impact on Williamson Wines of COVID restrictions on top of the fires starting in 2017?

A: The fires of 2017 and 2019 taught us that people who have had to change their lives because of a disaster want, more than anything else, to return to normal life.

We made the decision to maintain as normal an operation as possible throughout this disaster while still observing the required guidelines.

While other wineries are closed with their staff on unemployment we have worked hard to stay open. Our staff are serving wine and doing tastings on the sidewalk and in the car park.

Our Pickup Parties, Pig Roast and Lobster Feast, normally one day each of 150 guests, have changed to three days each of 50 guests.

Our annual European and Australia trips have been moved exactly one year out so everyone who wanted to travel with us can retain their tickets and continue to look forward to their trips.

We are supporting our staff, our club members and our community and even though we may not make any income doing it we will continue until we drive "normal" right back up the main street of Healdsburg.


Q: Williamson Wines has long differentiated itself by offering complimentary tasting with its "Fridge Foods" program. If I'm reading your website correctly, there is now a charge for everyone, including members, for this tasting. Is that correct and, if so, will that continue to be the case once COVID-related restrictions are lifted?

A: Because our outside seating is limited and we need to distance people by at least six feet we can no longer cater to groups of people congregating around our entrance waiting for a tasting so we require tasting appointments.

Part of our Covid safety protocols is the requirement to be able to track every guest in the event some visitor tests positive. Believe it or not some people make an appointment then no-show leaving our valuable tasting space unused.

To accomplish all these requirements we simply charge $20 per taster at the time they make an appointment. ($10 for Wine Club Members) This fee is then applied to the wine they buy, effectively making the tasting free.


Q: How is Williamson Wines dealing with any capacity limitations and ensuring the safety of visitors during CA's surge in cases, etc?

A: As COVID-19 continues to surge here in Sonoma County we needed to assure that health and safety of both our staff and visitors are our top priorities. All our Tasting Rooms are open for outside-only tastings every day. Proper hygiene and sanitization consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance are enforced, for example:

  • Seated guests remain six feet apart from guests at the next table.
  • Glassware is washed in a commercial glass washer reaching 180°F temperature.
  • Tables, chairs and all touch points are cleaned with sanitizer after every use.
  • Employees undergo daily symptom and temperature wellness screening.
  • Everybody is required to wear face coverings while moving about until seated.
  • Employees use new non-latex gloves after changing tasks to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Employees maintain a six-foot distance from other employees and customers.
  • Group sizes are limited and available by appointment only.
  • We use a no-touch payment system and offer curbside pick-up for all orders.
  • Tasting Rooms close at 6:00 pm in order to be cleaned and fully closed by 7:00 pm.

Q: Have you made any other permanent changes to the tasting experiences you offer? For example, will the "drop in" tastings still take place at 134 Matheson and the "elevated" tastings at 18 Matheson?

A: This is still the same, except that 18 will also provide “fridge food” tastings as well since we have more space there. We have re-labeled the “Fridge-Foods” experience to “Wine & Cheese” but it is essentially the same.

The biggest change we have made is to offer Private Virtual Tastings where we send a tasting package of food and wine to you and then conduct a Zoom tasting with you. Our club members all over the country are loving it. Read more . . . https://williamsonwines.com/virtual-wine-tastings


Q: Is there anything you would especially like me to include with regard to Williamson Wines in my guide?

A: The impact is most obvious in the mind of the people, who are concerned with the mixed messaging. We need to face the actual Covid facts. There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There is only avoidance. To make avoidance work you need to take sensible precautions.

  • Maintain a safe distance of six feet from others.
  • Wear a mask in public.
  • We all have to cough so cover up when you cough.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • Check your temperature morning and evening.
  • Remain alert for symptoms and if you feel sick, stay at home and rest.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine outside - some research imply Covid may be destroyed by sunlight.

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May 2020 Wine Club News

22nd Apr 2020 @ 16:58 by Bill


Even with a COVID cloud over wine country we have managed to release exciting new wines and our culinary team have created tasty new recipes to pair with the wines.

Cook the recipes using the spices, each one paired with the wines. Make staying safe by sheltering-in-place at home a fun time with great wine and food!

Click on the wine, recipe or spice for more information. To watch our chefs prepare the recipe click on the red arrow.


White Wines of May 2020


Joy Sauvignon Blanc 2019

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Curried Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Curry Mix with whole Seeds & Spices


Chantilly Chardonnay 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Pasta Al Limone   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Aleppo Chili Pepper


Gertie Gewurztraminer 2018

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Ginger, Pea, and Lemon Egg Drop Soup   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Furikake Seasoning


Red Wines of May 2020


Elate Grange Cuvee 2015

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Blackberry Glazed Baby Back Ribs   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - American Spicy BBQ Rub


Clarissa Vin Rouge 2016

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Chicken Marbella   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Oregano Leaves Australian


Sultry Cabernet Franc 2015

RECIPE PAIRED WITH THIS WINE: - Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Gelee   
SPICES WE USED IN THIS RECIPE: - Vanilla Bean Powder + Sicilian Salt


Bills Cellar Wine of May 2020


Cherish Melange 2014

Cherish, a Right Bank style red wine blend (Mélange) created from our Napa vineyards and inspired by Château Cheval Blanc. The beautiful light ruby-red color is deep and intense. The first impression on the nose is of ripe red fruit (cherry, and blackcurrant), giving way to fresh, aromatic hints of rose petals and violet. A chocolate nuance appears with aeration.


Virtual Tasting ?

Shelter-in-Place, while protecting our families from the dreaded covid virus, has devastated wine tourism. Once you are free of the stay-at-home orders please come visit us in Healdsburg or order a few extra bottles shipped to celebrate life back at home. Better still - what about a Private Virtual Tasting with Bill? ( more info . . . )


May Pickup Parties

Shelter-in-place means our regular May Pickup Parties need to be moved so we have selected July 4 to start them up again. What an appropriate day to celebrate America's return to normal so click here to book your favorite pickup party day in July and we will manage the social distancing requirements of that time.


Curbside Wine Pickup

Want to pickup your wine before May? Our tasting room at 134 Matheson is providing curbside pickup service so just call 707-433-1500 or email here to tell us when you would like to drop by to pickup a few drops of the good stuff. If you pickup early you can still come to one of the July pickup parties.





After COVID-19

8th Apr 2020 @ 23:55 by Bill


Dawn, Sam, Jordan and Bill have now returned from Australia following several weeks in isolation after our tour group tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Working with our own medical team in conjunction with Australian Health authorities we successfully demonstrated a diminishing set of symptoms over an extended isolation period, hopefully developing our own COVID-19 antibodies.

As our situation unfolded every Australian involved, hotel staff, paramedics, doctors, all stepped up to offer their support, without regard to any personal risk - heroes all!

Local sister wineries sent us cases of wine, restaurants sent different dishes, the hospitality of the Barossa Valley wine country people to this group of American tourists isolated in a local hotel was outstanding.

Now we are back in Healdsburg and ready to show that same level of hospitality to our friends and neighbors, our customers and our wine club members.

Over the next few weeks members of our team will visit you via email, phone or Facebook, providing unique virtual food and wine experiences along with special fulfillment services, all aimed at making your weeks in isolation both interesting and fun times.

Our goal is to let you and your families know that you are not alone. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you in this time and watch for more updates.

Stay safe,

Dawn, Bill, Sam and the whole Williamson Wines Team.


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