Many a night I saw the Pleiades, rising thro’ the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1837-8, Locksley Hall

It’s no wonder this guy Sean Thackrey – a strange winemaker in a very strange and over complicated world of highly paid, snobbish oenophiles (read Helen Turley who I once loved in the early days of the Turley Big Zin), is simply too cool for words…he is an eccentric, yet eloquent winemaker who chooses constellation names for his wines. I guess cause they were so far “out there” when he started. Many believe he kicked of f the era of HUGE california wines and it shows.

His goods are big, forward wines and in specific, the Pleiades, his “disobedient” wine is the one to watch as it will blow you away for the price. I think for the money it squashes the more pricey Orion and other labels he produces. They are all solid offerings but at $18 vs. $80 a bottle, the Seven Sisters and Messier 45 is the absolute choice. Bold, fun (this thing has at least 5 varietals), interesting and downright CHEAP, this fine wine is worth twice the price. To give an idea – I found it at Bacar in SF for $34 bucks – what a steal! I love you Sean Thackrey – please keep up the good work!