We would like to welcome to our portfolio a new brand with

Big Personality, Small Production & Endless Passion!


 Handcrafted small production wines passionately created in the heart of the Napa Valley.

Silver Trident Cab label

Silver Trident


It is probably best said by Proprietors Bob Binder and Walter Jost…

Bob & Walter

Bob & Walter

“We love richly layered wines. Wines with the kind of depth and complexity that reflect the passion, the personalities and the perfectionism of the people who make them. We love velvety, seductively textured wines that reveal their secrets slowly, with finesse and style, taking you on a journey where every sip is a new experience along the way.

And after years of seeking out those wines, savoring them all over the world, and celebrating the pleasures they bring to life, our own journey brought us to one very special place—and one big idea.

The place is the Napa Valley. And the idea is simply this: create a small winery, hand-pick everything from the grapes to the people, and focus our passion on every step of the process, from the vine to the glass, to create the kind of extraordinarily layered wines we dream of.

We come from the world of luxury cruise lines, where we’ve had the good fortune to work with culinary luminaries like Jacques Pépin, a team of world-class chefs and sommeliers, and a host of outstanding epicurean partners like Bon Appétit and The Wine Spectator.

Kobe Beef Sous Vide with Valrhona Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Edamame Beans

Kobe Beef Sous Vide with Valrhona Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Edamame Beans on board an Oceania Cruise.

After years in that business, we know that when everyone behind the scenes is collaborating in happy harmony, the guests will be happy, too. In that spirit, we also know that when you work with great people who have fun making wine and love their work, the wine will give that love back with every sip.

If you’re wondering about our name, it, too, came from all those years at sea. The trident is a nod to Neptune, who used his three-pronged spear to create earthquakes, tidal waves, and oceans. In our own small way, we’re also excited about shaking things up a bit and creating something new.

And the silver part? That’s a reference to the way the sea looks on a calm, moonlit night. Placid, shimmering, inviting, and infinitely deep. Just like a great glass of wine.”


Leading the charge at the front of the winemaking campaign is Kari Auringer. 

Kari put herself through enology school while working with some of California’s great winemakers. She’s been creating outstanding wines ever since, including working on the team to create many of Napa’s Cult Cabs such as the 100-point Scarecrow, Lindstrom, Hollywood and Vine and Keever.

Kari’s style is all about rolling up her sleeves and staying intimately involved with every step of the process, from vineyard sourcing and hands-on berry sorting to the myriad details of winemaking, sensory analysis and the infinitely nuanced art and science of blending.

Looking ahead, Kari’s excited about her Silver Trident voyage. “From the grapes themselves to the winemaking and blending, we’re looking for that juicy fruit-forward excitement that hits you right away, with layers of flavor and aroma that keep unfolding, leading to a long-lasting, unforgettable finish. What makes that work—and what makes a great wine age-worthy—is texture and mouthfeel. It’s always a journey filled with surprises and discoveries. That’s what makes it so exciting.”

Kari Auringer

Kari Auringer and Hap

Luxury Liquid Assets is excited to be offering Silver Trident’s inaugural 2010 release of Russian River Pinot Noir and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. 



Welcome Greg Linn Wines

We would like to welcome to our portfolio a producer of exquisite intensity and finesse . As an advocate for the virtues of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, Greg Linn pays very close attention to every detail in the vineyard resulting in very few adjustments in the winery. 


There have been nine vintages of site specific wines from Greg Linn-farmed vineyards, all employing organic practices. Grapes are harvested at low brix to preserve acidity and keep alcohols moderate. Whole cluster fermentation with all native cultures takes place in barrel and stainless. Wines are aged in mixed French cooperage for varying lengths of time specific to vineyard, vintage & wine characteristics.


In addition to his CA and OR wines, Greg makes 1er Cru White Burgundy and Grand Cru Champagne in Les Mesnil. Working closely with vineyard mangers and French wine making partners,  Selection Greg Linn produces wines from the noted Les Charms, Les Perrieres, Rougeots and Pourusot.




 all photos by Don Bodio





Happy Holidays

Season’s Greetings from all and Luxury Liquid Assets !




Welcome Balius Cellars

Balius, Xanthos, Aquilo and Fly By are exciting new brands from Trevor Sheehan and Chris Buddress. 

What’s in a Name?

Achilles and his two immortal horses, Balius and Xanthos, were legendary and heroic figures on the battlefields of ancient Greece. The warrior and his fearless horses were often depicted with black paint on clay wine vessels, or amphorae, as a celebration of their heroic triumphs.

The Balius label is their nod to the fabled heroes represented by the black figure pottery of ancient Greece, and all of our Balius wines are reflections of the world-renowned appellations throughout California.

These wines are sourced from some of the best Napa & Sonoma vineyard land . They are finely crafted by Jason Moore into delightful elixires worthy of praise at attainable prices.  Crisp, clean whites with youthful freshness and deep, brooding reds to ponder. 


Welcome Two Additional Sales Reps

We are very excited to welcome Jonathan Udkow and Bob Cooper to our ranks! 

Jonathan has years of wine industry experience in sales, marketing & compliance. He will be covering Oakland & Berkeley and the rest of Alameda County along with San Francisco accounts.

Bob Cooper has many years of wine sales experience garnered from Youngs Market and most recently a long tenure as a Regional Manager with Raymond Vineyards. Bob and I worked together for five years during my stint at Wine Warehouse who represents Raymond to this day. Bob will cover Contra Costa County, South Bay, Santa Cruz and San Francisco accounts.

Luxury Liquid Assets is delighted to have these two professionals join our team in making 2013 an even more successful year than last. Please find their contact information on our CONTACT page.


Welcome Egelhoff Wines

Egelhoff Wines –

We are honored to be representing the wines of one of Napa’s highly sought-after winemaker consultants, Bob Egelhoff. As many in the industry know, Bob made Wine Spectator’s 1997 Wine-of-the-Year. The Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147, for David Arthur Vineyards which garnered 99 pts.


Bob Egelhoff

Bob Egelhoff

Bob Egelhoff received his degree from UC Davis in 1981 and headed for the vineyards working three years at Beckstoffer Vineyards. He then joined Bill Harlan’s Merryvale Vineyards honing his winemaking skills under Bob Levy and consultant Michel Rolland. There, he had the opportunity to make wines for such clients as Amizetta, Harlan Estate, Hartwell Estate, Oakford Vineyards, Pahlmeyer, and Staglin Family Vineyard. Bob then took that experience and began is private consulting with clients such as Amizetta, Axios Wine, Bella Vista, Phelan Vineyard, Richard Partridge, and Robert Craig Winery, in addition to David Arthur.


The initial 1999 release under his own label was of 112 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon; production grew the next year to around 300 cases, then 500 and 700, with sales primarily to high-end restaurants and a mailing list. For the first few years, grapes were sourced from Sacrashe Vineyard in Rutherford, Calif.; today, Glendale Ranch in St. Helena’s Conn Valley is the mainstay of the Cab program. In addition to his Blue Label Cab, he offers a Riesling sourced from the Bayview Ranch, Carneros and a second Cabernet Sauvignon under the Walton Label. This fruit is from both the Glendale Ranch in the Conn Valley and Mt George Vineyard located on the north facing slope of Monticello Canyon in the Eastern hills of Napa.


The Two Worlds project is an amazing collaboration of Bob Egelhoff’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Michael Twelftree’s famed Two Hands Barossa Valley Shiraz. Michael flies over a bladder full of his shiraz and Bob blends it up and barrels it. Production is a modest 480 etched Magnums that have garnered the No. 2 spot in the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010.

Two Worlds

Two Worlds


Welcome Creative Wine Concepts Portfolio

Scott Harvey Wines – 

We are absolutely delighted to add Scott and Jana Harvey to our growing portfolio of unique brands. Scott Harvey is a legendary winemaker hailing from California’s Sierra Mountains Region where in the late ’70s he blazed a trail and is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Crafting the best wines possible from the soils and climatic conditions of the region. 

Scott & Jana Harvey

In 1996, Scott was recruited as Partner, Winemaker & President for newly purchased, Folie a Deux Winery in Napa Valley. Combining forces with Lead Partner, renowned Winemaker, Richard Peterson, Ph.D, a formidable winemaking team was launched. Scott pursued his commitment to award-winning Cabernets made from the Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley while continuing his passion for Amador County Zinfandel. Access to Scott’s original Grandpère vineyard in Amador County and close relationships with premier Amador County growers, resulted in award-winning wines all around for Folie a Deux. In addition, Scott’s creation, the “Menage a Trois” line of wines, was an instant commercial success. In 2004, Folie a Deux, now a respected brand, was sold to Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery. Scott was finally positioned and ready to start his own venture, and he had the ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran.

Creative Concept Wines include the Scott Harvey Wines which are are made of the best varietals from the terroir of Amador County, California. These worldly wines include an Old Vine Zinfandel, a Syrah (Rhone), a Barbera (Italian) and a Port (Portuguese). Scott’s roots are in Amador County which has allowed him to develop considerable expertise with these varietals. Jana Wines which are are named to convey the romance and passion Scott feels for his wife, Jana, and also for the creation of the wines that they love to share. The wines are from the best of Napa Valley varietals. The Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant Bordeaux Blend. The Napa Valley Riesling and Ice Wine are innovative wines that spring from Scott’s winemaking training in Germany. California Blends InZinerator and One Last Kiss are blended with Zinfandel, Syrah and port varieties. The mixture of Scott’s European training with California winemaking exhibit new world extraction and richness with old world acidity and structure.


Lobo Releases 2009 Cab Sauv Napa

Lobo Wines – 

Husband and wife team Krys and Randy Wulff have been growing premium grapes in Napa Valley for over a decade, selling to many well known wineries such as Lewis, Pine Ridge and Mumm. It took years for the Wulffs to hand select areas in their estate vineyards from which they would make their own signature wines under the LOBO label, which was custom designed by their son Matthew. LOBO, the Spanish word for “wolf ”, honors the heritage of the valley’s viticulture caretakers. The couple’s approach to winemaking is synonymous with their approach to viticulture — an uncompromising commitment to quality and sustainable stewardship of the land. Three artisan winemakers each handcraft one of three varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) to ensure the unique characteristics of each wine fully embodies the Wulffs’ dedication to the fruit and its greatest gift, flavor.


W. H. Smith Wines

Bill Smith is still going strong now in his 80s! Yep, that’s right, Bill has been crafting delicious wines for more than 3 decades. His 2008 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast is a cuvee of four vineyard sources he feels defines the flavor profile of coastal fruit. They are: Hellenthal Vineyard, Flocchini Vineyard, Ben Hurst Vineyard and Morris Ranch.

The following restaurants are currently offering it By The Glass:

Market Restaurant, St Helena – Terra Restaurant, St Helena – Rutherford Grill, Rutherford – Houston’s Restaurant, Pasadena – Carpe Diem Wine Bar, Napa – Hog Island Oyster Co., Napa – Silverado Brewing Co., St Helena – Boskos Ristorante, Calistoga – Oxbow Wine Merchant, Napa – Nick’s Cove, Marshall – Cafe Fiore, South Lake Tahoe


Welcome our two new Sales Specialist

I’d like to welcome our two new Sales Specialist, Mark Evich & Allen Summers. They bring an abundance of wine industry experience, professionalism and enthusiasm to our wine marketing company. In addition, they will provide two key markets with personable and reliable sales service for our distinguished brands.

Mark Evich – Santa Rosa & Environs, 707-849-9025, 

Allen Summers – Los Angeles & OC, 310-877-0260,