Alain Voge, Saint-Peray Fleur de Crussol 2014Regular price $54.00 Save $-54.00
The wines of Domaine Alain Voge have helped to shape the history of the northern Rhone. Alain began working with his father at just seventeen years, deciding to remain in the Cornas with his father’s vines. The wines were first sold in barrels, then later transitioned to bottling. In the 60s, the Voge family then began renovating several higher parcels, which in turn proved as better conditions for vines. In an effort to learn more about other wines, Alain would visit Lyon every two weeks, meeting sommeliers who would introduce him to other regional wines, ultimately forging fruitious links. Alain’s wines soon began appearing in some of the finest restaurants of Lyon and Paris. The domain became certified organic and biodynamic in 2016.
This bottle is sourced from 80 year old vines in Saint Peray. Here Marsanne is just one of two varieties that reigns supreme, (the other is Roussanne). The bottle takes its name from the Chateau de Crussol and the mountain range bearing the same name.
Donkey & Goat, The Gadabout 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay
In short, Jared and Tracey Brandt of Donkey and Goat Winery are pioneers of the natural winemaking movement in California. After spending time in France back in 2002 with noteworthy winemaker Eric Texier, they returned home to Cali, inspired and ready to apply their inspirations in winemaking and marketing. Using a completely natural process in the cellar and vineyards; the couple does not fine or filter the wines, and just a small amount of sulfur is used at bottling. Their winemaking headquarters are located in Berkeley where they can implement their hands-on approach; they source grapes from Sierra Nevada, Mendocino, and Napa.
The Gadabout is an always delicious and very well priced wine. The vineyards and appellations may be changing and evolving from vintage to vintage, but the wine is consistently a crowd pleaser, and a fantastic warm weather quencher.
Jean-Louis Chave, L'Hermitage Blanc 2014Regular price $315.00 Save $-315.00
Variety: Marsanne and Roussanne
Let’s just state that the Chave family has passed the vineyards and winemaking traditions down generation to generation since 1481, so, yeah, nothing else needs to be said. Jean-Louis is now the 16th generation winemaker and the family has more holdings on the famed hill of Hermitage than any other producer. But for the last 15 years the family has been rebuilding old terraces on the banks of the Rhone in the nearby region of Saint-Joseph. They are working to bring back a vineyard site that dates to the early 1900’s. This site expresses the soil mixture of granite and clay, and shows the “wildness” of the terroir.