Broc Cellars, Happy Canyon Cabernet Franc 2015Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Broc Cellars, founded in 2006 by owner and winemaker Chris Brockway, is an urban winery located in Berkeley, California. What is an urban winery (you may ask)? Well in this case, it is a place where California grown grapes, from literally all over the state - are transported to, and turned into wine.
Presqu'ile Winery, Chardonnay 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
According to Matt Murphy, co-founder, and president of Presqui’le winery, the greatest wineries are multigenerational family endeavors. In fact, the family is very close and loves doing things together, including his sister Anna, the enologist. Anna and Matt both grew up around the family’s farm in Louisiana, which was the forerunner for their interest in winemaking. Dieter Cronje, winemaker for Presqu’ile, has quite the prestigious resumé. While on a mission to gain a more global perspective, he did an exchange program with the University of Bordeaux and traveled extensively through Burgundy and Champagne to gain more understanding of Pinot Noir. After working with Matt Murphy at the Ambullneo winery and sharing many late-night bottles of Burgundy, they realized they worked well together. Matt then decided that Dieter would be a great fit as winemaker for Presqu’ile.
Railsback Freres, Red Wine of Santa Ynez Valley 2017Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
Railsback Freres, Vermentinu Soeur Cuvee Speciale 2018Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
The story of the two Railsback brothers continues with this special bottle of Vermentinu. As with their other bottles, this is inspired by their travels where they discovered unique varieties. Travels to Corsica led to a love for the Mediterranean variety of Vermentinu. This is only their second release of this bottle, sourced from just two sites. It’s a beautifully exuberant variety with floral and grapefruit notes, with a distinctive bitter almond note. It is a completely perfect food for all manner of Mediterranean food, namely seafood and white fish dishes.
Stolpman Trousseau Pet Nat 'Combe' Ballard Canyon 2019Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
When winemakers Pete Stolpman and Rajat Parr decided to collaborate on this particular project, wondrous things inevitably would happen. The project is named “Combe'' for the French word referring to a sheltered valley in a vineyard. Pete and his parents had been growing native French varietals in Ballard Canyon for years, though once Raj discovered the pale limestone soils, the Jura native variety Trousseau made its home here. They bottled a Pet-nat of Trousseau—the only Trousseau Pet-Nat in the world! As the oldest method of sparkling winemaking, this style is considerably unique. This wine was harvested, disgorged, and bottled early all to retain freshness and life with the bubbles created naturally in the bottle.
Stolpman Vineyards, Combe Trousseau Ballard Canyon 2017Regular price $32.00 Save $-32.00
I find it fascinating when a passion creates an experiment and that experiment turns out to be pretty delicious. Around 2010 Rajat Parr was convinced that planting these very difficult to farm grapes on the Stolpman Estate could produce some interesting wines. This is exactly what happened. The wines are insanely small in production, the first vintage was 2014, and now have 2.3 acres of Trousseau that have been planted. 70% de-stemmed and 30% whole cluster, the grapes are crushed under foot in concrete and then circulated via pump over throughout fermentation. The wine then ages 8 months in Neutral French 500L Puncheons until bottled. These are classified as Natural wine. They are light-bodied and juicy with showcasing some classic savory tones for a light red.