Corzano e Paterno, Rosato 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Wendel Gelpke, a Swiss architect, fell madly in love with these romantic hillsides. The Corzano property was purchased back in 1969, and then the neighboring property of Paterno in 1974. These hillsides are separated from the Chianti Classico subzone by the Via Cassia, a road that runs parallel to the river Pisa. Farming here has always been organic and her Sardinian sheep herd roams the rows to naturally fertilize the vines; talk about sustainability. As is classic for the area, the properties produce mainly Sangiovese. Wendel and the family own and operate the winery, and keep very occupied by making their own cheese and olive oil.
Weingut Barbara Ohlzelt, Gruner Leader 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner (1 LITER)
Barbara Öhlzelt founded her project in 2004, and in a short timeframe, she has gained much-deserved attention and love from the wine community. She’s a one-woman show with a lot of hustle and dedication to farming 15 acres of grapes. She is a quiet, soft-spoken woman, and the wines match her personality. They are laser focused on texture and complexity but not in a way that brashly hits you in the head. The wines are delightful and, and this subtle juice is the brilliance behind the winery. There is restraint which can be the hardest thing to achieve. Her vineyard parcels are from an area in Kamptal called Heiligenstein, and these parcels say a lot about the winery as a whole as the sites are mostly old vine on incredible terrior. Her wines at all price points stand out as best-in-class and hit outside of their category. This alone should make anyone who enjoys Gruner or Riesling seek out her wines.
Lieu Dit, Sauvignon Blanc 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Eric Railsback is one half of a dynamic duo of long-time friends who decided in 2011 to start a winery devoted to the indigenous grapes of the Loire Valley which are now grown successfully in the Santa Barbara area. Foodies will recognize Eric as the guy who ran Gordon Ramsey’s wine program at LA’s Osteria Mozza, led a team of somms at Michael Mina’s RN74 in San Francisco, and launched Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara. A native of Santa Barbara, Justin Willett pursued his passion for making wine right after college. He is the owner and winemaker of Tyler Winery, and also consults with a start-up in Santa Rita Hills called Wenzlau Vineyard.
Andrea Felici, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2018Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Andrea Felici started bottling his wines in 2002, but when his son Leonardo wanted to join the family firm, Andrea wisely sent him to get experience in the wider world, to develop a taste for fine wine, to broaden his perspectives before he came back to their tiny village in the region of the Marche. Leo spent four years working as a sommelier, then returned home. He and his father began converting the vineyards to organic. They make just two wines: a young vine Verdicchio, and a lees-aged Verdicchio from 50 year old vines. Both are delicious at incredible value.
Picollo Ernesto, Gavi di Gavi Le Rive 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Gavi is the name of a small village in the Piedmont region. Often overshadowed by the Nebbiolo grape, Gavi really holds its own as the white wine favorite in the region. Coming from a village perched in the rolling hills of the Italian Alps, the climate here is uniquely Alpine like the north, but also Mediterranean where it soaks up sunshine and maritime breezes from the Ligurian Sea. When the northerly Piedmont folk go to Cinque Terre coast, they are sure to pick up some of this "beach wine" on their way to soak up the sun.
Outside of the village of Gavi, the Ernesto family farms 17 acres of exclusively Cortese, the variety used to make Gavi. They are now a third generation winery having been farming there since 1945. The Cortese grapes are all hand-harvested without usage of herbicides. All fermentation and ageing is done in stainless steel to keep the wines fresh and lively. It's a simple, clever wine that makes sense for many situations.
il Raduno Delle Streghe, Falanghina 2019Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Meaning "gathering of the witches," this wine's name takes inspiration from the area from which it hails. In the region of Campania in south of Italy is where Falanghina thrives in the Mediterranean sun. Here in Campania is the province of Benevento, an area having an extensive history of witchcraft practice. Pagans would come to this province from all over and dance around a walnut tree on the banks of the Sabato River. In summary, Benevento is the gathering of the witches. Falanghina is a lesser known white variety with roots in Greece.
Sono Montenidoli, Toscana Canaiuolo Rosato 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
The estate is located just outside of the famed tower city of San Gimignano on the western border of the Chianti zone in Tuscany. The estate dates back to Roman times and there are stories of the Knights Templar using the property for meetings and ceremonies. Elisabetta and her husband bought the property in the ‘60’s and brought it back to life from its abandoned state. The couples’ profound respect for the land has always been the focus. Farming sustainably and respecting what nature gives them every vintage. Elisabetta's soul is caring and driven. She is a hard worker, and her mission is to leave this small place on earth better than the way she found it. She still travels the world pouring her wines telling stories.
Domaine Benoit Daridan, Sauvignon Blanc 2018Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Benoit Daridan took over the family winery in 2001 after many years of study and work experience around the world. As the seventh generation to take over the small 15 hectare farm, Benoit has worked tirelessly to protect and promote the family traditions of passion for the regions terror. The vineyard is perfectly positioned between arguably the Loire Valley’s most two most famous properties: Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Chambord. While most of the vineyard is made up of young vines, they do pride themselves on a tiny two hectare plot of 50 year old vines. Notably, they do produce a small amount of red wine from the unique variety, Romorantin, introduced to the region by King Francois I.
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.
Le Fraghe, Bardolino Chiaretto Rosato' Rodon' 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Corvina, Rondinella
As a young girl, Matilde Poggi, grew up around winemaking and hearing her parents talk about it. During October, she would go straight from school to the vineyards to help with the harvest. Her first harvest was in 1984, prior to that, the grapes were sold to another winery. Matilde is passionate about the surrounding terroir of valleys, rivers, winds from the north, and the mountainous areas that makes her wines uniquely their own. Her 3 daughters now help her run the winery. They have been certified organic since 2009.
Domaine Michel Vattan, Sancerre O.P. 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Starting out very small with just 2 hectares of vines in 1930, Roger and Andrée Vattan staked an early claim to some of the most special territory in Sancerre. As the names of their bottles go, they're named after the soil types. The O.P refers to grapes that were grown on Oxfordian limestone soils and Portlandian soils. Their son, Michel, jumped on the expansion wagon that occurred in Sancerre in the 1970s, adding 7 hectares to the vineyard total. With no heir in sight, Michel groomed Nathalie and Pascal Joulin to take over the vineyard at his retirement in 2008. Winegrowers in Sancerre weathered a difficult spring frost in 2017, losing about 15-20% of total potential production. The balance of the vintage was blessed with enough sunshine and water to counterbalance the early growing season challenges
Seehof, Pinot Noir Rose 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
The area of Rheinhessen, tucked between Nahe, Pfaltz, and Rheingau regions, is so often misunderstood. This is mostly due to its production of Liebfraumilch, the sweet and cheap swill popularized after World War II, many considering “the armpit of German wine.” Bringing Rheinhessen out of its dark times has been a long uphill battle; Klaus Peter Keller is the primary factor of bringing about these changes. This brings us to the next “Keller,” a man by the name of Florian Fauth, who is coincidentally brother-in-law to Keller. Florian of Seehof is comfortable in his own skin, his wines sharing the same sentiments.
Nicolas Gonin, Rose 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mondeuse, Pinot Noir, Gamay
Isère is a lesser-known area of the Savoie region of France, yields. south of Jura and west of the Alps. Before phylloxera ravaged France in the late 1880s, Isère boasted a whopping amount of vines. The region was then planted with hybrids, and due to lack of organization to form an AOC in WWII, viticulture practically disappeared. In enters Nicolas Gonin; after having worked for Domaine Tempier in Bandol, he found himself researching ampelography during his enological studies. Curiosity led to Nicolas spending time between both his Domaine and nursery where he traces the lineage of ancient grapes while trying to bring back the lost varieties of his region.
Venica & Venica, Sauvignon Ronco del Cero 2017Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Daniele Venica purchased the plot Ronco del Ceró where he first planted Sauvignon in 1930. Three generations later, great grandson Giampaolo has taken over the estate, a true testimony to the tradition of keeping winemaking in the family. Venica now has 40 hectares all within the DOC of Collio. Venica is known for their textural and highly aromatic whites that see little or no wood. They believe their traditions must be enhanced through continuous research and innovation, but a relationship with nature is of utmost importance. The estate operates a bed and breakfast— they call it the Wine Resort.
Meinklang, Burgenland White 2019Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner, Welschreisling, Muscat Blanc
Meinklang has taken the wine world by storm in the last few years due to the family's passion for making diverse products from the estate. Farming is at the core, with full bio-dynamic practices in place. The family has a full herd of Angus and Aubrac cattle, plus sheep. The farm believes in a full circle of life within the vineyards and farmland. The family has even achieved Demeter certification, one of the most difficult biodynamic certifications. The estate is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of National Park Neusiedlersee in Austria, just on the border of Hungary. The insane number of different wine labels produced shows the passion for creating wine with character and personality, with over 20 labels in production.
Domaine Michel Vattan, Sancerre Rose 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Michel Vattan is one of the best examples of how a winemaker can begin with next to nothing, grow slowly, and age well over time. He grows mostly Sauvignon Blanc for which Sancerre is famous, though Sancerre does produce a little Pinot Noir which is often made into a fresh dry rosé.
The Sancerre Rosé is made completely from Pinot Noir. It is made in the direct press method which allows the wine to have similar freshness to the classic Sancerre, but retain the aromatics of Pinot Noir. Even though Pinot Noir is typically a later ripening grape, Vattan actually harvests earlier to retain freshness in the wine.
Hild, Elbling Sekt Brut NVRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
When you think about the Upper Mosel forget everything you think you know about it. In the Upper Mosel you won’t find any slate and you won’t find any Riesling. Matthias Hild is bucking the trends. Matthias Hild is pushing the envelope. He operates at his own pace and by his own terms. He marches to the beat of his own drum. Conventional wisdom would say he’s crazy for trying to single-handedly save the old, terraced parcels of Elbling, but its so charming. The returns on an investment like this are so slim they make no business sense, but its moves like this that make winemakers like Hild so intriguing.