Enfield Wine Company, Pretty Horses 2015Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Graciano
Enfield Wine Co. is the passion project of John Lockwood and his wife Amy Seese. Founded in 2010, the project is very young, but despite that has recently started to gain attention nationwide. I first started to taste with John in 2013 and have been championing the honest wines ever since. These are truly some of my favorites from California. John only uses native yeast and the wine is never filtered or cold stabilized. John’s passion is contagious and I’m thrilled to pass it along to you.
Winemaking: Both lots were co-fermented with 5% Graciano for brightness and acidity. The bunches were partially de-stemmed into an open top fermenter where the grapes were gently foot tread and punched down 1-2 times a day during a native yeast fermentation. The wine was aged for 14 months in neutral oak barrels including approximately 20% American Oak.
Mixtape White, Amplify Wines 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer
Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation, of this growing region has been their life's work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular
characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools.
My Essential, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Founded by Master Sommelier Richard Betts in 2013, My Essential Wine Co. set out to create a line-up of approachable, yet refined and commendable wines for the everyday consumer. Richard believes that “wine is a grocery, not a luxury”. This philosophy can be felt in his wines, on the pallet and in your wallet. Richard has partnered with estates in Southern France and California to create wines with purpose and a sense of place at an incredibly approachable price point.
No Fine Print, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Self-described disruptors, the founders of No Fine Print manage bands for a living. And we don’t mean the kind of band you were in when you were a kid and made your mom crazy banging drums and twanging base in your garage. Co-founder Pat Corcoran helped put Chance The Rapper on the map. Music industry pal and co-founder Tim Smith has managed multiple platinum artists for nearly two decades including Skrillex and BloodPop. Keen to leverage their creative branding expertise from music into wine, they teamed up with sommelier Ryan Arnold (Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Chicago) to apply Ryan’s diverse wine industry background into a clever – and irreverent? – new brand. Crush it. You will be grabbing one glass after another.
Presqu'ile Winery, Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley, California 2017Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
According to Matt Murphy, cofounder 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. They are making incredible representations of cool-climate Pinot Noir in the very hilly vineyards of Santa Barbara, California.
Stolpman Trousseau Pet Nat 'Combe' Ballard Canyon 2016Regular 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.
Tendu, Red 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Barbera Blend
The Tendu project was made by Steve and Jill Matthiasson with the intent to create authentic wine from classic varietals and serve it to Americans at table wine value. They take expressions of grape and soil rather seriously. The Tendu wines, previously imported via liter bottles are now presented in 750ml bottles in an effort to become more environmentally conscious. Cheers to the Matthiassons for always looking forward!