Mâcon-Fuissé Domaine Cheveau “Les Grandes Bruyeres” (Burgundy) ’13

The Domaine was started by André Cheveau in 1950, and has been carried on by his two sons.  The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly, but has been extended in to Maconnais and in Beaujolais.  The Chardonnay vineyards are composed of clay and limestone.  This wine comes from 40 year old vines, and approximately 6000 bottles are produced.  These vineyards produce a rich, generous style wine, with ripe tropical notes, and hints of vanilla.

Chorey-Les-Beaune Joseph Drouhin (Burgundy) ’13

This is a small appellation around the tiny village of Chorey, at the hill of Corton.  The vineyard was founded in 1237 by Edouard de Froment, the Duke of Burgundy’s step-nephew.  The wine is often sold under Côte-de-Beaune Village, however Drouhin owns vineyards in Chorey (pronounced “Sho-Ray”). This wine boast flavors of blackberry jam, wild raspberries, and has a round body.

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We always believed that the California wine industry should return to the heyday of pioneers like Joe Heitz, Andre Tchelistcheff, Chuck Carpy and others who made wine their way.  One could clearly taste the difference between their varietals and there was no overt effort to “create” a wine with a high score.  Here are two such throw back examples, one from a relatively new producer, and one from a renown winemaker, and character, that are worth showcasing at our Saturday tasting event

Chardonnay Liquid Farm, “La Hermana” (Santa Maria) ’13

This is a young winery, the first vintage was in 2009.  The team is comprised of young aggressive winemakers that want to make a difference in California wine making.  They decided on Chardonnay and Santa Rita hills (besides this wine) because of the cooler climates and the mineral drivenness of the grape.  The name Liquid Farms was to create awareness of what happens above and below the ground.  The philosophy is that wine is a product of the earth and the human touch.   This is the first time they decided to go out side of Santa Rita Hills.  The cool climate of Santa Maria creates a wine that is zesty, has bright minerality, fresh herbs, and is super delicious.

Pinot Noir Au Bon Climate (Santa Barbara County) ’13

Jim Clendenen has been making wine since 1982.  He is truly been a pioneer in super bright clean wines coming out of California.   Jim discovered wine in Burgundy and Champagne in 1974.  Rather than continue law school he decided to work the harvest of 1978, where he was the assistant winemaker for Zaca Mesa winery.  In 1981 he traveled abroad to work harvest in Australia and France.  After that year he decided to start a winery dedicated to Burgundian varietals.  Which he then started Au Bon Climate (which means a well exposed vineyard).  This wine is such a great value, as beautiful aromas of strawberries, raspberries, with an intense yet delightful mouth fill.

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Saturday Tasting: August 15th

August 14, 2015

Over the last year we have really started to focus our attention on a few different importers, one of which is Rosenthal.  I know some of you have seen and or tasted these wines in the shop.  Well we wanted to do a formal introduction on Neal Rosenthal, and give you the opportunity to taste […]

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No sales tax weekend

August 4, 2015

In addition to no sales tax this weekend we are offering a 15% discount on the wines pictured above.  Don’t miss out on this great oppurtunity to purchase some really delicious wines at such huge savings. Sale starts Friday. Hope to see you this weekend!

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Saturday Tasting: August 1st

July 31, 2015

This week at the shop we will be showcasing Paul Pillot.  This is a rare and exciting opportunity to discover two amazing Premier Cru vineyards from St Aubin side by side.  We hope to see you Saturday. Paul Pillot-3rd generation winegrower, Paul’s family has been growing grapes, and making wine since around 1900.  Paul was […]

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Saturday Tasting: July 25th

July 24, 2015

Mâcon la Roche Vineuse, Château de la Greffiére, (Burgundy) 2013 This lovely wine balances richness with minerality.  Golden straw yellow in color, with aromas of hazelnuts, and ripe tropical fruits.  Complemented with a mouth-watering grapefruit flavor on the palate. Beaujolais Pierre-Marie Chermette, “D. Vissoux, Cuvée Traditionnelle, VV” 2014 Most of southern Beaujolais sits on limestone-clay […]

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Saturday Tasting: July 18th

July 16, 2015

Bourgogne, Michelot, (Burgundy) 2013 The winery has been in the Michelot family for over six generations.  These vines lie at the foot of a slope in the Meursault commune.  This area is called “les Coutures” and borders the Meursault Limozin appellation.  Tart red fruits, with bright acid, and a clean finish. Ribera del Duero, Picaro […]

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Saturday Tasting: July 11

July 8, 2015

Chablis, Gilbert Picq, 2013 This wine is classic Chablis.  This family owned estate has been making wine for generations, however it is just now starting to get noticed.  This wine boast loads of minerality, and racy acidity with some serious depth. Chablis, Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin, 2013 This wine has considerable depth.  Floral and ripe […]

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Saturday Tasting: June 27

June 25, 2015

SAVE ON SIX! Mâcon-Villages, La Côte Blanche (Burgundy) ’14 This wine is made for pool parties.  It has bright tropical notes of banana, pineapple, and touches of vanilla.  And at such a great price point it is the perfect wine for stocking up. Châteauneuf-du-pape, Guigal (Rhône) ’09 If you are looking to really celebrate on […]

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July 4th & 5th

June 25, 2015

The shop will be CLOSED July 4th and 5th.  If you need wine for the weekend please make sure to come by during the week. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Thanks Ric & Sara

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