If you haven’t been introduced to Maxime Magnon, then I recommend you change that immediately. My favorite wine maker of the last two years, Maxime is producing vibrant wine with rich blue fruit, a natural herbaceous side, and silky polished tannins. Buy for now and for later.Read More
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Located half a block away from Broc Cellars in downtown Berkeley, Jared and Tracey Brandt opened the doors at Donkey & Goat in 2004. They make righteous wine from mostly Rhône varieties, sourcing from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino, and Napa. This power couple is enthusiastic about natural winemaking – from the farm to the cellar.Read More
Vom Boden's Stephen Bitterolf imports wine from "human-scaled wineries." On Saturday we're opening four of the latest arrivals from his portfolio. Two pet-nat from the brothers Brand of the Pfalz region. And a riesling and silvaner from Keller in the Rheinhessen. Engineered to cut through the humidity straight to your lips.Read More
Amber and Taras Ochota own 9.6 hectares tucked away in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. In their ragged corner of the world they draw inspiration from experience, relationships, and the creativity of others. Biodynamic farming in southern France. The Dead Kennedys. Their wines are natural and vibrant - worlds away from the jammy behemoths for which Australia has become known.Read More
From their Home Vineyard, La Clarine Farm makes the surprising Piedi Grandi, made from nebbiolo and mourvedre, two grapes that normally stand far apart, glaring at each other from across a flavor divide, but which in the hands of La Clarine Farm come together like sugar and spice, with a very pretty nose of dried fruits and a fine-grained, complex umami finish.Read More
You may have noticed a rapping cluster of grapes demanding your attention from the shelf. Fabien Jouves' wines have landed with a splash. And as his labels announce, he's producing singular cuvées from Cahors. What you may not intuit from the cover is the care and attention to detail he pays to his vines. These bottles are worth a closer look.Read More
Grüner Veltliner has long been the most widely planted grape variety in Austria. But even in its home country, poor little Grüner got no love for years, even decades, before a recent surge in critical respect and subsequent popularity brought the grape into the spotlight of the international wine scene. Today, Grüner Veltliner is considered among those white wines with the highest potential. And while it often gets lumped in with Riesling, the differences between these two varieties are as palpable as those of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.Read More
Conversation is the true centerpiece of any good holiday gathering. Whether it's family or friends, new or old, we gather to acknowledge each other, to talk and to listen. Notoriously, some talk more than others. But there are simple ways to encourage the good kinds of chatter.
Busting out a large format bottle of some sexy red wine will engage a room as fast as you can say the words Grab a glass. Folks aren't really used to it. A magnum speaks up and says, No matter what else, we're doing something special tonight. Together. Everyone's involved. A bottle like this focuses everyone's attention and steers the conversation towards what is shared, more so than what is not. Call it anecdotal, but I'm here to say it works.Read More