Organic and biodynamic practices are the fraternal twins of conscientious winemaking. Though they diverge in interesting ways, they share a lot of DNA. For one, they both require great skill and experience of the vigneron. When you take synthetic chemicals out of the equation and treat the entire vineyard as a single organism, you’re forced to overcome nature’s hurdles—pests, diseases, bacteria, etc.—with even more vigilance and creativity. But biodynamics differs from organics in two key ways. First, in biodynamics, producers use a complex system of herbal sprays and composting techniques, known as “preparations.” Second, they follow lunar and cosmic patterns to determine when to prune, rack, bottle, and do other operations that impact the final product. Even more important than the moon’s influence on the resulting wine, however, is the fundamental truth that vignerons who practice biodynamics are among the most diligent, perceptive, and devoted producers of wine. The results speak for themselves. The reds, whites, and rosés below, which either adhere strictly to biodynamics or borrow from its core principles, display elegance, purity, vibrancy, and—of course—a distinct sense of place.
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Even more important than the moon’s influence on the resulting wine, however, is the fundamental truth that vignerons who practice biodynamics are among the most diligent, perceptive, and devoted producers of wine.
Lambert de Seyssel France | Savoie and Bugey | Seyssel
Made in traditional Champagne method with all of the complexity that would find in a quality Champagne, this wine is an exceptionally great value!
Davide Vignato Italy | Veneto | Gambellara
I love this wine because of the volcanic, basalt soil that nourishes the vines. The wine has such a distinctive aftertaste that is the ultimate expression of its terroir.
Masseria del Pino Italy | Sicily
Straddling the best of both worlds—being either a really vibrant light red or a saturated and lively rosé, this mineral-driven stunner, when chilled, is any easy meal's best friend.
Château Fontanès France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Pic Saint-Loup
A quick chill will bring out bright minerality in this charming, aromatic rouge. One of my favorite weeknight wines to match with whatever’s on the grill.
Domaine Comte Abbatucci France | Corsica | Ajaccio
When you think you’ve tried it all, this spectacular Corsican cuvée presents something entirely new to most wine drinkers while remaining approachable enough to be enjoyed by anyone.
Domaine Leon Barral France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
Searching for something a bit funky to enliven your jaded palate? Look no further and prepare for an experience like none other.
Catherine & Pierre Breton France | Loire | Bourgueil
There isn’t a spot in the world better suited for Cabernet Franc, and their old vines produce the raw material for one of the best reds in the Loire valley.
Home to nearly a dozen grape varieties and even more styles of vinifying them, Alsace offers endless stimulation and reward to the open-minded wine drinker. Now through the end of May, take 20% off wines in this collection
It’s that time of year! We have begun to receive the latest vintage of rosés from our producers in France and Italy and will update this page as more arrive in Berkeley. Check back here regularly for your favorite rosés!
In 1976, when I was busy being born as a wine importer, Richard Olney guided me through the French vineyards. He introduced me to Domaine Tempier, Clape, Chave, and other incomparable sources. In the Beaujolais we visited Château Thivin and Georges Duboeuf. I chose to pursue Thivin
Sauvignon Blanc comes in many forms, and we've put them all together right here for your enjoyment. You’ll find classics from its spiritual home in the Loire Valley, as well as characterful renditions from Bordeaux and Friuli.
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