“What do you like to drink?” asked an acquaintance recently, who is not in the wine trade. I opened my mouth to respond, then paused. The answer is not so simple. I mentally took stock of the latest bottles to have brought me the most enjoyment, and the labels that ran through my head were not of well-known wines like white Burgundy, red Bordeaux, Alsatian Riesling, or Provençal rosé. They did not even include wines that were once deemed obscure but now commonly accepted by the general wine-drinking public, such as cru Beaujolais, Chinon, or Etna. No, I instead recalled an inky-black, chewy Muristellu from northern Sardinia, a luscious, honeyed, stony Corsican white from the indigenous Biancu Gentile grape, and a bright, juicy, wonderfully quaffable chilled Grolleau from the Loire Valley. “Variety,” I replied. “I like to switch it up as much as possible.” The idea that there are just a handful of types of wine out there (Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Pinot Noir or Cabernet?) is now thoroughly outdated. Great wines come from countless regions all over the world, many of them totally foreign to the average person, and are made from a seemingly infinite number of different grape varieties, each one offering a unique palette of aromas to satisfy curious drinkers. If you’re like me, you’ll get a thrill not just from savoring the tried-and-true classics over and over again, but also from trying novelties that open our mind to the never-ending possibilities the wine world has to offer, all while stimulating the palate with new flavors. Take a look at some of the more unusual whites we currently have in stock. Who knows, your house Sancerre may well be replaced by something else you can’t even pronounce, much less locate on a map.
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Perfectly suited to the food of Lyon, these reds are versatile enough to pair with all kinds of other dishes you might cook at home, from seared tuna to quesadillas to the plain ol’ burger. This is a pair of wines that will serve you well again and again.
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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