The year is 25 AD. Spring has arrived in the Roman town of Botenus (modern-day Boutenac, in France's Languedoc), and the villagers have abandoned their long winter cloaks in favor of hip, breezy tunics purchased from a local silk merchant. They are preparing for the big town party, where all will show up rocking his or her finest toga—back then, every party was a toga party—and gleefully quaff down bracingly cold goblets of the deliciously crisp local Gris de Gris rosé. Or at least, this is what we imagine things were like back in Roman times, when the vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in today’s Corbières appellation, were first planted. Artifacts that have surfaced among the vines, such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa, are a testament to its antiquity. Bruno Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century, and for over thirty years, KLWM has proudly imported their wines. Their Gris de Gris, a direct-press rosé of mostly Grenache Gris, has been a longtime favorite, a crowd-pleaser bursting with juicy aromas of citrus, rhubarb, and wild strawberries. The Corbières rouge, made with a good portion of whole clusters, is one of the most perennially drinkable southern reds we know of—generous and approachable, with succulent dark fruit and herbs. Their Réserve la Demoiselle, which highlights the domaine's epic bush-vine Carignan planted in 1904, drinks well upon release and has been known to age for upwards of twenty years, rivaling much more prestigious wines. Best of all, the fairness of Fontsainte’s pricing allows us to offer incredible values to our clientele. So do as the Romans do, and stock up on Fontsainte Corbières—you won't regret it.
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!
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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