Nearly fifty years of experience on the wine roads of France and Italy comes with its perks. Since the early ’70s, these adventures have not only offered a privileged look behind cellar doors, but helped forge long-term relationships with partners in every major wine region. As a result, each year, we enjoy creative collaboration with trusted growers to capture the best of the vintage’s crop. This tradition began when Kermit, with his customers back home in mind, asked certain producers if he could blend his own cuvée, often to be bottled unfiltered at his request. It has evolved in some cases to an annual bottling bearing the “Selected by Kermit Lynch” label, meant to showcase a given region in all its glory at a price point that is difficult to match. The Côtes du Rhône, our longest-running custom cuvée, is sourced from stony vineyards outside of Avignon and vinified at the local cave coopérative. We blend the best lots in search of a balanced and accessible Rhône red teeming with evocative flavors of the land, like wild blackberries, thyme, and black olive. The Vaucluse blanc and rouge are produced in the cellars of Domaine de Durban in nearby Beaumes-de-Venise. We implored vigneron Henri Leydier not to sell off a portion of his grapes and instead craft a versatile, crowd-pleasing everyday white and red. The white, with its sun-ripened stone fruit and crisp finish, is the quintessential palate opener, while the red, a plump, juicy Grenache blend that is both floral and earthy, is the ultimate all-purpose sipper that shines with or without food. Finally, the Languedoc rouge is the result of our longtime collaboration with vigneron Jean-Claude Zabalia, who has granted us access to top-quality fruit from the exciting terroir of Cabrières. High elevation and striking schist soils make this cru unique in the Languedoc, and you’ll taste why with each sip. Dominated by Syrah, the blend features plenty of spice, pepper, wild herbs, and a trademark fresh, crunchy finish that brings to mind the dark, flaky stones that litter the vineyard floor.
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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