Long-awaited containers of wine from France and Italy have been steadily arriving over the last couple of months and will continue landing at the Oakland port through the end of the year. This is great news as these include some of our most beloved wines. The latest vintage of Guillemot—some of the best values Burgundy—will be here any day now and the latest batch of new arrivals includes three different Vermouths, a sublime Saint-Émilion, and rare, tiny-production Saint-Josephs from Domaine Monier-Perréol, among other exciting bottles. Every week, we’ll be adding a dozen or more new arrivals, so check back often for your favorite classics or new discoveries!
Domaine du Durban France | Southern Rhône | Gigondas
Throw a rock (or a riverbed stone) in the southern Rhône and chances are you’ll land on a bottle whose contents, for the price, wouldn’t hold a candle to Henri Leydier’s Gigondas from Domaine de Durban.
Domaine de Durban France | Southern Rhône | Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
This lovely Muscat is full of fresh honeysuckle and ripe citrus fruit. Have an ice cream maker? This wine makes the best sorbet you’ll ever taste!
Domaine d’Aupilhac France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Vermentino planted in the lieu-dit of Aupilhac, the little corner of the Larzac behind Sylvain’s winery.
Domaine Comte Abbatucci France | Corsica | Vin de France
What is there to say about this wine that upon first opening you will be engulfed with aromas of maquis that grows wild all over Corsica. Not to mention the exuberant energy this wine has on the palate.
François Rousset-Martin France | Jura | Côtes du Jura
A transformative process must have been at work here, with the dynamic freshness of the ouillé, or topped-up style, yet it still displays hints of caramelization and golden savoriness.
Domaine Rousset-Martin France | Jura | Côtes du Jura
A Chardonnay made with regular topping-off of the barrels, to avoid any oxidation, this delivers an exotic nose of candied lemon and spices, focused acidity and a sensation of beeswax and nuts on the palate.
Domaine Gachot-Monot France | Burgundy | Côte de Nuits-Villages
Blind taste this wine and you'll imagine you’re drinking a much fancier 1er or Grand Cru red Burgundy. Gachot-Monot is my go-to when I want to impress my palate without splurging.
Of course, another reason to be cheerful is our annual Champagne Sale, always offered during this month of celebration, to help add POP to your revelry. Pour Champagne and share a moment of respite, a chance for all to say, “Life is good!” Champagne in your glass gives you a good reason to believe that.
Château Thivin has toiled tirelessly in defense of the region’s singular terroirs. Surrounding the elegant 14th century Château, twisted stumps of ancient Gamay dot the Côte de Brouilly’s perilous rubbly inclines like gnomes, creating a consummate marriage of grape and soil with absolutely nothing to envy of the great appellations of Burgundy or the Rhône.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
The list of factors goes on and our list of overachievers could, too. For now, we’ve narrowed down our selections to twenty-four wines—four each at six price points, because tremendous value isn’t exclusive to inexpensive bottlings. You can find it at all prices, from $12 to $120, as these wines resoundingly show.
It’s as if the fossil-laden chalky soil running through Chablis has helped create a wine that is a visceral reminder of our amphibian past, with its bracing smell of waterfalls and oncoming rain, wet stone and coastal citrus groves. Briny, crisp, chiseled, and mouthwatering, it refreshes and invigorates.
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