Once divided between Champagne and Prosecco, the world of sparkling wine is more exciting in 2021 than it has ever been. Today, you can find excellent bubbly whites, rosés, and reds in the Loire Valley, Savoie, Alsace, and Emilia-Romagna, to name just a few regions. And the best sparklers from those places aren’t just noteworthy for their lower price of entry compared to Champagne. They truly shine on their own merits. Take Boxler’s gorgeous Crémant d’Alsace, for example. Made exclusively from the Pinot family—Noir, Blanc, and Auxerrois—this “extra brut” sparkling wine saw all the artisanal care of many top-notch Champagnes, from the organic farming to the extended lees aging to the hand-rotating of bottles. And Jean Boxler’s thorough dedication shows in the resulting wine: it is tremendously elegant, mineral, and delicious. In recent months, when in need of a festive sparkler, I have turned as often to this cuvée as I have to bottles from our three Champagne producers. It is that good. This is just one example, though. You will experience similar satisfaction and astonishment with each of the wines below, no matter if they’re from within or outside of that exalted region.
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!
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.
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.
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.
When you factor in not only these differences of place but also variations of blend, color, and vigneron, Grenache yields an even greater range of experiences, from dense and soulful to light and more ethereal
It is often said that Chenin Blanc is the most versatile grape in the world. Capable of producing fine wines dry, sweet, still, and sparkling, and covering a fascinating array of aromas and textures from bracingly mineral to tenderly honeyed and everything in between, this noble cépage unquestionably deserves our full appreciation.
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