Domaine de Melandes grows Chardonnay on just 29 hectares of land in Chablis. Family-run and certified organic, this winery was one of our favorite discoveries this year. This Chablis is racy, mineral-driven, nuanced, and complex. An absolutely delicious textbook expression of Chardonnay from this region.
Inspired by the Miles Davis album, Silent Way, winemaker Matt Harrop tries to channel that same ingenuity, inventiveness, and precision in his winemaking. They believe hard work, love, and friendship are the keys to nurturing the vineyards and creating delicious wines.
Nestled between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small yet mighty appellation is one to explore. Patrick Bottex, along with his wife and son, farm the rocky limestone slopes of Bugey to produce a beautiful sparkling rosé. Predominantly Gamay, this slightly sweet bottling shows bright fruit and refreshing acidity.
Chilean wines are here to stay at Dedalus! While this tinto is fermented in concrete, it is aged in older French barrels, giving way to notes of toasty baking spices, brown sugar, and baked apples. Drink this with a VT burger - bacon, apples, and a chunk of cheddar - and your day will be complete.
You know the gang by now–Lapierre, Foillard, and Breton. These guys banded up in their twenties to (help) change the world of French wine, natural wine, and Beaujolais forever. But the name Thévenet, the fourth gang of Four member, rarely gets mentioned. That's partially because Jean-Paul makes far less wine than the others. The single wine he makes, perhaps the most elegant and long-lived expression of Morgon I've ever tasted is a true study on that lovely village. It is high-toned, zesty, and lightly funk in its youth, and can age like great Burgundy–if, unlike me, you have the patience to wait. I've gone through chilled bottle after chilled bottle this summer. If you love Beaujolais and haven't yet experienced Thévenet's rendition, now's the time to do it!
Located in Bouzy, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand Cru rated vineyards. This bottle offers great complexity on the nose and palate, it’s both full in the mouth and crisp with a very refined mousse, bright acid and a lengthy finish.
Presqu’ile continues to produce some of our favorite coastal California wine. Their Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir represents all of the hallmarks: balance, complexity & the unique spice of its region with all the fruit & earth you want in a spectacular Pinot Noir. Pair this up with roast chicken for pure delight.
Lionel Faury captures all the richness this Northern Rhone appellation has to offer. This St. Joseph is deep and spicy with healthy tannin, black pepper, and bright fruit. A savory wine that would pair beautifully with herbed lamb or a rustic stew.
Domaine Gramenon’s 100% Syrah bottling is a mix of bright red & juicy black berry fruits & dark, earthy notes of black pepper, sage & woodsmoke. This is the wine you want in your glass when tucking into a hearty roast, whether it’s beef or lamb or pork.
Looking for something refreshing and dry? This bottle is for you. This Petit Chablis is a stunning example of what Chardonnay can be! Sourced from higher slopes around the outskirts of the Chablis appellation, this wine has very bright acidity and zesty citrus notes.
It is famously difficult to find great Pinot Noir on a budget. The finesse and elegance we expect from great Pinot just can't often be found for under twenty five bucks. And if you're looking for something farmed organically? Even harder yet. That is, except this rare gem that checks all our boxes. It is unapologetically simple yet sublime for its crunchy red fruits, tempting floral notes, and earthy aromatics. You simply can't get better Pinot at this price point anywhere. Work this into your regular rotation. You won't regret it.
Guy’s friends may call him “Petit Max”, but in the world of wine, he is quite the contrary. Breton is a major force in restoring the honor of Gamay in Beaujolais. This Morgon is his principle offering from 80-year-old vines, contributing a deeper complexity and structure to lush red fruits.
A staple at the shop and hands-down one of the best values in Burgundy that you are likely to find. Jean-Jaques Robert is a staunch defender of his terroir and translates the beauty of his vineyards microclimates with the finesse of a master painter. Often compared to the greater wines of the Cote de Beaune but at a fraction of the price. This wine is truly not to be missed.
Find yourself searching for some extra depth and complexity in your rosé? Why not look to Brunello for the answer. An astronomer by trade, Guiseppe Sesti found his calling crafting unbelievable expressions of Sangiovese. His rosato is no different. Deep, dark, and fresh, try it with roast pork.
Jean Foillard is best known for popularizing and expanding the idea of ‘natural’ wine to the greater wine community. In his vision, wine should come from undisturbed, unmanipulated vines, and nothing should be added nor taken away from the final product. His Beaujolais-Villages is driven by a purity and energy that is unmistakably Foillard.
Taking after his father and his legendary winemaking, Adrien Renoir is making a statement in their appellation as he converts their farming to biodynamic, making fresh bubbles with finesse. His ‘Le Terrior’ cuvee is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, bone-dry, bold flavor, with a gorgeous, long finish.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.