When we think “old World Chardonnay” our minds immediately head to Burgundy, but this Piemontese Chardonnay is a close second! The high altitude of these vines brings lightness, brightness, and freshness to this mineral-driven expression of Chardonnay.
Nicole Chanrion inherited her family’s estate at a time when few believed that women could make great wine. Yet, she persisted in making one of the best, most traditional Côte de Brouilly’s according to natural methods of winemaking. Her gloriously grapey Brouilly remains a killer value. Stock up and enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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!
This incredibly aromatic wine is a blend of all the white allstars from the South of France - Semillon, Marsanne, and Viognier. It is full-bodied and floral, tropical-fruited and complex. Try this with your next Szechuan take-out dinner!
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.
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.
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.
Matthiasson makes some of our favorite California wines - period. For them, winemaking is an extension of farming, so their wines are meant to be refreshing & complement food. Their Linda Vista Chardonnay is pure honey, apple & peach on the nose with a fleshy, balanced palate.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.