Staff Pick: Spring in a Glass

by whitney on April 16, 2014

Spring has sprung you guys. Well, at least for this part of the country (sorry NYC). The pink stuff has also arrived and is quickly filling our shelves, which is reason to celebrate in and of itself. Therefore, our staff pick for April is a delightful Oregon Pinot Noir rosé. So fresh and so clean.

Who: Kathryn

What: 2013 Teutonic Rosé

Why: “Because I’m ready for spring, and (thank God) rosé season is here again!! This rosé has the minerality and acidity of an old world wine, but it’s from Oregon. Super lean and fresh, just delicious.”

When: “I’d like to take it home tonight – I’m making a veggie pasta: peas, asparagus, gnocchi, butter & parmesan.”

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Wine Club: April 2014

by whitney on April 15, 2014

April is a winemaker focused month, featuring two people whose wine we love to support and drink. Often.

The Naturalist: Eric Texier

Eric Texier makes some of our favorite Rhone wines. Perhaps we could even say that he makes some of our favorite French wines. A former nuclear engineer, he began a life in wine in 1993 and vinified his first wines in 1995. He lives and cellars his wine in Charnay-en-Beaujolais, just north of Lyon, but sources fruit from various vineyards in northern and southern Rhone (and even southern Burgundy). He believes wine is made in the vineyard, therefore he takes special care in acquiring interesting plots from fellow vignerons that work very naturally; combining some elements of Biodynamics with principles like that of Fukuoka. Almost all of the vines he works with are either old vines and/or massale selections, as little clones as possible. In the cellar, the wines ferment spontaneously without the use of added yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. We’ve selected two of his wines from the tiny Brézème AOC in northern Rhone for you to try. Both are wines of character, exhibiting a strong sense of place and balance. And are just plain delicious.

2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Brézème Roussanne 

2012 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Brézème Rouge  (Syrah)

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 The GastronomistAngela Osborne

Originally from New Zealand, Angela moved to California in 2006 and fell in love with Grenache, a grape that didn’t really exist in her home country (it doesn’t fare well in the cooler climate).  She made her first Grenache in 2007 with fruit sourced from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. And so, A Tribute to Grace (named after her grandmother) was born. Her wines are always single vineyard and always 100% Grenache. We love Angela’s wines almost as much as we love her, which is saying something. There is a feminine touch, a gracefulness even. Elaine Brown aka Hawk Wakawaka wrote a lovely piece about Angela, which is a must read. We hope you enjoy two of her most recent releases; a study in Central Coast Grenache.

2013 A Tribute to Grace Coghlan Vineyard Rosé

2012 A Tribute to Grace Santa Barbara County Grenache

Photo credit: photo of Eric by Viinitie; photo of Angela by Protocol Wine Studio.

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Wine Glasses: Steal vs Splurge

April 7, 2014

We have a lot of opinions about what sort of vessel you should be using to drink your wine. The opinions are mainly that it shouldn’t be too complicated. You don’t need a dozen different glasses for every style of wine imaginable, just a few solid options that get the wine from the bottle to [...]

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What Did You Buy?: Rory Harrington

March 25, 2014

There are so many great visitors stopping by the shop each and every day. Getting to see friendly faces, meeting out-of-towners, and catching up with chefs and wine colleagues is our favorite part of the day. We figured you might want to meet some of our customers, see what they end up buying, and why. [...]

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Staff Pick: Gamay from the Dark Side

March 17, 2014

Each month, one Domaine LA staff member will share their favorite wine of the moment from our shelves. First up- Dylan Bean and a Gamay worth your attention (and not a lot of your dollars.) Who: Dylan What: 2010 Pascal Granger Chénas Why: “I love most wines made from Gamay, especially ones from Beaujolais. But [...]

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Wine Club: March 2014

March 15, 2014

The Naturalist & The Gastronomist:  Rhone vs. Cali    Every club member, whether in the Gastronomist or Naturalist wing, is getting the same two wines this month. It’s time to see how the other half lives. Although, either wine could easily pop up in a typical Naturalist or Gastronomist selection. The main commonality between the [...]

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