Staff Pick: A Wine to Be Thankful For

by whitney on November 19, 2015

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Who: Whitney

What: 2014 Folk Machine Valdiguié

Why: “Every dang year, this wine just gets better and better. And it was already great to begin with! Kenny, of Folk Machine, makes my favorite Valdiguie aka Napa Gamay. The color is beautiful – vibrant, light, and ruby-tinged. And it tastes like tangy rhubarb, tart cherries and watermelon fruit are exploding in your mouth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.”

When: “This has been on my Thanksgiving table for the past few years because it’s so drinkable, refreshing, and versatile. Which is also why it is perfect to drink anytime.”


Club Wines: November 2015

by whitney on November 16, 2015

November: Thanksgiving Wines

Pairs of wines perfectly suited to pair with the season and/or your turkey dinner.


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Orange wine. That textural, unfiltered, sometimes savory and sometimes tannic skin contact white wine that can end up a rainbow of orange-y amber hues. Beyond all of its aforementioned positive traits, it is wildly food-friendly.  It sits in the perfect middle-ground between white and red, has acidity and freshness but also depth and structure, making it versatile enough to pair with herbs and veggies, roast turkey, red meat, stuffing…basically anything that could possibly be on your Thanksgiving table.

2013 Radikon Pinot Grigio – Friuli is the sort of Italian headquarters of orange wine. Radikon, one of its masters, produces some of the most delicious and compelling skin contact wines out there. His “S” series Pinot Grigio spends eight days on the skins.

2014 Scholium Steverjan  – Scholium’s new whole-cluster Pinot Grigio, a sort of ode to Friulano skin-contact traditions, and named after the town that is home to Radikon! A great New World companion to the Pinot Grigio and an opportunity to taste both the product of the inspiration next to the original.


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We have two lovely reds to tuck into for you Gastonomists this month – both juicy, fresh, and expressive and hailing from northern California. We’ve long been fans of the Chris Brockway and his Broc wines (and really everything he does) and are very excited by a new project from Broc’s assistant winemaker called Ama Cellars. So, we paired them together. Mentor and apprentice.

2014 Ama Cellars Nero d’Avola – From Broc’s assistant winemaker Martha Stoumen and partner Diego Roig. They both worked in Sicily with Guisto Occhipinti of famed COS winery, so it’s no surprise they searched for Sicilian Nero d’Avola here in California. They found it in Mendocino’s Fox Hill vineyard, one of the few in the state planted to the grape.

2014 Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel –  This is not the huge, overly spicy, bold and jammy zins of yore. Year after year, Chris proves that when picked at the right time (not too late) and handled with a delicate touch in the cellar, Zinfandel can be delightful and light on its feet. The Vine Starr has beautiful red fruit and floral aromatics with a touch of black pepper. Zinfandel reimagined.


Staff Pick: Chinon Blanc

October 22, 2015

Who: Anthony What: 2014 Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc Why: “Because it’s one of the most stunning expressions of Chenin Blanc. It’s balanced and it is one of the most versatile white wines we have when it comes to food.” When: “Chillin’ in the backyard with the dog and maybe some mushroom toast. Simple and fun.”

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Club Wines: October 2015

October 19, 2015

September: Louis/Dressner Frenchies New French releases from one of our very favorite importers – Louis/Dressner. Naturalist When we think of the Rhone we can’t not think of Eric Texier. Although he technically lives in nearby Beaujolais wine country, he sources fruit from some of the most interesting and forgotten plots throughout northern and southern Rhone. […]

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Staff Pick: Champers

September 26, 2015

Who: Jill What: 2012 Ruppert-Leroy Champagne Blanc de Noirs ‘Les Cogneaux’ Why: “My favorite Champagne producer has been Cedric Bouchard, year in and year out, since opening the shop. But Bouchard wines come and go very quickly. They are not year round items since the supply is so limited. I was happy to discover Ruppert-Leroy […]

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Insurgente: Cerveza from Tijuana

September 21, 2015

If you’ve been into the store recently, you might have noticed that our beer selection has expanded! We’ve had a lot of fun discovering new beers and cool breweries that align with the same vibe as most of the wines we carry – small production with a sense of place and made by people, not corporations. A […]

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