For many of us, the wines of California were our first love in our pursuit of the vine. Here in California, we’re lucky to have such a wealth of home-grown wines to choose from, which allows us to not just “eat local”, but also “drink local”! This week I am releasing several new bottles from my favorite California producers, listed below.
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2014 Matthiasson Rosé, California – $25
Steve Matthiasson has become a household name for many wine lovers in the golden state. He was the SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year in 2013, and a James Beard Award nominee for the last 2 years in a row. At his core, he’s a farmer; he grows vegetables between the rows of vines in his vineyard and can be found peddling his stone fruit at the Napa farmer’s market in the summer. Steve is such a humble guy, and an even better winemaker. When he started making rosé, there was no person more excited than me, and with his first vintage, he hit the nail on the head. A light, gauzy, quaffable, and balanced pink wine, with delicate aromas of grapefruit blossoms and fresh strawberries. On the palate, it’s bone dry with fresh acidity. The perfect wine for a springtime BBQ, and it will continue to improve all summer. Imagine it paired with chicken on the grill dripping with spicy barbecue sauce, or a fresh spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese.
2014 Tendu White Wine, California – $20
Tendu is a collaboration between Steve Matthiasson and his friend/distributor Matthew Plympton. They wanted to make affordable, easy-drinking wines in larger-format bottles – an homage to the liter-sized bottles of Gruner-Veltliner from Austria. This fantastic white blend from California is made with mostly Vermentino grapes, with a little French Colombard and Chardonnay thrown in for good measure. Take this jumbo bottle to Tomales Bay to pair with oysters, or enjoy in style with some friends at Dolores Park on a sunny day. No corkscrew required, as it’s sealed with a crown (beer bottle) cap!
2014 Ryme Hers Vermentino, Carneros – $24
Ryan and Megan Glaab have been quietly making some of the best wines in California for the last several years. They are shacked up with Wind Gap and Jolie-Laide at a co-op winery in Sebastopol, and the quality of their wines is more than up to par with their winery-mates. As a husband-and-wife team, they make two versions of their Vermentino – a “His” (skin-fermented), and a “Hers” (direct-to-press, classic style white). The Hers made it’s Winelandia debut in the wine club last fall, and this is the first time it’s been available in the online store. If you love Italian-style whites, snap up some of this fantastic juice before it’s all gone.
2013 Ryme Pinot Noir, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros – $32
Another fantastic bottle from Ryme – a beautifully juicy and balanced Pinot Noir from the sustainably farmed cool-climate Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros. Made from two different pinot noir clones planted in the 1960s – Swan & Gamay Beaujolais – the wine is the perfect blend of delicately earthy, herbal, and fruity. Reminiscent of good Cru Beaujolais rather than your typical Cali pinot, and we love it for that. Pair it with roasted guinea fowl in fennel & tarragon, smoked duck breast, or a pizza with tomato sauce.
2014 Lieu Dit Melon, Santa Maria Valley – $24
Do you love Muscadet and other dry, minerally wines from the Loire Valley? This “Melon de California”, as I like to call it, is a rare bird. I had no idea anyone was growing this grape which is widely planted in France’s Loire Valley, and this example is absolutely gorgeous. Aromatic and focused, with intense citrus and mineral notes. The perfect wine to pair with raw oysters or any other kind of seafood. Enjoy on the beach with a good friend, paired with some fresh Harley Farms goat cheese and a warm loaf of garlic & herb artichoke bread from the Arcangeli Grocery Store.
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