Fall Wine Club Collection: Rare and Indigenous Grapes

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The rare and indigenous Catalan grape variety called Sumoll

Did you know that there are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world? The vast majority of commercial wine production is limited to only 19 of them, which are known as the “noble grapes”. Of the remaining 9,980, only about 1,350 are grown in large enough quantities to be commercially viable. This quarter’s collection is dedicated to these lesser-known varieties.

The stewards of these rare grapes are, in many cases, growing them to preserve local tradition and biodiversity, much like the farmers who grow and sell heirloom varieties of vegetables at your local farmer’s market. You can’t argue that the complex flavor of an heirloom tomato is inferior to that of a standard tomato – it simply isn’t true. They’re just different. The same goes for these grapes. Their names are hard to pronounce and you maybe have never heard of them, but they are certain to delight you with exciting new flavors and textures.

To join the wine club, simply sign up here. Supplies are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Each 6 bottle wine club collection is $150 plus tax and a $15 flat rate delivery ($25 if you sign up for all 12 wines). Every shipment includes a full-color, 28-page booklet containing tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and production notes about each wine. The wine club will be billed and shipped out the first week of November.

Mixed Collection:
A little bit of everything for the wine lover extraordinaire. Two still whites, two still reds, a dry Lambrusco (sparkling red), and the unclassifiable Trousseau-Gris from Jolie-Laide.

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Jolie-Laide Wines 2015 Trousseau Gris
Russian River Valley

Comte Abbatucci 2015 Faustine Rouge
Corsica, France

La Clarine Farm 2015 Petit Manseng
Sierra Foothills, CA

Luigi Ferrando 2013 Erbaluce di Caluso
Piemonte, Italy

Vigneto Saetti 2015 Rosso Viola
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Celler Pardas 2015 Sus Scrofa
Penedès, Spain

Red Collection:
Six red wines of varying shades and textures. Even a fizzy Lambrusco since red wine lovers deserve to celebrate, too!

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Romain Chamiot 2014 Mondeuse
Savoie, France

Comte Abbatucci 2015 Faustine Rouge
Corsica, France

Andi Knauss 2015 Without All
Württemberg, Germany

Marco de Bartoli 2014 Rosso di Marco
Sicily, Italy

Vigneto Saetti 2015 Rosso Viola
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Celler Pardas 2015 Sus Scrofa
Penedès, Spain

White Collection
Six wines on the lighter side of the spectrum, with shades varying from pure white to a rosy hue.

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Ermes Pavese 2014 Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle
Valle d’Aosta, Italy

Patricius NV Sparkling Brut
Tokaj, Hungary

Jolie-Laide 2015 Trousseau Gris
Russian River Valley, California

Luigi Ferrando 2013 Erbaluce di Caluso
Piemonte, Italy

La Clarine Farm 2015 Petit Manseng
Sierra Foothills, CA

Kabaj 2012 Ravan
Goriška Brda, Slovenia


Sign up for the wine club
 and secure your collection today.

Pre-Califermentation Pop-Up: Monday, Oct 17th @ 7PM

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Join Tala of Winelandia and Pamela Busch of The Vinguard this Monday, October 17th @ 7pm for a Pre-Califermentation Pop-Up at Ruby Wine in San Francisco. They’ll be pouring wines from a few featured producers, including AmByth Estate, Scholium Project, Petard Cellars, Sonoma Mountain Winery, and others.

Wines will be poured in a tasting flight or by the glass for $10-$15. Come hang out and get to know the organizers of Califermentation. Tala and Pamela be available to chat with you about the landscape of natural wine in California while you sip on some awesome local juice.

Monday, October 17th at 7PM
Ruby Wine
1419 18th Street
San Francisco

Peace!