Pop-Up Dinner at Ruby Wine, Monday 2/20

Hi, Everyone! It’s been a while, and I’ve been busy working on new projects. I wanted to let you all know about a pop-up benefit dinner I’m hosting/cheffing this Monday, Feb. 20th at Ruby Wine.

Ruby Wine has a small café next door called Provendor, and the last few Mondays there have been a variety of chefs using their kitchen for pop-up dinners. This Monday, Feb. 20th I am hosting a dinner there with 100% of the dinner profits going to an Oakland public school. The money will be used to purchase classroom supplies and books for the students at Fruitvale Elementary.

Come by Provendor at 1415 18th St, SF from 6pm-9pm to order your dinner. You can then take it next door to enjoy at Ruby Wine (or take it to go). Travis will be there pouring wines by the glass, or you can purchase a bottle to share with no corkage fee.

The menu includes options for meat lovers and vegetarians.
$20 per person.

Option 1:

Pasture-raised beef cheeks slow-braised in red wine and herbs
served over creamy polenta
Roasted rainbow carrots with rosemary
and a freshly baked sea salt chocolate chip cookie

Option 2:

Two sous vide pasture-raised eggs with wild mushroom ragout
served over creamy polenta
Roasted rainbow carrots with rosemary
and a freshly baked sea salt chocolate chip cookie

Let’s pack the house and raise a ton of money for Fruitvale Elementary. I’m pouring my heart and soul into this, so you know it’s going to be great. I hope to see you there!

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!

Summer Wine Club: Biodynamic Wines

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This quarter’s wine club collection is focused on Biodynamics, a farming and winemaking process drawn from the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. Biodynamic farming combines spiritual, mystical, and celestial methodologies to promote soil fertility, plant health, and biodiversity. It creates a holistic, resilient, and self-contained ecosystem that does not require the intervention of synthetic chemicals.

A Biodynamic farm will not only have grapevines, but also fruit trees, livestock, bees, vegetable crops, grains, or many other types of plants and animals that create true biodiversity on the land, in addition to supporting living soil. There are also special Biodynamic “preparations” used for fertility and pest control, including compost teas, mineral-based sprays, and other nutrients that are sourced directly from the land that they are being used on. In addition to all of this, Biodynamic processes follow the lunar calendar, which is believed to have a major influence on the cycles of the vines and earth.

Much like organic farming, there are certifying agencies for Biodynamic vineyards and wineries. The most common one you’ll see is called Demeter. So when you see that a wine is “Demeter Certified”, you can be certain that the grower is strictly following all of the practices of Biodynamics. On the other hand, many followers of Biodynamic principles eschew certification, believing that it’s either too expensive or unnecessary for their own reasons. In your booklet notes, you’ll see whether the wine is Demeter Certified or simply practicing Biodynamics.
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To many of us, Biodynamics might seem a little… unusual. And if you’ve ever met a truly Biodynamic farmer, you might think he or she is a little odd. For a long time, Biodynamics were considered akin to sorcery, so governments and consumers were wary and wineries had to hide the fact they practiced. Nowadays, people seem to be a little more open-minded, and Biodynamics are being not only promoted, but used as a marketing tool. As you’ll see, the proof is in the final product, and everyone in the natural wine community seems to agree that Biodynamic wines can be very special. I am definitely in that camp.

This quarter’s wine club is nearly sold out, so if you aren’t already a member, sign up today. Each wine club collection features six wines for $150, excluding tax and delivery.

**The ALL-WHITE collection is sold out! We still have a few Mixed and All-Red collections available.**

Mixed Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

All-Red Club

San Fereolo
2013 Valdibà Dolcetto di Dogliani
Piedmont, Italy

Azienda Agricola Montesecondo
2014 Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy

Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
2014 Pie Negros Rioja
Rioja, Spain

Domaine Philippe Gilbert
2012 Menetou-Salon Rouge
Loire Valley, France

Despagne-Rapin Montagne
2006 Saint-Émilion “Maison Blanche”
Bordeaux, France

Domaine Olivier Pithon
2012 Cuvée Laïs Rouge
Roussillon, France

All-White Club

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz
NV 3 Cépages Champagne
Champagne, France

Domaine de l’Ecu
2013 Cuvée Classic Muscadet
Loire Valley, France

Domaine de Sulauze
2015 Pomponette Rosé
Provence, France

Domaine Huber-Verdereau
2014 Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France

Cascina Degli Ulivi
2010 Montemarino Bianco
Piedmont, Italy

Cooperativa Agricola La Collina
NV Lunaris Secco Malvasia Dell’Emilia
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 

Spring Wine Club Offer: Natural Wine from Goatboy Selections

Do you ever look at the back of a bottle of wine? If the wine is imported, it’s there you’ll find the label bearing the importer’s name. Importers are the people in the trenches who establish relationships with the winemakers and painstakingly select each wine to bring into the US. Average wine consumers tend to overlook the role of the importer, which is a shame because of how much passion, time, and work are involved in bringing these wines from thousands of miles away to your dinner table.

Perhaps you have a favorite importer, like Kermit Lynch, Louis-Dressner, or Rosenthal. Many of us have importers that we prefer, and selecting an unfamiliar wine from a tried-and-true importer is a great way to discover something new that will suit your taste. For example, I know that if I reach for a bottle with the Goatboy Selections label on the back that I’m getting an authentic natural wine – complex and soulful, unadulterated, organically farmed, and made with minimal or no sulfur.

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Goatboy Selections is curated by Byron Bates, a NYC-based wine consultant and sommelier who created legendary natural wine lists at several famous restaurants before “natural wine” was a household name like it is today. During his career, he forged relationships with some of the coolest and most avant-garde producers in France, which eventually got him hired by importer T. Edward Wines to curate natural wine for their book.

Our next wine club shipment features a selection of incredible natural wines curated by Goatboy Selections especially for T. Edward Wines. Join the wine club today to secure your collection. In addition to an awesome box of wine, you’ll also receive a full-color 28-page booklet explaining each wine in detail, along with food pairing suggestions and tasting notes. See the full list of wines below.

Mixed Club (three reds, two whites, and one sparkling)
$145 plus tax and delivery

2014 Brendan Tracey Pineau d’Aunis VDF
2014 Xavier Benier “Vieille Vignes” Beaujolais
2012 Sainte Croix “Magneric” Corbieres
2013 Brendan Tracey “Rue de la Soif” Sauvignon Blanc VDF
2013 Manoir de la Tete Rouge “Tete en l’Air” Cremant de Loire
2015 Xavier Benier Beaujolais Blanc

All-Red Club (six red wines of various styles)
$145 plus tax and delivery

2014 Brendan Tracey Pineau d’Aunis VDF
2014 Xavier Benier “Vieille Vignes” Beaujolais
2012 Sainte Croix “Magneric” Corbieres
2013 Brendan Tracey “Capatilisme” Rouge VDF
2013 Sebastien David “Hurluberlu” St. Nicolas de Bourgueil
2012 Andrea Calek “Chantons de Garde” VDF

All-White Club (five whites and one sparkling wine)
$145 plus tax and delivery

2013 Brendan Tracey “Rue de la Soif” Sauvignon Blanc VDF
2013 Manoir de la Tete Rouge “Tete en l’Air” Cremant de Loire
2015 Xavier Benier Beaujolais Blanc
2014 Manoir de la Tete Rouge “Tete d’Ange” Saumur Blanc
2014 Sainte Croix “La Serre” Blanc
2010 Sylvain Bock “La Fruit de la Patience” Blanc

Our Spring wine club is shipping the first week of May (see our Delivery Terms for details). To join, simply click here, fill out the form, and be on your way to enjoying these phenomenal wines. Wine club members also enjoy an ongoing 10% discount on wines sold through our online store.

Cheers!

Winelandia.com

New Wave Natural Wines from California Now Available

Natural wine has been getting a lot of press lately. CBS recently released this informative video about additives in wine, with cameos from winemaker Tony Coturri, the godfather of natural wine in California, and journalist Alice Fiering, the woman who literally wrote the book(s) on natural wine. Definitely worth a watch if you’re curious to know what goes into most of the wines you find on the shelves.

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Try some of these new selections from Winelandia. Made from grapes with love by some of the most exciting new winemakers in California (and one in Utah – Lewandowski).

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Delicious reds grown in the Golden State

2013 Methode Sauvage “Ley Line” Valdiguie/Syrah Blend, California
2013 Petard Cellars “Thee & Thou” Red Blend, Lodi
2013 Deux Punx Pinot Noir, Humboldt County
2o14 Lo-Fi Wines Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 Purity Wines Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 j.Brix “La Libresca” Grenache, Santa Barbara Highlands

Refreshing whites for the California “Winter”

2014 Methode Sauvage “Vista Verde” Chenin Blanc, San Benito County
2012 Wei-Chi “Good Luck” Semillon, Lake County
2014 Ruth Lewandowski “Naomi” Grenache Gris, Mendocino County
2014 Les Lunes Chardonnay, Mt. Lassen
2014 Populis French Colombard/Chardonnay Blend, California
2014 La Clarine Farm Petit Manseng, Sierra Foothills

Save 10% on every wine you purchase from us by joining our seasonal wine club. You’ll receive quarterly shipments of 6 delicious wines, including an informative full-color booklet with tasting notes, production information, and winemaker bios.

Cheers from Winelandia.

Winter Wine Club Offer: California Love

Happy New Year everyone!

Coming hot off the heels of our very successful Califermentation event, I thought it would be a great time to get back to Winelandia’s roots and feature wines from California. I was lucky to meet so many talented and passionate people dedicated to natural winemaking and was inspired to do a wine club collection 100% focused on them.

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Here at Winelandia, we tend to focus a lot on Europen wine vs. California, and a lot of wine drinkers have a bias against one or the other. I think it’s very important to take the time to develop your own opinion and taste. Natural wines are not only gaining popularity (perhaps you saw the article in Vogue last year?), but Californians are also getting a lot better at making it.

You may be familiar with some of the producers in this collection, such as Winelandia favorite La Clarine Farm (seriously, so many of you LOVE Hank’s wines, and he loves you back), as well as SF locals Deux Punx (we featured their Grenache in our Fall 2013 collection). The rest are probably going to be brand new to you, and that’s because they are part of the NEW-new wave of natural winemakers in California.

Every winery featured in this collection is owned and operated by a single person or a very small group of people. Les Lunes and Populis are part of a winery collective based out of someone’s basement in Orinda, and j.Brix Wines is a husband and wife team who gets a lot of help from their cellar rat kids. The winemaker at Petard cellars is a building engineer at a downtown San Francisco skyscraper by day, and Noel from Purity Wine is toiling away in his winery located in a now-defunct school on Treasure Island. When wines are made on a scale this small, they come with an extra helping of love.

Without further adieu, here’s the list!

Mixed Wine Club:
Three red wines and 3 white wines.
$150 plus tax and delivery.

Lo-Fi Wines 2014 Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Petard Cellars 2013 Thee & Thou Red Blend
Lodi, CA

Purity Wine 2014 Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Ruth Lewandowski 2014 Naomi Grenache Gris
Mendocino County, CA

Wei-Chi 2012 Semillon
Lake County, CA

Les Lunes Wine 2014 Chardonnay
Manton Valley, CA

All-Red Club:
Six delicious red wines to warm your belly and your soul.
$150 plus tax and delivery.

Lo-Fi Wines 2014 Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Petard Cellars 2013 Thee & Thou Red Blend
Lodi, CA

Purity Wine 2014 Syrah
Santa Ynez Valley, CA

j.Brix Wines 2013 La Libresca Grenache
Santa Barbara Highlands, CA

Deux Punx 2013 Pinot Noir
Humboldt County, CA

Methode Sauvage 2013 Ley-Line Red Blend
California

All-White Club:
Six incredible whites perfect for winter drinking.
$150 plus tax and delivery.

Ruth Lewandowski 2014 Naomi Grenache Gris
Mendocino County, CA

Wei-Chi 2012 Semillon
Lake County, CA

Les Lunes Wine 2014 Chardonnay
Manton Valley, CA

Methode Sauvage 2014 Vista Verde Chenin Blanc
San Benito County, CA

Populis 2014 White Blend
California

La Clarine Farm 2014 Petit Manseng
Sierra Foothills, CA

This quarter’s wine club will begin shipping the week of February 1st. To join the wine club, fill out the sign-up form at https://club.winelandia.com.

CALIFERMENTATION: A California natural wine fair – Nov. 12-13, 2016

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The Vinguard and Winelandia invite you to
Califermentation: The second annual wine fair showcasing California’s best in natural winemaking.
Saturday Nov. 12 – Sunday Nov. 13, 12- 4 pm

Terroir Natural Wine Bar and Merchant
1116 Folsom Street (7th), San Francisco

Unlike any other tasting before, Califermentation is featuring wines from California’s best producers dedicated to working without chemicals, with native yeast and using minimal sulfur. Not only are these methods better for the environment but also create more vibrant, expressive and terroir driven wines. More than 40 winemakers from across the state are joining us at Terroir, California’s original natural wine bar, for this exciting, second-annual fête. Hope to see you there!

Buy tickets here.

$45 each day or $80 for both days with 10% of proceeds benefitting Bay Area Hunger.

Participating Wineries:

AmByth Estate
Amplify Wines
Black Trumpet
Broc Cellars
Clos Saron
Coturri Winery
Deux Punx
Donkey & Goat
Enfield Forlorn Hope
Hardesty
Harrington
Hobo Wine Co.
Inconnu Wine
j.Brix
Krater Cellars
La Clarine Farm
La Onda Wine
Ruth Lewandowski
Living Wines Collective
Lo-Fi
Los Pilares
Methode Sauvage
Old World Winery
Petard Cellars
Preston
Purity Wines
Rein
Roark Wine Co.
Scholium Project
Sonoma Mountain Winery
Thistle
Two Shepherds
Unti
Unturned Stone
Verdad
Vesper
Vinca Minor

Follow us on social media:

Website: https://califermentation.com
Twitter: @califermentSF
Instagram: @califermentation
Facebook: http://facebook.com/califermentation

Fall Wine Club Terroir Series: Limestone Wines

Fall is my favorite time of year.

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, I find myself looking forward to the holidays much more than I did when I was young. I love cooking for friends and family, throwing dinner parties, and sharing my most prized wines.

I’m no longer looking for light and easy reds to enjoy with a slight chill; instead I crave wines with density, texture, and earthy minerality. I reach for more serious wines to slowly enjoy out of a big, tulip-shaped glass as I transition from the dinner table to a seat in front of the fireplace.

For our Fall wine club, we’re continuing our focus on terroir and featuring French wines grown in limestone soil.

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Limestone is a sedimentary alkaline soil type composed of ancient seabed that is highly beneficial to grape growing. It neutralizes the acidity in the soil, has excellent water retention properties, keeps the roots of the grapevines cool, and slows the ripening of grapes which helps them retain their natural acidity. Wines grown in limestone have phenomenal texture, structure, freshness and profound minerality; they are often heralded as the greatest wines in the world.

Much of continental France is composed of limestone, as it was under an ocean millions of years ago. Chablis, Côte d’Or, Sancerre, Saumur, Alsace, and many other important French winemaking regions have legendary vineyards planted on this porous soil.

Are you interested in joining the Winelandia wine club? Sign up at https://club.winelandia.com/

Mixed Wine Club – $150 plus tax and delivery:

Three reds, two whites, and one sparkling rosé. A cornucopia of delicious, natural French wines.

Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette 
2012 “Les Clapas” Red Blend
Côteaux du Languedoc, France
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Full-bodied and savory with balanced freshness. Rich, ripe notes of red/black fruits are accentuated by aromas of juniper, rosemary, and irony minerals. Refined, silky tannins are uplifted by juicy acidity.

Domaine Contat-Grangé 2012 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière
Burgundy, France
100% Pinot Noir
Brooding, subtle, and complex with notes of ripe cherry and profound minerality. Balanced and bright acidity is framed by present yet supple tannins.

Olga Raffault 2001 Chinon Les Picasses
Loire Valley, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Old school Cabernet Franc at it’s best. Light garnet in color with complex notes of herbs, smoky minerals, dark cherries, and earth. On the palate, the tannins are softened by age but maintain their youthful velvety texture, with fresh acidity that make it a perfect compliment to a variety of fall foods. At 14 years old, it’s just beginning to show how well Chinon can age.

Le Petit St. Vincent NV Cab à Bulles Rosé Pet-Nat
Saumur-Champigny, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Vibrant and joyful with a bouquet of crunchy red fruits and minerals. On the palate, it’s juicy and pleasantly fizzy with flavors of cranberry and cherries with a crisp and dry finish.

Domaine de la Sarazinière 2013 Cuvée Claude Seigneuret
Mâcon-Bussières, France
100% Chardonnay
Bright and mineral-driven with a lovely ripe stone fruit profile balanced by fresh acidity and delicate creaminess.

La Grange Tiphaine 2013 Clef de Sol Blanc
Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
100% Chenin Blanc
Delicate and fresh with notes of white flowers, citrus zest, and minerals. On the palate, it’s balanced by bright acidity, chalky texture, and a dry mineral finish with just a hint of succulent fruit.

All-Red Club – $150 plus tax and delivery:

Six impressive, food-friendly red wines perfect for dinner parties, holidays, or any other day of the week.

Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette 2012 “Les Clapas” Red Blend
Côteaux du Languedoc, France
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Full-bodied and savory with balanced freshness. Rich, ripe notes of red/black fruits are accentuated by aromas of juniper, rosemary, and irony minerals. Refined, silky tannins are uplifted by juicy acidity.

Domaine Contat-Grangé 2012 Maranges Premier Cru La Fussière
Burgundy, France
100% Pinot Noir
Brooding, subtle, and complex with notes of ripe cherry and profound minerality. Balanced and bright acidity is framed by present yet supple tannins.

Olga Raffault 2001 Chinon Les Picasses
Loire Valley, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Old school Cabernet Franc at it’s best. Light garnet in color with complex notes of herbs, smoky minerals, dark cherries, and earth. On the palate, the tannins are softened by age but maintain their youthful velvety texture, with fresh acidity that make it a perfect compliment to a variety of fall foods. Unbelievably fresh and lively for a 14-year-old wine, drinking beautifully now and can age for several more years.

Domaine Gramenon 2014 Sierra du Sud
Côtes-du-Rhône, France
100% Syrah
Fresh black and red fruits are highlighted by notes of violets and a sultry peppery streak. Full-bodied and luscious with plenty of juicy acidity and tannins. Drink now while it’s young and fresh or lay it down for a couple of years.

Mas del Perié 2014 Les Invaders Malbec
Cahors, France
100% Malbec
Juicy and fresh with aromas of ripe blue fruits, earth, minerals, and spice. Polished and supple structure with an intriguing earthy finish.

Francois Chidaine 2014 Touraine Rouge
Loire Valley, France
Côt, Pineau d’Aunis, Cabernet Franc
Spicy, herbal, fruity, and fresh! Notes of black pepper, tomato vine, and crunchy red fruits are framed by supple tannins and juicy acidity. An excellent food wine.

All-White Club – $150 plus tax and delivery:

Four white, one sparkling rosé, and one sparkling white. Graceful, elegant, and joyful – like you.

Le Petit St. Vincent NV Cab à Bulles Rosé Pet-Nat
Saumur-Champigny, France
100% Cabernet Franc
Vibrant and joyful with a bouquet of crunchy red fruits and minerals. On the palate, it’s juicy and pleasantly fizzy with flavors of cranberry and cherries with a crisp and dry finish.

Domaine de la Sarazinière 2013 Cuvée Claude Seigneuret
Mâcon-Bussières, France
100% Chardonnay
Bright and mineral-driven with a lovely ripe stone fruit profile balanced by fresh acidity and delicate creaminess.

La Grange Tiphaine 2013 Clef de Sol Blanc
Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
100% Chenin Blanc
Delicate and fresh with notes of white flowers, citrus zest, and minerals. On the palate, it’s balanced by bright acidity, chalky texture, and a dry mineral finish with just a hint of succulent fruit.

Philippe Gilbert 2013 Menetou-Salon Blanc
Loire Valley, France
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Fresh and pure with notes of lemon zest, green fruit, and minerals. On the palate, it’s electric and lively, with a long and crisp mineral finish.

Domaine Bechtold 2012 Silberberg Pinot Gris
Alsace, France
100% Pinot Gris
Delicate and complex with a bouquet of orange blossom, yellow citrus, honey, and minerals. On the palate, it shows elegance and grace with delicate acidity and silky texture.

Domaine du Clos Naudin 2010 Foreau Vouvray Brut
Loire Valley, France
100% Chenin Blanc
Rich and complex with intoxicating aromas of white truffles, toasted brioche, alpine flowers, and minerals. On the palate, the bubbles are fine and ethereal; the flavors are savory and profound. The finish is long, crisp, and dry, with persistent minerality.

Can’t wait to join the club? Don’t miss out on these incredible wines. Sign up here.

October Wine Box: The Balkan Peninsula

Ready for something new?

Long before the French and Italians graced the world with elegant, polished wines made from modern grape varieties, people were making wine on the Balkan Peninsula from ancient, indigenous grape varieties in a climate well-suited to viticulture. Americans are finally starting to take notice of these wines and now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about.

This month’s wine box features four terroir-driven, soulful Balkan wines from Istria (Croatia), Northern Dalmatia (Croatia), Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Price for all four wines is $79.

Click here to buy now. Please check our delivery terms for delivery details.

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Brkić 2013 Čitlučka Žilavka
Price: $17.00
Region: Motar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Type: White Wine
Grape Variety: Žilavka (zhee-lav-ka)
Farming: Organic and practicing Biodynamic.
Production: Fermented with indigenous yeast, aged on the lees, and bottled unfiltered.
Notes: Žilavka is a white indigenous white grape well-suited to the climate and limestone soil in the Mediterranean, where it’s been grown for more than 1000 years. Notes of ripe pear, fresh tarragon, and sea breeze make this wine pair with a variety of Mediterranean-inspired foods.

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Coronica 2014 Malvazija Istarska
Price: $20.00
Region: Istria, Croatia
Type: White Wine
Grape Variety: Malvazija Istarska
Farming: Practicing organic. Soil is composed of “Terra Rossa”, mineral-rich clay over solid limestone subsoil.
Production: 
Inoculated with yeasts cultured directly from the vineyard and fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel.
Notes: Representing almost 75% of his entire production, Coronica is the area’s benchmark for wines produced from Malvazija Istarska. A bouquet of lemon blossom, lemon pith, and minerals lead to flavors of grapefruit, delicate spice, and oceanic salinity on the palate. Pair with grilled, brined, or pickled seafood, or enjoy with hearty cheeses.

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Kabaj 2012 Sivi Pinot
Price: $22.00
Region: Goriška Brda, Slovenia
Type: Ramato (skin-fermented/orange wine)
Grape Variety: Pinot Grigio
Farming: Dry farmed utilizing organic fertilizers.
Production: 
Fermented with native yeasts for 2 weeks on the skins in 2400 liter oak vats. Aged 12 months on the lees in old French oak barrique. Bottled unfiltered. 
Notes:
 Not your Aunt Mary’s Pinot Grigio! Strawberry in color and creamy in texture with notes of dried apricots, brioche, and custard. The mineral-driven finish is long and dry with exquisite texture, density, and length. A wonderful pairing for roasted poultry and other fall fare.

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Bibich 2013 R6 Riserva
Price: $20.00
Region: Northern Dalmatia, Croatia
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Babić, Lasin, Plavina
Farming: Dry farmed, head-trained vines. Minimal sprays are used in the vineyard due to the site’s optimal grape-growing conditions.
Production: Hand harvested and co-fermented with wild yeasts, then aged 12 months in American oak.
Notes: Not many people know that Zinfandel’s origins lie in Croatia. The indigenous grapes that make up Bibich’s R6 blend nod to Zinfandel, but maintain a smoky herbaceousness, freshness, and minerality that Zinfandel as we know it lacks. Pair with smoked meats, grilled sausages, and even goat cheese.

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