Introducing our Spring ’15 Wine Club Selections

Winelandia’s commitment to the rare and obscure often leads us to wines made from exotic grapes grown in places we’ve never heard of. For our spring wine club collection, we wanted to ‘get back to basics’ so to speak, and show you that natural, organic, and biodynamic wines can be made in some of the most famous winegrowing regions in the world. This collection’s focus is ‘appellation d’origine contrôlée’ (typically abbreviated as ‘AOC’) wines from France – some classically styled, while others are not. Merlot from Bordeaux, Chardonnay from Chablis, and even a funky provençal rosé made from an indigenous grape (we couldn’t resist) make an appearance in this thoughtful collection of classic French AOC wines.

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

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Mixed Club – $150 plus tax & delivery:

2013 Breton “Les Galichets” Bourgueil
Classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Certified organic. Fresh and vibrant with notes of cranberry and herbs.
2013 Mas del Périé “La Roque” Cahors
Biodynamic Malbec from South-West France. Deep and soulful, with notes of blueberry, spice, and smoke.
2010 Château Tour Peyronneau Saint-Émilion
Certified organic Merlot from Bordeaux. Silky and pure with notes of plum and seductive graphite minerality.
2013 Stéphane Orieux “Clos de la Coudray” Muscadet
The perfect pairing for seafood and raw oysters. Certified organic. Crisp and citrusy with intense minerality.
2013 Clos Cibonne Rosé Tradition, Côtes de Provence
A famous Provencal rosé made from the indigenous grape Tibouren. Aromatic and fresh with an intriguing saline finish.
2013 Gerard et Lilian Duplessis Chablis
Classically styled Chablis from one of the top organic producers in the AOC. Citrus, white flowers, and minerals. Pure elegance.

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

2013 Breton “Les Galichets” Bourgueil
Classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Certified organic. Fresh and vibrant with notes of cranberry and herbs.
2013 Mas del Périé “La Roque” Cahors
Biodynamic Malbec from South-West France. Deep and soulful, with notes of blueberry, spice, and smoke.
2010 Château Tour Peyronneau Saint-Émilion
Certified organic Merlot from Bordeaux. Silky and pure with notes of plum and seductive graphite minerality.
2013 Vincent Paris “Les Cotes” Saint-Joseph
Pure Syrah from the northern Rhone. Organically farmed utilizing Biodynamic principles. Elegant and floral with savory notes.
2011 Gris des Bauries “Les Chaix” Côtes du Rhône
Easy, fresh, and fun Grenache from the famed Côtes du Rhône AOC. Medium bodied with notes of raspberries and dried herbs.
2013 Christian Venier Cheverny Rouge
A blend of Pinot Noir & Gamay from the Loire Valley. Floral, fruity, and herbal with a pleasant effervescence. No added sulfites.

All-White Club – $140 plus tax & delivery:

2013 Stéphane Orieux “Clos de la Coudray” Muscadet
The perfect pairing for seafood and raw oysters. Certified organic. Crisp and citrusy with intense minerality.
2013 Clos Cibonne Rosé Tradition, Côtes de Provence
A famous Provencal rosé made from the indigenous grape Tibouren. Aromatic and fresh with an intriguing saline finish.
2013 Gerard et Lilian Duplessis Chablis
Classically styled Chablis from one of the top organic producers in the AOC. Citrus, white flowers, and minerals. Pure elegance.
NV Francois Chidane Brut, Montlouis-sur-Loire
Rich and elegant sparkling Chenin Blanc that’s sure to impress any Champagne lover. Bone dry with fine, luxurious bubbles.
2011 Château de Puligny-Montrachet “Clos du Château” Bourgogne Blanc
100% Chardonnay from one of the most famous villages in Burgundy. Rich and luscious with balance and poise.
2013 Château la Canorgue Lubéron Blanc, Côtes du Lubéron
A white Rhone wine made with classic Provencal grapes. Floral and sumptuous with notes of golden apples and tropical fruit.

Spring Forward With These American Beauties

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.

Interested in buying any of these wines? Just click on the link for the wine you’re interested in and buy it directly from the online store.

matthiassonrose2014 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.

TenduWhite2014 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!

RymeVermentino2014 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.

RymePinot2013 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.

P81100082014 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.

Love what you see? Want to subscribe to automatic quarterly shipments of wines like these? Sign up for the Winelandia seasonal wine club at https://club.winelandia.com.

Introducing our Winter ’15 Wine Club Collection

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Happy new year everyone! We’ve been hard at work putting together the latest collection for the wine club, scheduled to ship in early February. If you’ve been on the fence about joining the wine club, this would be the shipment to do it! We’ve got some crazy good stuff lined up and I think it’s our best collection yet.

This season, we’re featuring a textural and zesty Savagnin from the Jura, elegant and mineral-driven Beaujolais from the cru vineyards of Fleurie, deep and soulful organic Rioja, perfumey orange Sicilian wine from the famed Arianna Occhipinti, fresh and floral Clairette from Rhone producer Eric Texier, and a Central Coast Cab Sauv from Winelandia favorite Ryan Roark.

Did you know that we offer three different wine club models? Whether you like all kinds of wine, just red, or just white, we have the lineup for you! All of our wine club collection prices reflect a 10% discount off retail, and club members also enjoy an ongoing 10% discount code to use any time while shopping in our online store. Interested in joining? Learn more and sign up here!

Here’s the full run-down on our Winter 2015 wine club selections:

Mixed Wine Club – $146.70 plus tax & delivery:
2013 Eric Texier “Adèle” Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône
2013 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco, Sicily
2011 Tournelle “Fleur de Savagnin”, Côtes du Jura
2013 Julien Sunier Fleurie, Beaujolais
2005 Bodega La Crusset “Seis Sombreros”, Rioja
2011 Wander Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley

Red Wine Club – $144.90 plus tax & delivery:
2013 Julien Sunier Fleurie, Beaujolais
2005 Bodega La Crusset “Seis Sombreros”, Rioja
2011 Wander Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Ynez Valley
2012 Bernard Baudry Chinon, Loire Valley
2013 Vinca Minor Carignan, Mendocino County
2011 Preisinger Blaufrankisch, Austria

White Wine Club – $141.30 plus tax & delivery:
2013 Eric Texier “Adèle” Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône
2013 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco, Sicily
2011 Tournelle “Fleur de Savagnin”, Côtes du Jura
2013 Philippe Tessier Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley
2013 Quenard “Les Abymes” Jacquère, Savoie
2012 Foradori “Fontanasanta” Manzoni Bianco, Trentino-Alto Adige

Get in on the action by signing up today!  We can’t wait to share delicious, affordable, soulful natural wines with you and your loved ones.

Experience the Best of Winelandia for the holidays!

Our “Best of Winelandia” holiday offer is SOLD OUT. We’re working on another one, so stay tuned!

We’ve assembled a very limited 6-pack for the holidays featuring the Best of Winelandia in 2014. Included are four deep, rich, and soulful reds, and two exuberant sparkling wines (even some real Champagne!).

Price per 6-pack is $175 excluding tax and shipping – a 10% savings off retail.

Each 6-pack includes the one each of the following wines:

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon, France
2011 Foradori Teroldego, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy
2012 Brea Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
2013 Guiberteau Saumur Rouge, Loire
NV Champ Divin Crémant du Jura, France
NV Dufour Bulles du Comptoir #3 Champagne, France

Supplies are extremely limited, so order now before we run out! To order, simply email orders@winelandia.com.

Special Offer: Four Festive Wines for Thanksgiving Day

Wines for Thanksgiving Day

The holidays are fast approaching, and we’re here to help you select the perfect wines for Thanksgiving Day. We’ve put together a special Thanksgiving 4-pack to pair beautifully with your holiday creations. We’ve hand-picked each of these delicious, crowd-pleasing wines with food-friendliness in mind, and all of them are bound to impress your guests.

Each order includes all 4 wines listed below. Email orders@winelandia.com to reserve yours today!*

Price on 1: $107 ea. + tax & delivery
Buy 2 or more and save 10%!

*Available to California recipients only

The Wines:

2012 Champ Divin Zéro Dosage, Crémant du Jura
Type: Sparkling wine, Biodynamic farming
Country: France
Blend: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Course: Serve this fun sparkler when your guests arrive to get their appetites going and the conversation flowing.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and exuberant, with notes of apple cider and a touch of minerals.
Pairing: Perfect for any appetizer, but smoked trout canapés on thinly sliced apples will really make it shine.

2013 Celler Frisach “Vernatxa”, Terra Alta
Type: White wine, organically farmed
Country: Spain
Blend: 100% Grenache Blanc
Course: Serve with your first course of soup or salad, or with a cheese plate.
Tasting Notes: Texture! Minerals! Ripe meyer lemon!
Pairing: Winter squash bisque, cheese plates, hearty radicchio and arugula salad with roasted delicata squash, shaved fennel, and pomegranate seeds.

2013 Teutonic Pinot Meunier, Willamette Valley
Type: Red wine (light), sustainably farmed
Country: United States (OR)
Blend: 100% Pinot Meunier
Course: Serve this with your second or main course.
Tasting Notes: Succulent red fruit, sweet herbs, and delicate earth. Light-bodied yet lush, with super-soft tannins and juicy acidity.
Pairing: Herb-roasted birds, mushroom ragout, braised rabbit, ham

2013 Brea Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Type: Red wine (bold), sustainably farmed
Country: United States
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Course: Enjoy this bold red wine at the end of your meal, and continue to enjoy it after dinner in front of your fireplace.
Tasting Notes: Black currants, peppers, spice, and herbs. Beautifully structured and balanced.
Pairing: Braised beef cheeks, roasted rack of lamb, prime rib

La Clarine Farm Cedarville Mourvèdre is back, and more!

We’ve just added three more incredible wines to our online shop, two of which have no added sulfites. They pair perfectly with seasonal ingredients such as pomegranate, roasted poultry, winter squash, persimmon, and chicories. Click the links to purchase from our online store.

La Clarine Farm Cedarville Mourvedre2013 La Clarine Farm “Cedarville” Mourvèdre – $28
La Clarine Farm’s Cedarville Mourvèdre is back and better than ever! Bright, fresh, exotic, and supple, it’s a seductive wine that will entice the most jaded palates. Notes of fresh guava, herbs, cranberry, and minerals are the highlights of this incredible, terroir-driven wine from the Sierra Foothills.

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2013 Christian Vernier ‘Les Hauts de Madon’ Cheverny Rouge – $25
An organically farmed, no-sulfur-added blend of Pinot Noir & Gamay from the Loire Valley’s Cheverny region. This super sexy and feminine wine is remarkably fresh, high-toned, delicately structured, and super juicy. It’s full of aromas of fresh red fruit, dusty earth, fresh herbs, and minerals. I can’t get enough of this wine, it’s definitely one of my top 5 picks for 2014. A must-have for those who love Loire reds and Pinot Noir.

Vinavanti Viognier2013 Vinavanti Viognier, San Diego County – $23
An incredible no-sulfur-added Viognier from San Diego County (you heard right). Sustainably farmed fruit is sourced locally and made into this great wine by Vinavanti. They produce their wines without any additives or oak, and ferment them whole-cluster. This voluptuous and fresh wine will entice you with it’s aromas of citrus, pear skin, herbs, and minerals. It’s a perfect pairing for roasted turkey or chicken.

Join the wine club today and receive 10% off your order with a coupon code that will be emailed to you after you join! We’re shipping the Fall wine club next week. Check out the selections here. Supplies are extremely limited (in fact we’re telling people we’re sold out, but we might have a couple of extras to go around).

Do you have questions or would you like some personal assistance selecting wines to suit your taste? Reach out to Tala directly by email – tala@winelandia.com.

Cheers!
Winelandia

Wine of the Week: Celler Frisach Vernatxa Blanca, Terra Alta

Like most wine geeks, I go through phases. Right now, that phase is white wines from Spain. As many of you know, we’re working with a new importer of Catalan wines (read all about him here) who’s focus is terroir-driven, full-flavored, natural wines grown at high elevations. He has a surprising number of incredible white wines from this region – something entirely new to me. I’m completely captivated by them – intensely mineral, textural, and unlike anything else. This week’s Wine of the Week is my favorite yet – Celler Frisach Vernatxa Blanca.

Celler Frisach is a very small, family-run operation out of Tarragona. It’s 100% Grenache Blanc, grown in soils that are essentially petrified sand dunes, at 1200′ elevation. Fermented on the skins for 14 days like a red wine, it’s technically an “orange” wine, but you’d never know it unless I told you. Pale in color, rich in texture, with incredible minerality that’s hard to find in wines at this price point. I imagine this wine on your fall dinner table, because it’s robust enough to pair with rich fall fare. Winter squash, roasted game birds, hearty salads, and cheese plates will all shine with this beauty of a wine.

Buy now on Winelandia.com!

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Blend: 100% Garnatxa Blanca
Region: Spain>Catalunya>Terra Alta
Vineyard: Organically farmed 24 year old vines in petrified sand dune at 1200′ elevation.
Tasting Notes: A captivating, intensely mineral, full-bodied white wine with superb balance. Textural and complex with flavors of citrus and a hint of summer fruit, with a persistent mineral backbone.
Food Pairing: Marcona almonds, hard Iberian cheeses, olives, tortilla española
Production Notes: Fermented with indigenous yeasts on the skins in stainless steel for 14 days until dry.  Aged 6 months in French oak. Bottled with minimal SO2. 
Winemaker: Francesc Ferre
Bio: Ferre’s family has been farming organic grapes in the region for 200 years, but only since 2009 has the family made wine, when 21 year old Francesc took over operations. Their high elevation and unique climate with warm days and cool nights is perfect for growing pretty, fresh garnatxa.

Buy now on Winelandia.com!

Fall sale this weekend! 10%-20% off select wines

Our Fall sale is happening this weekend, Thursday Oct. 16th through Sunday October 19th! Save 10%-20% on select red & orange wines, including several wines with no added sulfites.

Roark 2012 Malbec Santa Ynez Valley
Juicy, fresh, exuberant Malbec from the Central Coast.
Regular Price: $28.00
SALE PRICE: $23.80

Grosjean 2012 Pinot Noir, Vallee d’Aoste
Elegant, delicate, restrained Pinot Noir from northern Italy.
Regular Price: $28.00
SALE PRICE: $23.80

Rafa Bernabé 2011 “El Morron” Garnacha, Alicante
Light-bodied, with minerals and pretty fruit from southern Spain. No added sulfites.
Regular Price: $25.00
SALE PRICE: $21.25

Adega Vella 2011 Mencía, Ribeira Sacra
Soft, supple, and stony, with juicy red fruit from the western side of Spain.
Regular Price: $15.00
SALE PRICE: $13.50

Celler Acústic 2010 Red Blend
A bold, spicy blend of garnatxa (grenache) & samso (carignan) from Spain’s Montsant region.
Regular Price: $24.00
SALE PRICE: $19.20

Andréa Calek 2011 “Babiole” Red Blend, Ardèche
An intense, earthy, and bold red wine from France’s famed Rhone Valley. No added sulfites.
Regular Price: $28.00
SALE PRICE: $22.95

Château Tire Pé 2012 “Diem” Bordeaux
The purest expression of Merlot, aged in concrete tanks. Certified organic.
Regular Price: $15.00
SALE PRICE: $13.50

Rafa Bernabé 2012 “Benimaquia” Moscatel, Alicanté
An intensely floral, structured, and profound skin-fermented white (orange) wine from southern Spain, aged in amphora. No added sulfites.
Regular Price: $23
SALE PRICE: $19.55

Introducing our Fall ’14 Wine Club Offer

**Our Fall wine club selections are SOLD OUT! You can still join the wine club and have a custom six-pack assembled, or you can just shop in our online store with you 10% off wine club discount. Just fill out the form at https://club.winelandia.com**

Can you believe Winelandia released its first wine club offer a year ago? Time flies when you’re having fun! 12 months of networking, tasting, and establishing relationships with great suppliers, importers, and wineries has enabled us to put together our most diverse wine club offer ever, and we’re so excited to share it with you today!

We’ve brought in 12 great wines from the US, Spain, Italy, and France to grace your fall tables. We have a little something for everyone! Below are our three wine club collections, and supplies are very limited. Get in on the action and sign up for the Winelandia seasonal wine club today!

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Mixed Wine Club:
$142 + tax & delivery
Broc Cellars 2013 Vine Starr Zinfandel, Sonoma County, US
Cantine del Indie 2013 “Vini Rosso del Popolo”, Langhe, Italy
Succés Vinícola 2012 “El Mentider” Trepat, Conca de Barberà, Spain
Frantz Saumon NV “La Petite Gaule du Matin” Pétillant, Loire Valley, France
Ryme Cellars 2013 “Hers” Vermentino, Carneros, US
Alexandre Bain 2012 Pouilly-Fumé, Loire Valley, France

Red Wine Club:
$129 + tax & delivery
Broc Cellars 2013 Vine Starr Zinfandel, Sonoma County, US
Cantine del Indie 2013 “Vini Rosso del Popolo”, Langhe, Italy
Succés Vinícola 2012 “El Mentider” Trepat, Conca de Barberà, Spain
Mas des Agrunelles 2010 “L’Indigene” Red Blend, Languedoc, France
Foradori 2011 Teroldego, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Chateau Flotis 2010 “Si Noire” Fronton, South West France

White Wine Club:
$134 + tax & delivery
Frantz Saumon NV “La Petite Gaule du Matin” Pétillant, Loire Valley, France
Ryme Cellars 2013 “Hers” Vermentino, Carneros, US
Alexandre Bain 2012 Pouilly-Fumé, Loire Valley, France
Celler Frisach 2012 Selecció Garnatxa Blanca, Terra Alta, Spain
Domaine Belluard 2012 “Les Alpes” Gringet, Savoie, France
Sulauze 2013 “Pomponette” Rosé, Provence, France

As always, we’ll update this post when the wine club sells out.

4 New Wines Just In Time For Fall

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It’s been busy here in Winelandia, and we’ve got tons of new wines to share with you! Fall releases from our favorite producers are being announced every day, and we’re jumping at the opportunity to pick up some of our favorites. Below is a list of some of the fantastic new wines in the shop. Buy 6 and save on local delivery!

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Teutonic Wine Co. 2013 Pinot Meunier, Willamette Valley
Pinot Meunier is an obscure red grape variety usually only found in Champagne, where AOC rules allow it’s use in blends. This 100% Pinot Meunier varietal wine from Oregon is fresh, feminine, and pure. Gorgeous red fruit aromas dominate the nose, with delicate floral accents and earthy notes in the background. On the palate, it’s juicy and lush, with plenty of acidity to help it pair with a variety of foods. This is an excellent wine for lovers of Pinot, Trousseau, Poulsard, or Gamay.

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Salinia 2013 “Twenty Five Reasons” Petillant White Wine, Mendocino
A departure from the ultra-tropical & fruity previous vintage, the latest 25 Reasons is full of mineral and restraint. Citrus, exotic fruit, crushed rocks, and delicate, tiny bubbles make this wine a joy to drink in any season.

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Domaine Guiberteau 2013 Chenin Blanc, Saumur
An expertly made, mineral driven Chenin Blanc from one of the most intriguing terroirs of the Loire Valley. Aromas of hay, white flowers, and stone fruit lead to flavors of lemon and almond, with a fine mineral finish. Elegant, complex, and refreshing, this gorgeous wine is great now and will just get better with age.

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Foradori 2011 Teroldego, Trentino-Alto Adige
A striking, inky red wine with aromas of fresh black fruit, mint, and spice.  On the palate, the wine is silky, soft, and polished, with excellent length, texture, juicy acidity, and saline minerality. An unbelievable wine at an incredible price, pair this with hearty fare from fall through winter.

All wines listed above are in stock and ready to ship! We also have more new wines not listed here in our online shop. Build your order at https://winelandia.com/shop/ for delivery this week.