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Category: Staff Picks

Seth’s Pick: Chester’a Anvil

Sometimes late night alcohol infused conversations can lead to magic. That's exactly how Chester's Anvil was started by two of Napa Valley's best wine stars, Aaron Pott (winemaker of the year 2012) and Carol Meridith Laigier (2009 Vintners’ Hall of Fame). They wanted to create wines that lived outside of their day to day and came…

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Jen’s Pick: Luca Malbec

Laura Catena is the mastermind behind Luca wines, and she has a dream to produce Argentinian wines which express a distinct sense of place. Laura has a deep connection to Mendoza wine country (her father is Nicolás Catena of the famed Bodega Catena Zapata). The vineyards that this wine comes from are at an elevation…

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Seth’s Pick: Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha 2014

When Austrailian winemaker Chris Ringland decided to create a Spanish project he found 155 acres of old vine Garnacha (Grenache) in 3 different villages and sought out Jose Ordóñez to form a partnership. Located in Aragon in northern Spain, 2 hour drive due west from Barcelona, the vines range from 30 to over 50 years…

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Joe’s Pick: Domaine de L’Amandier, Martin Texier, Cotes du Rhone 2016

Texier is a household name to most natural wine enthusiasts. Over the years, Eric Texier has created a cult following for his minimal-intervention, mineral-rich style Rhône wines. Eric's son Martin, relatively new to the game, is doing the same with his offerings; making aromatic wines that communicate their varietal character and origin honestly while finding…

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Seth’s Pick: Cristom Pinot Gris ‘Estate’ 2015

As a generalization, the west coast of the US has more sunshine compared to most of the old world wine regions. More sun = riper grapes - meaning more intense fruit flavors and higher alcohol levels. Cristom's Pinot Gris vineyard is planted not only as a welcome to visitors as they drive up, but sit…

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Amanda’s Pick: Holger Koch Grauburgunder 2015

German wines can be really confusing - mostly because rarely does a familiar word appear on the label. Here, we have a Grauburgunder: *grau* means green and *Burgunder* means a varietal deriving from the Pinot branch ( a nod to Burgundy!). So Grauburgunder means a "green pinot" or Pinot Gris (for most of the world)…

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Scott’s Pick: Domaine Huët Vouvray Sec ‘Le Haut-Lieu’

Vouvray, in the Loire Valley, is home to some of the greatest examples of Chenin Blanc. And, arguably, Domaine Huët is one of the greatest producers in Vouvray. Escaping Paris to heal his war-damaged body post WWI, Victor Huët moved to the Loire and founded his storied estate with the purchase of Le Haut-Lieu in 1928. Of the estate's…

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Scott’s Pick: Aperitivo Cappelletti ‘Americano Rosso, il Specialino’

I am not too good when it comes to keeping a secret. However, if Ancient Erboristeria dr. Cappelletti invited me into their inner sanctum, and said "shhh, we're about to tell you our family recipe", I would immediately pledge allegiance. The secret to creating this liquid gold would be buried deep in my vault. I do know…

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Seth’s Pick: Cardinal Spirits ‘Terra’ Botanical Gin

I am not usually a Gin fan, but Cardinal Spirits new 'Terra' gin stopped me in my bias and made me pay attention. This gin is made in Indiana, but gets its spice blend from Lior Liev Sercarz owner of La Boite (who also happens to live above our store). Lior was tasked to create a gin that…

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