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Category: Staff Picks

Jen’s Pick: Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco 2014

In the hills of Piedmonte Italy is the region of Barbaresco. It is here that Nebbiolo reigns king. Founded in 1958 by a priest of the village of Barbaresco, the cooperative of Produttori was founded on the basis that by working together small growers could survive and thrive. The first three vintages were made in…

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Amanda’s Pick: Adelshiem Pinot Noir

As fall is upon us and as you retire your rose, you may have a craving for red but not quite ready for the heavy stuff. While top Burgundian pinot noirs can be extremely pricey, you might look towards the New World for your quality light reds. Oregon is an infant wine region by old…

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Seth’s Pick: Banshee Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2015

Banshee was the brainchild of some California winemakers who wanted to offer great Pinot at a fraction of the prices that are out there. Capitalizing on their existing relationships with growers, they cobbled together parcels from all over the region, focusing on Sonoma Coast. Because their grapes come from different vineyards, and their blends change,…

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Seth’s Pick: Benoît Mulin Crémant du Jura

Benoit Mulin used to be in finance. His then girlfriend's (now wife) best friend was engaged to Stéphane Tissot who was on his way to becoming a rock star of the Jura. Both married and the Mulin's moved home to Jura to make some wine with the help of the now super star Stéphane. Together…

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Scott’s Pick: Recaredo Cava Rosat Brut Nature ‘Intens Rosat’

Distinct and delicious are a powerful combination, and that's what you will find in Recaredo's cavas. In terms of quality, every wine from this estate is a far cry from the bulk of 250 million bottles of Spanish sparkling wine produced each year. Vineyards are farmed biodynamically. Grapes are hand harvested. Natural corks--as opposed to…

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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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