The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something like that.
It’s Friday and that means the shop is open today from 12-7pm.
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHT
4pm – 7pm . $8 flight fee, waived with purchase
Tonight, I’ll be pouring 4 new arrivals from California that reflect the NEW California style, which really might better be labeled as Old World style since they all pay homage to European winemaking traditions.
For the last decade, wine writer Jon Bonne – formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle – has made a case for the young up-and-coming winemakers who were changing the landscape in California and making wines that were fresher, lower in alcohol and more reflective of terroir, and in his recent book, The New California Wine, he basically anoints them as Kings of a new generation.
Many of these wineries are micro-small, and many until recently couldn’t be found anywhere other than through their exclusive mailing lists (often with long wait lists to get any allocation) or at their rarely-open tasting rooms. But as the popularity of this New California brand has grown, so have many of the wineries who repeatedly get kudos from the press, and now we have access to a few gems to share with you.
Tonight I’m going to pour 2 Rosé and 2 Reds that I think will be a fun intro to what’s happening down South.
Eric Sussman at Radio Coteau has long made one of the Bay Area’s most sought after releases each year, the County Line Rosé and we’ve got a fresh batch of the 2014. It’s made from our old friend Mary Elke’s vineyard in Anderson Valley using the champagne clone of Pinot Noir that is direct pressed.
Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars probably gets more press than anyone,
perhaps due to being one of the first urban wineries near San Francisco (he’s in Berkeley) making this style of wines. He’s adopted a very distinct approach to his winemaking that produces reds high in acidity, leaning more toward savory and earth tones than fruit, and really being a delicious substitute for white wine rather than what a Cab drinker would be craving. We’ve got his just-released Valdiguie, made from an obscure grape formerly called Napa Gamay, that at about 12% alcohol is going to open some eyes tonight.
Finally, Morgan Twain-Peterson. He’s the son of Joel Peterson, who founded Ravenswood back in the 1970s and is one of the founding fathers of California’s modern wine making industry. Morgan tried to avoid the world of wine but was drawn back to it as a young adult. He started a label called Bedrock about 10 years ago, which I admit is one of the only mailing lists I have regularly subscribed to in order to get access to these limited gems. In the last year, he started distributing the wines in Oregon and so we can for once share his delicate, yet structured creations with you. I’ve chosen the 2013 North Coast Syrah for tonight’s tasting.
I’ll have another little value rosé to kick things off from the folks at Angels & Cowboys because frankly, with the silly name and ampersand sounding like it could be Portland’s next great steak and cake house, I couldn’t think of a better addition to this lineup. Plus the wine is delicious and affordable!
Stop by starting at 4pm today to taste these and learn about the New California, as it were.
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