Pech Merle (“pesh-mael”) translates to “cave under the hill” in Occitan. It’s also the name of a great boutique, family-owned and ran winery in Geyserville, California.
Natural wine is being made all over the world without the advertising label. Winemakers and grape growers are passionately creating cleaner wines while being kind to the environment and we just have to know where to find them.
What Exactly is Natural Wine?
There’s no precise definition for natural wine.
The 2018 Milbrandt Rosé ($15) is a Syrah driven, happily priced rosé from Milbrandt Winery in Colombia Valley, Washington. Medium-bodied, with an almost oily texture, notes of watermelon rind, apricot, green herbs, and cranberry all come together with pleasant salinity. Peach aromas, lingering finish, a mellow 12.5% ABV, and an accompanying
Orsi Wines, Italian Roots in California Soil
Orsi Family Vineyards is a small production, boutique winery in Sonoma County, California. They’ve been growing grapes since 1992 and produce unique, rare varietals native to Italy. If you’re a wine lover, you’ve probably heard of Sangiovese. But, what about Fiano? Or Biancolella d’Ischia?
Alma de Cattleya wines are created from the soul.
Winemaker Bibiana González Rave has an impressive background. She grew up in Medellín, known more for the city’s drug cartel reputation in the 80’s than inspiration for a young enology guru. As young as 14, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker.
Lodi is the Zinfandel Capital of the World.
Don’t let the statement above mislead you. Of course there’s an abundance of great Zinfandel grown and produced in Lodi (“Load-eye”), but did you know it’s also home to over 100 different varietals? Grapes have been growing in Lodi, California since the 1800’s
Breaking Bread. Unfiltered and Unfined.
Breaking Bread is a new project by winemaker Erik Miller of Kokomo Winery in Dry Creek Valley, California. The first two wines being released, which I was so happy to be able to sample, are two of my favorite grapes: Grenache and Zinfandel. And, forget what
Berryessa Gap Winery hails from Winters, California. I hate to admit I hadn’t heard of Winters or Yolo County? And being so close to Napa and Sonoma? They’re currently in the process of establishing the Winters California AVA (“Approved Viticulture Area”), and I’m looking forward to trying more from this
Kin & Cascadia is a partnership founded by the Sager & Master families. From the label: “We are brothers, fathers, sons, and friends; true kin. This is a story decades in the making, starting as industry acquaintances turned partners and lifelong friends. We are now a second generation family partnership
Santa Julia’s canned wines aren’t just for outdoorsy people.
It’s early Spring, and we’ve already felt temperatures in the 80’s here in Arizona. Ugh, summer is coming… dread, dread, dread. Warmer weather does inspire people to do more outdoorsy things. Camping, hiking, beach volleyball, and poolside basking in the sun—all activities
Montagu = Hauntingly Good Wine
Founder and winemaker Weston Eidson has quite the family history. He began Montagu Wines in 2012 as a tribute his great-grandfather John, the second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Beaulieu (“Bew-lee”) is a village in Hampshire, England, and home to The Palace House (Noble House of Montagu)—which