From celestial movements to liturgical calendars to the seasons of our favorite sports, we measure each year by many methods. Here in the shop, wine arrivals are part of our yearly rhythm. Reds from Provence and Châteauneuf-du-Pape usually arrive in late summer, followed by Burgundies in the fall and winter. Our rosés typically begin to arrive in early spring, and while pink wine in the springtime is a natural fit, this year has been an exception to the rule—and a reminder that rosé season is as perennial as evergreens and San Francisco fog. We are pleased to announce that all of our 2020 rosés are finally here in Berkeley, and though most arrived later than usual, the way they’re drinking now makes the timing seem perfect. Some rosés don’t reach their peak until the fall or even into winter, so tuck away a few bottles and watch them evolve.
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Pic Saint Loup
Its intense aromatics brazenly translate the Pic’s rugged nature, and an almost chewable minerality brings to mind slabs of shattered limestone incarnated as energy, drive, and uncommon length on the palate.
Domaine de Fontsainte France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Corbières
Its peachy-pink hue hints at what’s to come: orchard fruits and brambly wild berries, grapefruit and wet slate after a summer rain! Perfect with chips and a sandwich on-the-go, or an elaborate al fresco meal. A staple wine I can’t live without.
Corte Gardoni Italy | Veneto | Bardolino Chiaretto
On Lake Garda, Chiaretto is considered a macho beverage with aphrodisiacal properties. It is in fact one of the world’s? only truly satisfactory roses.
The list of factors goes on and our list of overachievers could, too. For now, we’ve narrowed down our selections to twenty-four wines—four each at six price points, because tremendous value isn’t exclusive to inexpensive bottlings. You can find it at all prices, from $12 to $120, as these wines resoundingly show.
Few wines pair better with grilled foods than a savory, smoky expression of Syrah. Additionally, its characteristic spice and assertive flavor make it a great partner to many dishes in Indian, Pakistani, Persian, North African, and eastern Mediterranean cuisines, without forgetting its affinity to rustic French cooking.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
You will be hard pressed to find better wines anywhere in the Côte Chalonnaise, and don’t underestimate their appellations—de Villaine wines routinely outperform more prestigious, more expensive appellations.
In very few appellations throughout France and Italy do we import the wines of three or more domaines. Joining Bandol, Meursault, Morgon, and a few others in that short list is Pic Saint-Loup, situated forty-five minutes north of Montpellier.
The Geggiano winemaking operation is about as artisanal as can be, housed in a thirteenth-century cellar filled with nothing but old wooden casks, where the elixir of these Tuscan hillsides patiently blossoms to maturity...
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