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.
Bernard Baudry France | Loire | Chinon
Matthieu Baudry makes his rosé from young Cabernet Franc vines on the gravelly banks of the Vienne, capturing both youthful fruit and energizing mineral textures.
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.
Consider this collection your golden ticket of sorts, your invitation to a dinner party with a group of underground artisans, champions of outsider winemaking culture, and a snapshot of a south of France that may be less iconic, but no less authentic.
So what do you call a collection of delicious, well-made wines that offer serious bang for your buck? A surfeit of tastiness, a scad of enjoyment, an ambrosia of libations? I like a plethora of values.
While some of the world’s greatest and grandest reds hail from northern Italy, this territory—which actually consists of eight Italian regions—is perhaps even more noteworthy for its tremendous diversity of everyday rosso.
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.
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