Summer is upon us. At KLWM, this season is not ushered in by the solstice or the warmer days, but instead by the influx of ships from France and Italy, docking at the Port of Oakland and depositing refrigerated containers of fresh new arrivals of wine on American shores. This is our busiest time of year in that respect, the time when we wait expectantly to taste the latest vintage of Dupeuble or Marquiliani or, eventually, Tempier—and everything in between. Below is a collection of recent arrivals. Every week, we’ll be adding a dozen or more new bottlings, so check back often for your favorite classics or new discoveries!
Francine & Olivier Savary France | Burgundy | Chablis
This cuvée “gives another style of Chablis, conveying a more saline, iodized minerality that recalls the Chablisien geology and its little oyster shells
Sesti Italy | Tuscany | Toscana IGT
Succulent and tightly coiled, with a beautifully integrated tannin and outstanding finesse, this “baby Brunello” punches way above its weight and will serve you well again and again!
Villa Di Geggiano Italy | Tuscany | Chianti Classico
Broad-shouldered, with hearty tannin and acidity and a dark, earthy quality to its fruit, it is a lumberjack wine that can cut through anything a Tuscan table can throw its way—wild game and aged cheeses are some of our favorites.
Giulia Negri Italy | Piedmont | Barolo
Inspired by the terroir and wine making style of Burgundy, Giulia Negri brought those practices to her vineyards in Piedmont and the result is an elegant and ready to drink Barolo from our youngest producer!
Riofavara Italy | Sicily | Sicilia Noto
A unique interpretation of chalky soils, wild Mediterranean herbs, coastal sea breeze, and Sicilian sunshine. Delicate, stimulating, and completely dry—it’s a ravishing aperitivo, but works with anything from the ocean.
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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