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CALIFORNIA

CALDER WINE COMPANY

Napa, California

Calder Wine Company is a winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father he became exposed to the classic wines of California. During college he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.

In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry farmed vineyards. The Riesling comes from 50+ year old dry farmed vines in Rutherford, the Charbono comes from 45 year old vines (the same vines that Inglenook used to get theirs from), and the Carignane comes from 73 year old vines in Mendocino.

CALEB LEISURE WINES

Glen Ellen, California

Caleb Leisure Wines is a small natural wine project based in Glen Ellen, CA. In 2014, after career adventures in academia and cheese, after formative internships in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Jura regions of France, I returned to my native California. I was fortunate to land an apprenticeship with Tony Coturri of Coturri Winery, where I have been given a little space for my own project. 2016 was my first vintage, and before the 2017 harvest I buried ten authentic Georgian qvevri in the earthen cellar. My winemaking is guided by ancient Georgian traditions and by properly grown organic and biodynamic California fruit. No additions or subtractions of any kind are made at any point of the winemaking process. 

DEUX PUNX

Napa, California

Since 2008 we have been making mimimalist wines from a variety of Northern California locations.We love the producers and the grapes that surround us: brambly Pinot Noir off of native root stalk from Elk Prairie Vineyards high above the Eel River in Humboldt County, tart strawberry Grenache Noir and Rose from the Tejada family's beautiful Lake County vineyard, tropical fruit laden Scribner Bend Viognier from Clarksburg's rich delta soil, lean and mineral Suma Kaw whites from the Sierra Foothills and the white pepper of Albini Carneros Cabernet Franc.

 

All of our wines are produced, aged and bottled from a shared roll up in the light-industrial River East neighborhood of Napa. Each wine is produced in the same manner - native fermentation, minimal so2, neutral oak and ambient temperatures - we do our best to not screw with what comes out of the vineyards, not just rolling with but embracing the differences from one year to the next.

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Amador City, CA

Owner, winemaker, and farmer Chris Walsh grew up in Amador County. After graduating college, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in architectural lighting design, but eventually fell into the restaurant/wine scene. In 2014, after a few years of working at wine bars, Chris moved back to his hometown and purchased a 20-acre site across the dirt road from the house he grew up in. He named it Little John Lane Vineyard after the name of the dirt road, and planted mostly Rhône varieties; he now has about 5 acres under vine. He farms organically and hopes to dry-farm once the vines are established. The soil is extremely volcanic and the vineyard is at the highest elevation in Amador County at 3300 feet.

 

Meanwhile, having worked for Donkey & Goat, Terre Rouge, Matthew Rorick, and Shake Ridge Vineyard, Chris has made great connections in the area and been able to purchase fruit from well-farmed vineyards while he waits for his young vines to begin producing.

In the cellar, primary fermentation happens spontaneously with natural yeasts and throughout the process the only additions are small amounts of SO2: total added is 40ppm or less. Chris uses a combination of old barrels, flex tanks, and T-bins for fermentation, and ages everything in neutral French oak. There is no fining or filtering.

HATTON DANIELS

Santa Rosa, California

Hatton Daniels was founded in 2009 with the goal of allowing each vintage to speak for itself, without trying to force any style upon the wines. Over time as we have gotten more comfortable with our vineyards and added new wines, our philosophy has evolved to embrace the idea that the best way for a wine to express itself is to ensure that it is made from nothing but grapes, with no additions (other than a small sulfur addition to protect from oxidation in bottle). This means that the fruit needs to be picked early enough that it has plenty of natural acidity, and this leads to wines that are a bit lighter in style, but that are full of energy, and still have plenty of depth and complexity.

TINTYPE WINERY

Oakland, California

Like a photograph, each bottle of wine captures a moment in time, providing an image of the land, weather, and winemaking practices. Tintype's grapes come from pristine sites across Northern California grown by farmers who believe in protecting and sustaining the earth and who value their vineyard workers. They allow this exceptional fruit to speak for itself by employing minimal intervention in the cellar. They list all of their ingredients on the labels because they are focused on transparency. They are directed and intentional in everything they do from the vineyards to the cellar to the glass.

After an unforgettable internship with Donkey and Goat in 2011, Nick did two great things. First, he proposed to his now wife. Second, he took her on a bike tour exploring the wine regions of France. That trip culminated at Domaine Binner in Alsace, where they worked to create the 2012 vintage and began to dream of  a winery of their own. Back in California, Nick had the opportunity to work at Navarro Vineyards to continue to refine his skill and love of winemaking. In 2014, Tintype Winery was born and the rest is history. 

Tintype Winery is owned and operated by Nick Johnson and Abigail Vorce in downtown Oakland, California. Together they share a passion for wine, photography, adventure, and their son Jasper.

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CHAMPAGNE BONNET PONSON

Chamery, France

Love for our land, search for the expression in our wines; these founding values of our philosophy leads us to work with respectful and sustainable methods in our vines and cellar.

Since 2013, all of our vineyards are worked with organic principles (with certification), a commitment to a culture without any synthetic pesticides, herbicides or chemicals fertilizers.

The protection against rot is done with natural fungicides, like sulfate and copper sulfate, in addition to vegetal preparations elaborated at the domain with local plants (nettle maceration, horsetail infusion).

The purpose is to help the vines fight diseases with their own natural defenses instead of curing the disease itself with the use of chemistry. To do so, preserving a steady and dynamic ecosystem in our parcels is essential ; when micro-organisms, plants and animals interact, they are able to balance each others excess.

CHÂTEAU DE GRAND-PRÉ

Fleurie, France

Château de Grand Pré is a family estate located in the southern part of Burgundy, in the communes of Fleurie and Villié-Morgon. Louis and Renée Bertrand bought the domaine in 1972. Today, the winery is run by their children, Guy (with his wife Annick) and Christine (married to Claude Zordan). Their grandson Romain Zordan also works with the family. Together, they tend to the estate vines with complete respect for the environment. The vineyards spread over 8 hectares: 6ha in Fleurie, 1.5ha in Morgon, 1.5ha in Beaujolais Villages. Total production is 30,000 to 40,000 bottles.

CHÂTEAU TERRE FORTE

Rhone, France

Pierre Jauffret and Nadine Auray are farming 25 hectares in Southern Rhone. Pierre worked as a winemaker in Napa Valley, California and returned to France to set up their estate in 2000, his first vintage 2001. The 25 hectares has been organic since 2003, officially from 2008, and biodynamic from early 2010s. Low use of sulphur, and aging in concrete vats is standard for all of their wines. With a view to preserving heritage and the environment, this approach is indeed a priority for the terroir, wine and future generations.

DOMAINE BRAND

Alsace, France

Philippe partnered his father in 2006, injecting a new impetus into their company, which they renamed Domaine Brand & Fils. In 2015, a new direction was taken: as Philippe wanted to go further in their journey, he obtained Biodynamic Agriculture certification from the organization Demeter. He also took the opportunity to extend the range of Natural Wines.

DOMAINE MATHIEU COSTE

Coteaux du Giennois, France

Domaine Mathieu Coste consists of 5.5 hectares of vines planted on a single hillside facing south in the town of Saint-Père. The field has been farmed organic since 1982. His vineyards are planted predominantly to Gamay and Pinot Noir to which a small production of Sauvignon is added. His vines are head-pruned, to decrease production. He plows the weeds under several times a year to nourish the vines and no outside source of fertilizer is needed. 

DOMAINES MINCHIN

Menatou-Salon, France

It was in 1988 that Bertrand Minchin started his wine adventure in Menetou Salon, where his grandfather was already producing wine before the war. His plots, well established on the heights of the village of Morogues, consist of 10 hectares of Sauvignon and 7 hectares of Pinot. For almost 30 years now, he has been able to make the most of the magnificent Kimmeridgian terroir. 

DOMAINE TURNER PAGEOT

Languedoc, France

Domaine Turner Pageot is a very small wine producer in the Languedoc, in the little town of Gabian. It was created by the husband and wife team of Emmanuel Pageot and Karen Turner, he from France and she from Australia.

They have plots of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, sauvignon blanc, roussanne and a little marsanne, which grow on a mosaic of different soil types and several north-facing aspects between 200 and 300 metres altitudes. The north-facing slopes help to ensure a long and even maturation for the grapes. 

They farm everything biodynamically, keeping the soils as healthy as they possibly can and using a minimum of sulphur in the vineyards and the winery, while warmer than average fermentations rely on ambient yeasts. These are original wines which are absolutely perfect for accompanying food.

MAISON CROCHET

Lorraine, France

Located in Bulligny, a small village in Lorraine, about 30 kilometres southwest of Nancy (close to Toul), the “Maison CROCHET” is a family winery working almost 5 hectares of vines. The wines reflect the unique terroir of Bulligny.

Maison Crochet produces wines without a geographical Indication. They set their own rules to allow them to develop the best wines as possible.

VIGNOBLE REVEILLE

Languedoc, France

France Crispeels is a wine grower in Roussillon. She cultivates very old Carignan, Grenache, Macabeu and Syrah. The estate is 8.6 hectares and is located on 3 locations between 350 and 500 m elevation. These sites express a specific character of minerality. The gneiss and slate soils are poor and acidic combined with warm temperatures, lack of water and wind bring extreme conditions.  

 

The purpose is to produce living wines that are the real expression of those specific Mediterranean terroirs. The wines are Intense and fresh with thin tannins.

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BODEGAS ASTRALES

Ribera del Duero, Spain

Winery “Los Astrales”  commenced operations at the end of the year 2000 trough the Romera de la Cruz Family´s initiative. They are the third generation of wine growers in Anguix, and have inherited a solid wine knowledge from their parents and, possessing an uncompromising philosophy of quality they decided to give upsuppluing grapes to other wineries and have decided to become wine producers.

BODEGAS HIDALGO LA GITANA

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana was founded in 1792 and since then the com- pany has passed from father to son, Today is one of the few wine compa- nies owned and controlled by the family and run by the eight generation in direct line of the founder.

BODEGAS SAN ROMAN

Toro, Spain

Since his teens, Mariano Garcia has been around great wines. The son of a vineyard worker at Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Spain’s most famous winery, he studied at Madrid’s School of Winemaking and Viticulture. By age 24, Mariano was the head winemaker for Vega Sicilia. Always pushing further, he developed two more world-class wineries: Alion in Ribera del Duero D.O., and Pintia in Toro D.O. Today, Mariano and his sons direct Bodegas San Roman and Bodegas Mauro.

HUERTA DE ALBALÁ

Cádiz, Spain

Our philosophy is to deliver wines that express terroir, with intense colour and purity of varietal flavour, that reflect the zone from which they are from and that display an elegant structure with smooth tannins whilst being rich, powerful and complex.

ISAAC FERNANDEZ SELECCIÓN (BIUTIFUL CAVA)

Calatayud D.O.

Isaac Fernandez Seleccion is a unique collaborative venture between two individuals – Isaac Fernandez one of Spain’s most acclaimed winemakers and Aurelio Cabestrero whose vision and commitment helped bring Spanish wines to the forefront in the United States. They work at rediscovering forgotten regions of superior terroir and maximizing the potential from old vines of indigenous grape varieties in a number of regions. 
 

NIVARIUS

Rioja, Spain

Nivarius means “ice house, snow pit, snowdrift” and they’ve given their winery this name because the wines are made with native Tempranillo Blanco and Viura varieties grown on “La Nevera” and “Valdecabos” north-facing estates, located in the colder areas of Nalda at around 800 m above sea level. These are unique characteristics that mark the difference for white wines; the area’s average annual temperature is quite cold and produces highly acidic, fresh and fruity grapes.

TXAKOLI GAÑETA

Getaria, Spain

Gañeta was founded in 1992 by Julián Ostolaza Manterola as a state-of-the-art winery. It is located between the San Prudentzio and Askizu neighbourhoods in the municipality of Getaria. Manterola’s long family tradition of producing txakolí began with his grandfather, Manuel, who produced it for his own consumption. His passion led their descendents to continue with this artisanal dedication. Gañeta produces quality wines with a proven track record, consolidated over the years by the satisfaction of its customers. Txakolí has become a real luxury, with its own personality inherited from culture and tradition: characteristic elements in the life and customs of the Basque people.

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