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          August 15, 2019

          Whitcraft Winery: California in its Purest Form

          Drake Whitcraft isn't usually at his winery on Saturdays in the Spring. But there I found myself, on a rainy afternoon, tasting through an incredible line-up of his namesake wines in a freezing barrel room at the Santa Barbara winery. That's the kind of guy Drake is: quiet, modest, giving. Much like the wines he crafts from surrounding vineyards on the Central Coast.
          August 13, 2019

          DeFermo: Cerasuolo ‘Le Cince’ 2018

          I don't like rosé. Let me re-phrase that: I don't like most rosé. What used to be a fun, summer-scented wine has gone the way of Pinot Grigio (through no fault of its own). Mass-produced, watered-down, devoid of character and a sense of place. Don't get me wrong, I love crisp, chug-able rosés, but it is rare that I taste a truly transcendent rosé...until now.
          July 10, 2019

          Matassa Blanc ‘Cuvée Marguerite’ 2018

          Admittedly, I usually don't gravitate to Southern French whites. The heat and relentless sunshine combine to produce fat, oily-textured wines, devoid of freshness and acidity. But this wine couldn’t be more unlike anything else from the South...
          July 6, 2019

          René et Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 2017

          A strong case can be made that, of all the places where Chardonnay is grown, Chablis produces the most distinctive and unique wines. Even “village” wines from solid producers have a unique charm and minerality. But in the hands of a true master, working with old vines and elite vineyards, Chablis can scale heights unknown to other Chardonnay makers...
          June 26, 2019

          Domaine Chapel, Beaujolais-Villages 2018

          It's an age-old story, or is it? Boy meets girl while working harvest for legendary winemakers in Beaujolais. Girl marries boy. The young couple start their own winery and take the wine world by storm with their thrilling and incredibly soulful wines!
          May 22, 2019

          Envinate ‘Migan’ & ‘Palo Blanco’ 2017

          Go to the ends of the earth, find ancient and mostly forgotten vines that grow in a windswept moonscape atop dormant volcanoes, and make great wine...
          March 27, 2019

          Colombera & Garella Lessona ‘Pizzaguerra’ 2015

          I taste a lot of wine. I mean, a LOT of wine OK? And the simple fact that I can still be stopped in my tracks by a heartbreakingly beautiful bottle of wine...well, that's why Monarch exists. This exclusive is from a producer that is no stranger to our shelves, but it is a cuvée that is totally new to South Carolina.
          January 5, 2019

          Humble. Natural. Groundbreaking.

          Arianna Occhipinti crafts Sicilian treasures that seldom come around, and Monarch is once again honored and humbled to carry four of her wines. Become acquainted with Arianna, who's wines embody nature, harmony and respect for all...