This week we're highlighting some of our favorite pink bubbles, crafted by a few of our most cherished winemaking lovebirds! From their hearts to yours, this Valentine's Day foursome is PACKED with LOVE.
Join us in welcoming Karen Ulrich, whose company is responsible for importing some of the most exciting natural wines to hit our shores! She'll be pouring, chatting and drinking her way through a line-up of some of her portfolio's stand-outs. Drop-in and hang out anytime between 5:30 - 7p. It's free AND we'll have some discounts and day-of specials too!
With the Mediterranean sea in sight, there are no wines quite like these in the world. Not only are these some of the most unique wines we have ever tasted, they are true RARITIES, sometimes yielding less than 900 bottles in a single vintage! This week, we're highlighting four of these Spanish gems.
A truly French wine, un-grafted and un-matched! Thierry Germain's total dedication to site specific wines produced from Cabernet Franc (and Chenin Blanc), have produced some of the most exciting wines in the Loire Valley today. This is one of the most profound expressions of Cabernet Franc we've ever had.
Chile has a longstanding history of winemaking, dating back to the 16th Century when Spanish missionaries brought over the País grape. Today there is a, small but mighty, new generation bringing centuries-old winemaking practices back to life. These wines are redefining what we've come to know about Chilean wine.
Inexpensive Burgundy, two words rarely uttered in the same sentence. As the popularity of these ethereal wines soar, prices have followed suit. And for good reason, as these hallowed vineyards have long been home to the most majestic expressions of Chardonnay. This is a land of winemaking legends making some of the most prestigious and highly sought-after wines on the market.
Our featured producer this week, the Joussets, are all about connections. Connections with their land, vines and people. Their wines are a conduit between their home and yours. There is no pretension here: the wine is all about the expression of pure pleasure!
Arianna has been a rising star throughout the past decade, crafting wines that reveal the chalky minerality of Vittorian soils, the freshness of the sea sprayed air, and the uniqueness of native Sicilian varietals. This is her flagship and most important wine.
Mont de Marie is the creation of Thierry Forestier, son of a wine making family in Costières de Nimes. In 2002 he pieced together 7.5 hectares of land around the eastern-most part of the Coteaux du Languedoc. Nearly a third of his vineyards are planted with Aramon, an indigenous grape variety whose vines are at least 100 years old.
This is old-school Bordeaux, crafted by a young man, Michel Théron. Michel moved to Bordeaux in 1988 from the Languedoc to study winemaking. What I love most about his wines is that while they are no doubt age-worthy, they are simply delicious now. Showing beautiful fruit and balance, and gaining complexity as they open.
Current shop inventory of wines from South America: JUST ONE. This wine is different. One of the most amazing Pinot Noir's I've had in a long time. Piero has created a winery that exists outside of the usual New World vs. Old World debate, actively redefining what is possible from Pinot Noir in the Southern Hemisphere.
Jean-Luis Dutraive is often referred to as the 'heart of Beaujolais.' The wines of Jean-Louis' estate, Domaine de la Grand'Cour, are singular in that each wine comes from a specific vineyard, or 'lieu dit' in Fleurie.
A Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the heart of Chianti Classico was a revelation! The idea of crafting a wine from this grape was not a decision Silvio made based on trends or market demand. These were vines he inherited from his father.
Dominique Belluard farms his vineyards biodynamically in the tiny village of Ayse, at the foot of the French Alps. On exceedingly steep, rocky terrain the Gringet (GRAN-jay) grape variety has been grown since the 14th or 15th century but had nearly gone extinct before Belluard began cultivating it; establishing himself as the only winemaker currently bottling Gringet commercially.
Few winemakers have ascended to stardom more quickly than Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In the matter of a decade (a split second in Burgundian time), Pierre-Yves' wines have become some of the most sought-after, collectible and allocated in the world. Some call him the 'Magician of White Burgundy.'
A quartet of Spanish friends and schoolmates are making world-changing, earth-shatteringly beautiful wines on the Canary Islands! Formed back in 2005 in college, they set out to make wine with a focus on Coastal Atlantic vineyards. A truly unique and characterful white wine that is deliciously pithy, salty and smoky with refreshing acidity.
Let’s get the party started with what else but CHAMPAGNE! Not your average Champagne, these bubbles are grown way down South, in a region called the Aube. It's in this unique corner of Champange that Bertrand Gautherot crafts some of the most distinct and unique wines we have ever tasted.
The Jura, one of our favorite wine regions (right up there with Champagne, Burgundy, and Barolo too!). Tucked away in a sleepy corner of France, only an hour east of its more illustrious neighbor Burgundy. While the notoriety of Burgundy and the Jura couldn't be more opposite, their wines possess the same mesmerizing beauty
Make no mistake, every Monarch Exclusive is special. Each of these wines take extra effort to obtain. They are wines we believe in so strongly that we go the extra mile to bring them to you. However, this is a BIG ONE. We are proud to be the only retailer on EARTH to offer Raj Parr's 'Monday Club' Pet-Nat!
Oilvier Lejeune (as his name suggests) is a young and incredibly talented winemaker in France's Loire Valley, the ancestral home of Chenin Blanc. He has been mentored by the region's 2 most revered winemakers, Angeli and Leroy. These two names are revered by Chenin freaks (like me!).