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!).
We're partnering with a number of our friends from Grassroots, Avant Partir, Kellogg Selections and more to host a festive pre-Thanksgiving tasting! The entire Monarch community is invited to our 1st Annual Thanksgiving shindig! Join us for a walk-around tasting where bottles upon bottles will be popped! This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome the holiday season with your neighbors and taste a slew of SUPERB wines!
When a winery you've never heard of outshines some of the region's heaviest hitters, it makes a lasting impression and creates a mild obsession. Chandon de Briailles has long been synonymous with traditional, age-worthy Burgundy. Monarch is proud to offer the only bottles of Chandon de Briailles in South Carolina!
Wrapping up our Producer Profile series for our Legendary Winemakers tasting with Silvio Messana of Montesecondo, who has been redefining Chianti for nearly 20 years. Silvio is making uniquely pure Tuscan wines with character and freshness, breathing new life into a misunderstood region that, according to some, has lost its way.
We are back again with our Producer Profile series as we gear up for our Legendary Winemakers tasting! This week, Éric Texier! Texier, who has been growing grapes organically in the Northern Rhône for over 20 years, is a true trail-blazer of low-intervention wine. He consistently makes wines that are precise, approachable and drinkable. All result in true expressions of his land, his home: the mighty Rhône.
Our Producer Profile series continues. This week, Elisabetta Foradori, who has, since the age of 19, dedicated her life to championing the indigenous Teroldego. Considered one of the most influential female winemakers in the world, her philosophy is simple: trust and love the vines, make wines that are true reflections of indigenous grapes and their land.
In advance of our Legendary Winemakers tasting on October 23, we are thrilled to kick off our "Producer Profile" newsletter series. Kicking off with none other than Arianna Occhipiniti! An inspiring woman who has changed the course of Italian wine.
Those of you who know me or follow Monarch, even from a distance, can see my passion for Burgundy. Few wines match the purity, delicacy, and terroir transparency of those hallowed vineyards. You can imagine my sheer delight, my astoundment, when tasting Il Borghetto 'Bilaccio' for the first time. A Tuscan Sangiovese with unmatched grace. An ethereal red, from the heart of Chianti Classico.
In recent years, wines from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria are making a valiant comeback, and rightfully so. Boasting elegance, depth, complexity and energy, these wines are alluring and majestic and we are thrilled to have such a wide variety here in the shop!
Drop-in tasting with Legends! We're partnering with our friends at LOUIS/DRESSNER SELECTIONS to host some of our heroes:: Arianna Occhipinti | Elisabetta Foradori, Eric Texier, Silvio Messana of Montescondo, and Carlo Venturini of Monte dall'Ora. We are thrilled to be hosting these five legendary, natural wine makers, all of whom we are deeply inspired by.
Dominique Lafon is not one to rest on his laurels. His day job is making wine for his family's estate in Meursault at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. The Domaine ranks amongst Burgundy's elite, producing wines that will age for decades.
These last few days of Summer have been HOT, making us anticipate the combination of cooler nights and comforting reds. While we’ve loved the light and playful Summer reds enjoyed poolside (we've included one here!), Summer is coming to a close. Here's to a chill in the air and a heap of new wines on the shelves here at Monarch!
Why feature Tuscany's signature red wine in the dog days of Summer? The simple reason: tomatoes. Late August is peak tomato season, and there's simply no greater match than Sangiovese and this deceptively humble veg. The grape's signature acidity and dusty, earthy tannins can take a simple pasta pomodoro, caprese salad or classic BLT to soaring culinary heights.
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.
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.
These three new arrivals caught us off guard. Not only are they delicious–eye-widening, "WOW" delicious–but each one deviates from their stylistic norm. In short, these are wines you would't expect. But we're VERY pleasantly surprised, and you will be too!
Summer begs for light, refreshing, easy drinking wines. They can be thrown down our gullet to quench our thirsts. They are delicious, and certainly satisfy us with their bright, crisp flavors. But even in the heat and humidity, every once in a while, we crave a wine that will stop us in our tracks, slow us down, and command our attention.