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Natural wine in Northern California

Herebelow are natural wines that I recommend and how to buy them in Berkeley and Northern California.

Here is my selection of natural wines: sulphur dioxide (SO2) often is not added during winemaking or bottling. Only a few bottles may contain sulfites — in very small quantities — around 10 mg per liter.

The establishments must sell by the bottle (without asking you to purchase anything else, even if they are bistros). []

 

Bottlings selected in 2019

red Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Cuvée des galets - Non filtré

2018 - USD 15 - serve at a cool temperature - blackcurrant jam, cherry and smoke - blackberry, liquorice, pepper, nutmeg, dense but easy drinking, very juicy

Distributor for Southern California and Northern California: Amy Atwood Selections, website

red Vin de France [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Chapeau melon - (merlot de cuve)

2018 - USD 15 - intense - yellow pepper, plum - yellow pepper, plum, dense, dries the mouth, easy, round

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

red Vin de France [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Impair… ! - (cabernet sauvignon, élevage 50% en barrique)

15-17 - USD 19 - served cool: a great aromatic intensity, a high purity - ripe varietal (so no pepper), blackcurrant pie, moka - pie crust, blackcurrant, present on the palate with a beautiful maturity of cabernet sauvignon (so no pepper), moka, full, bitter, dries the mouth, round

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

red Vin de France [Cheverny, Loire] - Hervé Villemade - Bovin Rouge (1 litre) - (gamay)

2018 - USD 19 - raspberry, foxy - raspberry, foxy, deep, juicy, firm

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

white Vin de france [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Q blanc - Ugni blanc

2018 - USD 18 - a great aromatic intensity - nougat - smooth, nougat, white fruit, powerful but hollow, fresh

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

white Vin de France [Cheverny, Loire] - Hervé Villemade - Bovin Blanc (1 litre)

2018 - USD 18 - nice - vibrant, a little stiff, vivid

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

white Côtes du jura - Domaine Buronfosse - Marcus & Co [marnes ocres et calcaires] - Chardonnay

2018 - USD 24 - great aromatic intensity - toffee, honeysuckle - smooth, toffee, grapefruit, full, fresh

Southern and Northern California distributor: Sylvester Rovine Selections, website

white Wein aus Deutschland [Pfalz, Germany] - Weingut Brand - pur - Pinot Blanc

2017 - USD 31 - the aromatics are enormously intense - grapefruit zest, bitter, nougat - not onctuous, airy, grapefruit zest, bitter, nougat, gaz beads, fresh

A wine store at 2358 Fillmore St, San Francisco, Northern California: Verve Wine, website, itineraries, in map, tel. (415) 896-4935

Wein-aus-Deutschland [Pfalz, Germany] wine labelwhite Wein aus Deutschland [Pfalz, Germany] - Weingut Brand - Holy Chapel - Pinot Blanc

2016 - USD 32 - very pure and intense - zest, lemon pie, bitter - velvety, nougat, lemon pie, bitter, fresh

A wine store at 2358 Fillmore St, San Francisco, Northern California: Verve Wine, website, itineraries, in map, tel. (415) 896-4935

white Crémant - Domaine Buronfosse - Brut - Chardonnay & savagnin

2016 - USD 37 - lots of pressure - toast, honeysuckle, grapefruit - fine bubbles, honeysuckle, grapefruit, dry and fresh

Southern and Northern California distributor: Sylvester Rovine Selections, website

 

Bottlings selected in 2018

Cheverny [Loire] wine labelwhite Cheverny [Loire] - Hervé Villemade - Domaine du Moulin - [70% sauvignon blanc, 30% chardonnay]

2017 - USD 24 - very aromatically intense, very pure - passion fruit, nougat, peach, apricot - passion fruit, peach, apricot, no stiffness, fresh

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

 

Bottlings selected in 2017

vin-de-pays des coteaux de l'Ardèche wine labelred Vin de pays des coteaux de l'Ardèche - Jérôme Jouret - En avant doute - (grenache)

2016 - USD 19 - fresh and intense, black fruit - black fruit, much alcohol, balanced

A wine bar and shop in San Francisco, 1116 Folsom St, Northern California: Terroir SF, website, itineraries, in map

A wine bar and shop at 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, Northern California: Ordinaire, website, itineraries, in map

Distributor for Southern California and Northern California: Amy Atwood Selections, website

Cheverny wine labelwhite Cheverny - Hervé Villemade - Domaine du Moulin - [70% sauvignon blanc, 30% chardonnay]

2016 - USD 23 -

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

white Alsace muscat - Audrey et Christian Binner - Hinterburg - [sans sulfite ajouté]

2013 - USD 30 - very intense, Muscat - wide, fresh almond, intense and minerally, fresh

A wine web shop with delivery in Northern California and Southern California: Domaine LA, website

A shop and wine bar in San Francisco, 1116 Folsom St, Northern California: Terroir SF, website, itineraries, in map

A store in San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, Northern California: Flatiron San Francisco, website, itineraries, in map

A wine bar and shop at 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, Northern California: Ordinaire, website, itineraries, in map

Distributor for Southern California and Northern California: Amy Atwood Selections, website

 

Bottlings selected in 2016

vin-de-France wine labelred Vin de France - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Idée reçue - (cabernet sauvignon)

2013 - USD 19 - intense - on the nose: roastbeef, blackcurrant, leadpencil - blackcurrant, full and dense, dries the mouth, supple

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

vin-de-pays des coteaux de l'Ardèche wine labelred Vin de pays des coteaux de l'Ardèche - Jérôme Jouret - En avant doute - (grenache)

2014 - USD 19 -

A wine bar and shop in San Francisco, 1116 Folsom St, Northern California: Terroir SF, website, itineraries, in map

A wine bar and shop at 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, Northern California: Ordinaire, website, itineraries, in map

Distributor for Southern California and Northern California: Amy Atwood Selections, website

vin-de-pays wine labelwhite Vin de pays - Hervé Villemade - Domaine du Moulin - Sauvignon blanc

2014 - USD 18 - true to the variety, intense - freshly cut hay, pear - freshly cut hay, flower, mellow, fresh

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

Cheverny wine labelwhite Cheverny - Hervé Villemade - Domaine du Moulin

2015 - USD 19 -

A wine shop at 1580 #B Solano Avenue, Albany (bordering the city of Berkeley to the south and east, and the Contra Costa County to the north), Northern California: Solano Cellars, website, itineraries, in map, tel. +1 510 525 9463

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: Solano Cellars, website

white Crémant d'alsace - Stéphane Bannwarth - Les vins Pirouettes (par Binner & Compagnie) - Zéro dosage

2013 - USD 26 -

A wine web shop with delivery in Northern California and Southern California: Domaine LA, website

A shop and wine bar in San Francisco, 1116 Folsom St, Northern California: Terroir SF, website, itineraries, in map

A store in San Francisco, 2 New Montgomery St, Northern California: Flatiron San Francisco, website, itineraries, in map

A wine bar and shop at 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, Northern California: Ordinaire, website, itineraries, in map

Distributor for Southern California and Northern California: Amy Atwood Selections, website

white Côtes du jura - Domaine Labet - Les Champs Rouges - Chardonnay 'nature'

2014 - USD 37 - intense, yellow fruit, passion fruit, toffee - oily but very precise, passion fruit, toffee, red currant, fresh

Distributor for Southern California and Northern California: Charles Neal Selections, website, tel. 415 225 5144

 

Price figures are only rough estimates of the US retail tags, at the date of the tasting. Wines are selected on personal criteria.

You may read reviews on qualified natural wines available in Southern California, or you may request another location at the top or bottom of this page.

You may also order qualified natural wines online for delivery across the USA.

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