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Natural wine in Northern California

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Herebelow are natural wines that I recommend and how to buy them in San Francisco Bay area 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 2020

Côtes du Rhône - Les Vignerons d’Estézargues - Cuvée des galets

2018 - USD 14 - pure - red fruit - red fruit, balanced (fresh and not soft)

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

Vin de France [Languedoc] - Aymeric & Jordan Amiel - Domaine des Amiel - à Coural

2019 - USD 20 - red fruit - red fruit, incisive (a hint of volatile acidity), dry, balanced

A store in San Francisco, 855 Harrison Street, Northern California: K&L Wine Merchants, website, itineraries

A store in Redwood City, 3005 El Camino Real, Northern California: K&L Wine Merchants, website, itineraries

Pfälzer Landwein [Palatinate] - Daniel & Jonas Brand - Weingut Brand - pur - Pinot Noir

2018 - USD 28 - an enormous aromatic intensity, great purity, more complexity than Buronfosse Les Fontaines - morello cherry, undergrowth, mineral - no smoothness but silky, morello cherry, foxed, dry, no stiffness but firm

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

Vin de France [Languedoc] - Aymeric & Jordan Amiel - Domaine des Amiel - Premier rolle - Rolle (vermentino)

2018 - USD 22 - opens with air therefore you may decant, pure - white fruit, indistinct - much more alcohol than oiliness (which is varietal), white fruit, powerful, broad, fresh

A store in San Francisco, 855 Harrison Street, Northern California: K&L Wine Merchants, website, itineraries

A store in Redwood City, 3005 El Camino Real, Northern California: K&L Wine Merchants, website, itineraries

Deutschland [Pfalz] - Daniel & Jonas Brand - Weingut Brand - Wilder Satz

2018 - USD 24 - a huge aromatic intensity, high purity - very intense, grapefruit, bitter, nougat - no smoothness, very intense, grapefruit, bitter, not full but busy, fresh

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

Crémant d'alsace [sparkling] - Audrey et Christian Binner - KB - Extra Brut Zéro dosage [sans sulfite ajouté], magnum, assemblage

2008 - USD 35 - white fruit, yeast - fine bubbles, full, white fruit, nougat but dry, toasted loaf, great aromatic depth, no stiffness, 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

An online store with street presence at 2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, 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 2019

Côtes du Rhône - Les Vignerons d’Estézargues

2018 - USD 14 - red - red fruit, dries the mouth, balanced acidity

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

Côtes du rhône - 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

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

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

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

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

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: 67 Wine, website

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 France [Roussillon] wine labelVin de France [Roussillon] - Anthony Guix - Matin calme - Sans temps

2014 - USD 28 -

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: 67 Wine, website

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

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

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

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: 67 Wine, website

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

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

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: 67 Wine, website

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 labelWein 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

Crémant [sparkling] - Domaine Buronfosse - Brut - Chardonnay & savagnin

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

An online store that ships to Northern California and Southern California: 67 Wine, website

 

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

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