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Andrew Will

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Andrew Will

One of the premier Washington State wineries.

Andrew Will is a boutique family-owned and run winery located on Vashon Island, WA. Named for owner Chris Camarda’s son Will and nephew Andrew. Chris’s first commercial vintage was 1989, and Andrew Will is now considered one of the best of the best in Washington. Chris was one of the first winemakers to create blends from single vineyards and has been a champion ever since, creating a reputation for the specific red blends: Sorella, Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, and Two Blondes. Starting in 2013 Chris’s son Will Camarda came to work at the winery full time. He has now taken over as Winemaker and Sales Director, and has continued to maintain their simple philosophy of minimal intervention winemaking. The second generation going strong. And I must add, if you do not know these wines, you are truly missing out! They are some of the best in our portfolio. And yes, we know California consumers are foolishly opposed to getting deep with Washington, and Andrew Will is one of the greatest examples of that folly. If they only knew…but at least you could know!

Arietta

Arietta

Lifted, expressive Napa Valley wines that sing

Arietta specializes in limited production Bordeaux-style blends from some of Napa’s most revered, cooler climate sites. Proprietors Fritz Hatton, wine specialist and auctioneer, and Caren Frutig Hatton, began the project in 1996 with Napa Valley legend, John Kongsgaard and his wife Maggie. Now the Hatton’s work closely with famed winemaker Andy Erickson to make remarkably lifted and yet densely structured red wines (Quartet, Variation One, Cabernet Sauvignon and Hudson Vineyard Merlot), plus their limited and unique white, On the White Keys. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Each and every one of these wines will surprise you with just how danged good the Napa Valley can truly be.

Averaen

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Averaen

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that dramatically over delivers

Averæn is a Willamette Valley project from the folks at Valkyrie selections. They are True (with a capital T) lovers of Pinot Noir, especially the cool climate stuff planted in exceptional dirt. They have created a few Pinot based projects over the years, and almost all of them are driven by the need to over deliver in a very difficult category. They are simply obsessed with creating something affordable, AND authentic, so that Tuesday nights can just as awesome as Saturday nights. Averæn sources from top sites across the Willamette Valley to create a true expression of the place, including Chehalem Mountains, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Dundee Hills. In short, you don’t need to break the bank to have something delicious, with vibrancy and a sense of place. Averæn Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are both tremendous examples of this mission. Daily drinking Oregon! So much to love in that sentence.


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Besos de Angelica

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Besos de Angelica

Por Mujeres. Para Todos.

Angelica Garcia Vasquez, second-generation master mezcalera, continues the tradition of artisanal mezcal production that her parents began during the Mexican prohibition in the town of San Baltazar Chichicapam, Oaxaca. Agaves are wild-sourced, roasted underground with Encino wood and volcanic stones, crushed by a stone mill, and then naturally fermented in wood barrels. The mezcal is then double-distilled in copper stills fired by Encino and Huizache wood. As it has always been produced for generations, this mezcal is made with the heart, the community, and with the unique taste only found in this region of Mexico.  We call this Besos de Angelica because “besos” means “kisses” in Spanish, and it is said that mezcal is meant to be kissed and savored.  Besos de Angelica uses traditional sustainable practices, certified woods, is co-owned by Angelica, and contributes to local charities.  Por mujeres, para todos.  By women, for all.

Brick & Mortar

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Brick & Mortar

Wines deeply rooted in California, but driven by French traditions.

Old-world refinement. New-world roots. Founded in 2011, brick & mortar is a domestic sparkling wine house with a secondary focus on single-vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, from select high-elevation Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino vineyards. Husband and wife team Matt and Alexis Iaconis are quite the dynamic duo. Her background is on the restaurant floor as a WSET Advanced Sommelier. He got an engineering-gone-winemaking degree from Davis, where he was gearing up to be an astronaut (nerd alert), and took a winemaking elective that changed the course of his life. Together they are elevating sparkling wine in California, while keeping it affordable and approachable, with many single vineyard bottlings, to cans of white, rosé, red, and sparkling.

Broadley

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Broadley

Outstanding wines that are true expressions of the place where they are grown and made.

Broadley is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard, growing and making primarily Oregon Pinot Noir. Their goal is to consistently produce dynamic and outstanding wines that are true expressions of the place where they are grown and made. The Broadley family began with planting their vineyards almost 40 years ago, and now the second generation Morgan and Jessica Broadley are running the show. Humble, thoughtful, these wines, like the people, consistently over-deliver in their category. I honestly do not know anyone that has spent 5 minutes talking to Morgan and Jessica that didn’t subsequently and immediately profess their undying love and support of the Brand. They are truly that awesome.

Cobb Wines

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Cobb Wines

Exceptional Pinot Noir as a family tradition.

In 2001, two generations of the Cobb family came together to explore a shared passion for Pinot Noir. David and Diane were pioneers of the far Sonoma Coast when they planted Coastlands Vineyard with their son, Ross in 1989. The convergence of Ross’s winemaking talents and his parents’ development of Coastlands Vineyard led to the creation of Cobb Wines. Ross started in the lab and cellar, but eventually was the head winemaker at Flowers for eight years, and then at Hirsch for several more. Springboard has represented Cobb for almost a decade, and I still remember where I was when he called. Like a teenage girl talking to a pop-star, I was exactly that excited.

Day Wines

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Day Wines

Seeking to express the incredible character of Oregon through impeccable raw materials and minimal intervention in the winery.

Founded by winemaker and owner Brianne Day with the 2012 vintage, Day Wines is a producer of boutique, artisanal bottlings made from fruit sourced exclusively from a small group of Oregon growers who utilize Biodynamic, Organic and/or Sustainable vineyard practices. Her grower partners range from the Willamette Valley for more classic expressions, to Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA, for the anti-classics. The through line is absolute freshness, from Pinot Noir to her unusual blends (i.e. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc…), and the labels are as diverse as the flavor profiles. It’s no surprise that Day is a rising star in the Oregon wine scene. She plays by her own set of rules, without apology. Anyone forging a path like she does, is one to watch, and we are lucky to be a part of the band!

Dee Vine

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Dee Vine

Fine & rare German wines.

Dade Thieriot founded Dee Vine Wine in 1996, as a retail outlet on Pier 19, and a catalogue of German wine and a few French rarities. Over the years, Dade’s relationships grew in Germany, focused in the Mosel; expanded and developed the portfolio into a stunning and extremely curated collection of Riesling producers. The best of the best, and getting better every year, and with every generation.

deGrazia

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deGrazia

deGrazia Imports works in conjunction in the USA with Marc de Grazia Selections, Italy’s most storied exporter of fine Italian wines.

deGrazia Selections, founded by two brothers in 1980, is currently run by Sebastiano (Iano) de Grazia, and an amazing team of Italian wine experts in Italy and the US. They represent 45+ producers from Alto Adige to Sicily. They have worked hard to blend history and tradition with freshness and modern approaches to Italian wine and winemaking.

Delta

Delta

Wines for Change

Delta, meaning change, was born out of a desire to create a platform to make a difference in the fight to protect our planet. Husband and wife team Matthew and Alexis Iaconis of Brick & Mortar Wines partner with organizations dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment such as cleaning up our oceans and reducing CO2 emissions. So, along with their enthusiasm for making delicious and extremely affordable wines, they are also passionate about preserving our natural world, and they donate a portion of sales from each bottle sold to Surfrider Foundation and Cool Effects. All said and done, they not only offset the carbon footprint their winery creates, but their impact is large enough to cover their national sales team! Who says you can’t have it all, and without compromise?

DNS Wines

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DNS Wines

Experts in Burgundy, France in general, Greece, and Italy.

We have all had that moment while tasting a bunch of wine. You go and go and go, and then you stop. Because you just refuse to budge. The wine in your mouth is literally physically impossible to spit out. It’s just too good! That is DNS (Do Not Spit). Experts in Burgundy, France in general, Greece, and Italy. The primary partners, Todd Mathis and Dionysi Grevenitis have the same love of wines from site specific Domaines, in whichever county they happen to be drinking.

Easton

Easton

Amador County excellent since 1994

Bill Easton has been mentor for many winemakers in the Sierra Foothills and Amador, and is simply revered in the press. He was one of the original Rhône Rangers and pioneered the Rhône varietals in the Sierra Foothills under the Terre Rouge label. The Easton portfolio includes Amador County favorites like old vine zinfandel and barbera. If you haven’t tried anything from his arsenal in a while or at all, I recommend making it a priority. Sometimes you live up to the hype.

Enkidu Wines

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Enkidu Wines

Wines of outstanding character from the heart of Sonoma County

Enkidu Winemaker/Founder, Phillip Staehle, created Enkidu Wine to produce wines of outstanding character, and to get back to “…working with my hands, to use all of my senses, and live and work according to the seasons of the year.” Prior to Enkidu, Phil spent ten years at Carmenet Vineyards (Chalone Wine Group) from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. He combines that experience with the ethos behind the legend of Enkidu. It comes from one of the oldest stories ever recorded: The Epic of Gilgamesh, which ultimately highlights strength of character, and a respect for the land and his inhabitants. Phil has created long standing relationships with exceptional growers and stewards of the land in Sonoma and Lake County. He brings us affordable wines, that also happen to be luscious, balanced, and absolutely delicious.

Eric Kent

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Eric Kent

Wines that are unapologetically Californian from exceptional vineyards.

Eric Kent Wine Cellar’s is a family owned winery in Sonoma County, that strives for greatness inside and outside of the bottle. Kent Humphrey makes the wine, and his partner Colleen Teitgen, an artist by trade, works with the many artists represented on the labels. Kent’s goal is to work with inspiring vineyards and produce wines that speak proudly of California, while maintaining their nerve and freshness. Colleen finds the artists that resonate and capture the thread Kent is trying to champion. Together they showcase new artists and California growers at their best, and the results translate into uniquely beautiful bottlings of immense quality. Win-win! And then another Win!

Gemstone

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Gemstone

Award winning Cabernet from the famed 16 acre estate vineyard in Yountville

The 16-acre Gemstone Estate vineyard is truly a study in terroir. Named because it’s diversity and dimensions reminded the original owners of it’s namesake (and no, it does not shine bright like a diamond, but it is multi-faceted and extra precious!). Divided into 20 micro-blocks; including eight clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, two clones each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and one clone of Chardonnay. All of the vines are densely planted to a variety of rootstocks carefully matched to the soil. Their work in plotting and planting the vineyard has been used as a roadmap for many vineyards and wineries for the past 25 years. Winemaker Julien Fayard creates three small-production estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Heritage, Alluvial and Ruby Barrel – each a stylistically distinct expression of the estate vineyard.

Gran Dovejo Tequila

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Gran Dovejo Tequila

A small-batch, traditionally crafted, tequila made from 100% of the finest, estate grown blue agaves that are exclusively grown and produced in the highlands of Jalisco by the Feliciano Vivanco Family.

Single-estate weber blue agave from the highlands of Jalisco. Family owned for five generations. Master Distiller Sergio Cruz works with with the Vivanco family at Feliciano Vivanco distillery (NOM 1414). Traditional, pure, and absolutely delicious.

Groundwork

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Groundwork

Single varietal wines from the Central Coast with verve, character and a touch of irreverence.

Groundwork is all about the fundamentals. Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege is going back to the basics here, after 20 years in the cellar. The beauty of simplicity. Awesome sites with great dirt, farmed responsibly, and made with minimal intervention in the cellar. Initially inspired by the less is more deliciousness of the Rhône Valley, Curt is now making Picpoul, Petit Verdot, Graciano, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Grenache, Rose of Grenache, Grenache Blanc and Counoise. Plus, they are priced to make sure nothing stands in the way of enjoying a great bottle of wine, any night of the week. Thank you Curt!

Hand Picked

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Hand Picked

Importer of artisanal wines from independent growers and family-owned wineries in Europe. Founded in 1985.

Co-owners Sunil Khanna and Chris Desor work with an amazing mixture of growers, all of which practice sustainable agriculture, with minimal intervention in the cellar. The portfolio includes traditional winemakers, unorthodox individuals, and a host of uncommonly good values that always over-deliver. From Château Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape, to Commanderie de la Bargemone in Provence, the line up is dynamic from top to bottom.

Hendry

Hendry

100% estate, old school Napa Valley in the very best way possible

OMG the Hendry’s. So much love in our hearts for them! George Hendry and his family have grown grapes on the same land in Napa Valley since 1939. Back when it wasn’t about grapes at all, it was a fully functional ranch with all the diversity that comes along with that. Situated on the downslopes of Mt. Veeder near the border of Carneros, the property is as unique as their bottlings. With 114 acres under vine, they are outliers in Napa for making more than just Cabernet and Chardonnay. From Zinfandel to Albariño, with some Mission, Malbec, and Primitivo thrown into the mix. George makes the wines, and his nephew Mike Hendry has worked with the vineyards since he was a boy. The best people, doing honest work, and charging a fair price. SO MUCH LOVE!

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