Shop at Vintage or Solano Cellars from Nov 1-22, 2021
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Wondering what to order to celebrate the holidays? Rob from Vintage Berkeley has 4 picks sure to please.
Order before November 22 to take advantage of our "shop to give" partnership. Just mention CRAGMONT, and 15% will be donated to our school.
2020 Le P'tit Paysan Rosé - $20.00
Do you know the secret ingredient at the heart of Bandol, the zip code behind the most sought-after rosés in the world? Mourvèdre. Wanna know *another* secret? Long before a Berkeleyite named Kermit made Bandol a "thing" with his French homegirl Lulu Tempier? This was being planted all over the great state of California by immigrants who knew the spicy red grape would thrive in their new quasi-Mediterranean landscape. Leave it to SF Chronicle’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year, Ian Brand, then, to absolutely nail a Cali-tuned version of the Bandol Ideal. Just as with the Frenchified version, Mourvèdre here lends the wine more structure and gravitas than your average salmon-hued quaffer... and yet there's a freshness and vivacity here that ensures this is one pink to *drink*, and not merely discuss!
2020 Maison Noir OPP Pinot Noir - $28.00
Say it with us....”You down with OPP? Yeah you know me!” We’re talking about the Other People’s Pinot made by André Mack! Initially created for some of the New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier, and now available nationwide, these wines are something to get down with. The OPP is a classic Willamette Valley Pinot: it’s accessible, a great value, and stays true to the character of the vineyards from which it was born. Earthy, spicy, floral, herb-framed flavors of cherry with gingery wood spice tones. This Other People’s Pinot has become Our People’s Pinot at Vintage Berkeley.
2019 Julien Sunier Wild Soul Beaujolais - $27
Over the years we've watched as Julien Sunier went from insider knowledge ("Pssst... wanna buy a granite-laced, mind-expanding Gamay?") to burgeoning cult. In all those years he only ever made three wines, his stunning "Cru" wines from three of the sexiest zipcodes in Beaujolais, Fleurie, Regnie, and Morgon.... And then came number four. For the past three vintages, Sunier vagabonded all over Beaujolais, and found incredible (and 100% organically farmed) sites for t
his transhumant (and maybe transmigratory) bottling. It's his only wine under 30 dollars and yet it's unmistakably Sunier Gamay. Wild Soul's treated the same as his other wines and delivers tart berry fruit and gentle earth just as hoped. And after a trying year? Here's a balm capable of
2018 Casale del Giglio Bellone - $20
Bellone: a grape variety cited by Pliny the Elder! (Back before he was a beer!) Know what he called it? Uva fantastica… and one taste and you won’t be asking us why he called it that. This is straight-up one of our new favorite whites: it evokes Roman sunshine, tropical fruit, and a bit of citrus zest. This is lively, brilliant stuff, with all the acidity you need to pair with Thanksgiving turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and/or bitter greens. An indigenous Roman grape that was pretty much saved from extinction by Casale del Giglio.