The glorious holiday for over-serving ourselves approaches! Adding lots of new Thanksgiving wines, so check back often. Also:

  • My favorite Sancerre of the year.
  • Pinot season! Multiple styles in stock and more coming.
  • Also: Napa blend steal from Chappellet; fun, fruit-driven nebbiolo; pairing-perfect Vouvray (chenin blanc).
  • Got holiday requests? Favorite wines? Gifts? Tastings? Let me know!

Francois Le Saint Sancerre Silex 2018
If you’ve wondered about the word “Silex” on some Sancerre bottles, it’s a sandy, flinty soil type in the Loire Valley. It tends to yield restrained fruit, delicate body and flinty minerality. This is the quintessential example. Very subtle grassy, grapefruit and lemon aromatics leading to a weightless mouthfeel that I just love. It’s kind of like soft Chablis meets Sancerre. So elegant and so refreshing, I promise you can’t stop drinking it!

Woodenhead Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015 (See app)
Whereas 2014 was intense raspberry and ripe cherry, 2015 has a more brooding and structured Russian River style. Juicy and fresh, but with darker berries and the classic cola and sassafras of RRV. In its sweet spot now after 5 years. Chill slightly and pair with roastechicken, Sockeye salmon, fresh goat cheese or nothing at all! (compare at $48+)

Le Machin Santa Rita Hills Pinot 2018 ($18)
This is a palate-perking pinot steal from Santa Rita Hills. If you like taught, tart, Burgundian style pinots with a green, herbal California twist then pick this up. Lightweight and zinging with sharp cranberry and pomegranate, there’s just great intensity and nuance for this price.