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The pleasure's all ours. Not only do we live for flavor, we're dedicated to sharing our favorite finds. Explore our personal picks here.

JOHN PICK

"This everyday chillable red from the Languedoc has great acid and is super fresh. Just like it's blanc brother, Piquepoul Noir makes great summer drinking juice."

CHRIS PICK

"La Traviesa is made by Barranco Oscuro, an OG of Spanish natural wine, with a nearly extinct white varietal from the mountains around the family winery. Unfiltered goodness in the glass and on the palate. It's ripe with quince and poached pear, but has refreshing acid that makes it incredibly drinkable. And at $18 it's a great everyday bottle for spring."

MATTHEW PICK

"This pretty Juran Chardonnay is a perfect white for this time of year where we're past the winter doldrums but I'm not yet craving super fresh wine. It has body and richness and pairs well with the cold weather foods I'm still cooking." 



CHRIS PICK

"A drum I beat often is American Syrah, both because it gets overshadowed by Cabernet and Pinot Noir and because it's delicious. This is one of my favorites."


MATTHEW PICK

"The new vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Ynez (in Santa Barbara) is a new favorite. It has some savory notes, some green olive with that bright black fruit, serious tannins that aren't too tight, and nice acidity to brighten things up. I would pair it with something dark and braised."


JOHN PICK

"12 Volts is one of my current favorites. A biodynamic wine that's a blend of Callet, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Mallorca, it's really elegant full bodied wine from an interesting area."


MATTHEW PICK

"This charmer from Oregon smells a bit candied and floral. Dark cherries and earth on the palate meet great acidity and an herbal finish. It has enough heft to hang with a meal, but enough freshness and complexity to fly solo too."

CHRIS PICK

"We're getting to the time of year when we're drinking with family and need to find the right wine to please all palates (your art school cousin doesn't drink what Uncle Ted enjoys, trust me). That's why I love opening generous Rioja with age when with family. There's always the warming, friendly kiss of oak alongside the complexity that only comes with aged wine."

CHRIS PICK

"A study in freshness and fruit. This is Roilette's entry bottling and definitely their easiest to drink. Flexible at the table, this Fleurie is a perfect bottle to pour during dinner party season. Enjoy!"

MATTHEW PICK

"I'm a big fan of Cannonao in general, and really into this specific one lately. Cannonao is what Sardignians call Greache. It typically has ripe red fruit and a little wildness and spice to the finish. I like the balance of easy-goingness and intensity."


Recipe Pairing:

Braised Lamb Shanks with Olive, Lemon and Tomatoes

The Color Collective Gamay 2015

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CHRIS PICK

"There has never been a more exciting reason to pull the cork on Oregon wines. That's for three reasons: the crop of new projects showing up are headed by increasingly pedigreed producers, the courage to innovate with lesser known varietals is astounding and the wines are priced for consumption.

The Color Collector Gamay is a wonderful example. This is a project headed by Bethany Kimmel, assistant winemaker of the Columbia Gorge's Analemma, She has sourced her own rooted Gamay to make a serious, berry fruited bottling that I believe to be one of the best domestic expressions of this variety. If this wine said "Willamette Valley Pinot Noir" it would be twice the price. Very happy to have our hands on some of the 10 cases that made its way to NYC. Enjoy!"

CAROLYN PICK

"A super mineral barrel-fermented Verdelho from Lodi, this fresh, saline, dry wine has an exotic nose reminiscent of sherry. This wine was such a fun surprise to taste for the first time; it really highlights how exciting California wine can be."


Recipe Pairing:
Mussels with White Beans and Chorizo