featured producer: Alice bouvot, domaine de L'octavin

jura, france

there are simply not enough words to describe to you what alice's wines exemplify, but if i had to choose one, it would be, committed. 


2019 'les Roi des Cépages,' Riesling


2018 'Elle Aime,' Pinot Noir/Chardonnay


2018 'zerlina,' Pinot noir/trousseau


2019 'Dorabella,' poulsard



NV Étienne Doué 'cuveé selection,' Chardonnay/pinot noir, brut, Aube


A fine example of a "grower" Champagne, as well as a sensory experience for your palate. Lush and fruit driven, with a keen chalky mineral edge. 

NV jacques lassaigne, blanc des blancs, extra brut, montgueux


Montgueux is known by many as the "Le Montrachet" of Champagne. This stunning Chardonnay over-delivers and will make you feel like an oligarch, without paying oligarch prices!

NV Pertois-moriset 'les quatre terroirs' brut, grand cru, les mesnil-sur-oger


WOW! What a sophisticated and utterly indulgent Blanc des Blancs that rivals its massively more expensive neighbors. Low dosage and a high percentage of the yearly wine weave together like soft Turkish sheets. Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs does not have to cost over $500!


NV solemme 'terre de Solemme,' Montagne de rEIms


Meunier dominant cépage from Premier Crus vineyards farmed organically and biodynamically. White flower/white cherry, rich, precise.

NV christophe mignon 'ADn de meunier,' pinot meunier, rEIms


Christophe is another genius of the Meunier grape. This is his zero dosage bottling, so expect long, lengthy expression of the grape. 

NV LACOURTE-GODBILLON ‘TERROIRS D'ECUEIL,’ Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims


Lacourte-Godbillon is a family house that for many years farmed grapes to sell to large Champagne houses. And, what quality those houses would have received! A newcomer to the city of Chicago, and quite thankful for its arrival. Steely, mineral driven, finesse bubbles.

NV roger coulon 'l'Hommée,' vrigny, montagne de rEIms


Our "go to" selection if you're looking for that classic "toasty, yeasty, rich" style. The Chardonnay spends seven months in barrel and the complete wine spends five years in bottle before disgorgement.

NV Louis nicaise, brut reserve, vallÉe de la marne


A "grower producer" located in the home of monk, Dom Perignon. Don't expect the over-oaked toast like Dom, though. Crisp apple, brioche, create a rich, round finish.



Looking for a Champagne full-bodied, complex Champagne with a generously long finish? Look no further than Heucq's elaboration that spends 5 years on lees.

Sparkling – Other Countries


NV Red Tail Ridge ‘Perpetual Change,’ Brut Nature, Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York


“Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel...” Nancy Irelan’s masterpiece blend of mostly Chardonnay (57%) and Riesling (32.5%) low dosage and one of the most unique bouquets and flavor profiles I’ve ever had in a sparkling wine. Oh! And, a Velociraptor!

NV Divella Gussago ‘Blanc de Blancs,’ Chardonnay, Franciacorta, Italy


This wine blew my mind. I pushed the Franciacorta rock in this business far too long to zero effect. My first thoughts upon tasting this? Alessandra Divella is producing Blanc de Blancs on par with the two Jacques (Selosse and Lassaigne, in Champagne) at a fraction of the price!

NV Cruse Wine Co. ‘Tradition,’ Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, California


Since “Ultramarine” has ascended to astronomical heights in popularity, price, and scarcity, Michael began producing his own version.

2000 Recaredo ‘Turo d’en Mota’ Cava Brut Nature, Penedes, Spain


After nearly a decade on lees, this single vineyard Xarello is the finest Cava currently available & could easily rival great Champagnes.

2010 Bisson ‘Abissi’ Spumante, Portofino, Liguria, Italy


One of the world’s sparkling wine treasures, this is matured on its lees 200 feet under the sea, emerging from the water with barnacles and seaweed intact on the bottle; a gentle wine of total saline-edged finesse.


Sparkling – Pétillant Naturel • Méthod Ancestrale

2019 OCTáGONO, red blend, san felipe, guanajuato, Mexico (sparkling red)


I met Marcelo Castro Vera, by chance, while endlessly searching for any sort of "natural wine" while in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, last year. I was blown away by his commitment to produce wines in the ancient Georgian method. Truly pleasurable, grippy and juicy. Party on!

2020 alfredo maestro 'perdigon,' pinot noir/garnacha, castilla y leon, spain (Rosé)


Young vine Pinot Noir is blended with old, bush vine Garnacha that is already used for Alfredo's "Amanda" rosato. Don't be fooled by the jolly rancher aroma, this drinks nice and dry.

French Whites – Loire Valley



Surly and irreverent, Sébestien is one of my favorite winemakers. Not only for those qualities, but to his commitment to bio-diverse farming, hand harvesting when he sees fit, and working the vineyard by horse and plow. Quarterons introduces into the mind of the man himself.



Menu Pineau is closely related to Chenin Blanc, but, I feel, resembles a more palatable style of Sauvignon Blanc. It's a rarity to be offered Thierry Puzelat's "Brin de Chevre." Exceptional texture from six months in old Burgundy barrels, precise acidity, and intense length on the finish. 


2020 Olivier Lemasson ‘bois sans soif,’ Menu Pineau/Chenin Blanc, Touraine


It’s with great sadness that we lost Olivier this year. He embodied everything that his wines express.

2017 Beatrice et Pascal Lambert, Chenin Blanc, Chinon


Lovely humans produce lovely wines. Beatrice and Pascal farm vineyards with varying soils along the Loire River, in Chinon. Texturally precise, with a blanket of fresh apple and linden. We don’t have a river in Logan Square, but the sounds of traffic, with this bottle is still quite soothing.

2017 Domaine du Closel ‘Belle Dame,’ Chenin Blanc, Savennières


Before you get into the serious stuff from Closel, you can check out this delightful expression.

2017 Hodgson (Mai et Kenji) ‘Les Aussigouins,’ Chenin Blanc, Anjou


The wine I’ve been waiting to for to arrive in Chicago! Ex-pat, Canadian’s, Mai and Kenji are crafting “oh-so beautifully flawed” Chenin? Maybe to an MS. For me, it does not get any better than this. Special pricing for you to experience for yourself. Or, I’ll buy it all!

2017 L’Ange Vin (Jean-Pierre Robinot) ‘Cuvée Bistrologie,’ Chenin Blanc, Chahaignes


The High Priest of minimal intervention winemaking, in the Loire. Robinot’s Chenin is just as enigmatic as he is! Minute quantities available.

2019 Ferme de la sansonnière 'le lune,' chenin blanc, Anjou


If any wine reminds me of the Chenin Blanc's that made Vouvray a household term, it's Mark Angeli's "Le Lune." Be forewarned, the residual sugar level is much higher than any of the above Chenin's, but again, reminiscent of classic vintages from Huet or Baumard.

2018 Ferme de la sansonnière 'les fourchardes,' chenin blanc, Anjou


Mark Angeli's monopole of 45+ year old Chenin Blanc vines on clay and schist soils. The wine rounds out the hard edges from 2 years in double barrique.

French Whites – Burgundy

2015 Gille, Côte de Nuits-Villages


Stunningly fresh and weaves a soft patchwork on the palate. You can have the best of Burgundy at this price point.

2015 Dom. de la Vougeraie, Savigny-lès-Beaune


Sometimes families can work together. The Boisset’s own several parcels in Burgundy. This Savigny-lès-Beaune over delivers in style.


A Selection of Wines from Alice et Olivier de Moor:

2015 Chardonnay ‘Coteau de Rosette,’ Chablis 120
2019 Chardonnay 'l'humeur du temps,' Chablis 85
2019 Chardonnay, Bourgogne Chitry 75
2019 Aligoté 55

“Le Vendangeur Masqué” BY OLIVIER DE MOOR:
2016 Viognier/Chardonnay/Clairette/Roussanne ‘En si Belle Compagnie Meridionale,’ Southern Rhône 65


French Whites – Jura

2013 pinte, savagnin, Arbois

Rare to find a Jura domaine where Savagnin is over 50% of the production. A lengthy Savagnin that incorporates the assets of long barrel aging into shining undertones of Meyer lemon and honeysuckle. Smashing!

2011 Overnoy-Crinquand, Chardonnay, Arbois-Pupillin


Mikäel Crinquand, a distant relative to Pierre Overnoy, is the vigneron of this delightful offering of lemongrass, walnut, and brown butter. 

2016 Labet ‘Vin de Voile,’ Chardonnay/Savagnin, Côtes du Jura


Fermented under veil, or flor, for 24-48 months creating nutty, brown butter notes with exceptional length and acidity. Pure delight!

2016 Philippe Bornard ‘Les Gaudrettes,’ Chardonnay, Côtes du Jura


Various varieties of marl that make up the vineyard creates a distinct minerality commonly found in wines from this area. Gaudrettes is Bornard’s Chardonnay masterpiece. Deftly intertwining citrus and stonefruit, marzipan, spice, and hazelnut. Exclusive!

2016 Ganevat ‘Kopines,’ Chardonnay/Aligoté, Jura, France


Jean-Francois’ ode to his time working in Burgundy (where part of the Chardonnay comes from) with Aligoté, and Chardonnay, from Jura,

aged one year in oak casks. The result is a broad spectrum of brown butter notes (Ouillé), lemon curd, macadamian with a mile long finish!

2016 Ganevat ‘La Flandre,’ Chardonnay, Arbois, Jura, France


A perfect introduction into the wines of Ganevat. Nicely spiced with ginger and cinnamon notes, with the hallmark “nuttiness” that separates Jura wines from the rest of the world. I drank my way through France usually with a bottle of Ganevat. The food pairing potential is endless.



Chad and Michelle Westbrook Hinds left there urban winery, in Berkeley, to move way north to the Shasta-Cascade Mountains, of Northern California. This largely untested grape growing region was perfect for them to test the farming techniques of Masanobu Fukuoka with their own "chaos organics" methods. The result is the closest in style to a Jura wine I've had outside of the French hamlet. Very, very cool stuff!

French Whites – Other Regions


2018 Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhart), Roussane/Viognier, Northern Rhône


From Hervé’s vineyards directly across the Rhône River from the storied hillsides of Hermitage. Tropical fruits, pear, stone, and a hint of oak

2019 Dard & ribo, marsanne/rousanne, crozes-hermitage, Northern Rhône


A rare treat to be offered the white wine from luminariers, Rene-Jean and Francois. You'll probably have this introduced to you if you're search includes "something from Burgundy."

2018 vernay 'coteau de Vernon,' Viognier, condrieu, Northern Rhône


The gold standard, the late Georges Vernay was the epicenter of Condrieu. His daughter has ran with the mantle and hasn't missed a beat. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to experience the first vintage after his passing at a fraction of its typical cost. A Webster's exclusive.

2017 Leon Barral, Terret Blanc & Gris/Viognier/Roussane, l’Hérault, Languedoc, France


Didier Barral is the 13th generation vigneron, and champion of the biodynamic movement. Grapes are co-fermented and macerated for 3-4 hours. Scarcely available, but what a treat! Blossoming peach and orange flower.

2018 Clos Ste. Magdeleine, Marsanne/Clairette, Cassis


The gorgeous fishing village of Cassis has been hailed as one of Earth’s modern paradise. Clos Ste. Magdeleine is one of the few producers in the area, and possibly the best. This blend of grapes provides the nuances of white Bordeaux, with the subtle strength of white Rhône.

ITALIAN & Spanish Whites

2019 Montenidoli, Vernaccia, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy


Elisabetta Fagiuoli’s white wines are just as stellar as her reds! Incredible floral notes and unmatched silky texture. Pinot Grigio is canceled.

2018 Do Ferreiro, Albariño, Rias Baixas, spain


We’ve always loved these wines, but our visit to the winery in 2017, solidified how great this winemaking family is! Now, if we could just get some percebes...

2019 Litrona, Albariño, (from Bodegas Albamar), Rias Baixas, Spain (1 liter)


When is a liter too much wine?? NEVER!! Especially when it’s finely crafted Albariño, that encapsulates the spirit of Galicia. This is not the bubble gummy, peachy version that’s become ubiquitous. Albamar’s is lean, salty, lemony, and soft like a kiss from a mermaid.

2012 Can Ràfols dels Caus ‘El Rocallís,’ Incrocio Manzoni, Penedés, spain


After a visit to the winery, legendary Elisabetta Foradori fell in love with this grape, and this wine, she planted in her vineyards, in northern Italy. There is a reason this wine receives such high praise. For the discerning Burgundy hound to explore.

2017 Clos Figueras ‘Font de la Figuera,’ Viognier, Priorat, spain


Viognier from Priorat? A unique story of its planting has lead to one of the most texturally stimulating white wines I have had in years.

2004 Lopez de Heredia ‘Viña Tondonia,’ Viura/Malvasia, Rioja, spain


The wines of Lopez de Heredia are so universally known, there’s probably higher education courses dedicated to them. Expect oxidized, nutty, brown butter notes here. 2004 IS the current release. These wines age glacially which is why they become so highly sought after.


German & American Riesling

2020 Clemens busch 'Low Sulfur,' riesling trocken, Mosel, germany


Clemens is the fifth generation winemaker at this estate. This particular offering, which always seems to show the intense character of the Marienburg vineyards, is bottled with dramatically lower amounts of sulfur. Intense, flinty, and austere. 2020 is a "don't miss vintage!"

2020 Peter lauer 'senior,' saar, mosel, germany


Though considered one of Peter's "village" wine, the grapes come from the single vineyard, Ayler Kupp. Average vine age is 70 years old. Expect relentless acidity, searing minerality and dry, dry, dry, on the palate.

2019 j.b. becker, wallufer walkenberg, riesling, spätlese trocken, rheingau, germany


"Becker's wines will not  taste like the other wines coming out of Rheingau and Hans-Josef Becker just doesn't give a rip."-VB An incredible display of stone, herb, with uncommon savory, earthy tones. Angular and austere, pondering and contemplative

2018 Brooks ‘Ara,’ Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon


Comprised from the best pieces from the vintage and the blending of grapes from both marine sediment and volcanic soils, “Ara” sets a high bar for domestic Riesling. And, I know from first hand experience, ages extraordinarily.

Skin Contact Whites (‘Orange’)



Wine selections in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico are bad. And, natural wines, nearly nonexistent. Trust me! So, it was with great delight that I had lunch with Webster's owners at an incredible restaurant and was introduced to the wines of Octágono. I fell head overheels in love! Then, I found out the owner, Marcelo Vera, lives in San Miguel! The wines are newly imported to Chicago. Every single wine made at Octagono is fermented in clay pots, much like the Georgian kvevri. The definition of zero intervention and absolutely zero sulfites added. 
2019 la clarine farm, petite manseng, Sierra foothills, California


Petite Manseng is a unique grape that has thick skins, large seeds, and produces very little juice, yet looks and drinks like it was macerated on its skins. When a part of our weekly blind tasting competition, no one called it, but all loved it!
2017 filipo Manetti 'Menis,' albana, Emilia-romagna, italy


Albana spends nine months in amphora that are not underground, but are packed in dirt for temperature control. Reminiscentof the great Oslavian"orange" wines.
2018 Matassa 'cuvée Alexandria,’ Muscat d'alexandria, Rousillon, France
Tom Lubbe has the ability to make me snort laugh and excite my palate with stunning wine. This wildly aromatic wine has such impressive structure, that I was initially puzzled. A short, 15 day stay, whole cluster, in barrel adds a touch of Indian spice laced around tangerine and honey. A rare find.

A collection, and introduction, from venerable “orange” wine producer: Azienda Agricola Škerk
Škerk is located near the Italian-Slovenian border, in Italy’s, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. This region is famous for their utilization of the ancient winemaking technique to ferment white wine grapes on their skins, culminating in its final color and texture. Father and son, Boris and Sandi Škerk, insist on low- yield, high-density vineyard management. This, in turn, allows the Škerks to reduce treatment to the bare minimum and produce pureness of fruit. These are wines I would travel to New York City to seek out due to the lack of presence here in Chicago. Now, I get to present them to you! – CS

2018 Malvasia Istriana


Malvasia Istriana has historical roots from Greece, yet is very much entrenched in Friuli, Croatia, and Slovenia. Elegant and aromatic, quintessential Collio Malvasia on par with legends Gravner and Radikon.

2018 “Ograde” Equal parts Vitovska, Malvasia, Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio


At first glance, you may think since “Ograde” is a blend, it will be an “entry level” wine. On the contrary, I see Ograde as the experiment of co-fermenting grapes on their skins for 10 days and the final result is shear brilliance. This is no easy task. Countless aromatic features await you, with the ability to pair with every single dish on our menu.




No matter the season, a bottle of Txakoli (Chaw-ko-lee), a porron, and a few friends is always the beginning for a good time!

2020 limited edition, grenache, eola-amity hills, willamette valley, oregon


I had a paradigm shift after listening to Bree and Chad Stock, winemakers, discussing the futureof rosé. Is it just to drink, with little expectation save for summer refresher? Or, can they possess flavor aspects we love in our favorite cocktails? Hmm. Enjoy a Negroni's floral/bitter/fruit balance? Look no further!



One of the best vintages I've tasted of this perennial favorite. It's heady field blend that channels volcanic intensity into wild fruit. 

French Reds – Loire Valley

2020 christian venier 'le clos des carteries,' gamay/pinot noir, cheverny


Christian has taken the baton as caretaker for vineyards his family has farmed for centuries. His style mimics another WWB fave producer, Thierry Puzelat. His vines sit on Scilica and clay, with gravel and stoney overcoat which comes through radiantly in his wine.


2020 Olivier lemasson, 'Poivre et Sel,' Pineau d'aunis, touraine


Named in regards to Pineau d'Aunis' "peppery" profile and balanced by Gamay. The union creates expressive floral and dried berry notes.

2017 Brendan Tracey, Pineau d’Aunis, Côteaux du Vendômois


120 year old vines, carbonic maceration of whole, undamaged grapes in fiberglass for 30 days, followed by 11 months in 15 year old oak barrels. I’ll never forget the first time I had this wine, how it made me feel, and how I never wanted that day to end.

2019 Château Yvonne ‘La Folie,’ Cabernet Franc, Saumur Champigny


We don’t just put any old Cab Franc on our list. Yvonne is a relatively unknown, but this will change. Expect the raw expression of the grape.

2016 Olga Raffault ‘La Picasses,’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon


From one of the loveliest couples in the wine world. The 2016 is so forgiving and precise. Archetypal Cab Franc, from Chinon. These wines

should be monumentally more expensive. The lesson here, lovely, beautiful people aren’t greedy.

2008 Olga Raffault ‘La Picasses,’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon


A rare opportunity to experience the phenomenal longevity of Raffault's Cab Franc! These library releases are highly sought after and never dissappoint!


2016 Catherine et pierre breton 'clos sénéchal,’ Cabernet Franc, bourgueil


Across the Loire River from Chinon sits Bourgueil. If you seek an expression of Cab Franc that shows depth and precision, look no further. 

Try a North american Version!

2020 Limited edition, cabernet franc, eola springs vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon


Old vine Cabernet Franc that represents itself closely to its Chinon and Bourgueil brethren. A tremendous blend of New World ripeness with Old World savory notes. The vines thrive in the rocky, thin volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills. Not to be missed!


French Reds – Beaujolais

(Gamay)(Crus listed from North to South)
2019 Chateau Cambon, Gamay, St. Jean d'Ardieres


What started as a partnership between Marcel Lapierre and Joseph Chamonard, 40 years ago, still stands as "The Gang of Five's" last truly affordable Bojo that represents what these vignerons set out to produce from Chauvet's organic and biodynamic teachings. OG!!

2018 Jérôme Balmet ‘Barber Rousse,’ Gamay, Vaux-en-Beaujolais


The highly anticipated wait for the return of Jérôme’s beloved wines has ended! “Barber Rousse” is his selection that sees time in old oak

barrels, rounding out the rough edges and balance out the acidity. Highly recommended!

2017 Anthony Thevenet, Vielles Vignes, Chénas


Old vine Gamay, planted in 1940, from a relatively flat site on decomposed granite. Red and dark fruits, with mineral muscle.

2017 Dutraive ‘Le Pied de la Rue,’ Fleurie


Jean-Louis wanted to produce a wine from the Chanudet family’s hillside climate, “La Madone.” The vines face south at a 40 degree slope

on pink granite. Neary a ha’p’orth was produced. Stocks are limited.

2020 Marcel Lapierre, Morgon


Marcel was a leader in the ‘natural’ wine world and member of the famed “gang of four.” His children (Mathieu and Camille) carry on this

tradition. I adore this wine for it’s perfectly focused and refined expression of Gamay.

Also available in magnum!


2017 Alex Foillard, Brouilly


Jean’s son, Alex, is sprinting with the family torch in non-intervention farming, minimal intervention, and bonkers good Bojo.


2018 Pierre Cotton, Côte de Brouilly


I gush with glee regarding Pierre’s wines and thrilled to finally see them come to Chicago! I begged. A LOT. See why. Available en Magnum!


French Reds – Burgundy - Jura - savoie

2015 Domaine guillot-broux 'la myotte,' Pinot Noir, Mâcon


From the oldest vines on the estate comes this intensely driven, lithe expression of Pinot; stunning purity.

2019 Domaine de la Cras, Pinot Noir, Coteaux de Dijon


Marc Soyard won the “golden ticket” when the city of Dijon purchased this property and took proposals from would be vignerons, to tend to the vineyards. Marc adopted the same minimal intervention techniques he learned at Domaine Bizot and the results have been stellar.

2016 pinte, trousseau, arbois, jura


Roger Martin took over the domaine in 1953, moved to organic farming in 1999, and biodynamics in 2009. Look no further if you're searching something a little like Gamay, and a little like Pinot Noir.


2019 Saint-germain 'les taillis,' mondeuse, Savoie, France


Mondeuse is such a beguiling and versatile grape! A wine that was born to be enjoyed with meats and cheese, from the near Albertville (think 1992 Winter Olympics). Oozing alpine characteristics of herbal garigue and plush plummy fruit and subtle peppery notes. 

2016 Ganevat ‘Y’a bon the Canon,’ Gamay+, Savoie, France


Due to devastating loss of grapes in multiple vintages, Jean-Francois reached out to his sister, Anne, as well as friends throughout France, to innovate and create a blend that could only be achieved by such a legend! 50% Gamay, 50% “Vin de France” = 100% sublmity.

2016 Ganevat ‘J’en Veux Encore,’ Gamay/Trousseau, Savoie, France


From 80 year old Gamay vines, fermented in conical wood tanks for 10 months. Only bottled in years when the vintage dictates, think of this wine like a “fist bump” between Beaujolais and Savoie. Crispy, crunchy, bright berries and long, thirst quenching acidity.

2018 Les Matheny, Poulsard, Arbois, Jura


Elise and Emeric Foléat are committed to representing the area from which they were born and bred. Emeric’s eight year tutelage under the great Jacques Puffeney taught him how to harness the salty, yeasty, and piquant terroir that hallmarks the Jura.

2015 Philippe Bornard ‘Point barre,’ Ploussard, Arbois


My level of excitement receiving an allocation of this wine is OFF. THE. CHARTS! Bornard’s wines are prime examples of lively, precise, and artistic expressions. His Ploussard is in another stratosphere and worth every single penny.


French Reds – Bordeaux 

2015 Clos du Jaugueyron, Haut-Médoc


The soils around Arsac, is comprised of clay, which leads to more fruit driven wines. Little oak is used, and not needed. Outstanding!


French Reds – Northern Rhône


2017 Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhart) ‘Le Souteronne,’ Gamay, Saint Joseph


Gamay? YES! Gamay in the Northern Rhône from the inimitable Hervé Souhart. You can expect the weight of the wine to be that of great Beaujolais, with the dark, bacon-y aromas that are indicative of Syrah’s from this area.

2019 Baptiste Nayrand ‘L’Astrale,’ Gamay, Coteaux du Lyonnais


Just outside of the vibrant city of Lyon sits a small hamlet, Millery. Baptiste only produces L’Astrale in the best vintages, so take advantage!


2019 Baptiste Nayrand ‘Sauvage,’ Gamay + Field blend, Coteaux du Lyonnais


Named “Sauvage” do to the vineyard being left untended, shoots untrellised, these old Gamay vines are combined with a 30% blend of Chasselas and Aligoté. Intense juicy profile with a savory profile common of the great Syrah’s produced a few miles away.

2020 Maison Stephan, syrah, chasse-sur-rhône


Proving "natural wine" isn't a "fad" or just "having a moment" Jean-Michel is well into 30+ vintages utilizing the minimal intervention farming practices garnered from Jules Chauvet and Beaujolais "Gang of Four." Released a mere six months after harvest, expect a lighter Syrah profile.

2020 Vincent paris, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage


I've really become captivated with the recent proliferation of producers crafting Syrah that aren't always clunky, wound up tight, and unapproachable for 6-7 years. I love Syrah for it's delicate aromatics, as well as it's more pronounced. Don't confuse "light" for balance.

2019 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage


Easily one of my favorite producers in the region. Iconoclasts from the outset, René-Jean and François sought to buck the trend of heavily extracted, fat Syrah overburdened by oak. Their wines still exhibit all the savage nature of Syrah with a deft, wild elegance.

2010 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, Hermitage


Do not miss out on experiencing René-Jean and François’ expression from this epic place, and an epic vintage.

French Reds – Southern Rhône

2018 Domaine Vieux Lazaret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape


Accessible and immediately pleasurable; this is the wine version of wrapping yourself in a warm blanket; elegant, spiced red fruit.


2008 Château de Fonsalette, Grenache/Syrah/Cinsault, Côtes du Rhône


Challenging vintages bring out the best from the best winemakers. What Emmanuel was able to produce from 2008 is nothing short of heroic. I happily accepted my tiny allocation knowing that quality is far more important than quantity.


French Reds – Languedoc-roussillon & Corsica

2019 Domaine le briseau 'enjoy,' cinsault, Languedoc 


Nathalie Gaubicher Heredia is to be admired for her perseverance through loss and continues to produce remarkably enjoyable wines that are meant to be "enjoyed" with good friends and good conversation. This wine veers on the natty side of raw, minimal intervention goodness.

2020 Les serrals 'sur le zinc!' syrah/carignan, faugères


Early harvest Syrah, bearing more resemblance to Beaujolais than Faurgères, is blended with free-run Carignan creating a kaleidoscope of fruits, hint of olive, in an easy, everyday wine from Chloé Barthet and Frédéric Almazor.


2016 Jean-baptiste senat 'mais où est donc ornicar,' grenache/syrah, Minervois


France's wine version of "coordinating conjunctions" would have to be Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault etc. Senat's style is fresh, aromatic, wildly savage, and never heavy. 


2018 Matassa ‘Olla Rouge,’ Grenache, Languedoc-Roussillon                                               


New Zealander, Tom Lubbe’s wines have ascended to near cult status. Beaujolais-esque Grenache, from an area known for dark wines.

2020 bruno duchene ‘la luna,’ Grenache/carignan, Languedoc-Roussillon                      


Bruno farms incredibly rugged vineyards of Côte Vermeille, in Banyuls. Not to be mistaken for a brooding/dark wine typical of the region. The wine is comprised of Grenache Noir, also Gris and Blanc, with the Carignan. As much as I love visiting France, I'm happy finally have this wine on our list!

2020 bruno duchene ‘odin,’ Tempranillo/carignan/syrah, Languedoc-Roussillon      


A simply marvelous blend that truly encapsulates the region, and a look at what will likely become a common blend as global warming transforms the wine world in the years to come. More depth than the La Luna, yet just as playful.

2017 Roc d’Anglade, Carignan/Syrah/Grenache/Mourvèdre, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

At first blush, you’d swear you are drinking upper crust Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Remy Pédréno bucks bureaucracy to create fun/serious wine.


2015 Abbatucci ‘Ministre Imperial,’ Taravo Valley, Corsica


Crafted this from a range of varietals, most of ancient origin, which Jean-Charles & his father saved from extinction. The most stunning wine to grace my lips, in 2019! Eh-hem. It’s also an absolute steal at this price.


European Reds

2019 beurer, Portugieser, Württemberg, Germany


Joachim Beurer crafts his wines with the same personality that made him a champion BMX racer, the ability to float on air. Portugieser has the depth of Pinot Noir, the style of Nebbiolo, and the playfulness of Gamay.

2019 Brand ‘Pur,’ Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany


This is a seriously great bottle of Pinot Noir! You may question its origin, and that’s fine. If you don’t believe, my good friend Crystal Wells will drink it all herself!

2016 Anatolikos, Mavroudi/Limnio, Xanthi, Greece


A rare combination of grapes fermented and aged for 9 months in amphora. Seductively dark, chewy, with tobacco, cocoa nibs and raw power. VROOM VROOM!

Italian Reds – North to South

2017 'paiagallo,' nebbiolo, barolo, piemonte
2109 'langhe,' nebbiolo, barolo, piemonte
2019 roagna, dolcetto, Alba, Piemonte


Dolcetto isn't known as an ambitious grape, but when grown as purely as Roagna's, with just a hint of neutral oak, you get a delicious value.

2018 luigi ferrando ‘la terrazza,’ nebbiolo/Barbera, Piemonte


Ferrando's "Canavese Rosso" is always a delightful blend primarily composed from Nebbiolo, with 30% Barbera. A great date night wine.

2018 Fabio Gea ‘Green Palma,’ Barbera, Alba, Piemonte

An unspoken axiom of all lovers of natural wine is looking for Gea’s wines on a list. Brilliant. Stunning. Fun. Captivating. Enchanting. There’s not enough adjectives for the juice Fabio puts into each bottle.

2016 Colombera & Garella, Nebbiolo, Bramaterra, Alto Piemonte


The volcanic soils of Bramaterra lend itself to expressive and lively tones in Nebbiolo. A touch of native Vespolina and Croatina and spice.

2016 Colombera & Garella, Nebbiolo, Lessona, Alto Piemonte


To the west of Bramaterra, sits Lessona. Also known for their Nebbiolo showing distinct orange rind and violet tones with incredible depth.


2017 Castel Noarna ‘Cimber,’ Lagrein, Rovereto, Dolomiti


Marco Zani’s Lagrein immediately struck me as a hit. If you enjoy Pinot Noir’s, or Grenache, definitely check out this stunner!

2019 Foradori, Teroldego, Dolomiti


Elisabetta Foradori is a hero to many of us in the wine profession. Her staunch belief in farming her vineyards holistically was once considered heresy by her peers, now can’t be emulated fast enough. There is but one Teroldego that stands above all others, Foradori.

2010 La Stoppa, Barbera, Emilia-Romagna


Elena Pantaleoni adheres to the mantra of “no wine before its time,” so don’t be intimidated by Barbera with this much age. It’s singing!

2017 Monte dall’Ora 'sausto,' Corvina/Rondinella/Molinara, Valpolicella


This 'ripasso' style Valpoicella could be called a baby Amarone. I guess it’s fitting that my favorite “Valpolicella” is the elusive Monte dall’Ora.


2018 Montenidoli, Colorino, Tuscany


Known only to “color” Chianti, it was by a dare that Elisabetta started producing this as a single varietal. And, it’s extraordinary!

2019 Ficomontanino ‘Bulgarelli,’ Sangiovese, Tuscany


This is Sangiovese! Not overblown by oak, the true characteristics of the grape are exemplified in this newcomer to the US market.



A classic Vino Nobile farmed and produced by Dora Forsoni, a true steward of healthy land makes healthy grapes and superior wines. Aged for two years in oak, this is your quintessential Tuscan dark, yet delicate, smooth with soft tannin style you probably had on vacation.


2019 Frank Cornelissen ‘Sususcaru,’ Nerello Mascalese Blend, Etna, Sicily


Formerly known as “Contadino” the name had to be changed due to copyright infringement. Silly, but whatevs. Frank has always produced intriguing thought-provoking wines. However, recently the wines have dramatically improved, shedding their volatile, slightly erratic character. The wines are still unique but now the elegant, vibrant character shows through more clearly.

2020 COS, frappat0, Terre sicilianne, Sicily


Partners Guisto Occhipinti (Arianna, below, is his niece), Giambattista Cilia, and Cirino Strano believe their vineyard is like "savings in the bank and must be protected." The constant warm and dry weather lends itself to farming organically and biodynamically because a ton of adverse weather mitigations are not necessary. COS's Frappato has always been my benchmark for understanding this native Sicilian grape.


2019 occhipinti, frappat0, vittoria, Sicily


Arianna Occhipinti's career has a trajectory that only a rocket ship could relate to. Frappato is Sicily's native red grape and exudes a lot of the same characteristics as Gamay. As dynamic, and energetic, as the winemaker herself.

Spanish Reds

2019 Alfredo maestro 'el rey glam,' Garnacha, Castilla y leon, Spain


This experimental bottling utilizes a bit of carbonic maceration, which can produce a "fizzy, yet fresh," mouthfeel. The grapes come from two different vineyards and produce on of my favorite wines to drink with friends and tell wild stories of the old days. 

2017 Bodegas Bhilar ‘Phincas’, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain


David Sampedro Gil, dogged believer in biodynamics and the harmonious link between Earth, the human being, the cosmos and the vineyards. This wine exhibits the powerful side of Rioja, without needing to add nefarious additives to achieve such results.

Casa Aurora is named lovingly, after the legacy set forth by winemaker, Germán Blanco’s great-grandmother, Aurora Garcia. Besides planting vineyards, making wine at the home of the village priest, Aurora became the first female in the region to work at the local coal mine. Germán is committed to rehabilitating the vineyards his great-grandmother planted and bottling each as an individual expression of their location. We are pleased to offer the following selections:


2018 ‘Clos Pepin’


Field Blend of 80+ year old vines

2018 ‘Poula,’


Single vineyard blend of red and white grapes that include Mencia, Garnacha, Trousseau, Godello, Palomino

Try a North american Version!

2020 Limited edition, mencia, eola springs vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon


Hot, controversial take, the Willamette Valley has more in common with Galicia, Spain than it does Burgundy. An incredible revelation conceived by winemaker/owner, Bree Stock, MW. Having been to both, WOW, mind blown! And, so is the typicity of their Mencia! Rivals my faves.

North American Reds - Pinot NoiR

2015 Bow & Arrow, Pinot Noir, Vitae Springs, Willamette Valley, Oregon


An exceptional opportunity to experience Pommard clone Pinot Noir planted by legend, Dick Erath, some 35 years ago.

2019 Brooks, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Jimi Brooks (1966-2004), his sister Janie, and winemaker, Chris Williams, have long been dear friends to Webster’s, as well as many wine directors throughout Chicago. The name and the wine means a great deal to many of us. This bottling is more reminiscent of classic Oregon.

2018 Brooks 'janus,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon


The exquisite Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, is winemaker Chris Williams blend of Brooks best vineyard sites across the Willamette Valley. The first label founder Jimi Brooks produced in 1998. This wine is not only made from grapes, also heart and love!

2018 andrew rich 'marine sedimentary soil,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon


2018 andrew rich 'volcanic soil,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon


I find Andrew's wines to be some of the most thoughtful, flavorful, and elegant, as any I've ever had. This is the fourth vintage that anfrew has expressed the individual soils found in the Willamette Valley and expressing them through his Pinot Noir. The difference in these wines is unique, fascinating, and a study in Oregon terrior. Buy both and see how!

American Reds – cabernet sauvignon/merlot et al.



Always one of most popular wines, the Cabernet Franc is sourced from the Willamette's Johan Vineyard, while the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards in Southern Oregon. This 50/50 blend is more reminiscent to Loire red than west coast.


2014 Enfield Wine Co. ‘XB 01/Unbound,’ Merlot, Napa Valley, California


Winemakers John Lockwood and Amy Seese, focus on producing wines that tell a unique story rather than provide “cookie cutter”

characteristics. Unbound is a fresh look at Merlot. Highlighting its true fruit characteristics without masking them in a ton of oak.


2017 Inconnu, Merlot, Napa Valley, California


Laura Brennen Bissell is utilizing beautifully farmed Carneros grapes, elaborating them with grace, and crafting rock star status Merlot!


2014 Arnot-Roberts, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clajoux Vineyard, Sonoma, California


Sourced from just 12 rows of vines in a rocky, volcanic, cool-temperature site in the Mayacamas, this is a masterpiece for Cabernet: essential, memorable flavors unfurl in a slow development on the palate.


American Reds – Fun Grapes

2019 Vinous Obscura ‘Blaü-Ökör,’ Hungarian red grapes, Willamette Valley, Oregon


Winemaker Jeff Vejr, I met through a mutual friend, John House, and was blown away by his project. He found a vineyard, a first for Oregon, planted to native red and white Hungarian grapes. Don’t panic, they make great wines. This is a light wine with lots of blue fruit profile.

2018 ‘Combe’ by Stolpman Vineyards, Trousseau, Ballard Canyon, California

In partnership with Rajat Parr, this Trousseau combines the light color and high intensity of Jura Trousseau, with the freshness, and a hint of carbonic, for glou-glou.

2018 Absentee Winery ‘Flaws,’ Abouriou, Mendocino, California


“Flaws” refers to Avi Deixler’s practice of hand sanding used barrels to rid the walls of flaws, and other chemicals that would change the profile of his wine. Abourior is an early ripening grape most commonly found in the south-west of France. Think Gamay and Loire Valley Malbec (Côt) crossed their streams and defeated a gigantic marshmallow.

American Reds – Rhône Grapes

Helen Keplinger’s meteoric rise up through the winemaking ranks has seen her at the helm of some prestigious wineries, in Napa Valley. However, her own wine label reflects her love of Grenache, from her days making wine in Priorat, Spain. It’s a rare treat to be able to offer her wines at this price! When I first started working with them, I was allocated 3 bottles each! And, they were expensive. Take full advantage.

2016 Keplinger ‘Lithic,’ Grenache/Mourvèdre/Syrah, Amador County, California



2016 Keplinger ‘Sumō,’ Petite Sirah/Syrah/Viognier, Amador County, California


2018 Ridge 'gonsalves,' Mataro, Contra costa, California


I have been honored to be a part of Ridge's "legacy" buyers program for many years. This has afforded me the opportunity to purchase some of the more unique wines this illustrious winery produces outside of Zinfandels and Monte Bello. Mataro is a synonym the Australians use for Mourvedre, the inky dark skins give the appearance of something dense, yet balanced in acidity and tannins. Jump on this gem!

Southern Hemisphere Reds


2020 Canopus de Sed,’ Malbec, El Cepillo, Valle de Uco, Argentina


Introducing a Malbec that encapsulates the minimal intervention style with the dark fruit notes you’re looking for in Malbec. Wine for everyone!

2019 aslina, cabernet sauvignon, western cape, south africa


Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa's first female head winemaker, has amassed an impressive résumé in her 20 plus years in winemaking. Her training in France, as well as consulting, is apparent. The wine is nothing if not meticulously well crafted. Flavor profiles you would expect from the Medoc that typically costs 3X this much. If this were stock, get in early, because the hype is real!

2015 Koomilya, Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia


From a vineyard that you can’t visit, nor even find on a Google maps, Stephen Pannell will only make wines under the Koomilya label, in perfect vintages. This blend is 80% Cab, and 20% Shiraz. It’s the first vintage ever produced. If conditions never equal 2015, it may be the only! Now, that is a pursuit for perfection. And, well worth it!


Emerging, Historic, Not to be Overlooked Reds


2017 Monastery Tvrdoš, Vranac (Vrah-nahts), Trebnje, Bosnia-Herzegovina


Looking for a dark, rich, smooth red, your search is over. Aged for over two years in 100+ year old Monastic barrels.

2016 Tchotiashvili, Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia


Saperavi literally translates to paint, dye, or to give color. This brilliant wine is fermented in traditional qvevri which produces a unique flavor and texture that has no equal.

2007 Shavnabada, Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia

A medieval Georgian Orthodox Monastery that was restored in 1992, and producing wines since 1998. The Saperavi macerates on the skins for two weeks before it goes into qvevri. The 2007 spent EIGHT years in qvevri, never fined or filtered, and expresses power and finesse that is mesmerizing.


2017 Casa Vieja, Mission grape, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico


Mission is the first grape to be planted in the Americas. Brought over by Spanish missionaries to southern Chile, where it is known as Pïas, and eventually working its way north. Casa Vieja is sets itself apart from their neighbors in Guadalupe for their unwavering stance on organic farming and minimal intervention winemaking. In fact, at one time, they supplied Baja darling, Bichi, with grapes because the Téllez family knew they were well farmed correctly and would make great “natural” wine.


Large Format Bottles


2019 Finca Parera ‘FAKing Bubbles,’ Sumoll/Xarel-lo/Garnacha, Penedès, Spain

145 (magnum – 1.5L)
“A kickin’ cool co-ferment, ancestral method wine, from an area in the upper region of Penedès, a little farther inland and higher altitude. Ruben Parera, and father Jordi, farm the land along with cherries, olives, vegetables, and an apiary. Running around this bio-diverse farm is their legendary doggie, Dora. The wine is an ethereal bubbly in which the three grape varietals are co-fermented, and bottled just before full fermentation, as the moon phase dictates (ancestrale). Expect a fresh, tantalizing, and thirst quenching quaffer perfect for every possible occasion! This is the “JUICE” that also happens to come in a big FAKing bottle! In fact, I helped make this juice, so ask me all about it, please!”

– Catie O

2018 Pierre Cotton, Gamay, Côte de Brouilly, Beaujolais, France

140 (magnum – 1.5L)

Pierre, a former motorcycle mechanic, hand harvests these grapes from the Les Mines vineyard, on the lower side of Brouilly, near Odenas. Les Mines sits on pink granite and produces broad shouldered Gamay wines that, I feel compete, with Chambolle-Musigny. Don’t. Miss. Out!

202o marcel lapierre, gamay, morgon, Beaujolais, France

110 (magnum – 1.5L)

Why buy TWO bottles of Lapierre when you can take advantage of the better juice from magnum? I know that's what I would do!

2017 Jean-Yves Péron ‘Vers la Maison Rouge,’ Mondeuse/Gamay, Savoie, France

160 (magnum – 1.5L)
Do not be fouled by this cépage, you are in for a color more reminiscent of rosé due to only five days skin maceration and naturally fermented in oak. Jean-Yves wines are as wild as the sky runs down the slopes of nearby Albertville.

2017 Matassa 'cuvée alexandria,' Muscat d'alexandria, roussillon, France

145 (magnum – 1.5L)

Tom Lubbe's venerable skin-contact Muscat, from Red Schist soils. Age does this wine wonders! Get the friends together and crush it!

2019 Matassa 'Cuvée Marguerite,' Macabeu/Muscat Blend, Roussillon, France

140 (magnum – 1.5L)

Apricot, peach, pink peppercorn, dominate the flavor profile of this cult classic!


2015 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France

180 (magnum – 1.5L)

Iconoclasts from the outset, René-Jean and François sought to buck the trend of heavily extracted, fat Syrah overburdened by oak. Their wines still exhibit all the savage nature of Syrah with a deft, wild elegance.

2005 Brovia ‘Villero’, Barolo

350 (magnum - 1.5L)
This single-vineyard Barolo is just starting to turn a corner; all spicy chai tea, balsamic, licorice, and more.

Library Whites


1990 Leth, Roter Veltliner, Wagram

Proof positive that Roter is built to age, this delight is smoky and briny and umami-ey, w/bonito & mango.


1995 Eyrie, ‘Reserve,’ Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon

These Chardonnay vines were planted in 1966. David Lett’s son, Jason, developed a 21 point certification that is more than an assurance that these wines are sound, free of flaws, and devoid of “cork taint.” This wine should command the attention of any serious connoisseur.


Library Orange


2012 Bernhard Ott ‘Qvevre,’ Grüner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria


This gorgeous rarity spent 8 months in underground amphora on its skins, but isn’t amber-hued; instead, it has a shocking liveliness and clarity, and is one of the most unusual and essential Grüners you’ll encounter.


2003 Gravner, Ribolla Gialla, Friuli, Italy


Hazy in color, finely tropical and lipid in flavor, this amphora-aged wine quickly develops great complexity.


2000 Radikon ‘Fuori dal Tempo,’ Chardonnay/Sauvignon, Oslavje, Venezia-Giulia, Italy


After 35 days with skins, 3 years in barrel & 9 years in bottle, this wine has layered, melismatic textures that strike the palate as polyphonic music does the ear; an unforgettable succession of independent melodies.

Library Reds

2009 Bernard Burgaud, Syrah, Côte-Rôtie


This allocated, small-production, traditional wine will knock your socks off; gamey, dark, unforgettable. Give this one time to open up.


2008 Rene Rostaing, Syrah, Côte-Rôtie


You simply cannot talk about the Côte-Rôtie without mentioning Rene Rostaing. Dogmatic in making wines that only speak to the Côte-Rôtie, not Hermitage, and certainly not New World. His techniques, some modern, some ancient, only assist to accentuate his prized fruit.