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Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru, Pinot Noir | Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims


Egly-Ouriet (ee·glee oo·ree·ay) def. The precipice of making elegant Champagne, naturally. Far be it minimal intervention that a winemaker could ever achieve such feats as Francis Egly’s wines do. It starts from heavy intervention farming in that each bunch is tended to by hand, individually, multiple times a vintage to control yields. The wine making that follows is a slow and precise control, designed to mitigate oxidation and promote a wild fermentation with healthy lees for long aging. The result is nothing short of greatness, and in some moments a masterpiece.

Étienne Doué, Cuveé Sélection, Chardonnay | Pinot Noir, Brut NV


Étienne Doué is a family affair with both his son, Jean-Francois, and daughter Virginie helping with the business in Montgueux. The first vines were planted in 1972 and then marketed under the Etienne Doué brand later that decade. In 1987 the business joined Les Vignerons Indépendants who’s mission is to protect the Independent Winegrowers of France and promote the professional winemaker and their economic development. In a region dominated by negotiant business, the independent winegrower is distinguished by cultivating their vines, creating and marketing their own wines. Doué is a true grower producer sending us wines at a cost much lower than other who make the claim of independence. 

Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut, Pinot Meunier | Pinot Noir | Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims


From a mere 15 acres of steep chalky slopes, Olivier Langlais farms biodynamically and even disgorges according to the moon cycle. Even the name of this wine is a nod to the sun goddess Sol/Sun Emme/Feminine. It’s a sharp wine but Olivier had delicate intentions in the cellar evoking subtle toast and apple.

NV JOSEPH PERRIER 'CUVÉE ROYALE,' Pinot Noir | Chardonnay | PINOT MEUNIER, Montagne de Reims


NV COLLET 'ART DECO,' Pinot Noir | Chardonnay | PINOT MEUNIER, Montagne de Reims


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.

Pierre Paillard Les Terres Roses XVIII, Grand Cru, Chardonnay | Pinot Noir, Bouzy


An absolute stunning and complex rosé, vintage after vintage the Paillards craft one of our favorites. Maybe it is the exemplary farming practices, maybe it’s the tiny addition of still pinot noir, Bouzy Rouge, maybe it is the consistently chalky minerality and lively mouth feel? Regardless of the influence, there is magic afoot in Bouzy and it is bottled for sale.

Charpentier 'Terre d'Emotion', blanc de blancs, Vallée de la Marne NV


I love the body of this wine. The mousse is expressive on first opening the bottle. It has a fine and subtle aroma crafted for expressing the crus of Charly-Sur-Marne and Saulchery which consists of limestone marls sprinkled with millstones and silex all held up by soft lime bedrock. I write ‘held up’ because there is something uniquely lifted about the Chardonnay from these plots.

NV A. Bergère, 'Origine' Brut, Chardonnay | Pinot Noir | Pinot Meunier, PETIT MORIN


East coast wine royalty, but new to Chicago turf, Grand Cru Selections brought us this stunning Brut. The Bergère family of grower winemakers, farming across 3 historic villages south of Empernay near the river Petit Morin. The family's winemaking heritage dates back to 1949. The area sits on mostly limestone, less sand and even less clay. The 'Origine' cuvée is 70% 2019 vintage and 30% older vintages.

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!

Suenen, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Extra Brut, Cramant, Oiry


For Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs we bring you one of Aurelian’s pure expressions of Chardonnay. It is vinified with indigenous yeasts in a range of neutral containers from wood to concrete. Vintage dictates whether any barrel goes through malolactic fermentation adding a unique expression year over year. B18 is a beautiful explosion of mousse, lean and crystal dry.

Jérôme Bourgeois-Diaz ‘BD‘M’ Pinot Meunier, Crouttes-sur-Marne


From 3 parcels of Demeter certified vineyards on the banks of the Marne River Jérôme bring us this rich but dry cuvée. Equidistant from Paris and Reims, the site sits so far west one may write it off as an outlier, but after tasting, it is obviously an expertly crafted Brut from the robust variety.


We choose to highlight these winemakers and emerging regions for a couple of important reasons. These winemakers farm biodynamically with mostly indigenous varietals, which is really important to hedge against climate change. Synergy with mother nature is going to be integral in beating the high temps and drastic weather heading our way, and these regions are poised to continue making wines for generations to come. The Monserrate mountain range provides a barrier from the harsh hails and heavy rains experienced by other regions. indigenous varietals thrive in Penedès with deep rootstocks to find water in arid conditions. Then the terroir! Any chunk of limestone at Raventos or conglomerate rock at Gramona will be full of ancient sea life, which after 16 million years equals pure minerality. Call me crazy, but sometimes I swear I can taste a hint of crustacean shell.

2017 Raventós 'Manuel Raventós Negra’ Xarel·lo | Macabeo, Conca del riu Anoia


This is Manuel’s ‘flor y nata’ of his estate wines, which he personally crafts and only from perfect vintages. Despite extreme contrasts in weather, 2015 ultimately had all the components for a exceptional harvest. This vintage Manuel used mostly his oldest Xarel·lo vines with some younger Macabeo for additional acidity, (about 70/30). His intention is to make a fresh wine for lovers of acidity, structure and volume. Very Limited.

2016 Raventós 'Textures de Pedra’ Xarel·lo | Sumoll | Bastard Negra, Conca Del Riu Anoia


No dosage and 42 months on native yeasts from the vineyard, along with some rare red Xarel·lo Vermell vines planted in '65. The grape variety Sumoll (sue-moy) also makes up part of this wine, from the highest-elevation plot at Raventos, El Serral.

2009 Gramona ‘Celler Batlle’ Xarel·lo |  Macabeu, Corpinnat


Yes, 111 months on the lees, then disgorged in June 2019. Don’t expect much brioche---this wine is fresh, as if you took a time machine back to 2012. An excellent example of why the fossil-ridden terroir of Penedès and lees aging are such a fine marriage. If you are going to indulge, why not try it next to its younger sibling ‘Imperial’.

2014 Gramona ‘III LUSTRO’ Xarel·lo |  Macabeu, Corpinnat


86 months on the lees :) this is all from estate farm Font de Jui, 22 hectares stretching from the Anoia River to Mas Escorpi hill over looking the town of Sant Sadurní

2014 Gramona ‘Imperial’ Xarel·lo |  Macabeu |  Parellada, Corpinnat


About half the lees aging as Celler Batlle, Tonya and I ended up opening 3 bottles of this the day we visited the winery. First, after a horseback ride through the vineyards with Jesus, second with the Gramona team over lunch, and then for dinner because ‘wine not?’, we’re on a roll! There is about 8% Chardonnay as the D.O. Corpinnat allows up to 10% non-indigenous grapes.

2000 Recaredo ‘Turo d’en Mota’ Cava Brut Nature


After nearly a decade on lees, this single vineyard Xarello is the finest Cava currently available & could easily rival great Champagnes. This vintage predates the formation of DO Corpinnat which Recaredo was a founding member of.

2015 Recaredo ‘TERRES’ CORPINNAT Brut NatuRE Xarel·lo | Macabeu | MONASTRELL


60 months on the lees and all the usual suspects here. Beside the addition of a little Monastrell, what sets Recaredo apart from Gramona and Raventos is the mousse. It is soft from a freshly opened bottle creating a beautiful body and mouthfeel as the layers start to peel away into aroma. There is minerality, fruit and acid but in way more subtle shades than other producers.

Sparkling – WORLD WIDE

Another Rare opportunity! The beguiling wines from Costadilà are back! These are not your "Brunch Prosecco" I can assure you ;-)
The numbers Notate the elevation, in meters, of the parcel from which the wine comes from.
450 Slm
Initial fermentation and aging occurs only in stainless steel before it's bottled, and re-ferments with that vintages must.
2018 Red Tail Ridge Sekt Extra Brut, Riesling, Seneca Lake, New York


This wine was a huge hit during Nancy's visit this year. A great value for expertly crafted domestic method traditional. 

NV Red Tail Ridge ‘Perpetual Change’, Brut Nature, Seneca Lake, 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!



Brothers, Jean-Guillaume and Romaine, grew up among the vines of Burgundy. They craft an incredible, dry, white cherry laden sparkler which is rare in this region.

NV Marnes Blanches-Coup de Jus ‘Bulle Ton Body’, Chardonnay, Jura, France


Pauline and Geraud Fromont purchased berries from a neighboring organic farm of various marl soils on limestone bedrock. The bunches are harvested by hand but travel quickly to the cellar to stay cool. The grapes are pressed, fermented and aged in steel. The first fermentation is bottled to rest on the lees for 15 months before being disgorged with little to no dosage or additional of sulfur. Coup de Jus is a negociant project from the Fromonts and this bottle is an absolute delight!


Sparkling – Pétillant Naturel • MéthodE Ancestrale

2022 Domaine Renardat-Fâche, ‘Cerdon’, Gamay | Poulsard, Bugey, France


Bugey is one of the most obscure French appellations hidden among cow pastures and forest on the foot hills of the alps. This wine is a pink méthode ancestrale, not allowed to finish fermentation, leaving behind a semi-sweet but delicate, berry-scented delight that makes a delicious aperitif or perfect dessert pairing. This wine was was originally made for a specific restaurant, now closed, and is meant to be consumed throughout the year following the vintage. One of Chef Madalyn's favorites.

Matic ‘Mea’, Blaufränkisch, Lot 001, Štajerska, Slovenia


In this limited production aromas of white peach and tangerine prevail. Mea lot 001 is from the small amount of frankovka, (Blaufränkisch), Matic has in his 9 hectares.

2021 MOSSE Moussamoussette Rosé Pet Nat, Grolleau | Pineau d’Aunis | Cabernet Franc, Loire, France


Biodynamically farmed by Agnès, René and sons, Jo and Sylvestre their 17 hectares of 'Anjou Noir’, dark colored soils of slate and volcanic rocks drain into the Layon, a small tributary to the Loire that cuts through the shallow topsoil into the schist and sandstone subsoils. Stainless steel fermenters are filled with direct press juice then bottled with a crown caps to build up CO2 naturally before manually disgorged leaving some lees for texture.

SOLD OUT--2021 Brand ‘Shake & Wait’ Pet Nat Blanc, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) | Silvaner, Pfalz, Germany


In the limestone rich northern Pfalz, the Brand brothers village Bockenheim is quiet and more of a blue collar ag community compared to the popular Mittelhaardt region an hour south. Daniel and Jonas are always bringing us some of the best deals in wine while quietly pushing for less and less intervention. The result is always pure and light. Please do not take the ‘Shake & Wait’ literally but the brothers Brand do want you to gently mix the remnants of this partial discouragement into the rest of the bottle.

2019 BRENDAN TRACEY 'Barbarian' Brute Pet Nat, Muscat, Loire, France

Barbarian is a big bodied wine, super fresh with explosive mousse. Brenden and his son Sean vinify wines from 10 different varietals that younger, more adept farmers harvest. Brendan Tracey has been around the block and his physical abilities are not what they used to be when he was opening for Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys in California. He was born in the US and his mother was French. Bouncing back and forth between here and there he began making wine in 2010 but let the vineyard life go in 2015 focusing on winemaking. He got that P.M.A!

French Whites – Loire Valley

2019 Domaine de la Pépière 'Clisson,' Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet Sèvre & Maine


Marc Ollivier is a titan when it comes to producing incredibly complete Melon de Bourgogne. While this is his last vintage before retiring to the North Coast, due to some catastrophic vintages, it will be the last we see for a few years. Take full advantage with a big plate of oysters!

2020 Complemen'Terre 'NoLem', Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet VDF


Complémen’Terre is from Son Manu and daughter in-law Marion of well know producer Jo Landron. After working for stints in the southern hemisphere the couple returned to their heritage in Muscadet but to make next level versions of the appellation’s coveted white wine. NoLem is from biodynamically farmed 15 year old vines vinified to reflect the terroir. This wine is generous with complexity, minerality and life!

2021 Agnès et René mosse 'magic of Ju-Ju,' Chenin Blanc, Val-du-Layon


One of our favorite families in the wine world. Chenin with body, nuance and so much fun to drink!

2021 Clos du Tue Bœuf ‘Pineau de Loire’ VDF Les Montils


Thierry purchases Pineau de Loire, (the local historical name for Chenin Blanc), from organic vineyards in Touraine for this bottling. Turns out Chenin is not permitted in this AOC so the wine is declassified as Vin de France. 

2018/19 Le Sot de L'Ange, Chenin Blanc, Azay le Rideau


I dig Quentin Bourse's wines, especially his Chenin and couldn't wait to get it back in the cellar. Leaning more to the peach, lime, and balanced residual sugar.

2019 Domaine du Closel ‘La Jalousie’, Chenin BLANC, Savenniéres


Now the president of Savennières AOC, the good mannered Evelyne de Pontbriand began a career teaching French to adults all over the world. As the latest heir to the Closel estate and with a love for botanicals and nature she quickly adopted organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards. Each plot of the shallow warm topsoil is elaborated with a respect for the rhythm of fermentation and a modest touch in the cellar. Year over year this absolutely one of our favorite Chenins.

2021 Clos des Plantes, 'Poiesis', Chenin Blanc, Mont benault, VDF


Years ago I was recommended a specific wine a specific shop from Clos des Plantes and it blew our minds! We are over the moon that Grand Cru selections is finally in the Chicago market and we can share Olivier’s Lejeune’s amazingness with you. Clos des Plantes is the original vineyard where after 4 years of being ignored, Olivier brought it back to life. Poiesis is the name for another vineyard that Mr. Lejeune cultivates his enchanting Chenin Blanc.

2020 Bellivière 'Prémices,' Chenin Blanc, Jasnières


Fruit forward Chenin, and that is the goal with Premices. A barrel selection of the most fruit forward and the reason I fell in love with this grape oh so many years ago!


2019 Ludovic Chanson 'Les Perchers,' Chenin Blanc, Montlouis-Sur-Loire


Chanson's "Perchers" reminds me greatly of Mark Angeli's, Sansonniere Chenin's except for the fact I have more than two bottles in inventory and the price is as sexy as the juice itself!

2021 Brendan Stater-West Blanc, Chenin BLANC, Saumur


It must have taken some unrelenting persistence and charisma for Romaine Giberteau to let an American farm and vinify his wines. I think those attributes come through in Brendan’s own wine. While not farming and crafting magical wines for Romain, he leases a small section at the bottom of Les Chapaudaises in Bizay. Making Chenin struggle in a very thin layer of top soil on soft limestone bedrock is how this laser sharp, mineral and acid driven wine came to be. 

2018 François et Julien Pinon Silex noir, Chenin Blanc, Vouvray


Julian and father François have kept up their family heritage of eight generations dating back to 1786 by vinifying some of the most traditional and honest Chenin Blanc in the region. Silex noir refers to the coveted black flint soil famously expressed in this wine. The estate has been organically certified for 20 years and the wines are fermented with native yeasts in a mix of oak and stainless steel tanks to balance the many cuvées of still and sparkling produced. '18 Silex Noir is considered Demi-Sec, (off-dry) coming in at 22g/l of residual sugar and 3.23ph, (tech info they indulge Chenin geeks with)

2017 François et Julien Pinon 'Les trois argiles', Chenin Blanc, Vouvray


the '17 Les trois argiles is also a Demi-Sec, (off-dry) but grown on clay and coming in with much less sugar at 17g/l, less alcohol but the same ph as the Chenin Blanc grown on flint

2022 Domaine Denizot, Sauvignon Blanc, Virdigny, Sancerre


The Denizot estate is graced with over 17 hectares of the famed caillottes soil. Sauvignon Blanc thrives on this mixture of limestone and gravel which famously delivers nuanced aromatic wines, often deceptively complex and impressionable. Thibauld and Jennifer continue to run the estate as the eighth generation of vignerons bringing us well-balanced and lively Sancerre Blanc through organic farming and minimal interventions in the cellar.

2020 Bow & Arrow 'fool's gold,' Chardonnay | Sauvignon blanc, Willamette Valley, OR


You know when you're drinking a Bow & Arrow wine that it is going to have a Loire-esque vibe to them. "Fool's Gold" is winemaker Scott Frank's nod to a Cheverny blanc (50% Chardonnay, 50% Sauvignon Blanc). I must say, he nailed it! 

French Whites – Chablis & Burgundy

2020 Julien Brocard 'La Boissonneuse,' Chablis


Julien Brocard is the son of notable Chablis producer, Jean-Marc, and has taken over making wines for both labels. Julien concentrates on farming that combats the changing climate, slow oxygenation in large oak vats, which in turn expresses each of his seven places. Intense blend of peach, salinity, without being overpowering. 

2020 Julien Brocard, Montée de Tonnerre, 1ER Cru, Chablis


The 2020 vintage was one of the best France has seen in years. Hard to believe with everything else going on that year. Be bullish if you love Chablis, there probably won't be any 2021s. Montée de Tonnerre sits next to the famous Grand Crus, yet is only a Premier. Which isn't all that bad because the price would be tripled if so.

2018 Domaine GéRard Duplessis, Vaillons, 1er Cru, Chablis


Gerard Duplessis wines always ooze with class. Vaillons has always been a favorite Premier Cru due to its approachability with structure of the Grand Crus.

2019 Domaine GéRard Duplessis, Fourchame, 1er Cru, Chablis


Fourchame routinely exhibits more intense, complex and even opulent Chablis than other crus. The west south west sunny vineyards call for early ripening and the predominantly clay and far less stony soils bring more power and eagerness to be drunk young.

2020 Louis Chenu Pere & Filles, Aligoté, Bourgogne


In the heart of the Côte de Beaune, daughters of Louis, Juliette and Caroline Chenu bring us the amazing wine you’d expect from such a coveted appellation but at a value uncommon to the area. The family, 5 people, carry out the vineyard work themselves. They work organically, relying on native yeasts and neutral fermentation containers to convey a true reflection of the terroir. This bottling was limited to 1500 of which we have 12 more to share with you. Be sure to check out their Pinot on our list.



Multi-parcel selection, with minimal intervention, kissed with used oak. This is a definitively "modern" white Burgundy laden with tropical fruits and brûléed pineapple. 



Single parcel, exhibiting more of the traditional profile one would expect from White Burg. Some lemon curd, some nutty, some tropical, equals pure enjoyment.

A selection of beguiling wines from the incomparable duo,

Alice et Olivier de moor:


2021 Aligoté, Burgundy


2021 'BOURGOGNE Chitry', Chardonnay, Burgundy


​2020 'ROSETTE', Chardonnay, Chablis 


​2021 'l'Humeur du Temps,' Chardonnay, Chablis 


2021 'sans Bruit', Sauvignon Blanc, St.Bris, Burgundy


2021 'LE Vendangeur Masqué CARAVAN', Chardonnay, Chablis


French Whites – Jura

Domaine Labet, Rotalier
‘The cool and colorful, part punk, part stoner’, Julian Labet, is at the head of winemaking and I can only imagine a lot of his personality gets translated into the wine. When a chardonnay omits red raspberry aromas something supernatural is afoot in Rotalier and it is not just Bathonian limestone. Julian took over from his parents traditional farming practices and began to focus more on organic treatments in the vineyard which are now managed by his brother and sister Romaine and Charlene. We have been allocated 3 exquisite Chardonnays this year from Tracy at Original Wine Company. Each is a different cuvée expressing a very specific terroir.

2020 ‘Fleurs’

From an assemblage of younger vines on blue marl, vinified by topping off the barrels to lessen the traditional oxidative style of winemaking common to the area. This is done to form a more pure expression of the moment and place of harvest rather than the time in barrel.

2019 ‘Bajocien’

From red clay over the rare Bathonian limestone, each plot is vinified separately and then blended.

2019 ‘En Chalasses’

From Lias era blue clay situated in three tiny plots exposed to the south called ‘terroir de marne’.


2020 Domaine André et Mireille Tissot, Chardonnay En Barberton, Côtes du Jura

The work at Tissot is all in an effort to deliver you a unique wine and not just from year to year, from bottle to bottle. Industrial production kills an individual bottle’s identity and that is why the domaine is cultivated through bio-dynamic viticulture producing wines specific to each terroir. En Barberton is a west facing clay soil slope that kindles some stunningly exquisite wine.

2018, Dom. de la Touraize, savagnin, Arbois

I hate to be a broken record, but there's just not enough Labet anymore. However, Neil Rosenthal, the legendary importer that introduced the US to another legend, Jacques Puffeney, is incredible at finding the next great winemakers in Jura. The Morin's Savagnin is fermented "sous voile" so expect those brown butter/nutty flavors with intense acid you know and love!

2021 Coup de Jus ‘Space Monkey’, Pinot Blanc | Auxerrois, Jura/Alsace, France

This is a blend of juice that Pauline and Geraud Fromont of Marnes Blanches sourced from a friend in Alsace. It is pressed from whole clusters into neutral fermentation barrels where it rests for 10 months. The result is refreshing and abounds with structure that loiters on the pallet with limestone minerality.

French Whites – Other Regions

2019 Domaine des Masques 'Exception,' Chardonnay, Bouches Du Rhône, Provence


Aix-en-Provence is world renowned for it's production of stunning rosé. Can we now add Chardonnay to its CV? Only when Yves Cuilleron is making the wine. 

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


A rare treat to be offered the white wine from luminaries, Rene-Jean and Francois. You'll probably have this introduced to you if your 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 run 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.

2021 Eric Texier 'Adèle', Clairette, Côtes du Rhône


Eric Texier started off buying fruit form vineyards he deemed special and now owns much of the land where his wines are grown. He is a Bordeaux native whose never-ending quest for knowledge developed a lark of a hobby into being a stalwart amongst winemakers. Adèle is made from fruit collected in the Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban area that Eric has much to do with revitalizing. This mostly Clairette blend is not as large as you would think and Eric believes this is solely because of the site it is harvested from.

SOLD OUT--2021 Matin Calme 'Ose,' Carignan Gris | Grenache Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon


Anthony Guix blends in a little Muscat á Petite Grains and Macabeu for a wild ride of a wine that will keep you on red alert with every glass.


2022 Bruno Duchêne 'Luna Blanc,' Grenache Blanc | Grenache Gris, Banyuls, Bin 9.I


We're back in Roussillon with the 2022 vintage, very different from the previous ones. Blend of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris from vines grown organically and planted on the Cru de Banyuls, very steep plots. Manual harvest. Vinification: direct pressing, fermentation and aging in vats. Bottled in the spring of 2023 without fining or filtration, zero added sulfur.

ITALIAN, Spanish, & Canary Islands Whites

Sono Montenidoli, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

“The true winemakers are the ones who know how to speak with the earth, the ones that know how to speak with the vines, the ones that are not crushing the earth because they are the boss, but they are the servants, they know how to speak with the leaves, they know how to go and help a grape to go on, and help a grape get ripe, and that is the way to make a wine”. These words are literally why Elisabetta Fagiuoli’s wines are all over our list. She knows how to stand alone in her stern, tough demeanor but never in a brutal or unpleasant way.

2020 'Tradizionale' Vernaccia di San Gimignano


The old way of making Vernaccia is where the namesake comes from for Tradizionale. Strict organic farming, a little skin maceration and fermented in glass lined concrete vats is apparently the tradition. This wine has been a favorite for years and always packs a lot of value for the cost.

2021 'Fiore' Vernaccia di San Gimignano


Elisabetta calls this a true Vernaccia or the purest expression of the DOCG. The fruit comes from the highest parts of the vineyard she considers as her Gran Cru. The free run juice goes directly to the stainless steel vats and after fermentation, refines on the lees for an extended time.

2018 Montenidoli 'Il Templar' Vernaccia | Trebbiano | Malvasia Bianca 


Il Templar is made from free run juice released by piles of grapes as their skins split under their own weight and vinified in memory of the medieval knights, who lived at Montenidoli. The Templar Knights fermented white wines in wood and this elaboration has characteristics akin to white Burgundy.

2020 'Vinbrusco' Toscana, Trebbiano | Malvasia


Before Vernaccia took centerstage the peasantry of San Gimignano would make white wine from other varieties. Common folk would harvest a little to make wine before picking the the Vernaccia so they had something to drink. Limited to 3000 bottles, Elisabetta also makes a little of this historic wine. Vinbrusco does sit on the skins to add depth, but not to the extent where it would be considered orange wine.


2021 Foradori 'Fontanasanta', Manzoni Bianco, Dolomiti, Italy


The famed Elizebetta Foradori brings us the delightfully serious white wine from an old hybrid variety. Manzoni Bianco was developed in the 1930’s by crossing Riesling with Pinot Blanc. The Fontanasanta vineyard sits high overlooking Trento. The soil is a mix of clay and limestone which is worked with organic viticulture. Destemmed fruit is fermented with indigenous yeast in a combination of cement and steel. The skins are left for 3-4 days of contact to add structure before malolactic fermentation and aging in acacia barrels for 7 months.

2021 Marco de Bartoli ‘VignaVerde’ Grillo, Marsala, Sicily


This wine has nothing to do with the vulgarized cooking wine the region has come to be known for. Marco, rest in peace, would tear up if you thought that for even just a second. This is  'Terre Siciliane'. Says so right on the side of the bottle. The Grillo at Contrada Samperi is there for Marco's (and now his children’s), next level Marsala wines but some is used in this pure expression of Marsala terroir. The land sits on ancient sea floor meters thick with sediment and fossils so it’s fitting to make a wine expressing such.

2020 Samuel Cano ‘Aire en el patio La Tarancona’ Airén La Mancha, Spain


Samuel Cano hand harvested this 100% Airen between rows of garlic and potatoes. The Cano family have been farmers for generations at the vertex of Cuenca, Toledo and Ciudad Real. It’s Samuel’s farming knowhow that produces a perfect grape capable of making his wines. There is no big production here as everything is done by hand. Only 8000 bottles are produced on a patio and rooms in an old house. The farm is at 800 meters above sea level. Yeasts from the vineyard spontaneously start fermentation during or after 15 days of skin contact in upright barrels without lids. I bet there is a little prayer involved too. (the crown cap is a complete mystery)



Another thing that stuck with me from our last Spain trip was drinking still Xarel-lo. It was all over the place and every bottle revealed unique expressions of the variety. Some of them knocked our socks off while others we just knocked back. I have been looking for a version for Webster’s since ever since and I am happy to say that we found it! Recaredo of Corpinatt DO makes a wine within the Penedes DO that fits the bill. It’s biodynamically farmed from single a family owned vineyard, hand picked and fermented from indigenous yeasts unfiltered. That being said this wine is clean, elegant and everything we want to share with you! They only made 1,633 bottles so try one of the 24 while we have them. Imported by Rosenthal distributed by Cream Wine Co.

German AUSTRIAN & American, Riesling, GRUNER & SILVANER 

2022 Peter Lauer No.7 Spatlese, Saar, Upper Mosel, GERMANY


Tasting with Florian Laurer was spectacle similar running a gauntlet. After so many similar wines my notes devolved into mere scratchings of hearted names and circled texts. My choices were completely subjective to the whirlwind moment and I know each of the wines deserve reverence in their own right but I do remember this No. 7 Spatlese standing out. There is an inside joke at Laurer past down from Florian’s late Grandfather as to what is dry and what is sweet. They love serving the same wines to guests regardless of their preference and wiggle with glee as guests talk about how dry or sweet the same wine is. This Spatlese is no exception racing across the palate with acidity but with sugar weighing in at 74 g/l.



Sybille Kuntz represents Mosel riesling on our list because she is an archetype of the region. The Kuntz family has lived in the middle Mosel countless generations and Sybille herself grew up balancing up and down the 70% inclined vineyard slopes. She makes powerful wines with intense aromas. “Riesling is the Mosel and Mosel is Riesling” is Sybille's justification for only growing the single varietal in all of her biodynamically farmed 15 hectares. Some of the oldest vines are over 100 years and dive down 15 meters into the grey Devonian slate for nutrients. That minerality and the long growing season give this wine power and that addictive petrol riesling lovers relish.

2019 Clemens Busch ‘von roten schiefer’ Riesling, Middle Mosel, Germany


A showy wine from red slate this a great expression of the iron rich terroir. Expect steely and mineral forwardness giving way to elegant fruit aromas and buckle in for long savory finish.

2020 j.b. becker, wallufer walkenberg, spätlese trocken, riesling, 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

2021 Saalwæchter, Weisser Burgunder, Rheinhessen, Germany


My mouth is watering with anticipation writing this. I was struck by Carsten’s wines on our recent trip to Germany. Our allocation from Domaine Labet had just arrived and was fresh in my mind. There was something reminiscent in Saalwæchter’s Pinot Blanc. I mentioned the correlation to the cool and restrained winemaker who immediately blushed and returned a jolly smile admitting ‘Thank You, Labet is my inspiration!’. It is cultivated from older forgotten north facing parcels perfect for slower ripening and a patient elaboration of acidity. This wine has swagger, bundled energy and is an absolute stunner!

2019 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstader Kabinett Trocken Riesling, PFALZ, GERMANY


‘Rast’ich so rost’ich’ or if ‘We rest We rust’ is KR’s motto adorning every label of their expertly made wines. They are not talking about the aging potential here as these wines get better and better with time in the bottle. Their motto comes from the winery’s tradition for intensely hard work and strict honor to traditional farming and winemaking practices. KR is one of the oldest cellars in the Pfalz. The 750 year old ‘Steinacker’ or ‘stony acre’ produces the estate Kabinett Riesling which, after several passes by a family, who has been preforming the harvest for the last 30 years, the light green berries are spontaneously fermented from their own yeasts in neutral wooden casks. All of the wines are kept on the lees for at least seven or eight months before bottling where they continue to develop.

2022 Emrich-Schönleber ‘Mineral’ Riesling Trocken, Nahe, Germany


This Riesling was a bit of a surprise for me when we visited Germany this summer and now looking back at my notes and Stephen Bitterolf's, (Vom Boden Imports Founder), words about if there was a single wine that inspired him to become a German wine importer it all makes sense. Everything we tasted with Frank Schoenleber was delightful and I want them all on the list! “Mineral” is a blend of younger vines from Grand Cru sites and 'a profound value that drinks well over its price point’

2020 Liepold Gässberg, Silvaner, TroCken, Franken, Germany


We hosted Peter Leipold's wines for one our first dinners in 2023 and the Silvaner from this site struck me with a level of complexity I wasn't expecting from Silvaner. It's no wonder Peter and others consider Gässberg as a grand cru vineyard.

2012 Sonntag Geschlossen, Trocken, Gruner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Austria


Markus has quite the collection of barrels in the cellar, some over 100 years old, and each so full that one may suspect the entire operation is a front for barrel preservation rather than a winery. After nearly a decade in 1900L barrique this wine has metamorphosed into quite the butterfly evoking a yellow gold liquid more akin to burgundy than ‘Gruner-land’.

2019 Brooks, Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon


An outstanding example of domestic Riesling from our friends at Brooks. Don't underestimate how much complexity is going on at this price range.

North AmericaN WhiteS​

​2020 Frenchtown Farms 'Pearl Thief,' Sauvignon | Roussanne | Semillon, North Yuba, California


Aaron and Cara Mockrish are atemtpting to accomplish what Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) has for the last 20+ years, utilize what the Earth and weather provide them to make highly sought after wines. The North Yuba AVA of the Sierra Foothills, is as fascinating a terroir as the people that live there. These three expressions provide a comprehensive view of this thought.



 I was especially surprised by Gina Giugni's Sauvignon Blanc from 15 miles east of the coast. Gina is a second generation biodynamic farmer and winemaker who started her ‘Lady of the Sunshine’ project with a focus on organic/biodynamic vineyard sites and additive/manipulation free winemaking. Inspired by old world techniques this wine is foot trodden, whole pressed, fermented from native yeasts in neutral french oak, aged on the lees for 7 months and bottled with out filtration. All that being said this wine is a clean precise elevation of Sauvignon Blanc giving it unexpected character and complexity I do not normally expect from the variety. Excellent work!


Skin Contact Whites (‘Orange’)

2020 Sono Montenidoli 'Vinbrusco', Trebbiano | Malvasia, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy


Before Vernaccia took centerstage the peasantry of San Gimignano would make white wine from other varieties. Common folk would harvest a little to make wine before picking the the Vernaccia so they had something to drink. Limited to 3000 bottles, Elisabetta also makes a little of this historic wine. Vinbrusco does sit on the skins to add depth, but not to the extent where it would be considered orange wine.

2020 Dom. de la touraize 'zeste,' Savagnin, Arbois, jura, France 


This is a rarity, but I promise, not a novelty, skin contact wine from the Jura! And it's really exciting stuff. Less about sous voile flavors and more about incredible texture. This wine can stand up to any food you put in front of it!




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!



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 over heels 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. Every bit as great as the orange!

2021 Coup de Jus ‘Zeus Gonewild’, Grenache, Jura/Rhône, France


From the negociant project by Géraud and Pauline of Marnes Blanches this is purchased fruit from a friend in Drôme south of Jura in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The wine is made from a 2 week cold carbonic maceration before fermentation and aging in stainless steel. Although maybe intended as a red wine I am serving Zeus chilled as it drinks and looks like a rosé.

2021 Viotti Munferie Rosato, Albarossa, Piemonte, Italy


Oh Piemonte… always showing off with your nuances of herb and spice. Fennel and Anise jump out of this rosé of albrossa, a red hybrid grape created in 1938. The fruit is manually harvested and fermented with wild yeasts and becomes cherry pink by letting the juice sit on the skins for only 6 hours.

2021 Ficomontanino 'Noble Kara' Rosato, Sangiovese, Toscana IGT


Noble Kara was one of Maria Sole's grandfather’s favorite horses and is considered by the family a real rosé made from fully ripe fruit. Made of fruit from three different parcels it spends 24 hours macerating on the skins before pressing and fermentation in stainless steel with no temperature control. This rosato is robust and layered, but an excellent afternoon refersher with snacks.

2022 Montenidoli Rosato, Canaiuolo, Toscana IGT, Italy


From a single tuscan variety this Rosé is one of our favorites year after year and when we run out I always find myself hopping around Chicgao slowing cleaning out other cellars meal by meal.



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

2020 Frenchtown Farms 'Cecelia,' Syrah | Sauvignon | Grenache, North Yuba AVA, Sierra Foothills, CA


Aaron and Cara Mockrish are atemtpting to accomplish what Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) has for the last 20+ years, utilize what the Earth and weather provide them to make highly sought after wines. The North Yuba AVA of the Sierra Foothills, is as fascinating a terroir as the people that live there. These three expressions provide a comprehensive view of this thought.


French Reds – Loire Valley

2021 Herve Villemade Rouge, Pinot Noir | Gamay, Cour-Cheverny


In the late nineties Herve was introduced to the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf realizing that he his lack of inspiration from his family's mostly insipid wines was because of the the chemicals they were using. In 2000, Hervé began converting the estate to organic farming and now his wines are alive like the ones that inspired him.

2021 Noëlla Morantin 'La Boudinerie,' Gamay, Touraine


Although Noëlla doesn't have the involvement in the Clos Roche Blanche vineyards like the two fellas that are now the caretakers, her Gamay does more to bring back that flavor memory of vintages past. This wine is an absolute gem!

2020 Noëlla Morantin 'Tango Atlantico,' Cabernet Franc | Côt, Touraine


Every sentiment I penned above regarding Noëlla's Gamay applies here, in spades! 

2018 Les Jardins des Theseiis, Côt (Malbec), Touraine


I usually like to talk about the winemakers an their process but everywhere you look you quickly learn about Paul-André Risse and Anouk Lavoie-Lamoureux leaving their careers in biology to make wine. I was looking for a french Malbec to flagship the variety on our list and here is an elegant yet unadulterated elaboration of the variety. There is no oak, it is unfiltered and zero sulfur added leaving us deep purple wine with aromas of black cherry, blueberry and plum unmistakably Malbec

2020 Bellivière 'Rouge-Gorge,' Pineau d'Aunis, Coteaux-Du-Loir


Pineau d'Aunis is a peppery grape, but will not, as the translation implies, turn your throat red. One of the finest elaborations of this grape is you're searching from Gamay, or Pinot Noir alternatives.

2020 Olga Raffault ‘Barnebes’, Cabernet Franc, Chinon


From one of the sweetest couples in the wine world. We love in Cab Franc, from Chinon. These wines should be monumentally more expensive. The lesson here, lovely 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!

2019 Domaine Le Petit Saint Vincent 'Les Poyeux', Cabernet Franc, Saumur-Champigny


Le Petit Saint Vincent comes from Dominique Joseph's younges Cabernet Franc vines just outside the village of Varrains. The soils are sandy. It is vinified and aged entirely in cement. The combination of the aging and it being Cabernet Franc from sandy soils makes it the most immediately approachable bottling from Dominique.


2017 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.


2020 Clos du Tue-Boeuf ‘La Guerrerie', Côt | Gamay, Loire, France


Mentions of the site ‘le Tue-Boeuf’ can be found as far back as the middle ages because of the popularity of the wines amongst nobility and in some cases royalty. Thierry Puzelat is now at the helm of the estate in Les Montils and crafting a plethora of cuvées with his daughter Zöe. La Guerrerie is a flat, clay-rich vineyard planted in the 1980's

Try a North american Version!

2020 Limited ADDdition, cabernet franc, eola sPRINGS vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR


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

Jérôme Balmet, 'Lemon Head' Gamay, VDF Beaujolais


Jérôme Balmet learned winemaking from Mathieu Lapierre and his Vaux-en-beaujolais of 50 year old vines sits on a blue granite soil akin to the Côte du Py in Morgon where Lapierre works. He also works a more concentrated soil just south of Brouilly that produces a heaver wine. Ballet farms organically with some biodynamic attributes in practice.

2020 Damien Coquelet (Co-Ka-lay), CHIROUBLES


When someone mentions the Crus, Chiroubles, Damien's wines are my north star. If this Crus was a child on The Brady Bunch, it would have a huge "Marcia, Marcia, MARCIA" vibe. See how it overcomes the "cute" finesse of Fleurie and everyone's "most popular, most beloved" Morgon.

2021 Anne-Sophie Dubois 'l'Alchemiste,' Fleurie


Having grown up in Champagne and learned winemaking in Volnay, Anne-Sophie has been immersed in great wine since birth. She applies the same traditional practices of the classical vinification she learned in Burgundy to Beaujolais where her fruit from organically farmed 40+ year old vines is completely de-stemmed and all the magic is left to aging in cement and natural barrels. Her wines are delicate and finessed with more complex aromas than the carbonic wines popular in the area.

2021 Antoine Sunier, Morgon


Sunier bottles honest beaujolais from Regine and Morgon made in the traditional, whole cluster, carbonic way. He has been farming his small holdings organically since getting started in 2014. Antonie studied viticulture and enology in Beaune and takes much of his influence from his older brother, Julien Sunier and Jean-Claude after working under the beloved Domaine Lapalu. Julien had much to do with getting Antione set up. Especially having helped choose his Morgon holdings, a vineyard called ‘Croix de Chevre’ of 60+ year old vines in the Grand Cras.

2022 Jean Claude Lapalu "Vieilles Vignes" Gamay, Brouilly


A serious wine that after some time with air lightens up into something vividly Beaujolais. The fruit is harvested from 50 year old vines on granitic soil. Jean Claude Lapalu is revered for his natural farming and winemaking practices. He started vinifying his family’s 9 hectare estate almost 20 years ago where before the fruit was sold to cooperatives. His approach is subtle but precise. The grapes are chilled before a slow carbonic maceration and aging in tank. The wine is bottled with an addition of sulfur so negligible, its honesty will enchant any barnyard enthusiast.

2017 Alex Foillard, Brouilly


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

2020 Vivanterre, Gamay, Moulin Au Vent & Brouilly


The blend of Gamay from pink granite Moulin Au Vent with the power of Brouilly combines for a "hearty" Beaujolais style. Check. This. OUT!



There's a lot of rumors regarding new Crus in Beaujolais and this area south of Brouilly certainly could be. Raphael's grandfather planted this parcel in 1950. Single parcel, old vine Gamay at this price is becoming as uncommon as low gas prices. 


French Reds – Burgundy

2020 CHAPUIS FRÈRES, Pinot Noir, Bourgogne


Tasty little gem from brothers, Romaine and Jean-Guillaume. Nice dark cherry, almond bark, and lengthy acidity. Check out their Chardonnay's on the menu as well!

Louis Chenu Pere & Fils

In the heart of the Côte de Beaune, daughters of Louis, Juliette and Caroline Chenu bring us the amazing wine you’d expect from such a coveted appellation but at a value uncommon to the area. The family, 5 people, carry out the vineyard work themselves. They work organically, relying on native yeasts and neutral fermentation containers to convey a true reflection of the terroir.

2021 'Borgogne Rouge'


Borgogne Rouge is a collection of pinot from the highest elevations across the Chenu holdings. Quientessiental burgundy aroma with some nuanced pepper make this an honest refection of their estate in whole.

2018 1er Cru 'Aux Clous'


Aux Clous, synonymous with clos or wall, is a south facing vineyard with deep red earth in the top quarter fortified by stoney ground below. The wine is tender and ready to drink. It has an elegent body and a georgous gemstone color.


Domaine Rougeot Père & Fils, Pinot Noir, Meursault, Côte-D'Or

You are probably familiar with the wines from Dominique Derain as the quintessential Burgundy producer of non-intervention wines let me introduce you to Pierre-Henri Rougeot. Growing up in Burgundy instilled the "Burgundian" wine making mentality, but it was his exposure to the minimal, soft-touch producers in the Loire and Cahors that shaped his views on utilizing those techniques, in Burgundy. I am proud to offer two selections imported to the US by the great Josh Adler, who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and taken from us way too young. 

2017 'Les Vaux' Bourgogne


2017 'Clos des Roses' Pommard


French Reds – Jura & savoie
2020 Dom. de La Touraize 'Les Corvées,' Trousseau, Arbois, Jura


Unfortunately, there's just not enough Labet to last forever anymore. However, I highly suggest checking out the wines from André-Jean and Héléana Morin! This is stunningly gorgeous Trousseau that reminds me of the old Puffeney's 

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


French Reds – Bordeaux

2020 Le Puy 'Duc des Nauves' merlot | Cabernet Sauvignon, Côtes de Bordeaux


A lovely light bodied Bordeaux from , (rare for the region), biodynamically farmed fruit.

2019 Chateau le Puy 'Emilien', Merlot | Cabernet Sauvignon | Cabernet Franc | Malbec | Carménère, Gironde


I forgot about Bordeaux for many years trying to avoid chemicals and headaches from chapitalisation and new oak. Leave it to Neil Rosenthal to introduce a winemaker that bucks the status quo of modern farming and still delivers classic wines. Chateau le Puy is a bit of an anomaly as Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son, Pascal oversee the biodynamic farming and winemaking techniques forgotten by most in the region. The estate sits at the second highest point on the plateau and is a mix of highly acidic clay, silex and limestone. The “elevage” of wines is done according to the lunar rhythm and the red cuvées are raised in barrel for 24 months, neither fined nor filtered before bottling.



The soils around Arsac, is comprised of clay, which leads to more fruit driven wines. Little oak is used, and not needed. Give this plenty of time in the glass and have us decant it for you. Outstanding!

French Reds – Northern Rhône

2020 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!

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 its more pronounced. Don't confuse "light" for balance.

2021 Les Depalude de Tartaras 'Mine DE rien,' Mornen Noir


Ever had a Mornen Noir?? Odds are the answer is "no." And, that's why you're at Webster's! We have one from terrific vignerons. This is a breezy, grapey, cola, crowd pleaser. Esoteric grapes more often than not produce the types of wine that are perfect of wine drinkers of any ilk.

2021 Les Depalude de Tartaras 'La Chanse,' Syrah


The complete package in regards to the chief grape, Syrah, of the region, from Deplaude de Tartaras. Checks all the boxes, plum, olive, violets plus concentration.

2020 MARTIN TEXIER 'LE PREYNA,' CINSAULT | GRENACHE, VDF Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban      


French Reds – Southern Rhône

2020 Éric Texier Brézème, Côtes du Rhône


Another important site that Eric had a hand in revitalizing is Brézème. The vineyard area was nearly forgotten maybe because of its chilly east bank position on the Rhône. None the less, he thinks the site has something that will make you happy. His winemaking is completely neutral to express solely how Syrah preforms on this particular limestone marl slope. In other words, organically farmed, hand harvested, whole cluster spontaneously fermented with a short and gentle maceration, aged in concrete no racking, no fining or filtration and a whisper of SO2.

2019 gramenon 'la segesse,' grenache, Vinsobres, Côte du Rhône


Michele Aubery-Laurent, a former nurse that preferred more natural remedies, started Gramenon with her husband, in 1990. Nine years later, she was tragically widowed and left to oversee the vineyards herself. She capitalized on her sense of sustainability and organics in effort to become one of the most sought after wineries in a very "points demanding" region. Without question one of the iconic wineries in Rhône!

2020 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.

French Reds – Languedoc-roussillon, Provence

2017, 2014, or 2013 ROC D'ANGLADE, Carignan | GSM, Vin de pays du Gard 


I got to dazzle guests with this wine on our by the glass list. Astonishing to have had the opportunity to do this. I adore this wine so much I held back a case for the reserve list to monitor its incredible aging potential. But, you should jump on this one now! Very limited quantities of each vintage.

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.

2022 Bruno Duchene ‘la luna,’ Grenache | Carignan, Languedoc-Roussillon


Bruno farms incredibly rugged vineyards in the Cru Banyuls. La Luna is composed of Grenache Noir, Gris and Blanc, and Carignan from 50+ year old vines collected from 12 organically farmed plots. Duchene vinifies the wine with a light touch, whole cluster fruit and no pumpovers. The fermentation and aging are split between oak and steel and then bottled without fining, filtration or sulfur. The result is a contrast from the standard dark and lush wines of the region.

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.

SOLD OUT--2020 Matin Calme ‘Bonica Marieta,’ carignan | Grenache, Roussillon      


Made exactly like his "Mano a Mano" that has been extremely popular here in the past. Bonica Marieta provides a bit more depth and contemplation. The vines are older and from a smaller parcel than Mano a Mano. Still possesses the same carbonic, lifted acidity, with crispy fresh berries and toned down herb finish. 

Matassa 'Mambo Sun’ Grenache, VDF Rouge, Roussillon      


From 50-100 year old vines growing in limestone and marl

2016 Henri Milan 'Les Jardins,' Merlot, Provence      


Born out of the foothills of the Alpilles Mountains, Milan's Merlot is A: intoxicatingly aromatic B: a triumph for the grape when it's not grown on clay C: a revelation!


German Red

2019 beurer, Portugieser, Baden-Württemberg


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 Roterfaden Lemberger Troken, Baden-Württemberg


Olympia and Hannes Roterfaden, so far, my favorite collection of reds in Germany. They are working organic, incorporating some biodynamic practices like making their own treatments. Everything is done by hand on their stunning terraced vineyards along the Enz river. Called Blaufränkisch in Austria, Lemberger is widely planted here and most of it goes to the co-op for table wine. The Lemberger this couple produces is definitely elevated and drinks more like Cru Beaujolais and at a serious value.

2020 Shelter Winery, ‘N114’, Pinot Noir, Baden-Württemberg


In a micro-climate cooled by the Black Forest, Hans-Bert Espe and Silke Wolf farm couple of hectares with little regard for big yields. Thoughtfulness in the vineyard takes precedence at Shelter where it is ok to make only a little bit of great wine. The N114 and namesake of the winery comes form a Canadian airbase bunker where the couple first made wine. It is made from the smallest bunches off the oldest vines in their Nordweil vineyard planted with dijon clones in 1971. The wine is delicate and shadowy and may take some time to unwind but the even Hans-Bert will admit it is the best wine they have made.

Italian Reds – North to South

A rare opportunity to experience the iconic Nebbiolo wines from Giovanni Canonica!
2020 Langhe
2018 Grinzane Cavour
2018 Paiagallo
2021 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.

2020 La Miraja, 'Le Masche' Barbera d'Asti DOCG Superiore, Monferrato, Piemonte


From an exceptional vintage for Barbera in the legendary Majole vineyard, Eugenio Gatti crafted a textbook example at a value rare for the region. The vineyard benefits from a southwestern exposure helping to easily ripen fruit on the Calcareous-red clay soils. Yields are limited to only the perfectly ripened fruit by hand harvesting. The result is intense and fragrant but fresh, elegant and complex. Le Masche are spirits of local folklore said to protect the vineyard but also known for lurking in taverns and causing mischief. 

2016 Virna, Nebbiolo, Cannubi, Barolo, Piemonte


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.

2020 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.

2019 Monte dall’Ora 'sausto,' Corvina | Rondinella | Molinara, Valpolicella


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

2020 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!

2018 Ficomontanino 'Granomelo' Toscana Rosso IGT, Sangiovese, Tuscany


Maria Sole’s grandfather planted the Melogranino vineyard, (etymologically melograno or pomegranate in english), in the 60’s where she harvests the Sangiovese for this wine. The vineyard sits atop a hill overlooking the town Chiusi and was an island in prehistoric Italian sea. There is a high percentage of sand here but what is especially interesting is the proximity to the borders of Umbria and Lazio. Apparently you can distinguish each region by the different colors of the vegetation, the blanket of air and how the sunlight reacts to both as you take in the vista. Maria went to school at Slow Food’s University of Culinary Arts at Pollenzo. Her education no doubt inspired her breakaway from the status quo of winemakers in the area. She follows organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard, fermentation from wild yeasts, long soaking macerations, no filtering and aging in neutral vessels like concrete. A delightful departure from oak but still very Italian.

2021 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.

2017 Mantengoli La Serena Brunello di MONTALCINO, SANGIOVESE, TUSCANY


All the usual suspects here, Sangiovese also really expresses its terroir which takes center stage in Andrea’s Brunello. The soils in this area were churned and mixed for millennia by the sea and with an ancient volcano less than 10 miles away there is layer after layer to the resulting wine. The Montengolli soils are less packed than neighboring Cru vineyards which makes for a more approachable wines in their youth. No over-bearing oak showing precise balance and layers that really open up as it spends more time in the glass.



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.




Davide's style is just what you would expect, easy, drinkable, ecologically responsible farmed, and down right compelling. Yes, Tai Rosso is the grape. Think Garnacha from Spain, the grapes genetic match.

2020 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

2014 Castell d’Encus ‘Quest’ Anfora Aged, Cabernet Sauvignon | Cabernet Franc | Merlot | Petit Verdot, Pallars Jussà Pyrenees, Spain


Unicorn Alert! It’s far and few between when you get to drink a ‘living’ yet sophisticated wine. It does not take a discerning palette to instantly recognize it and in many cases a moment so impactful can coax the nonadmirer into an aficionado. Raül Bobet ferments and ages his pristine fruit in 1,000 year old stone vats carved from boulders sitting on the mountain side above his vineyards. Almost like anfora, but instead of being buried in the ground these vessels are sitting in open air at over 3000ft in the Pyrenees mountains. The result is exceedingly special and anyone wanting a full bodied red should not miss it.

2020 Clos Figueres, Grenache | Cariganan | Syrah | Cabernet Sauvignon, Catalonia, Priorat


Just a perfect expression of the terroir Priorat is known for. ‘Llicorella’ soil is made up of creviced reddish black slate and mica quartz blocks filled with clay. This terroir is perfect for starving the vines enough to slow its vegetative growth and concentrate on the ripening of the grapes. Charlotte and Christopher Cannan purchased 10 hectares of abandoned terraces overlooking the cool breezy Ebro Valley in 1997. After some treacherous vineyard work to revitalize the property and the addition of 2500 60 year old vines, the estate is in full swing producing a delectable ‘new wave’ Priorat wine.

SOLD OUT--2019 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.


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:


2019 ‘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


North American Reds - FUN GRAPES



We were already impressed by her wines when Rosalind Reynolds visited for 3rd Coast Soif but we wanted to meet her face to face to get a glimpse of what she has going on in Sebastopol. Rosalind works closely with Pax Mahul at his facility he lends to Martha Stoumen, Patrick Cappiello and Carlo Mondavi. She is the master of logistics there, which is like spinning plates during harvests when she orchestrates receiving fruit for 5 different winemakers coming from scores of vineyards. I got the impression that her hard work for Pax gets her a special insight for what works best and access to some of the choice fruit. Her wines come from mostly dry farmed vineyards, ferment with natives yeasts, foot trodden, and vinified without filtration. Emme’s namesake is a nod to her grandmother. Each wine is treated as a unique creation even if she repeats the same elevagé from one vintage to another. From Pine mountain vineyard this fruit was handpicked by Rosalind and her partner Alex for whom the wine is named.



2018 Colston BIBLIO 001 Pinot Gris | Pinot Blanc, Willamette VaLLEY, Oregon


Remember Matty? Maybe from Parachute when he was their founding sommelier or maybe way way back when Mr. Colston was cutting his teeth at Webster’s and Rootstock. Regardless, we love seeing where Chicago alum graduate too, especially when they just keep going further and further down the rabbit hole! Biblio is just that. As a wine director, Matty became intrigued with the “potential and versatility of the Pinot Gris grape when made in the red wine”. Not Rose and not orange 001 is a light red food wine made in the Italian farmhouse ‘Remato’ style that Friulian wine makers continued even after Santa Margarita popularized the country club version we know as Pinot Grigio today. All of the fruit is from Demeter certified bio-dynamic grapes farmed by Oregon legend Moe Momtazi and bottled at Day Wines. If you tried it on release it’s time to revisit as 001 came into maturity about 3 years after bottling.

SOLD OUT--2020 Limited ADDdition, cabernet franc, eola sPRINGS vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR


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!

North American Reds - Pinot NoiR

2019 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


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 or Blends

2020 Ridge, Montebello Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot | Cabernet Franc, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, California


If you know about Ridge you probably have heard about the Montebello Vineyard and how it is synonymous with the Judgment of Paris and subsequent repeat competition 30 years later. Ridge Montebello came in 5th beating all the other french reds in 1976 and was first place in 2006. One thing that is often overlooked about this juggernaut bottle is it is actually a ‘natural wine’ in that it is made from hand harvested, organically grown fruit let to ferment from yeasts native to the vineyard and winery. Oak is more prominent than terroir here as the wine is structured for a decade or two of aging. 2020 started out mild prompting and early bloom which was followed by heavy spring rains that ultimately inhibited the harvest size. Then steady summer fog allowed for a slow ripening. The winemaker assures us this vintage is a classic. 

2019 Time Place Wine Co., Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California


Jamey Whetstone sources grapes from all over the valley, but the largest percentage comes from Yountville. Not just another "Napa Cab," the winery is a member of California's oldest, and rigorous certification, "Lodi Rules," 

2019 Inconnu, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California


Laura's Cabernet Sauvignon, for me, is a direct reflection of the winemaker herself. Unwavering, unflinching, direct, and full of power. One of the few labels in and around Napa that challenges convention.

2016 Sinskey 'POV,' Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot | Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California


The blend changes yearly to express the "point of view" that Robert and his winemaker feel each bottle should express. A pioneer in Napa, and Carneros, farming organically and biodynamically, Sinskey vineyards are representative how bio-diversity and competition create healthy soil.

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!



Troon sits on the Kubli bench a plateau sitting high above the Applegate river. It's surrounded by the Siskiyou mountains and just one of the most stunning back drops for any domestic vineyard. The direction is Rhone here and this is their flagship expression.

2017 Clos Saron 'Stone Soup,' Syrah, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, California


To anyone that has not previously had a Clos Saron wine, one would think "California, warm weather, close to Oregon, of course this its what Syrah would taste like." And, that would sadly be the quintessential "judging a book by the cover." Air ball. The decomposed granite (red clay) the vines grow in sound perfect for Syrah. However, it gets so hot the vines shut down during the prime weeks ripening should be occurring. Not 2017, an abundance of rain helped control the excessive heat and the result is the stunning, medium (not heavy) bodied, deeply nuanced 2017 "Stone Soup." Endless aging potential!

American Reds – Rhône Grapes

Southern Hemisphere Reds

2021 Louis-Antoine Luyt ‘El Mismo Pais’ Maule Valley, Chile

48 1L Bottle

Luyt, a french native of burgundy makes El Mismo as his take on Beaujolais Nouveau. The pais (a.k.a mission) is 200 years old, dry farmed, sandy soil, organically farmed vineyards not normally used for producing terroir driven wines. This one is a soft tannin chill-able red, so you can ask your server to bring it in an ice bucket but I'll warn you it wont last long among friends.

2020 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!

Emerging, Historic, Not to be Overlooked Reds

2022 Matic ‘Frankovka’, Blaufränkisch, Štajerska, Slovenia


Named after the dialect for Blaufränkisch and adorned with a wild boar on the label, Matic suggests fun in the bottle as both are in the wild. Štajerska is located in the so-called ‘mountain wine zone’ known for crisp steely whites so this is a nice juxtaposition expressing dark and red fruits and a deceptively long finish that can be tamed by serving it on a chill, which we do :)

2018 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.

2020 Vinas Mora 'Andreis,' Babič, Croatia


Babič is a wonderful grape that displays an incredible array of flavors. What I most enjoy about Vinas Mora's is there ability to broaden the profile with light and dark fruits with balance acidity, and less big clunky fruit common from others from Croatia.

Large Format Bottles


275 (magnum – 1.5L)

Les Maillerettes is a very small, (less than 1 acre), grand cru vineyard where the Paillard family grafts their most prized pinot noir for the rest of their holdings. Less than 200 magnums are produced from this plot with intention to be shared with friends and colleagues of the Paillards. Pop this big bottle with some friends at Webster’s and consider yourself part of the family! We only have 2!

Imported by Robert Houde Wines, Chicago


120 (magnum – 1.5L)
The perfect party wine for groups. Pepe added 6% Monstrell from a terraced plot which he says marks the personality of this wine.

2020 Domaine de la Pépière 'Clisson,' Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet Sèvre & Maine​

120 (magnum – 1.5L)

Marc Ollivier has passed on the domaine to Rémi Branger and Gwénaëlle Croix after many year of mentoring the couple. Marc will be the first to admit that working with new people and new energy had a hand pushing Pépière in the direction and popularity the estate is/has now. 2020 is their first official vintage on their own and despite the year being so tumultuous, they managed to craft a another lovely Clisson Muscadet!


140 (magnum – 1.5L)


160 (magnum – 1.5L) 

Little hint of smoke, not in a bad way but a nuanced mezcal way. On August 17, 2021, a devastating forest fire broke out, with flames as high as 20 meters, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur near Saint-Tropez. This happened just a couple of weeks before 2021’s later than usual harvest. Mediterranean breezes make it all the way up to Beaujolais which add to its unique terroir and in this case a slight addition to the 21’ vintage of Camille. Everything else that is supposed to be present in the wine is there. It’s a little muted as it is still in infancy but I have no problem enjoying it right away.

2014 Chateau Falfas Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France

142 (magnum – 1.5L) 

From one of the 4 great crus of Côtes de Bourg this wine is a little bit of a misfit. It’s on the same classic terroir of clay and silica soil on top deep limestone bedrock of fossilized oysters but Véronique vivifies her wine with a hands off approach where winemakers make wine with an almost alchemic intervention common to Bordeaux. It’s no wonder that she grew up winemaking in Saumur where minimal interventionism is normal. This is an authentic terroir-driven elaboration of traditional right bank varieties.

​2020 MATHENY, TROUSSEAU, Arbois, JURA, France

250 (magnum – 1.5L)

The grapes came from legendary vigneron, Jacques Puffeney's vineyard! An amazing opportunity to still be able to experience "Le Puff's" legacy from protégés, Elise et Emeric Foléat. This is a must drink!

Library Whites


1986 Leth, Roter Veltliner, Wagram

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



Unicorn Alert! From the 93’ vintage this Chenin has been expertly stored in the cellars at Olga Raffault. The Domaine cultivates mostly Cabernet Franc with the exception of a single plot being devoted to exceptional Chenin. Champ-Chenin cuvee plays hard to get in it’s youth but with age this cougar comes at you with a surprisingly youthful body and acid. A true moment for a a great wine and it is very limited so don’t miss out. roar...

Library Orange


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.

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