New Californian Arrivals 2019

There is no question California is one of the great wine producing regions of the world and this tasting highlights the diversity of quality wine produced in the state. This is a selection of wines from Russian River and the Sonoma coast – Pinot Noirs from icon Littorai and uncompromising newcomer Peay – star of the recent Mornington Peninsula Pinot Conference. Along side these we will show some of the classics of the Napa Valley, Dunn and Foreman: two of the original producers of the Napa Valley and arguably part of a small group at the heart of what is now region populated by wineries reminiscent of art galleries and owned by the mega wealthy. Both Foreman and Dunn defy the stereotypes and hyperbole surrounding them and quietly produce honest wines of site specificity.

Not to neglect the new generation, we will also have two wines from a tiny side project dedicated to organic viticulture: Idlewild. In many ways the wines are the antipathy of what so many believe Californian wines are supposed to be. Hunting out heritage stands of Italian and Rhone varietals (mostly in Mendocino County) Bilbro makes extremely interesting wines characterised by texture, savouriness and subtlety. Skin contact is a part of the wines as is a relatively non-interventionist approach.