The Revel Wine group represents many of the trend-setting wines of California, Oregon and Washington. Being able to sample them in one afternoon presents a valuable lesson in what may be the future of American winemaking.
The Revel Wines company represents smaller-sized producers from California, Oregon and Washington State, most of which craft wines outside the box.
These are the wines that are all the rage: next generation producers, artists with new (and sometimes new meaning back to old!) winemaking techniques, garagistes, ‘hobo’ winemakers, viticultural wizards, and mad scientists make up some of the fantastic characters crafting artisanal wines for this fascinating collection.
Come see what all the fuss is about and expand your mind and your palate! I will be hosting an afternoon tasting of some of my favorite wines from these wineries on Saturday February 24 at The Wine Country Signal Hill from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is just $20. Joining me will be a familiar face: Bennett Traub. Bennett was once an influential wine buyer at The Wine Country, and now represents Revel Wines in southern California.
We will be pouring these and more on February 24th:
This is the small passion project of the lovely Erin Pooley, an extremely talented young winemaker hailing from Sydney, Australia. Erin has coaxed out the most delicate and alluring characters of this classic grape of Bordeaux: fresh and exotic aromas straight from the glass, with soft gardenia and fragrant dried lemon peel, with that classic hint of fresh spun wool. This wine just sings in the mouth with creamy, almost oily texture, preserved lemon, and chamomile mixed with Ylang Ylang floral notes. Flinty minerals linger on the long bright finish. Absolutely the finest example of the beauty of pure Semillon I have ever tasted. This is a must try!!!!
$21.99 per bottle
Ok, I am totally hooked on this couple’s fantastic skills in coaxing out the prettiest aspects of the various grapes they work with, and can’t help myself from filling our shelves with everything they do! This Sauvignon Blanc is totally refreshing and quite unique: not California, not Pouilly Fume (France), but certainly with hints of both. There is this flinty, smoky, almost petrichor thing floating on top of the nose that is just fantastically addictive, then comes the bright citrus notes, but also a creamy texture on the palate. High toned, but quite friendly and soft on the palate, this is the perfect introduction to this noble grape for die hard fans as well as newbies! Not grassy or green at all. Delicious on its own, or perfect with a bright garden salad and fresh chevre.
$19.99 per bottle
Jim Prosser is one of the most respected winemakers up in Willamette, and he names his wines for his two grandfathers, who’ve inspired passion and attention to detail. This elegant Chardonnay is made for the table, barrel fermented in very old, neutral barrel, this wine is all bright yellow pear, citrus blossom, and minerals, with linear acidity, and a lingering nuttiness on the long finish.
$33.99 per bottle
This is such a fantastic example of a Loire styled Malbec, or Cot (Coh) as they say in France. Light and delicate, with crunchy huckleberry and juicy black plum, plenty of pretty violet, and a nice hint of dark cocoa bean and espresso coming in on the sides to balance the fruits. Little pockets of dried yet delicate thyme round out this fun and quaffable light-bodied red. This is such a fantastic example of the other face of Malbec, it is one of my ‘must try’ new wines for anyone a little curious! Perfect for our warm climate too. Pair this with pork chops smothered in rosemary and garlic.
$23.99 per bottle
This tiny little husband and wife operation makes some of my favorite wines up north. Some of you may have been fortunate to try their limited release Rose we carried this summer. Petrichor is the scent of rain on dry earth, and this Syrah has it in spades. The fruit hails from densely planted volcanic soil at 1100 feet up on Redwood Hill. Only 200 cases of this beauty were produced, and I highly recommend a try for my more experimental or Francophile friends. This beauty is light bodied, lower alcohol, and shows delicate red and black crunchy berries, beautiful fresh violet, and smoky, sultry minerals. This wine was made using all organically farmed fruit at their solar powered winery and is bottled with substantially less glass: tread lightly, and cheers!
$33.99 per bottle
Chris Brockway crafts super small batch vibrant and lively wines at his urban winery in Berkeley, and his little blends are my favorites. This LoveRed is 65% Carignan, 20% Valdiguie, and 15% Syrah. Heady aromas of wildflowers followed by juicy damson plum and black cherry. Light bodied and quaffable, this could even be served with a slight chill. Perfect picnic wine, but equally happy with a light summer dinner of grilled pork chops and a fresh garden salad. The artist featured on the label is Marta Elise Johansen.
$17.99 per bottle
Chris Hall and his family have been farming in Napa Valley since 1989, growing organic grapes, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, and raising a herd of grass-fed highland beef cattle. Chris makes a lovely and restrained Cabernet, medium bodied and aromatic: juicy black currant, black berry, soft fresh picked thyme, peppercorn, and touches of roasted pepper. This is perfect with carne Asada, fajitas, and burgers on the grill!
$28.99 per bottle