California

California

Dancing Coyote

dancing coyoteLegend has it, each year at the beginning of the growing season a band of coyotes from the nearby foothills sneak into the Dancing Coyote vineyards, and for no apparent reason other than treachery, chew on irrigation lines with wild abandon. Following these scandalous acts, they have been known on occasion to join paws and dance around, howling at the moon in celebration. Dancing Coyote is a family run, owned and operated vineyard located in a beautiful stretch of land in California’s Clarksburg appellation, where they’ve been farming in the Delta region along the Sacramento River for five generations. The family’s devotion to producing wines of exceptional quality and character is unwavering, so it’s no surprise they are involved in the winemaking process every step of the way. From the growing and harvesting of grapes at the peak of their flavor, to crushing, aging and handcrafting the final product. In short, winemaking is the family’s greatest passion, so it goes without saying that they’re in it for the long haul. For Calgary distribution of Dancing Coyote click here.  For Edmonton distribution, click here.

Grayson Cellars

grayson cellarsThe founders of Grayson believe they can put to work their Napa Valley winemaking skills to create some of the highest quality wines at the by-the-glass price point. Using decades of Napa winemaking experience allows them to create a better bottle of wine at a better price point than what’s generally in the market today. Grayson wines are carefully crafted by Larry Levin, who is among the most experienced winemakers in the Napa Valley. After completing his Enology degree at UC Davis, Larry spent seventeen years at Dry Creek Vineyard where over 18 vintages he produced more than 15 varietal wines. He has since covered the globe by making wine in New Zealand, Chile, and Australia across all price points and styles. For the previous nine years Larry was head of winemaking at Icon Estates where he oversaw the Franciscan, Mt. Veeder, Robert Mondavi, Estancia, Ravenswood, Quintessa and Ruffino brands. Larry also consults for wineries in the Stag’s Leap and Oakville districts in Napa and Sonoma. For Calgary distribution of Grayson Cellars click here.  For Edmonton distribution, click here.

Huge Bear

Huge Bear was founded in 2006 with a focus on wines from Sonoma County. The eye-catching label and the winery name come from an article the owners discovered from back in the 1800’s that told of the adventures of an elusive grizzly bear that would come down from the nearby mountains searching for food – often raiding people’s homes.  Huge Bear was named in tribute to this particular grizzly, as well as in honour of California’s Bear Flag.

Huge Bear is available in Calgary Exclusively at J Webb Wine Merchant

Mount Eden

It’s a question that has been asked many times: is Mount Eden the best site in California for growing grapes? The debate goes on but we agree that there are very few places that can make chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet at such a high level, and the quality seems to improve with each passing year. Founded in 1945, Mount Eden Vineyards is located atop a 600 metre peak amidst California’s Santa Cruz Mountain range, with quite possibly the perfect collision of elevation, temperature, proximity to the ocean, eastern exposure of vineyards, absence of fog and sufficient winter rainfall, combining to allow for a slow, measured ripening of grapes with magnificent concentration.

Mount Eden is available in Calgary exclusively at J Webb Wine Merchant

Pioneer

pioneerlogoPioneer wines are a collaboration between J. Webb Wine Merchant and Napa winemaker Douglas Danielak. The idea behind this project is to showcase high quality California terroirs at great prices. Sometimes they’re not even allowed to tell you where we got the grapes, because fruit from the same vineyards has made its way into some more famous (and expensive!) wines. Douglas, a Detroit-born and Burgundy-trained winemaker who has worked in Napa Valley for over 20 years, has an incredible ability to source great fruit and craft it into fine wines. The spirit of Pioneer is based on old friendships, a love of wines that exude character, and a passion to create something new in the market.

Pioneer is available exclusively at J Webb Wine Merchant

Scherrer

ScherrerPlattPinotNoir-214x166 Fred Scherrer’s artisan wines are made by hand in every sense.  Fred started making wine in 1991 from his family’s old vine zinfandel. Later he added pinot noir, chardonnay and cabernet to his repertoire. His wines are artisanal in every respect and capture perfectly the regions in which they are grown. His pinot noirs have a soft and supple texture with pure aromatics and savoury flavours. His zin is a great example of why we love California wine, with its honest, ripe and unbridled exuberance somehow magically contained in a pretty and delicious wine.

Scherrer is available exclusively at J Webb Wine Merchant

Titus

Titus wineWine making is a family affair for Titus.  Patriarch Lee Titus began acquiring vineyards in California’s Napa Region before it was popular, and soon the family had amassed a huge property. While eschewing some of the old grapes that were there, the Titus family began planting things like Malbec and Petit Verdot, which at that time were relatively unheard of and probably considered risky. Some twenty years later the winery was crushing grapes, but many of them were for other wine makers. Eventually the Titus family was ready to start making their own wine. Titus makes exclusively blends. “This is the cornerstone of our winemaking philosophy. We believe blending varietals completes a wine offering a superior expression of the primary grape variety, vintage, vineyard and region,” according to the Titus website.

Uvaggio

uvaggioUvaggio is the result of two guys who represent a triple threat: too much experience, a low threshold for boredom, and a desire to do something unique, which is why they say they chose to make wines in California with grape varieties indigenous to Italy. Their theory is simple: if California has a climate perfect for growing Mediterranean varietals, why not take advantage of it? Based on their theory – if they grow the right grape in the right place, they can manage to get by with their respective degrees in psychology and geography.  (If one gets lost then other can figure out why.)  However, when you grow grapes in the wrong place, you probably need a Master’s Degree from UC Davis to make the wine taste good (if you are lucky).  The duo thinks they’ve found the right places in Lodi for growing our grapes and urge you to discover this for yourself and try their wines.  While our experience is well steeped in California’s traditions, our product is contemporary.  We produce these wines somewhat anonymously, relatively inexpensively and eschew the corporate, cookie cutter approach. Uvaggio is available exclusively in Calgary at J Webb Wine Merchant. For Edmonton distribution, click here.

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