Forget Napa and Sonoma.
The next California wine hot spot is actually a cool – in both senses – valley just south of those prestigious and pricey regions. And thanks to our expert’s extensive network of contacts, you’re getting in on things ahead of everyone else.
The Livermore Valley is one of California’s only east-west oriented valleys – a rare geologic feature that funnels cool Pacific air into the vineyards. Along with its chilly, fog-covered mornings and warm daytime sunshine, it’s a great place for grape growing. But despite its longevity (vines were first planted here by Robert Livermore in the 1840s) and initial international success (a dry white Livermore wine won the Grand Prix at the International Paris Exposition in 1889), this special place has flown under the radar for years. Until Clare Tooley – our woman on the ground – came to town.
A little bird had told her about a plush, velvety Merlot from the excellent 2013 vintage – available for a song. But she had to hurry. After tasting its waves of blackberry, plum and black cherry notes, along with its silky texture and elegant spiciness, she swooped.
Small production though – which means you’ll want to get your orders in soon. This one’s going to fly right off our shelves.