Holiday Wine Recommendations from Sommelier Ariana Tsuchiya

Domaine Dupeuble, Beaujolais, France

  • Established in 1512
  • The domaine has changed it’s name 3 times since
  • Advocates of “lute raisonnee" meaning no chemicals or synthetic fertilizers
  • The vineyards are planted on mostly granite based soil
  • Domaine does not use SO2 with their wines and only use natural yeasts
  • Beaujolais Rouge: Gamay Noir
  • Fermented naturally (carbonic maceration) and aged in cement and stainless steel
  • Fermentation lasts 8 – 12 days
  • Bottled unfiltered

Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy

  • Family traces their lineage through Tuscany for the past 1,000 years
  • They have been making wine for the past 700 years
  • Comprised of 6 different estates
  • They also own Ornellaia and Masseto Castello Pomino
  • Located in the northern, rolling hills of Tuscany
  • In 1878 wine from Castello Pomino took gold at the World’s Fair in Paris
  • Pomino Pinot Nero: Pinot Nero has grown at the Castello Pomino since 1855
  • Pomino matures their Pinot Nero in French oak barrique

Neyers, California, USA

  • Owned by Bruce, Barbara and Henry the Corgi
  • Winemaker is Tadeo Borchardt
  • Winery is located in St Helena, Napa
  • Neyers Zinfandel 2017:
  • Grapes come from the Sierra Foothills of the Lodi
  • Specifically Clements Hill and Borden Ranch
  • Soil types are highly influenced by the makeup of the Sierra Nevada Range
  • Quartz can be found in the vineyards!
  • Non-clonal Zinfandel
  • Berries are small and juicy
  • Fermented with wild yeasts
  • Aged 10 months in neutral 60 gallon oak barrels
  • Bottled without fining or filtration