The title of this blog was going to be "California Natural Wines are Here to Stay", but, it was way too long. What I really wanted to do was shed a light on a few new wineries I've rescently discovered and yes, they all fall under the "Natural Wine" Category.
Chris Brockway, winemaker/owner of Broc Cellars comments on his wines, "Califoria natural wine made in a urban setting". More importantly, this wine was straight up fun to drink. And I think that gets forgotten some times when the pretentiousness comes into play about having a big popular trendy label.
I particulary enjoyed the 2018 Kou Kou Cabernet Franc ($28), it has low alcohol, (12%) and great acidity and freshness, as did the 2018 Grenache Gris Rose ($28), which was also bright with refresing acidity and it could easily pair with numerous food combinations. Do check them out, broccellars.com
March Wine specializes in Riesling and St. Laurent. They make some buzz worthy Dry Reisling, but the St. Laurent really caught my eye. An interesting fact about this not so familiar grape: There are only 3 acres of St. Laurent grown in all of California, and fortunately it fell into the right hands. It's often described as a mix of Gamay and Syrah. I thought it had a lot of that zing and mouth quenching acidity to take down some serious Cassoulet, or heck, some pizza for that matter.
Vinca Minor Wines
Just the name alone is fun to say, and it seems Owner and winemaker Jason Charles and co owner Emily Charles have struck California gold. Their artsy labels stood out to me and what was in the bottle kept me around. Their 2018 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay was such a refreshing take for a Cali Chard, sourced from a tiny vineyard only miles from the mighty Pacific Ocean. If you are burned out from the "big name, sweet & oaky Chards exploding with butter", then this is the one to give you back the hope for the future of California Chardonnay🧡.