The New California

We know the announcement of a California wine tasting may sound a bit old hat, but this Wednesday evening we’ll be pouring more than just classic Cab and Chard. This WNW is titled The New California, and for good reason. Our tasting will feature some cool, progressive winemakers that are thinking way outside of the classic CA box.

Ever had a domestic Albariño? After getting his feet wet in France and getting bit by the wine bug in a major way, Evan Frazier knew he had to make wine. Years later in 2010 he started Ferdinand. His time in France was spent in Catalan country just across from Spain so he enjoys working with Spanish varietals, hence the Albariño. 

If you’d like a preview of March’s Winery of the Month, come taste Ian Brand’s Cabernet Franc! Brand is a progressive winemaker making delicious, organic wines out of Monterey.  He was just voted Winemaker of the Year by the SF Chronicle and he made the Top 40 Under 40 list by Wine Enthusiast.  Come see why.

Let’s not leave out Pinot Noir! We’ll be pouring the Land of Saints Pinot from Santa Barbera. This is a cool project producing a Pinot very different than what you might be used to from Sonoma County.

And we can’t forget Cruse! Cruse Wine Co. Is a small winery in Petaluma, CA. In 2016 Michael Cruse was also awarded SF Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year. These wines are innovative, wacky and very delicious. Definitely something fresh and new for California. 

•Ferdinand Wines 2016 Albariño Napa, California 

This Albariño is Galicia meets California. Lots of lime citrus here with floral notes and honey, as well, some lovely mineral notes on the finish. Time in some neutral barrel on the lees creates a welcome richness to the wine.

•I. Brand 2014 Cabernet Franc Bayly RanchMonterey, California

An Old World style of Cab Franc that’s beautiful and brawny with notes of dark fruit, violets, sage brush, tea leaf, and rose petal.

•Land of Saints 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara, California

A delicious and generous style of Pinot Noir that just sings of cherries, strawberries and raspberries with baking spices and clean minerality.

•Cruse Wine Co. 2017 Monkey Jacket California

A wacky blend of over half a dozen varietals comes together to make a fresh but concentrated wine with notes of red cherry, pomegranate, spice and some chalky minerality on the finish.

Discover why 5280 Magazine Readers and Editors voted Pearl Wine Company Denver’s BEST BOTTLE SHOP. PWC takes pride in being Denver’s best wine shop–a craft liquor specialty store. Conveniently located on South Pearl Street in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood.