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Matt & I had the following to say about our January Reserve Wine Club shipment:We hope you enjoy this month’s Reserve Selections shipment. We were thrilled to feature one of the top 5 American Petite Sirah’s available as well as two wineries which we think, given time will become household names themselves. Clos Selene are Paso Robles wines in a Bordeaux or French style and Coastview takes a similar approach to red wine blends out of the Monterrey.
In a lot of ways, our Reserve Wine Club is special. While we consider all of our wine clubs to be 90 point wine clubs, we have a special responsibility when people are paying $65 or $100 per bottle for wine. It isn’t just about 90 point wine at this club level, but instead we have to continue to find not only great wine, but wine which isn’t widely available-even at fine wine stores. The Aratas Petite Sirah included in this month’s shipment was a great example. It was only 37 cases in total production, meaning that unless you’re somewhere close to Napa Valley, it simply isn’t going to be available.
By Mark Aselstine
Matt and I had the following to say on our Special Selections Wine Club newsletter:
We didn’t set out to send a Pinot Noir only shipment this month, but we felt strongly about the Chloe Creek Vineyard wine and the opportunity after over two years of trying, to work with Keefer Ranch on their vineyard designate estate Pinot was too good to pass up. We hope these wines combine to help show off the dramatic differences that winemaking choices and vineyard choices can create in Sonoma Pinot Noir.
When we tell friends, family and neighbors about what we do, we often get something of a confused look. As it turns out, people think that finding high quality wines is incredibly easy. It really isn’t and finding wine which we are comfortable shipping to our wine club members is a continual challenge. There is a ton of made to be sure, but frankly when you start getting into this $40+ price point-not all of it seems like a good value when you taste it. Sure, a $40 wine is more likely to be good than a $10 wine- but at this price point we need to start seeing an experience when you open a bottle. In this wine club shipment for our Special Selections wine club we thought both Pinot Noir choices offered something different and unique for Pinot Noir in California. They are both higher acidity Pinot Noir’s, which makes for a nice and interesting accompaniment to your favorite fish or chicken dish.
By Mark Aselstine
Matt & I (the two owners of Uncorked Ventures) had the following to say about our January Wine Exploration Wine Club shipment: We hope you enjoy the dichotomy of the wine industry. Classic Napa at a fraction of the price point from Rustridge. An up and coming Paso Robles winemaker unwilling to be pigeonholed into a specific winemaking style, who happens to be willing to let us pick up wine at his house, or at least we was before he was featured as one of the 5 winemakers to watch in the San Francisco Chronicle last week. Cheers and enjoy from Mark and Matt at Uncorked Ventures.So that super secret winemaker is Anthony Yount from Denner Vineyards (his day job) as well as Kinero (his personal label). We were originally drawn to Denner by something of a chance encounter. We were tasting at Barrel 27 and ended up talking to their two winemakers about where we should eat lunch-only to have their office manager/shipping coordinator/tasting room manager ask us where else we’d been on our trip. She not only suggested Denner, but had known Anthony for some time and was willing to give him a call and set up an appointment for us. It was a great introduction as his Kinero label is incredibly small (under 1k cases in total across 3-4 wines) and fits our Wine Exploration Wine Club price point nicely. At the time he was sourcing fruit from the famed James Berry Vineyard which happens to sit next door to Denner (it’s separated by a golf cart path, like that’s going to negatively affect quality) and his white wines are intense and interesting. In any case, we think he’s an up and coming name in the industry to be sure and we’re glad to be on board before everyone else.By Mark Aselstine
Thank you for your continued patience-it’s been an interesting and challenging few months for us as we decide here at Uncorked Ventures about how to continue growing our wine clubs and in effect, our wider business.
We appreciate your patience and willingness to share this journey with us over the coming months. We were happy to feature a series of low production wines this month in our wine clubs, including a 40 case Petite Sirah in our Reserve Selections Wine Club made from the quickly becoming famous Hayne Clone.
We’ll share more information about each of these past shipments over the coming days and hope you’ll consider joining one of our wine clubs in the near future.
By Mark Aselstine