California Dreaming

When wading through the piles of leaves in the streets and wrapping up for the winter winds, we think of California Dreamin'...

"All the leaves are brown

And the sky is gray 

I've been for a walk

On a winter's day 

I'd be safe and warm

If I was in LA

California dreamin'

On such a winter's day "

Well, sadly it's not possible to fly there right now..so the next best thing is to curl up with a cracking bottle of Californian wine.  And we have some wonderful new wines in stock from Ojai Vineyards, Field Recordings,Benevolent Neglect, Big Basin Vineyards and Keep Wines. 

Joint founder of Au Bon Climat, Adam Tolmach planted his own vineyard in Ojai back in 1983. It took him 10 years to produce really exceptional, consistently delicious fruit, converting to organic farming in the process whilst fine tuning the winemaking process to as natural as possible. After more experiments during the following years Adam started picking his fruit slightly earlier, opening a new stylistic era for his wines. Years of experience and humble dedication to his craft, showed him how the cooler climate sites were always better balanced and more expressive terroirs, in search of elegance. Acclaimed as the best winery in Santa Barbara the brilliance of these wines over the last several vintages has been uncontestable.

Field Recordings is 38-year old winemaker Andrew Jones personal catalog of the people and places he values most. The Field Recordings wines are a catalog of single vineyard sites that produce wines with a sense of place and personality. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. The Wonderwall label focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from extreme, coastal locations - small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards.  

Our other wines have outstanding pedigree.  'Keep Wines'  husband and wife team of Brit Jack Roberts and Californian native Johanna Jensen both have permanent roles at leading wineries and make exquisite small parcels of delightful wines from organic vineyards.  Similarly Matt Nagy and Ben Brenner of Benevolent Neglect ( and previously Maybach Cellars and Rutherford) secured superb fruit from a stunning cool climate syrah vineyard called Las Madres, organically grown once again, and try hard to do nothing with...basically it's a vineyard in a bottle!  And, from Big Basin, we feature a Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre blend from a 100 year old organically farmed vineyard located at an altitude of 2200 feet in the Gabilan Mountains in Santa Cruz.  This is a beautifully textured wine, a luxurious compote of velvety blackberry and blueberry flavours.