July 21st, 1-4pm
$10 (waived with $100 purchase)
Most young winemakers interested in natural wine start by conforming to many traditional aspects of the winemaking and marketing processes while slowly introducing experimental cuvées, odd varieties, funky labels, etc. The idea is to appeal to the base, while courting those on the fringes. Makes sense.
But this is not how Caleb Leisure works. Caleb decided to order 10 clay qvevri from Western Georgia, bury them in the ground at Tony Coturri’s winery in Sonoma, fill them with fully ripe organic grapes, and make 100% natural wines—no additions or subtractions—just grapes processed in the most ancient way we know about. And the risk has paid off. The wines appeal on so many levels: aromatic, textural, juicy. If you are a fan of orange wines, then this tasting should not be missed. Also, a pet-nat for lovers. Here's to more young-guns emulating Caleb's audacity!
Caesura, Sparkling Viognier $28
Verso, Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon $30
Mother Sees, Roussanne $27
Mother Knows, Marsanne $27
AB OVO, Mourvèdre & Marsanne $25
You can watch a cool video about Caleb's California qvevri project here.