Critical acclaim

Dear Feastlings,

We realize that you might have to go out of your way a little bit to find out which wines are critics’ darlings, at least more so than, say, discovering which books or movies the critics are fawning over.  But when New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov extolled the virtues of skin-fermented wines by Two Shepherds, Megan and I gave each other a sideways glace- we’d met winemaker William Allen at an event in Los Angeles last year- you know, when you could travel?- and were so enchanted with his wines we dragged Natural Wine Company proprietor and genius Luke Anable over and made them shake hands and talk- you know, when we could shake hands?

Anyhow, what better thing to do, we thought, than take advantage of the new way we conduct wine tastings so we could drag William all the way to his living room, or his winery, or wherever he’ll be when he joins us remotely to talk about his wine.  Likewise with OVUM winemakers John House and Ksenija Kostic House, and, with any luck, one of the Stolpman team.  All delicious and interesting wines- two whites, a (technically) orange, and a red.

The tasting will take place at 2:00 this Saturday, and the zoom meeting number will be posted here Thursday, along with the password, which will follow on Saturday morning.  It’s $12.50 plus tax and tip, and promises to be both enlightening and delicious.  Come join us.  From your living room, or your winery.

The zoom meeting number for the tasting is 966 4922 8775, and The password is 296586.

Critical acclaim

2018 Two Shepherds “Windmill Vineyards” Vermentino, Yolo County

2018 Two Shepherds “Fanucchi Vineyard” skin fermented Trousseau Gris, Russian River Valley

2018 Ovum “Gerber Vineyard” Gewürztraminer, Rogue Valley

2019 Combe “Stolpman Vineyards” Trousseau, Ballard Canyon


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