Graham Tatomer is a towering giant in his very small corner of California winedom: dry Austrian style whites.
"There are three kinds of winemaking genius. First, the classicists . . . Then, the innovators . . . The third group are those rare geniuses who act upon intuition. One cannot classify their wines; they are simply inimitable, because those wines have somehow encrypted in their tasting profile the unique combination of their terroir's message, along with the personality of their creator. Intuitive geniuses are transmitters of feelings and visions. Raúl Pérez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius." Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Decanter
As serious as they are about farming and wine making the wines are all about fun and celebration. As traditionally Piemonte as anything out there but on the light hearted fun side of this very serious wine making region (Uhm...Barolo). Whether it's the white or red bubbly, each wine has the lifted aromatics and persistent minerality the region is famous for.
In a basement, somewhere in Orinda, California, two close friends are crafting some of California's most exciting natural wines. With Les Lunes and Populis, Diego and Shaunt have shown what you can achieve when you combine talent and technical expertise with a die-hard commitment to non-intervention: honest, terroir-driven, natural wines available at an affordable price.
Among the many great winemakers from Burgundy who have landed on the West Coast, the most exciting of all might be the most recent arrival: Etienne de Montille. His wines are sought after by all those who love burgundy, especially fellow winemakers.
Catharina Sadde was not originally planning to become a winemaker. She was studying gastronomy while working in restaurants in her native Dresden, Germany when she got bit by the wine bug.