Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

My favorite wine source

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 11:27 am in Uncategorized.

Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about where I buy wine. Well, everywhere. I’m a big proponent of local merchants and depending on what I need, I go see one of my peeps.

Iberian wines? Kevin at The Spanish Table in Berkeley. Fun bottles under $20? Rod at Wine Thieves in Lafayette or Peter at Vintage Berkeley in North Berkeley. Italian? John at Prima in Walnut Creek.

But where I truly spoil myself is with Garagiste. Based out of Seattle, it’s a wine retail emporium dedicated to limited production, rare and hard-to-find wines. In fact, Garagiste is the only retailer in the United States to be a Wine Enthusiast National Retailer of the Year finalist in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The daily e-blasts from Niki have become highlights of my week. Her new discoveries read like poems. I’ve scored Australia’s most highly-rated Shiraz and rare wines from Corsica.

Every once in a while, they offer artisan foods as well. I’m currently awaiting fresh, recently jarred pasta sauce from Tuscany, and almonds from Sicily, which are grown in 300,000 year old, volcanic rich soil.

I’m anxiously awaiting what I’ve been promised is a flavor profile that, much like wine, has a beginning, middle and end. Check out Garagiste. But don’t blame me if you get addicted.

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  • Rusty Purcell

    If you are a novice and want a simple, one hour “Novice to Know-it-All” wine book, just “google” Crib Notes for Wine!

    With over 200 phonetic pronunciations, this wine book is unlike any “introductory” wine book on the market.

    With only 37 pages of text, this visually designed format uses easy-to-read charts to identify wine regions, grapes and wines from around the world.

    A great shopping guide and reference for novices and enthusiasts. Crib Notes has been used as a supplement to introductory wine and sommelier courses.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Thanks Rusty!