Non-European Wines: Discover New Favorites

Innovation Meets Tradition

Creative winemakers from Santa Barbara to the Barossa Valley are determined to showcase what their countries have to offer. You’ll find Chardonnay from South Africa that can hold its own in any line-up, terroir-focused blends from Chile that make you reconsider what you thought you knew about South American reds, and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Finger Lakes that begs you to shop local. Get out there and explore.

Aslina, Chardonnay $19.96

Ntsiki Biyela was the first black female winemaker in South Africa, and over the years she’s become a superstar. Her Chardonnay is top-notch with an old world, Burgundian vibe. Notes of pear, citrus, wet stone, and a hint of oak. It’s a prime example of the excellent wine coming out of South Africa these days. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Heart & Hands Dry Riesling $24.96

Sharp, focused Riesling from a small producer in the Finger Lakes. It is dry, but bursting with glowing flavors of lemon rind and white peach. This wine is a hidden gem. – Teddy Daly, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Arnot-Roberts, Watson Ranch Chardonnay, Napa $44.96

This is certainly not the California Chardonnay of yore. Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Chardonnay offers a refined and structured expression with peaches, lemon, white flowers, and lovely minerality. It’s a bottle to enjoy now, and also to age for the future. – Vince Grace, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Punt Road “Airlie Bank” Pinot Gris $19.96

Maybe you have had your fill of rosé for the year but aren’t quite ready to switch to hearty reds. Give this skin contact Pinot Gris a swirl and a sip (or several). It offers great weight and texture without the fruitiness of pink wines during the transition to cold weather. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Two Shepherds, Grenache Blanc $29.96

This beautiful Grenache Blanc tastes like clean, juicy, yellow plums. It smells lightly floral, like summer shade on hot afternoons. It’s the perfect pair for kale, anchovies, and croutons on a warm September evening. Or, enjoy this wine bundled up in the corner of your couch reading Eve Babitz. – Heather Gordon, Sales Manager

Mission, La Casa Vieja $29.96

Baja California might not be on everyone’s radar, but where else can you find 120 year old, ungrafted Mission vines being made into great natural wine? The Casa Vieja is crushable but complex, with waxy, gummy, cherry fruit mingling with spicy earth and musk – Jon Miner, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Tim Smith, Mataro $34.96

Transitioning from rockstar roadie to rockstar winemaker, Tim Smith sources his Mataro from Barossa and Eden Valley to make a plush yet brooding wine with dark fruit character that’s backed by tobacco smoke and black pepper spice. – Jose Banegas, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Moorooduc Estate, Estate Pinot Noir $31.99

An elegant, fresh, and balanced Pinot Noir with great structure and character. Delicious notes of dark cherries, cranberries, and clove spice make this medium-bodied Aussie a perfect partner for grilled Middle Eastern dishes or Thanksgiving dinner. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Sandhi, ‘Sta. Rita Hills’ Pinot Noir $34.96

When it comes to California Pinot all anyone wants to talk about is Sonoma & Napa. Look towards Santa Barbara instead. It’s very difficult to find old world elegance in southern California but Sandhi has it in spades. – Sam Davies, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Clos des Fous, “Grillos Cantores” Cabernet Sauvignon $18.96

A very well-balanced new world wine. Black fruit flavors are complemented by those brought about by oak aging, such as tobacco and chocolate. A complete wine. – Andrea Fraccari, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Bodega Chacra “Cincuenta y Cinco” Pinot Noir $49.96

While Malbec is the most widely planted grape in Argentina, Bodega Chacra in Patagonia focuses on producing a high quality Pinot Noir. This light and juicy Pinot Noir offers aromas of sour cherries, strawberries and lavender. It pairs nicely with steak tartare, chorizo, or empanadas of any kind with salsa verde. – Davit Kirtadze, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Eminence Road “Elizabeth’s Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon $21.96

If purity of fruit rates high when it comes to your preferred flavor profile, then Eminence Road wines will not disappoint. The clarity of this Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates everything I want from the grape and nothing I don’t. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Vinca Minor, Field Blend Red, Mendocino $22.99

Ain’t no fall wine like a light-bodied red wine, cause a light-bodied red wine don’t stop! It’s true. The electric red fruit intertwined with leafy herbs in this field blend will be sure to convince you. – Heather Gordon, Sales Manager

Craven Wines, Cinsault $34.96

A stunning red that demonstrates Craven’s hands-off approach. From a dryland bush vine block of granite and sand soils, the grapes are harvested early to highlight Cinsault’s freshness. Concentrated yet pleasantly light, this wine strikes a nice balance. – Teddy Daly, Wine & Spirits Consultant