U.S. Reds for Early Fall

Support the West Coast

Modern American producers are constantly pushing the boundaries and striving for wines that reflect place and varietal. You’ll still find robust Sonoma Petite Syrah and elegant Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, but you may be surprised by the lively Graciano coming out of Washington State and fresh-fruited blends from the central coast.

Broc Cellars, Love Red $19.96

This wine is a bold, fruit-forward experience: sour cherry and raspberry, smooth floral notes and a bright acidity. A fresh and easy-to-drink everyday wine. The winemakers practice organic—they use natural fermentation and you won’t find any pesticides in this organic bottle. A great experience! – Andrea Fraccari, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Horse & Plow, “Rancho Rocoso Vineyard” Cabernet Franc $26.96

An oaky yet fresh Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County. This is a richer style of red from grapes grown on volcanic soils. A voluptuous style that will age for years to come. – Lorena Ascencios, Wine Buyer

Donkey & Goat “Gallivanter” Red Blend $24.96

Jared and Tracey Brandt craft some of the finest natural wines in California. Their Gallivanter red, a blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir, is full of bright juicy fruit, blackberries, and black raspberries with a little earthiness and black pepper. Serve slightly chilled with anything grilled. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant

J. Rickards “Brown Barn Vineyard” Petite Sirah $29.96

Petite Sirah is related to the Syrah grape of the Rhone Valley. The “Petite” refers to the small nature of the grapes. There’s nothing small about his wine, however— it’s robust and full-bodied with luscious acidity. A real show-stopper that would be excellent at the table with anything from skirt steak to ribeye. – Lorena Ascencios, Wine Buyer

Pinot Noir “Hughes Hollow”, Bow & Arrow $39.96

This plot of Pinot Noir was forced on Bow & Arrow to gain access to Gamay that they were after, and was haphazardly planted for bulk production. Surprisingly, it is absolutely one of my favorite examples of American Pinot Noir, with cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, and brush. – Vince Grace, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Miúda, Swick $26.96

Joe Swick’s foray into wine came through a local grocery store job in the early 2000s. After having worked harvests all over the world he ventured into making his own line of wines from organically farmed fruit. This is a luscious red wine made from the Graciano grape that is a first domestic bottling for us. It’s full of lively fresh fruit aromas on the palate. – Lorena Ascencios , Wine Buyer

Dirty & Rowdy, Unfamiliar Red $19.96

This bottle of red is a perfect marriage of a few of my favorite grape varieties: Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignane & Zinfandel. This blend of grapes creates a medium body wine with flavors of sour cherries, baking spices, and raspberries. Pair it with steak tartare, french fries, or cheese board. – Davit Kirtadze, Wine & Spirits Consultant