Field Notes

Oregon Update: Johan's Big Leap Forward
Oregon Update: Johan's Big Leap Forward New limited wines from Oregon's leading Biodynamic vineyard Founded in 2005, the fruit from Johan Vineyards has been used to produce some of the best wines coming out of Oregon's Willamette Valley. With new...
Olivier Cousin: Breaking The Law
Olivier Cousin: Breaking The Law A Loire legend who has stood trial for his methods Olivier Cousin is as uncompromising a natural winemaker as they come, even fighting the French government in a suit a few years ago where he...
DIRECT PRESS July 2021: Italian Mountain Wines
direct press | july 2021 CLIFFHANGERS Italian Mountain Wines The first part of a three-part series on Italy, this month we're focusing on some of the highest-altitude regions — not just in Italy, but in all of Europe. Above: Elisabetta...
Finding You The Best Wines Under $22
Finding You The Best Wines Under $22   Emmanuel, Laurie, and the late Stephanie Caslot of Domaine de la Chevalerie in Bourgueil make one of my favorite wines under $20, a Cabernet Franc called "Diptyque." The tariffs of the past...
Beyond Albariño: The Remarkable Wines of Manuel Moldes
Beyond Albariño: The Remarkable Wines of Manuel Moldes Galician wines that do justice to the lush beauty of "Green Spain"  Manuel "Chico" Moldes (above) is embracing the challenges of Galicia's climate to make wines full of tension and excitement. They...
Bichi Is Back!
Bichi Is Back! Limited, as always, and possibly better than ever. If there's any wine we get asked about year-round but only have for a few weeks, it's Bichi, an exciting project of Mexican wines led by Noel Téllez (pictured...
DIRECT PRESS June 2021: Greece Is The Word
DIRECT PRESS | JUNE 2021 YOUR MONTHLY WINES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP JUNE 1ST.  Not a member yet? Join today! View Previous Months' Selections Brooklyn Delivery: we will deliver Wednesday (6/2).   Manhattan / Queens Delivery: we will deliver on Thursday (6/3).  Free local delivery: we...
SUENEN: The Champagne We All Need Now
Aurelien Suenen left a career in basketball to take over his family's Champagne estate, which he has taken in exciting directions. It doesn't hurt to have neighbors and mentors like Pascal Agrapart and Anselme Selosse. "Champagne in victory and defeat"...
ERDE: Kirk Sutherland's Delicious Oregon Project
ERDE: Kirk Sutherland's Delicious Oregon Project New wines from our new team member! Kirk Sutherland, former beverage director of Roberta's & Blanca, turned a one-off exclusive wine for Roberta's into his own full-fledged project, called Erde.   It's not often...
Triumphs of Terroir: Clos Saron, Frenchtown Farms and La Onda
Gideon Bienstock (above), Dani Rozman, and Cara and Aaron Mockrish bottle wines from one of California's most isolated appellations, called Oregon House. If this wild appellation is known for anything, it's for making wines that age for decades, though the wines are distinctive...
Sensational Skin Contact Jura Savagnin from Domaine De La Loue
  Catherine Hannoun of Domaine de la Loue had a successful career in film. Working on the documentary Mondovino led her to working with the revered Emannuel Houillon of Maison Pierre Overnoy fame. She started with her own vines in 2009. For...
Holger Koch: Undersung Brilliance In Baden
If the idea of Pinot Noir from Baden seems familiar, it's probably because we have spared few words when announcing the arrival of each vintage of Wasenhaus, who on their third release is fast becoming one of our favorite producers....
Brianne Day: Join us on April 15th for a Virtual Tasting with the Winemaker.
2020 was a year like no other (we all know this), but the year was especially difficult for wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. First sucker-punched by the pandemic, many small producers had to completely change their business models to adapt...
Domaine Credoz: A Jura Gem Is Uncovered
Jean-Claude and Annie Credoz make wines in the legendary Chateau-Chalon village of the Jura region. They were happy to sell the bulk of their wines in France until recently, when they arrived in the U.S. for the first time. An undiscovered gem in...