December’s Offerings

All Vinguard Selections are made without synthetics, with native fermentations, and with no additives save for a low SO2 addition. They come from small artisan growers and were made in small quantities.

 

The Vinguard strongly believes in giving back. Every month we will donate 5% of our net proceeds to a humanitarian or environmental organization that has a proven track record of meeting these needs.

December: Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

Sparkling

2012 Vignobles des 2 Lunes Comète ($22)

Alsace, France
Pinot Auxerrois

 

Bright but at the same time creamy, with honeysuckle, lemon and tangerine, and a long, silky finish. Delicious holiday bubbly.

2015 Johan Pétillant Naturel ($25)

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Noir

 

Fresh with piquant, austere lemon and raspberries that leaves a long, juicy finish.

NV Richou Les D En Bulles Methode Ancestral ($23)

Anjou, Loire Valley, France
Chardonnay (70%), Chenin Blanc (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%)

 

Floral, mineral and green apple aromas with crisp, vivacious fruit.

White

2015 Cooper Mountain Old Vine Pinot Gris ($19)

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Gris

 

Medium bodied with white flowers, toasted almonds and soft stone fruit, this Pinot Gris has complexity that belies its price.

2016 Domaine de Saint Pierre Savagnin Autrement ($45)

Jura, France
Savagnin

 

Mineral-driven and smoky with apples, citrus, vanilla and hazelnuts, it is fresh and clean but at the same time rich. Give it a few hours to open up and don’t serve it too cold … a mild chill is fine.

2015 Eyrie Chardonnay Original Vines ($58)

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Chardonnay

 

The big attraction for me of this wine is not what it is now but what it will turn into over time. The components are all there: acidity, zesty fruit and traces of oak. If you drink it now, decant. If you like white Burgundy, this is an American Chardonnay to try and it makes a great gift.

2015 Justice Grace Vineyards Semillon ($25)

Randall Hills Vineyards, Yorkville Highland, Mendocino, California
Semillon (98%), Roussanne (2%)

 

Effusively aromatic with lemon, bergamot and fresh oregano, screeching acidity and a long, mouth-watering finish.

2016 Hermit Ram Skin Ferment Sauvignon Blanc ($20)

North Canterbury, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc

 

Textured but not astringent with mango and citrus on the palate, and a long fruit tea-like finish.

Red

2014 Quinto do Montalto Encostas d’Aire de Ourem ($19)

DOC Encostas D’Aire – Medieval de Ourém, Lisboa, Portugal
Fernao Pires (80%), Trincadeira (20%)

 

A blend of red and white grapes vinified in an extremely unusual, medieval technique where the red grapes are added to the fermenting white juice. Slightly toasty with rose petals, white pepper, nutmeg, and cola, it has alluring aromatics with spiced red fruit, superb length and a fair bit of tannin.

2014 Purity Syrah, Demetria Vineyard ($20)

Santa Ynez Valley, California
Syrah

 

Peppery with blue and black fruits, floral overtones and a clean, refreshing finish.

2016 Michel Guignier Les Amethyste Morgon, La Roche Pilée ($26)

Beaujolais, France
Gamay

 

Captivating aromas of cassis and fresh blackberries with a hint of black pepper, mineral undercurrents, moderately gripping tannins, bright acidity and a long, juicy finish.

2014 Domaine Dupuy de Lôme Bandol ($29)

Provence, France
Mourvedre (90%), Grenache (10%)

 

This is a classic Bandol, to the T. It’s earthy and a little leathery with chewy black fruits. Pure and terroir driven. Decant before drinking. Delicious.

2014 Haden Fig Pinot Noir, Cancilla Vineyard ($30)

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Noir

 

Elegant with cola, spice, rhubarb, red berries and bright acidity, this is a very charming wine that reminds me of some German and Loire Valley Pinot Noirs but with more fruit and body.

2014 Harrington Nebbiolo, Luna Matta & Pelletiere Vineyards ($35)

Paso Robles, California
Nebbiolo

 

With tobacco, tar, cloves, black and red fruits, and gripping tannins, it could be mistaken for Barolo.

2014 François Plouzeau Touraine Cabernet Le Rouge des Cornus ($19)

Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Cabernet Franc

 

This wine has a touch of barnyard funk but it’s not overkill. It’s grapey with black and green olives, pepper and hordes of black fruit.

Frequently Asked Quesitons

1) How can I get my wine?

Wine can be picked up at set times from The Vinguard cellar at Storage San Francisco, 435 23rd Street (3rd), in San Francisco.

To set up a time please email orderinfo@thevinguard.com.

 

The Vinguard also ships throughout California and to Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Idaho using GSO. Shipments typically take one to three days though there might be delays during the holidays or hot weather. We make no claim in regard to the rights of non-California residents to receive shipments of wine and/or spirits into their specific county or state. If you are in doubt on this matter, please contact your local governing bureau or agency before ordering. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

Shipping rates reflect what GSO charges us and include handling and packaging.

 

California State residents are subject to San Francisco sales tax, which is currently 8.5%. All wines are sold in California and title passes to the buyer in California. We make no representation as to the rights of anyone to import wine into any state outside California.

 

The buyer is solely responsible for shipment of wines. You will be informed of and must approve the the shipping price before payment for the final purchase is processed and once the order is finalized, you authorize us to act on your behalf to engage GSO or a carrier of your choice to deliver your order to a specified address.

 

Wines may be sold and delivered only to persons who are at least 21 years of age. In placing your order, you represent to us that you are at least 21 years of age, and the person to whom your wine will be delivered is also at least 21 years of age and the person who signs must show proof of age at the time of delivery.

 

Once packages are in transit and need to be re-routed to a different delivery address the buyer is responsible for additional shipping fees.

 

Claims for broken bottles or packages affected by weather must be reported to The Vinguard within 24 hours of receipt.

 

Shipping is available Monday – Friday.

2) What should I do if a bottle is corked or spoiled?

Sometimes wines are corked or spoiled and we don’t expect you to drink them. If you have one that is off, please contact us at orderinfo@thevinguard.com so we can give you a replacement bottle.

3) What if I don’t like the way a wine tastes?

Natural wines can be pretty different from what you might be used to if you don’t drink them often, so be sure to read our tasting notes so you’ll know what to anticipate in the glass. This said, chances are you’ve tasted and enjoyed natural wines without knowing it. Wine is an adventure and you are going to like some more than others. Some natural wines can have reductive or other qualities that some describe as flaws. In moderation, this can make a wine interesting but when the flaws became the dominant character of the wine we agree, it can be unpleasant. If you have a wine that you really don’t enjoy, please return the bottle at least ¾ full and we will be happy to give you a replacement of equal value.

4) Can you help me choose wines for parties or gifts?

Absolutely! There might be wines that would work for your holiday events that we can special order, and even some rare bottlings that you can give as gifts which we may not have announce in a general offer. So please, drop us a line at info@thevinguard.com and tell us what you need. We’d be stoked to help.

 

Contact Us:
Orderinfo@thevinguard.com
(415) 385-1935

5) Do you offer case discounts?

Yes. If you would like to order a case (12 bottles) of wine please email orders@thevinguard.com and let us know which wines you want to order and the quantity.