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  • Welcome Suelo Farmers!

    March 26th, 2015

    Suelo Farmers: Eric Prahl (left), Matt Osgood and their wifes For our second California winery we are returning to Northern California with the addition of Suelo Farmers, Suelo is a new project from Eric Prahl and Matt Osgood. These names might not be familiar to you now but keep both in […]

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  • Raphael Bartucci, Bugey Cerdon Raphael Bartucci in front of the Caves Augé in Paris, with some of the top winemakers from Alsace, Jura and Savoie When I first moved to the United States, there was a lot of Brut Champagne, California sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, cava, […]

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  • Biodynamic Alsace Wine Pioneer Jean Pierre Frick (Domaine Pierre Frick) in Pfaffenheim, Southern Alsace Jean-Pierre Frick   I waited a long time before bringing in a producer from Alsace. In the past, the region has not excited me as much as other parts of France. But, when the opportunity to […]

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  • Montlouis’ New Wave

    May 1st, 2014

    Montlouis’ New Wave Lise et Bertrand Jousset, Montlouis-sur-Loire     Every time I see Bertrand and Lise Jousset, I am reminded of how happy I am to have them as part of the Return to Terroir family. Not only are the wines getting better with each vintage but also their integrity as vignerons […]

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  • Alexandre Bain

    April 25th, 2014

    Alexandre Bain Pouilly Fumé Alexandre (left) during our Caravan to France 2014 Pouilly-Fumé may now live in Sancerre’s shadow, but it has equal potential. Native, Alexandre Bain, knows this to be true and has been going to great pains since  2007, when he started his domaine, to makes wines that could […]

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  • Charles Dufour Champagne (Grower Producer) Charles Dufour is a young vigneron who not only works organically but also uses natural yeast, a difficult task in sparkling wine production.   Most of Dufour’s Pinot Blanc goes into blend “Bulles de Comptoir”. In 2011, he siphoned some off to make “Le Champ […]

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  • Pacalet 2011s Have Arrived!  Philippe Pacalet, Beaune Philippe and Monica will be pouring their wines to our California customers: March 4-12   The old adage that great producers make good wines even in tough times is true everywhere, but nowhere as much as Burgundy. Coming off the 2010 vintage, which […]

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  • Terroirs of Oregon Vincent Wine Company in Portland, OR        Vincent and Jennifer Fritzsche   It seems as if a new wave of producers is rising in Oregon, those who like many young vignerons elsewhere are putting the environment first and using a lighter touch in the winery. […]

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  • Our First California Winery ! AmByth Estate in Templeton, CA (biodynamic, dry farmed) AmByth wines are certified byodynamic (Demeter)    Return to Terroir is happy to announce that we have picked up our first California winery, AmByth Estate from Paso Robles. Since starting the company in 2009, RTT has focused […]

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  • Introducing the Vallée de l’Agly France Crispeels, Vignobles Reveille (Roussillon) France Crispeels   When you think of the Catalan coast, Spain probably comes to mind, but on the other side of the border in France, some of the most exciting wines from either country are being made. The Roussillon has long […]

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  • Minimal Intervention in Bordeaux David Barrault , Chateau Tire Pé (Bordeaux)   Bordeaux may have more historical acclaim than any other region yet it also seems slowest to change. The ‘garagistes’ of the ’90′s and early ’00′s made people think about the region in a different light but not necessarily one that […]

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  • Redefining Lambrusco Roberto Maestri, Quarticello (Emilia Romagna) Emilia-Romagna is a very special area to me. It is the land of my mother’s birth and while I grew up in France, most  of my childhood summer vacations were spent here, in her house located in the Apennini 30 minutes south of […]

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  • A Woman Winemaker Growing Organic Grapes in Barbaresco !   After her kindergarten teacher decided she was too disruptive to remain in class, Marina Marcarino’s grandmother was tasked with the job of making sure Piedmont’s youngest juvenile delinquent stayed in line. When children are misbehaving, we often punish them with […]

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  •   Natural Provence Rosé Jean-Christophe Comor (Les Terres Promises), Coteaux Varois en Provence   After a long career as a political advisor, teacher and author, Jean-Christophe Comor had enough, moved to Provence and embarked a new journey that nearly all French, no matter what their political beliefs, can appreciate…wine making. That […]

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  • Natural wines are very popular in Denmark, and the use of SO2 in the vinification have become very controversial among certain groups of winos. In my view this hysteria have given us a lot of very poor so called natural wines – many of them are heavily oxidized and almost […]

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Raphael Knapp, Raphael@ReturntoTerroir.com, (415) 297-9673 Return to Terroir to Host Trade Tasting, May 14 at Bar Tartine Skype Interviews with producers in Italy and France Planned Throughout Event WHO: Return to Terroir, Philippe Pacalet in Burgundy, Maria Marcarino of Punset in Barbaresco, Eric Bonnet of La Bastide […]

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  •   Terroir(s) of Southern Rhone! Eric Bonnet (Bastide Saint Dominique), Chateauneuf du Pape & Cotes du Rhone       Eric Bonnet     We did not waste a second in 2009 when we heard La Bastide Saint-Dominique lost its California importer. Having flown under the radar for several years, it is […]

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  •   Cult Burgundy Natural Winemaker Philippe Pacalet, Beaune     “We work without sulphites in vinification, no added yeasts and with whole grapes. This means we need grapes that are at their top, and for that we need a good job in the vineyards so we are able to succeed in […]

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  • The Nature of Natural Wine Italy – 20 May 13 – Patricia Nelson It is difficult to utter the words natural wine without sparking a heated debate. The term polarizes people. The definition conjures confusion. Consumers seem destined to either love or hate it. Much of the conflict is based […]

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  • Bertrand Jousset

    March 12th, 2013

    Bertrand Jousset, Montlouis, France Until recently, Montlouis was considered not much more than Vouvray’s sidekick. As interest in the wines from the Loire Valley has exploded over the last decade, there’s been a shift and this appellation has come into its own. Located in Touraine on the left bank of […]

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  • Sebastien Riffault Natural Winemaker in Sancerre    Sebastien Riffault   You are almost as likely to find someone ordering a ‘glass of Sancerre’ these days as you are to hear someone ask for Chardonnay. One of the first AOC’s created in 1936, Sancerre has been revered for its Sauvignon Blanc throughout […]

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  •   Vintage Champagne, Montlouis Petnat & more… New Container just arrived!          The new year is bringing new producers, additional wines and fresh vintages from Return to Terroir. We will be sure to introduce our new growers from Italy and France when they come ashore in March […]

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  • A New Star in Savennieres!

    December 12th, 2012

      A New Star in Savennieres! Clement Baraut, Savennieres, Central Loire Valley       Clement Baraut      As usual, when I go to Paris, I make the rounds at the natural wine shops to see what’s new. On a recent trip, I found Clément Baraut’s Savennières on the shelf, grabbed some […]

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  • Micro Burgundy Cuvées!

    December 5th, 2012

      Micro Burgundy Cuvées! Chantal and Yvon Contat-Grangé, Dezize-lès-Maranges, Burgundy       Chantal and Yvon     The homepage of Domaine Contat Grangé’s website proudly states, “We are based in Burgundy since 1981. No generation has gone before us, and probably none will follow us!” What an introductory statement […]

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  • Our First Northern Rhone!

    November 21st, 2012

      Our First Northern Rhone! Laurent Habrard, Gervans, Saint Joseph & Croze Hermitage       Laurent Habrard     Natural winemakers believe that truly terroir-driven wines are those that take the circumstances they are given by nature – soil composition, sun exposure, microclimate, vintage characteristics, etc – and simply allow […]

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  • Off the beaten path Burgundy!

    October 16th, 2012

      Off the beaten path Burgundy! Denis Carré, Hautes Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy     Denis Carré and his daughter Gaétane     The RN74 is not just a very famous San Francisco restaurant but also the main train route that runs through Burgundy. Burgundy fans who take this now […]

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  •   Grand Cru Champagne from Cote des Blancs! Andre Robert, Champagne    The Robert family      In 2010, I spent a few days in Champagne with a two-fold mission: to find a good value Champagne (from any sub region) that we could offer for $40 retail and also a higher-end wine of extraordinary […]

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  •   Prodigy Natural Winemaker from Gaillac! Damien Bonnet, Gaillac, South West France    Damien Bonnet    Once again, we are heading to the South West of France. Near the “pink city” of Toulouse and in the heart of one of France’s oldest and most exciting wine regions: Gaillac.   Situated in the Midi […]

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  • Queen of Negrette!

    September 25th, 2012

      Queen of Negrette! Katia Garouste, Fronton, South West France    Katia Garouste      Raphael discovered Chateau Flotis in 2009 while tasting through the South West, one of his favorite wine regions in France. After an hour tasting at nearby Chateau Le Roc, he realized that his research was incomplete when owner Frederic Ribes […]

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  • Biodynamic Cahors

    September 18th, 2012

      Biodynamic Cahors Fabien Jouves, Cahors, South West France   Fabien will be in LA on September 4-5 and SF on September 6-7 Please contact your sales rep to schedule an appointment to taste his wines while he is in town.     Fabien Jouves is the mastermind of the wine […]

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