Part 2: Steiermark, Franz & Christine Strohmeier

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Franz Strohmeier is among the most incredible artisan growers in the world. Not many growers go so far as to experiment with unpruned vines and have created such a rich and diverse micro diversity in their soil. Franz is extreme in his practices of fostering a diverse life of insects, small animals, and other organisms even in the world […]

Part 1: Steiermark, Sepp & Maria Muster

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After many years of making the annual trip to France, the J&F team (plus a few industry colleagues) traveled to new territory in Central Europe this Spring to explore vineyards in Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A few years ago, natural wine producers from this part of the world were largely unknown in the US, […]

Le Cotet and Manu Lassaigne’s Solera Bottle System

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Manu Lassaigne is one of my favorite winemakers of ours to visit. He never fails to impress with his experimental bold style. Every time you sit down with him you learn about a new quirk in the way he makes his wine, that gives you an ever-expanding view into his genius. This year while he […]

It’s always June in Brooklyn.

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As much as the natural wine scene has exploded in the past 10 years in New York, reflecting the culture and passion for this juice in Paris, there are still few bars and restaurants that focus solely on natural wine. June Wine Bar, which opened in January of this year, is one of the few […]

New York City Restaurants and Wine Bars Focused on Natural Wines

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Natural wine has come a long way in New York City since the days when we started this company 15 years ago.  When Jenny and François first toured around the city with a suitcase full of wine talking about indigenous yeasts most sommeliers looked at them like they were insane. These days every distributor sales […]

Fermented Grapes: A Prospect Heights Wine Haven

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In the fall of 2004 long-time couple Debbie Summer and Jan McGill opened Fermented Grapes, a neighborhood wine shop where they would sell wines which were true to their grape variety and terroir – wines with character. Brooklyn residents for over 25 years, Debbie & Jan say Prospect Heights was a neighborhood that initially brought […]

Little Places, Big Dreams: LIC Market

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We fell in love with this little restaurant in Long Island City and thought you might too. Owner/chef Alex Schindler and his wife Lisa DiClerico opened the neighborhood restaurant LIC Market in 2010, focusing on fresh ingredients and natural wine. Born and raised in Queens, Alex worked in many restaurants, and was an Executive Chef […]

Reasons Manu Lassaigne is our Hero- #3

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We are continuing our series to take a look at one of our favorite winemakers, Emmanuel Lassaigne. Manu is a rare breed: someone who works very instinctively and puts all his powers of creativity into action, seemingly without fear of failure or concern for what the market wants. He makes the Champagnes he wants to […]

Reasons Manu Lassaigne is our Hero- #2

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We are continuing our series to take a look at one of our favorite winemakers, Emmanuel Lassaigne. Manu is a rare breed: someone who works very instinctively and puts all his powers of creativity into action, seemingly without fear of failure or concern for what the market wants. He makes the Champagnes he wants to […]

Back to the Heart of It: Montebruno Wine Co.

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There are moments of working in the NYC wine industry when we can feel disconnected from the wine we are working with. There is something about rolling a wine bag into the subway and down the crowded streets of the city that feels (and is) so very far away from where it began. This is […]