We are a small wine shop in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville with a carefully curated selection of fine wines, craft beers & assorted sundries. We taste thousands of wines each year and email our members about the bottles we find remarkable. It’s like having your own personal Sommelier.
We are open to the public but members save 20% off the normal retail price of wine, beer, and food. Membership is $200 a year, and also includes access to private tastings with winemakers, first dibs on tickets to our wine dinners, local vineyard tours, and much more.
What it is: Racy, precise, yet forgiving and fulfilling - this is the beauty of Montsant. Specifically, this is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Cab Sauv, and Syrah, from the oft-overlooked Catalonian region of Montsant.
Why you need it: As soon as we tasted it, Steph looked at me and said, completely deadpan, "DEFCON". I simply nodded and smiled, knowingly. For $15, this is magic. Balm for the Soul. Need I say more?
What it is: A wine you (likely) know and (hopefully) love, the perfect everyday red Burgundy for fall: Thevenot-Le Brun's Hautes Cotes de Nuits.
Why you need it: I've sung the praises of this wine many times in the past, but considering the time of year we're embarking upon, it bears repeating: this is the quintessential inexpensive red Bourgogne to stock up on (which in turn might keep your young cellar Burgs safe from your grubby paws).
What it is: Provence style rosé, made intentionally, from a single vineyard blend of organically grown Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Counoise, and Syrah.
Why you need it: This may be one of the few California wines that I come back to over and over again. I am a true believer in this winery and their sustainable, organic vineyard practices and a winemaking style that emphasizes balance and transparency of terroir. They consistently turn out wines I adore. The 2017 rosé is no exception, produced from a single vineyard and vinted into a delightful wine that can hold its own against many of the best rosé wines of Provence.
What it is: Delicious right bank Bordeaux from the powerhouse estate of the Lussac-Saint-Emilion sub-appelation, at a discount that you just don't see anymore.
Why you need it: I/we all need more great Bordeaux at a great price. This is one of my favorite value-oriented bottles even at its normal price, and it's going on a crazy promo deal. If you dig Bordeaux like I do, then run, don't walk, to the order button down there ↓↓↓. Or you could read my spiel first. Your call.
What it is: Excellent Chardonnay from one of the most consistently delicious producers in the Cote de Beaune.
Why you need it: Combining the powerful fruit of the 2015 vintage with the freshness of 2014, this vintage, though challenging, provides a wine that is an absolute pleasure to drink now, but will continue to improve with age. We were able to secure a special deal for the Guild that brings this wine to members for under $20/btl.
What it is: Dry Furmint from Hungary with pedigree, history, and backstory. It has high ratings from the critics. It’s a darling of sommeliers. It’s organic, biodynamic, hand harvested, naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged in 500-liter Hungarian oak casks.
Why you need it: Story and trendiness notwithstanding, what’s important is that this is delicious, refreshing, mouthwatering white wine with depth and complexity. It drinks like the great white wines of the world.
What it is: 100%Albariño from Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes, the flagship wine from a centuries old producer in Rías Baixas.
Why you need it: This bottle is so much more than Vino Blanco. The classically produced Albariño de Fefiñanes is consistently rated above 90 points and the 2018 vintage is no exception. It has all the things I search for in a white wine: intense aromatics, richness on the mid-palate, and acidity that is racy but not sharp. This particular iteration has the ability to age a few years (if you can hold on to it that long). And at under $17 per bottle, you can afford to enjoy it over and over again.