Spotlight: Danilo Thomain’s ’Enfer D’Arvier’

Spotlight: Danilo Thomain’s ’Enfer D’Arvier’ 

The devil is here!

The beauty of the Italian Alps is on full display with Danilo Thomain’s ’Enfer D’Arvier.’ Almost entirely Petit Rouge grown at altitude in the diminutive Valle d’Aosta region. The shape of this “bowl” of vineyards effectively concentrates the heat of the sun, thus giving birth to the “hell of Arvier” moniker. Danilo Thomain is the only independent vigneron working this tiny appellation only five hectares in size. The Thomain family works one hectare of vineyards here in the shadow of Mont Blanc.

Hypnotically aromatic. Deeply pitched and rustic while simultaneously crunchy, spicy and animated. Stop by and grab a bottle. This allocated release won’t be here for long...


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Staff Picks | Skye

Skye’s picks for the holidays!

Peay 2016 ‘La Bruma’ Syrah and Celler de Les Aus 2017 ‘Bruant’ Cava

Peay Vineyards 2016 La Bruma Estate Syrah
Peay produces some of the most delicate and layered wines made in California today. Their Syrah is no exception. Quiet at first, but with a bit of air, this Syrah is perfumed and spicy, complementing any dish you will enjoy over the holidays without being overpowering. Named after the fog that cools the vineyards during the nights and early mornings at this incredible vineyard just 4 miles from the coast.

Celler de Les Aus 2017 ‘Bruant’ is a remarkable example of exceptional and adventurous winemaking thriving in a region known for mass produced, process driven wine. Terroir driven, organically grown and no sulfites added. The Bruant is Nutty and Rich, it's complexity and balance rivaling even Champagne. 1 Mile from the Ocean, a true Mediterranean masterpiece.

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Staff Picks | Jenny

Jenny has just the juice for your Thanksgiving feast!

Horiot NV ‘Metisse’ Champagne Brut Nature and Pierre Cotton 2018 Régnié Cru Beaujolais.

I always love to drink Champagne during Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving. Horiot’s ‘Metisse’ is a unique combo of Pinot Noir + Pinot Blanc. It has the perfect amount of gravitas from the old vine Pinot Noir and extended lees aging, and the bright finish offers robustness. It shows richness yet light enough to pair with lighter Thanksgiving fare.
I love love love Pierre Cotton and was fortunate enough to visit him this fall. His Régnié shows a sense of place and terroir and has just the right amount of funk to create a complex Beauj. It’s supple but lively, with bright raspberry flavors and a spicy note that makes it distinctive and hold up to thanksgiving fare.

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Staff Picks | José

José has just the wines for everyone’s holiday feast!

José recommends the 2018 ‘Moussamoussettes’ Pet Nat Rosé from Agnes and René Mosse in Anjou and Domaine des Rouges-Queues 2017 Maranges ‘Vigne Blanche’ from the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy.

Moussamoussettes is a happy wine, a wine that makes it easy to drink the whole bottle. A captivating sparkling rosé made from a blend of Grolleau Gris and Gamay, this wine is gently sparkling with framboise, cherry and rhubarb; it is fresh and lively in the mouth, and is perfect for Thanksgiving.
Maranges was formerly a source of blending wine for Côtes du Beaune Village wines. Granted AOC status in 1988, Maranges now produces affordable Burgundy of great character. Domaine des Rouges-Queues is a biodynamic producer that makes honest wines with finesse, transparency, and freshness. The Maranges Vignes Blanches exudes ripe cherry, five spice, earthiness, and a long, mineral finish. Perfect company for the Thanksgiving table.

At Vino Carta, there are over 600 wines to choose from and helpful, knowledgeable staff ready to assist in finding your best holiday wine provisions.

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PRESS: Wine Enthusiast

We are so honored to be mentioned in Wine Enthusiast magazine's article "How San Diego Became a Natural Wine Haven"! Here's a snippet, to read the full article CLICK HERE.

The Natural Wine Scene in San Diego
Beer is what led to natural wine in Little Italy, an urban neighborhood north of downtown San Diego, and home to many of the city’s top restaurants and bars. This is where Brian Jensen started Bottlecraft Beer in 2011. One of the first in the craft brew scene to combine a bottle shop with a taproom, the small chain now features seven locations across Southern California, with more said to be on the way.
Jensen, born in Southern California and a veteran of New York City restaurants, moved the original Bottlecraft up a block in 2014, partly because he thought the building was slated to be torn down. But the new landlord simply remodeled, so Jensen teamed with wine sales veteran Patrick Ballow to open Vino Carta.
The shop combines the Bottlecraft idea with traditional and natural wines. There are more than 500 wines for sale in the back of the shop, while the front is a popular wine bar with rotating by-the-glass selections from Slovenia to Sicily, weekly educational tastings and frequent DJs that spin until late.
“Down here, we struggle with selling Chardonnay,” says Ballow. “People want more Grüner Veltliner.” He appreciates that beer lovers are open to less traditional wines. “They see the parallels with the esthers that natural fermentation pushes. Beer being the dominant force in San Diego has helped wine find its way.”
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Spotlight | Denavolo Catavlela Orange Wine

Catavela is back!

Perched precariously on top of the far western foothills of Emilia-Romagna, the limestone rich vineyards of Denavolo offer magical expressions of native variety, skin contact wines. CATAVLELA is composed of Malvasia Candia, Ortugo, Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne. Left on the skins for two months, it is textural, stony and full of wild aromatics and citrus pith flavors. One of our favorite orange wines in the shop, it’s engagement is all too brief.
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Spotlight | The Smockshop Band 2018 Rosé

Sumptuous + soulful Rosé from the banks of the Columbia River.

Hiyu Wine Farm produces spiritual WA wines that strike a balance between inventive approach and adaptive winemaking. The Smockshop Band 2018 Rosé combines Grenache and Zinfandel to fashion a deeply hued Rosé redolent of spiced wild berries and loaded with peppery, orange peel and crunchy berry flavors.
Unique in profile, it captures the refreshing figure of lighter colored styles while offering an expansive palate easily paired with hearty fare. 
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Vino Carta Turns 2!

Our 2ND Anniversary Party is Saturday, May 26th! Mark your calendar!

Two years ago we opened the doors with the hope of bringing some damn good juice to our friends and neighbors in Little Italy and beyond. It's been a blast so far, but the best is yet to come. Thank you for TWO great years!
Please come help us celebrate with music, vibes, great food and of course some good juice.

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Scribe Party: San Diego Spring Release!

Fresh off the heels of their spring release, we invite you to a tasting showcasing the high quality craft that is Scribe. The ticket includes a tasting of 5 wines for $20. This is a drop in tasting. The wines will be available to taste from 5:30 to 9:30. The featured wines will also be available by the glass all evening. 

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Lucy Margaux Red Wine
“Anton van Klapper is one of the stars of the Australian natural wine movement and this is an opportunity to taste an amazing wine that is a little atypical from varietal expectation. The Lucy Margaux wines are named after van Klapp’s daughter who also draws the artwork adorning the homemade paper label. This 100% merlot, organically farmed wine from the Adelaide Hills is raw, rustic, and juicy. Like all of the Lucy Margaux wines there are no additives, and no sulphur added at bottling. Real. Natural. Wine.”

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