Here at Spare Barrel, we don’t make wine. We seek it out. We search through hundreds of dark musty cellars, dozens of heat-scorched and fog drenched vineyards, and more than a few over-ambitious winemakers to find the real gems. All of our wines are handpicked from unique and delicious vineyards across California and the greater west coast.
The brainchild of a wine nerd, Spare Barrel was started after letting the idea marinate for nearly a decade. Many fantastic wines never see the light of day because they are sold off to mega-wineries and blended in to mass production bottlings’. Instead of letting these wines disappear, I seek them out and bottle them as true expressions of place. Most of what I find are small lots of boutique, high-end producers that simply exceed production targets for wineries.
I don’t just buy anybody’s wine… The wines need to be interesting, they need to be balanced, and they need to be clean. For every wine I put in bottle, I sample countless others. So if you’re bored getting the same wines from the same winery in your club shipments, grab a few bottles and give’em a whirl; I think you’ll be happy you did.
From bold Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to Washington Teroldego and everything in between, we’re always on the lookout for a tasty red. While we consistently have some “fan favorites” around, the real prizes are the oddballs: Southern Oregon Grenache, Santa Barbara Aglianico…. It’s the weird (but delicious) stuff that really gets our motor running.
Oh Chardonnay, we love you. But please, please take a vacation. There’s so much wonderful stuff out there. North Coast Riesling? Check. Iriqouis valley Sauvignon Blanc? Check. Central Coast Albarino? Check. All of these wines are unique, delicious, and deserve your attention. Find out what we have and fill your glass with something new.