Welcome to the scholium project

It is an amazing time: We have established a new home, in a certain sense our first, on the edge of the Los Angeles River.  We are have been nomads for so long-- winemakers working within others' walls; Scythians on trackless steppes, with our world on backs. Now, we have our own abode-- but not in the country, not in the midst of vines. In a corrugated steel cathedral, in the historic grape-growing and winemaking district of a great city. A return, and an amazing new beginning. A rebirth in the city.


Come visit us; see what we do. The tasting room will be open in the Spring, once the permits come through. But you may reach out to us and schedule a tour; get here at the beginning. We will make our space a special home for our friends and supporters. Tastings will all be by appointment; many special activities will be offered: lectures, symposia, guest chefs hosting small dinners. To gain entrance to these events, you must become a member of the winery. You have come to the right place.



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Wine






The 2020 Wines of the Los Angeles River Wine Company

It is so exciting to offer these wines. Our second vintage. A plague vintage. With 115 degree days in the vineyard, on the crushpad, enveloping the fermentations. We worked with such joy and innocence, almost without equipment, but with so much loving collaboration from a community of friends.

When it was not clear that we could complete harvest, I turned to our legion of supporters and asked them to take a chance and purchase and pay for wine, before some of it had even been harvested.  They flocked to us and bought enough wine to allow us to complete everything, and now the fruit is all harvested, the wine has all fermented, and the wines are ready to bottle.

We made 12 wines this year. We are releasing one bottle of each wine to these supporters. One hundred bottles for one hundred allies. We have only enough of all twelve wines to offer twelve more 12-bottle packages. First come.

After this, we offer you two packages: a 12-bottle package of 11 wines, with 2 bottles each of our most plentiful white wine; and a 6 bottle package, with one bottle each of Lone Wolf and the five wines that best represent the other very special vineyards we work with.

You can read about the 6 vineyards that we made wine from, and the 12 wines we made from them, here:

Eleven wines-- Twelve Bottles 1 bottle of each wine except Pet Cemetery - the scholium project

Eleven wines-- Twelve Bottles
1 bottle of each wine except Pet Cemetery

$500.00 each
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The Core 1 bottle each of the 6 core wines - the scholium project

The Core
1 bottle each of the 6 core wines

$260.00 each
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olive oils

For years, we have made a few gallons of superb and super-fresh olive oil from olives planted and dry-farmed by the Tenbrinks around their winery in Suisun Valley. There is something really special about the very dry growing conditions, the careful farming, and the 7 varieties of olives planted by the Tenbrinks.
 

We have decided to focus on freshness in our oil-- on something analogous to the acidity and florality in Riesling. So we harvest early and press the olives right away. The result is an oil  deeply and brightly green in color. There is no bitterness or unripeness. It is truly not like any other oil.

I just brought the last 10 gallons down to Los Angeles from the Tenbrinks. We have a few more bottles to offer.








fragments of the LIbrary of Babel

It is the beginning of December. I have brought two shipments of uncatalogued Library wines from Napa to the winery in LA. We have just finished inventorying them and entering them in our store. Here they are for you. Many of them exist in quantities of one; don't be discouraged if you see sold out bottles.
And we have brought our shipping in house, for more control and expedition. The first shipments will go out at the end of the day on Friday December 4; the weekend orders will go out on Monday December 7; and we will stay current after that.

2013 cena farina vineyards - the scholium project

2013 cena
farina vineyards

$25.00 each
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2015 Blowout Sparking Wine  - the scholium project

2015 Blowout Sparking Wine

$20.00 each
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2013 Pasiphae  - the scholium project

2013 Pasiphae

$25.00 each
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2009 babylon  - the scholium project

2009 babylon

$50.00 each
Sold Out

2012 gardens of babylon  - the scholium project

2012 gardens of babylon

$25.00 each
Sold Out

2011 rhododactylos  - the scholium project

2011 rhododactylos

$25.00 each
Sold Out

2012 VLV bokisch ranches - the scholium project

2012 VLV
bokisch ranches

$25.00 each
Sold Out

2017 la severita di bruto farina vineyards - the scholium project

2017 la severita di bruto
farina vineyards

$25.00 each
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2017 Rhododactylos bechtold ranch - the scholium project

2017 Rhododactylos
bechtold ranch

$25.00 each
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Become an Obligant!

new obz 2 bottle shipment 1

$60.00 each
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new obz 4 bottle shipment 1

$110.00 each
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new obz 6 bottle shipment 1

$150.00 each
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new obz 3 bottle shipment 1

$72.00 each
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tastings!

[I am steadfastly keeping this somewhat out-of-date description on the site. Preserving traces of our exuberant innocence.]

As often as possible, we host you. We pour wines. Rarely ours alone. How can we welcome you without the presence of our friends?

Some tastings are dinners. Some tastings are actually dance parties. Read carefully.