Welcome to the scholium project

It is an amazing time: we have survived two years in the plague, made wine for two yeaers in a parking lot, and bottled 3 vintages of Los Angeles wines. We have just moved into a new winery, are beginning our fourth harvest in the city--

and soon, you will be able to visit us.



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Wine






The 2021 Wines of the Los Angeles River Wine Company

Our third vintage. So exciting, and so much new: 

This year, we harvested fruit from seven old-vine vineyards in Southern California, all of them planted on their own roots before 1918. We discovered one new vineyard of crucial importance, and gained access to three more grape sources from vineyards we had known about before but had not been able to work with. The result of this is five new wines this year!

The drought was hard on all of our vineyards and yields were down everywhere. We made only a quarter as much Lone Wolf in 2021 compared to 2022, and about half as much Maglite. On the other hand, there are three really good things to report: as much as the pandemic presented difficulties to all of us, there was not the same ever-present sense of uncertainty and dread as there was in 2020. You can feel this in the wines: they are much lighter and more joyous this year. No joke. And there was no weeks-long heatwave. We made wine in beautiful warm weather, not in opppressive 100-degree heat. And lastly, we were joined by many more colleagues this year and the tribe of serious Los Angeles winemakers is growing.

The End of the Vintage: a Final Release 20% off on a selection of our remaining 2021 wines - the scholium project

The End of the Vintage: a Final Release
20% off on a selection of our remaining 2021 wines

$300.00 each
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2021 Los Angeles River Wine Company Heart of Sand Maglite Vineyard - the scholium project

2021 Los Angeles River Wine Company Heart of Sand
Maglite Vineyard

$50.00 each
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2021 Los Angeles River Wine Company Heart of Sand Blanc Maglite Vineyard - the scholium project

2021 Los Angeles River Wine Company Heart of Sand Blanc
Maglite Vineyard

$36.00 each
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2021 Los Angeles River Wine Company Lopez Golden Chasselas Lopez Ranch - the scholium project

2021 Los Angeles River Wine Company Lopez Golden Chasselas
Lopez Ranch

$45.00 each
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tastings!

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.

A litte party Saturday May 7 at 5 PM - the scholium project

A litte party
Saturday May 7 at 5 PM

$25.00 each
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The Los Angeles wines of the 2021 harvest The Los Angeles Tasting-- Saturday March 26 7 PM - the scholium project

The Los Angeles wines of the 2021 harvest
The Los Angeles Tasting-- Saturday March 26 7 PM

$25.00 each
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The Los Angeles wines of the 2021 harvest The New York Tasting-- Monday March 14 7 PM - the scholium project

The Los Angeles wines of the 2021 harvest
The New York Tasting-- Monday March 14 7 PM

$50.00 each
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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.

We are now offering the remaining bottles, one by one.

2020 Los Angeles River Wine Company Heart of Sand Maglite Vineyard - the scholium project

2020 Los Angeles River Wine Company Heart of Sand
Maglite Vineyard

$50.00 each
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2020 Los Angeles River Wine Company MEPPP Rancho California - the scholium project

2020 Los Angeles River Wine Company MEPPP
Rancho California

$40.00 each
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2019 FTPC-C kirschenmann ranch - the scholium project

2019 FTPC-C
kirschenmann ranch

$50.00 each
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2020 Los Angeles River Wine Company Raisin City Marian Farms - the scholium project

2020 Los Angeles River Wine Company Raisin City
Marian Farms

$40.00 each
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The Lost Wines of the Scholium Project

These the wines that we made in Napa in 2018 and 2019 while we were consumed with founding the Los Angeles River Wine Company. I did not give the wines the attention that they deserved in 2018 and 2019, and during the pandemic year of 2020, I alternated between forgetting about them and being afraid of them.

I finally tasted the wines in April of 2021 and they are absolutely brilliant, the best two vintages of wine we have ever made. How strange and unexpected.

Please note that there is a 20% discount on all orders of 12 bottles or more-- mix and match or whole cases.


2015 Blowout Rosé A California Sparkling Wine - the scholium project

2015 Blowout Rosé
A California Sparkling Wine

$24.00 each
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The Complete Lost Wines Selection 12 bottles from the 2018 and 2019 Northern Vintages - the scholium project

The Complete Lost Wines Selection
12 bottles from the 2018 and 2019 Northern Vintages

$400.00 each
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2018 PRINCE IN HIS CAVES  - the scholium project

2018 PRINCE IN HIS CAVES

$50.00 each
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2018 1MN  - the scholium project

2018 1MN

$36.00 each
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2018 FTPZ  - the scholium project

2018 FTPZ

$36.00 each
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2018 FTPC  - the scholium project

2018 FTPC

$36.00 each
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2018 LSB  - the scholium project

2018 LSB

$36.00 each
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2018 RHODO  - the scholium project

2018 RHODO

$36.00 each
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2018 THE SYLPHS  - the scholium project

2018 THE SYLPHS

$80.00 each
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2019 PRINCE IN HIS CAVES  - the scholium project

2019 PRINCE IN HIS CAVES

$50.00 each
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2019 1MN  - the scholium project

2019 1MN

$50.00 each
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2019 LSB  - the scholium project

2019 LSB

$36.00 each
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2019 RHODO  - the scholium project

2019 RHODO

$36.00 each
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NV LA GEANTE BLEND #2  - the scholium project

NV LA GEANTE BLEND #2

$28.00 each
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olive oils

We are so honored and excited to offer this oil again this year.
The Tenbrinks planted olives in the field opposite the winery before they built the winery in 2007-- 105 trees, from 7 different cultivars. They had in mind the polyculture of their families in Italy, where the terroir of grape growing always also encouraged the cultivation of olives. I have marveled in the past at the oils of Quintarelli, Cornelissen, Paolo Bea, Occhipinti and Clos Mogador in Priorat. This is the dream of a winemaker in a Mediterranean climate: to be able to offer an oil from an orchard of the same quality as his vineyards.


The harvest this year was very late and very plentiful. We began picking on October 22 and have picked on 3 days already, and anticipate on more pick, from the very spicy Koroneiki olives.

We have always milled the different harvests separately. For the first time ever, we have kept the millings separate and will bottle them separately.

The oil is dense and slightly pearlescent; it has been settled, but is unfined and unfiltered. Its freshness is so powerful right now-- you will want to sip it right away. But it will keep easily for a year or more.

We will offer only 225 bottles of these oils in total.









Méthode Futuriste Sparkling Wines

We have accomplished the daring and difficult Futurist aim of forcing bubbles into still wine. Blowout is all about speed, anticipation, audacity: it is a Sparkling Wine bottled and initially released only months after harvest and fermentation. There was no patience in the making-- or consumption-- of Blowout.

The pure velocity of Blowout does not mean that it is made with any less care or thought than our other wines. Like our best wines, it hails from a single vineyard, one of the most celebrated: Lost Slough in the cool Sacramento River Delta. We harvested Lourreiro, Grüner, and Verdelho in August of 2015, pressed and fermented them together, and then, with all of the speed of Futurism, began bottling the wine in November 2015. 

And then-- the labels stopped sticking to the bottles. We could not figure out a solution; in the face of so much more to do, we gave up. And let the unlabeled wine age.


Now, in 2021, we have tasted the wine again and it is delicious. I designed new labels, ones that stuck this time. We now release the wine again.

2015 Blowout Rosé A California Sparkling Wine - the scholium project

2015 Blowout Rosé
A California Sparkling Wine

$24.00 each
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2015 blowout rosé 3 pack  - the scholium project

2015 blowout rosé 3 pack

$65.00 each
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2015 blowout rosé 6 pack  - the scholium project

2015 blowout rosé 6 pack

$120.00 each
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2015 blowout rosé-- a full case!  - the scholium project

2015 blowout rosé-- a full case!

$216.00 each
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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.








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