Welcome to LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

We are so at home in our little winery on the edge of the city. The vineyards are flourishing after the Winter rains. I hope that you can visit and see us in action.

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We have commissioned a small run of Carrhart hoodies and snapback hats to celebrate our wines and work.

Carhartt K121 Logo Hoodie  - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

Carhartt K121 Logo Hoodie

$65.00 each
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New Era Logo Cap  - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

New Era Logo Cap

$32.00 each
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The Wines of the 2023 Harvest of the Los Angeles River Wine Company

It is incredible to grasp that these are the wines of our fifth vintage. We are starting to understand what we are doing and what will lead to the best possible wines-- not just wines of interest, but wines of profound delight.

We began bottling these wines with the lightest and most delicate in early March, and will complete the bottling-- with one profound exception-- in early June.

The Los Angeles Harvest of 2023: the Wonderful Fifth Harvest 12 bottles sold as futures - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

The Los Angeles Harvest of 2023: the Wonderful Fifth Harvest
12 bottles sold as futures

$700.00 each
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2023 HEART OF SAND RED- A FULL CASE Maglite Vineyard - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

2023 HEART OF SAND RED- A FULL CASE
Maglite Vineyard

$900.00 each
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2023 HEART OF SAND RED Maglite Vineyard - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

2023 HEART OF SAND RED
Maglite Vineyard

$100.00 each
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2023 The Los Angeles River Wine Company Lopez Blanc A Blanc de Noir from the Lopez Ranch - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

2023 The Los Angeles River Wine Company Lopez Blanc
A Blanc de Noir from the Lopez Ranch

$36.00 each
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2023 Los Angeles River Wine Company Lopez Rosé Lopez Ranch - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

2023 Los Angeles River Wine Company Lopez Rosé
Lopez Ranch

$50.00 each
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A small library of previous vintage wines








Four Historical Scholium Wines in Large Format Bottles








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.








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.








The Tolenas Collaborative

I am so excited about this collaboration: it marks the real flowering of a relationship begun 15 years ago.

Tolenas is a young, small, winery absolutely flourishing in Suisun Valley, under the direction of Lisa Tenbrink-Howard, daughter of Steve and Linda Tenbrink. Lisa learned to make wine working with me and Steve, in their family winery as I made Scholium and he made small amounts of wine from his own fruit. 

In the beginning, all of the wines flowed from fruit grown by Steve, some from vineyards I had worked with since 2003. Soon Lisa and her husband Cliff purchased land in Suisun and began growing their own fruit.

Both of these wines hail from their own home ranch, planted to Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. The wines were made at Tenbrink under Lisa's direction, using techniques that she had learned from me during the years that I worked with her and her family.

Both wines are serious, deep, dark, and rich. Because of their origin in Suisun, and the farming heritage Lisa inherited from Steve, the wines are reminiscent of the great Babylon wines I made from 2004 to 2017-- and are radically different from the lithe, light, red wines I am making from desert fruit in Los Angeles. It is so wonderful to return to Suisun and resume a collaboration with the Tenbrinks-- now involving a second generation of the the family.

A note on the names: when we tasted the wines in preparation for bottling, they somehow both seemed highly literary to me. They were definitely wines of place, but in naming them, the vineyards were not in the front of my mind. For one of the wines, a mythological creature dominated; for the other, the musical sense of a favorite poem.

The Poetic Deep Red 2-pack one bottle each of the two Tolenas collab reds - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

The Poetic Deep Red 2-pack
one bottle each of the two Tolenas collab reds

$175.00 each
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2019 The House of Asterion a dark and severe red wine - LOS ANGELES RIVER WINE COMPANY

2019 The House of Asterion
a dark and severe red wine

$100.00 each
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Olive Oils

We are so honored and excited to offer TWO oils this year. The first is from the Tenbrinks, with whom we have worked for a decade. Their oil is truly incomparable.

We are working this year for first time with the Be Love Farm, a regenerative and organic polyculture farm in Vacaville, not far from the Tenbrinks. We think that the olives are similar in quality to the Tenbrinks', our expectations could not be higher.

Except for 24 2-packs of 750 ml bottles, the Be Love oils will be available only in one gallon and five gallon containers; either picked up at the winery, or on our National Olio Nuovo Tour.


The Tenbrinks planted olives in the field opposite the winery before they built the winery in 2007. They planted 105 trees, from 12 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 that he works with.

Demand for the oils has been so overwhelming that we decided in 2022 to pre-sell a certain portion of the expected oil. The 2022 oil sold out in two days-- in spite of the fact that we had a bumper crop in 2022 and harvested many more olives than we ever had before.

Olives are a strongly cyclical crop: when the trees bear strongly in one year, they relax and recoup the next year, and then vice-versa. In spite of the Winter and Spring rains that have benefited the grape crop all over the state, we anticipate a MUCH smaller olive crop this year-- perhaps less than half of last year. Consequently, we are offering much less oil than last year-- only 25 2-packs and 25 4-packs.

On the other hand, we could not be more excited for the potential for exquisite quality this year: the combination of low yields and a long, slow growing season hold the greatest promise.









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.









Large Format Bottles

We have just begun bottling Magnums again after a hiatus of several years. We have 25 bottles from the 2021 harvest newly available.








The 2021 Metaphysical Lecture Tour








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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