Houseparty in the Hollywood Hills with nice wines


So Friday night was fun. We headed over to a home in the Hollywood Hills. En route we stopped at DomaineLA, a brilliant wine shop, and stocked up.


And then when we got there Abe and Alex cooked, and a jolly and diverse crowd who had gathered tucked in. These were some of the wine highlights.

Brochet’s Le Mont Benoit is a thrilling Champagne. Such perfect balance. This went down very fast.

Abe Schoeners Scholium Project VLV Reserve 2014 had real depth and intensity to it. It’s a Verdelho from Lodi, and has a lot of fruit weight.

De Moor’s Sans Bruit (a play on Saint Bris) is a Sauvignon from Burgundy, from limestone soils. It’s rich, textured and engrossing. A lovely wine.

Herve Souhaut’s Souteronne – a Gamay from Ardeche – is one of my favourites. The 2018 is precise and delicious with really expressive red fruits.

Domaine Nicolas Faure is one to watch. Whole cluster pressing of reds, wild ferments, no new oak. From a 0.23 hectare plot, Les Herbues is from 50 year old vines planted in deeper silt/clay soils. It’s a lovely, pure, precise wine.


I don’t remember much about this Quintarelli other than that it was fully delicious.

But I do remember this wine: a thrilling, precise, dark-fruited Mondeuse from Jaimee Motley. This is a brilliant wine.

Finally, back to white. A delicious, compact Petite Arvine. Biodynamic Italian alpine wine from vineyards at 700 m, showing nice intensity.

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