Scene from an Evening with Steve (October 2014).

An Evening with Steve Edmunds at King Bee!

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Since its founding in 1985, the Edmunds St. John label has stood for balanced, low-alcohol, and terroir-expressive wines from some of the most unique and well farmed vineyards in the state of California (Fenaughty, Witters, and Barsotti to name a few). Winemaker Steve Edmunds spent decades as a renegade minimalist surrounded by point-hungry power players. And while an energetic new wave of producers in California has been credited with bringing balanced, gastronomic wines back into favor, Edmunds has been making them for his entire career. It is tempting to suppose that all these years of practice have paid off in increasingly elegant, age-worthy wines, but our experience with older Edmunds St. John cuvees demonstrates that he's been making truly great wines from the start! Steve describes his approach as follows:

"Edmunds St. John wines have always been known for their exceptional structure, balance, and elegance. They seem, as well, to favor energy over power, and freshness over richness. One can only hope to age as well as our wines have (for nearly 30 years, now)... Given grapes farmed attentively, with vines in optimal balance, the key to producing a wine that is an elemental, unfettered expression of its origin in place and time is being able to pick at that point closest to the moment when the flavor in the grapes has come fully into focus, a moment that is usually also when that flavor is most energetic.  The window is fairly small. After the grapes are picked, I’m trying not to add or subtract anything from the raw material."

We look forward to Steve's regular visits to New York, when we get to taste new releases and benefit from his reflections on current and upcoming vintages. When time permits, Steve joins us for a meal. A true wine lover and modest, engaging raconteur, he generously opens bottles from his dwindling library of Edmunds St. John back vintages. A recent gathering featured vibrant, savory 1994 Amador County Zinfandel and 1995 Durell Vineyard Syrah, layered and languorous 2004 Tablas Creek Vineyard Roussanne (one of the very last bottles), and a bottle of 1997 Sangiovese from Mantagrano Vineyard in El Dorado County, which elicited gasps of pleasure and awe from every side of the table. It is no wonder that dining with Steve Edmunds is a favorite pastime of the Chambers Street team!

Steve will be paying us a visit on Thursday, April 30th, to pour Edmunds St. John in the store (5-6:30pm) and join us afterward for dinner. This time, dear customers, we have saved all of the seats for you! Our friends at King Bee restaurant in the East Village, longtime fans of Edmunds' wines and work, are inspired to cook up some seasonal Acadian dishes to pair with the current releases (as well as some surprises from Steve's cellar). Dinner will start at 7pm. Current stock of Edmunds St. John wines and tickets for dinner are available below. Cheers! Ariana Rolich

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Dinner Thursday April 30th 7pm - Steve Edmunds of Edmunds St. John at King Bee

Steve Edmunds is coming to town and we are thrilled that he will be joining us for dinner at King Bee on Thursday, April 30th, at 7pm! King Bee Restaurant is located at 424 E. 9th Street between 1st Ave. and Ave. A.; New York, NY 10009. $135 price includes multiple course dinner, Edmunds St. John wines, tax, and gratuity. We hope to see you there!

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Edmunds St. John 2014 El Dorado County Heart of Gold

Steve Edmunds is one of those winemakers who is most well known for his red wines but also makes stunning whites. Each vintage of his Heart of Gold cuvee teaches us something new. Incredibly light at 11.3% alcohol, yet nuanced and complete, the 2014 is 62% Vermentino and 38% Grenache Blanc from 900 meters up in Placerville's Fenaughty Vineyard (also the source for Edmunds St. John's excellent Syrah). Pretty golden florals, mineral water, and crisp orchard fruit aromas tingle in the nose; flavors are brisk and defined, graceful and pure, with a deep mineral core and gentle rays of citrus pith, crisp pear, and fresh apricot. Acidity is abundant but totally integated. To quote Steve Edmunds: "I liked the ’13 so much I thought perhaps I’d never be able to bottle another that measured up.  And, I also wondered what it might be like if it was a tiny bit lighter. As it turned out, I think both issues were addressed in the ’14 version." Ariana Rolich

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Edmunds St. John 2014 El Dorado County Bone-Jolly Gamay Rosé

This rose from Steve Edmunds marks the fourth vintage sourced exclusively from Witters Vineyard in El Dorado County. At 3,400 feet, the Gamay Noir grows in the rare granite-rich soils of Bob Witters’ pear orchard, where the long, sunny growing season and soils parallel those of the Southern Beaujolais. After another year of severe drought in California, the 2014s have arrived remarkably triumphant. This copper-pink rose is deeply aromatic, with fresh red berry notes that give way to lush raspberry and stone flavors. The racy acidity and lingering mineral finish make this a thirst-quenching and food-friendly rose. Amanda Bowman

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Edmunds St. John 2013 El Dorado County Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir

Since 1985, Steve Edmunds has been making honest, terroir-driven wines from the best pockets of El Dorado County that (in my opinion) more than titillate the tongue. His 2013 Bone-Jolly red cuvée is no exception. Made from 100% Gamay Noir, it is beautifully aromatic with candied black cherries, orange blossom, hibiscus and sweet spice aromas rising from the glass. Candied fruit abound on the palate balanced by a snappy acidity and a surprising amount of grip which would lend a hand to it pairing well with an array of different meals. I love drinking this wine year-round but it definitely screams summer. And I speak from personal experience when I say to make sure you have a few bottles around for your next soirée...it goes down surprisingly easy. Tim Gagnon

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Edmunds St. John 2013 Dry Creek Valley Rocks and Gravel Unti Vineyard

Steve Edmunds has provided us with a great variety of delicious wines from his Edmunds St. John label - Gamay, Zinfandel, even Sangiovese - but Rocks and Gravel stands out as a fantastic take on Californian terroir, translated by the Southern Rhone's noble grapes. In the 2013 vintage, the biodynamically farmed Unti vineyard in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley yielded Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah grapes with the perfect balance of physiologically ripe skins and bracing acidity for a subtle, but complex wine. Experience has taught us that these wines age phenomenally (and we're sure that the tiny 256 case production will go fast). John Rankin

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Edmunds St. John 2012 El Dorado County Syrah Fenaughty Vineyard

Syrah in California has had PR problems for quite a while. Once considered to be a contender to king Cabernet, the late 90s and early aughts saw thousands of acres of new Syrah plantings. The wines then piled up unsold as many labels had trouble convincing Americans of the virtues of this noble, Northern Rhone variety. Vines planted in areas far from ideal from the grape's favorite hillsides in France didn’t help the cause, as the resulting wines were marked by excess fruit, alcohol, and an overall flaccid, "jammy" personality.  This is tragic, because on the right soils and elevations, Syrah in California can create wines that combine power and finesse. Perfect example: El Dorado County's Fenaughty Vineyard. At 2,800 feet (higher than much of the Rhone's mountain vineyards), the loamy, volcanic soils provide ideal conditions for the grape. Steve Edmunds’ 2012 has concentration, but also an invigorating, floral component and a long, well-structured finish. Bravo Steve! John Rankin

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