John Locke (left) and Alex Krause (right) of Birichino. (Photo: February 2016 at Soif Wine Bar and Merchants, a mandatory stop if you find yourself in Santa Cruz!)

Mark Your Calendars: An Evening with John Locke and Alex Krause of Birichino - Wednesday, May 25th, at Blue Ribbon Bakery.


We are thrilled to welcome the talented team behind Birichino Wines, John Locke and Alex Krause, for a special feast at Blue Ribbon Bakery on Wednesday, May 25th, at 7:30pm.

Locke and Krause met in the '90s at Bonny Doon, Randall Graham's trail-blazing Santa Cruz winery (and incubator for inventive wine professionals), where they honed their skills on all sides of the wine business - from winemaking to sales and public relations - before establishing Birichino in 2008.

Although wide-ranging with respect to grape varieties and regions, there is a common thread that runs through Birichino's wines: they are bright and balanced, with depth and focus, yet always fun to drink. The winemakers display similar charms - affable, intelligent, and literary, with exacting standards and clear visions for their wines (not to mention extremely entertaining). Their first wine was an intense and fascinating Malvasia Bianca, the current vintage of which we offer today, along with the 2014 Saint Georges Pinot Noir, one of the greatest values in California Pinot, and the 2013 Vieilles Vignes Grenache, a stirring, elemental expression of the grape from the Besson vineyard, planted in 1910 on its own roots.

The Besson vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Photo: Ariana Rolich)

We love collaborating with Blue Ribbon Bakery for wine dinners. Chef Matt Deliso and Wine Director Sam Ehrlich never fail to conceive of nourishing, seasonal, pairings that exalt the wines and ensure that the entire lineup will shine. This is a big one! In addition to the 3 wines offered today, dinner will include the following: 2015 Vin Gris, 2014 Petulant Sparkling Malvasia, 2014 Bechtold Cinsault, 2013 Saint Georges Zinfandel, 2013 Lilo Pinot Noir, and a sneak preview of their 2014 Antle Vineyard Pinot Noir. We hope to see you there! Cheers, Ariana Rolich


Birichino 2013 Central Coast Besson Vineyard Grenache

The grapes from this vineyard (named after George Besson Sr. and Jr. whose families have lived and tended this vineyard since the 1930s) is fermented with native yeasts, using 15% whole cluster (with the rest destemmed), and racked into neutral barrels, unfined and and unfiltered. This wine envelops the palate with black cherry skin and fruit flavors, and violet, freshly rained earth, and menthol undertones. Despite the lightness and brightness of this Grenache, all the flavors resonate with an understatedly profound intensity. Pair with roast turkey with cranberry sauce or mushroom and herbed stuffing! Jonas Mendoza

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Dinner Wednesday 5/25 -- Birichino at Blue Ribbon Baker

John Locke and Alex Krause are coming to town and we are thrilled that they will be joining us for dinner at Blue Ribbon Bakery on Wednesday, May 25th, at 7:30pm!  Blue Ribbon Bakery is located at 35 Downing St, New York, NY 10014. Chef Matt Deliso and Wine Director Sam Ehrlich have designed this family-style feast to pair with Birichino's wide-ranging wines: Grilled Avocado Sour Cream, Pickled Chiles  &  Cilantro Steamed Little Necks, White Wine & Shallots (Birichino Malvasia, P├ętulant Naturel, 2015). Morels, Creme Fraiche, Beef Marrow , Onion Marmalade & Bacon Bread (Birichino Pinot Noir Les Saint Georges, Central Coast, 2014; Birichino Pinot Noir Lilo Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, 2013; Birichino Pinot Noir Antle Vineyard, Chalone AVA, 2014). Whole Roast Pig, Fennel, Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts (Birichino Cinsault, Bechthold Vineyard, Lodi, 2014   MAGNUM; Birichino Grenache Besson Vineyard, Central Coast, 2013; Birichino Zinfandel Les Saint Georges, Central Coast, 2013). Assorted Cheeses (Birichino Malvasia Bianca, 2014). $140 includes dinner, wines, tax, and gratuity. We hope to see you there! 

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Birichino 2014 Monterey Malvasia Bianca

The Birichino winery was initially launched to produce Malvasia Bianca before winemakers Alex Krause and John Locke later ventured into making Grenache and Pinot Noir. The grapes were sourced from a rocky plot in the Santa Lucia Highlands, aged in stainless steel, and briefly fermented on their skins overnight. The wine immediately draws attention with fragrant notes of lychee, ambrosia, sea spray, and crushed river rock; the palate follows with summer peach and apricot flavors as well as a bright, saline finish underpinned by white floral notes. For the Italians, the word "birichino" connotes mischievousness; if there were a white that could be considered this quality, it would certainly be this one! Jonas Mendoza

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Birichino 2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir "Saint Georges"

The Saint Georges Vineyard is located on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and is named after the father and son, George Besson Sr. and Jr., whose families have lived on the property since the 1920s and tended the vines. The Birichino Pinot has a light ruby robe, enticing with aromas and flavors of dried cranberry and red cherry, sage, tarragon, and red flowers, and finishing with subtle undertones of roasted meat and game. The granite and sandy loam soils in the vineyard impart a distinctive freshness and vibrant texture. Jonas Mendoza

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