Producer: Edmunds St. John
Region: El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, CA
Hint of Spice
For Sommelier Lauren Hayes, this wine is all about an easy drinking, approachable style that goes with just about everything. Fresh cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose continue on the palate, with juicy acidity and a slightly spicy edge. In France, this is what’s known as “glou-glou,” or “glug-glug” wine—stuff that should be purely pleasurable. Drink it on its own, or enjoy it alongside Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like spiced lamb or roasted mushrooms.
“[Winemaker] Steve Edmunds is the OG for terroir-driven, low-ABV, natural wine in California,” Hayes says. The El Dorado-based winemaker was one of a group of pioneering producers in the 1980s who referred to themselves as the “Rhône Rangers,” believing in the potential for Rhône Valley-style wines to thrive in the California sun. Though Edmunds still produces Rhône-inspired cuvées from grapes like Syrah and Marsanne, he looks just north of the Rhône for Bone Jolly; this wine takes its cues from the Beaujolais region, where the Gamay grape provides juicy reds meant for quaffing in large quantities. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, El Dorado’s high elevation means a cooler climate, lending freshness and finesse to the ripe California fruit.