Fine Wines the World Over

For more than 25 years, North Berkeley Imports has discovered and imported authentic, expressive wines from France and Italia destined for leading restaurants and wine shops as well as for private cellars across the country.  With a retail store in Berkeley, California and offices in Europe, our team is dedicated to providing customers with the finest wine selections the world over.  Here’s our story.

 

Egly-Ouriet is the “Very Top of the Pecking Order in Champagne”

Really stunning notes and scores from Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media) for the newest crop of Domaine Egly-Ouriet Champagne from Ambonnay. North Berkeley Imports is proud to have been one of the first importers of Egly-Ouriet Champagne to the United States, championing early on the authenticity and desirability of grower Champagne.

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NEW ARRIVALS! Vadiaperti, Our New Partner from Campania

Our new partner, Vadiaperti is a generations-old family estate that has both the first and last word on the true character of southern Italian white wines. Our selections from the 2014 vintage will be arriving this week—here’s why you need to make space in your cellar for these gorgeous gems.

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Do You Play Croquet? Then Cotat Is Your Tipple…

Robb Report editors suggest that if wickets and mallets are your thing this summer, then Pascal Cotat Rosé is what you’ll need to cool you off after a long afternoon of play. Time to dust off that croquet set, no? (We won’t fault you if you head straight for the ice bucket and glasses, however.)

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NEW ARRIVALS! 2014 Magnien Red Burgundy

Fred’s 2014s are scheduled to dock in mid-August, yet the rude reality of this truly delicious vintage is there’s very little to go around. For many of Fred’s premier and grand cru wines, we can count the cases we’ve been able to import on two hands. Yet this early call to reserve the wines you want is one that should be heeded: 2014 is a vintage to please equally those who enjoy Burgundy in its youth and those who don’t mind waiting a decade or so for time to work its magic.

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At Aspen, Our White Burgundy Steals the Show

North Berkeley Imports for the second year in a row was at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, one of the country’s premier gourmet events. In addition to some top wines showcased at the many excellent seminars, our team knocked it out of the park in the Grand Tasting Pavilion with some two dozen bottles that wowed the crowd.

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Vinous Calls Pibarnon’s ‘Nuances’ a “Wild, Singular Wine”

Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media awarded significant scores to and lauded both of our rosé selections from Château de Pibarnon. The estate’s ‘Nuances’ in particular is worth attention: this amphora-fermented, 100% Mourvedre wine takes the intensity and age-ability of Pibarnon rosés to a whole new level.

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NEW ARRIVALS! 2015 Vacheron Sancerre Blanc

This arrival is a big deal for a number of reasons. First, it marks some of the first 2015s in the door, and really there has never been a better time to go long on the Loire. While 2014 was stellar, 2015 is better still, with critics heaping early praise on 2015’s “excellent quality.” Well, that’s a phrase that sticks to Vacheron wines every vintage—so get ready to be wowed.

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Wines from Italia

From the rolling, romantic hills of Piemonte to Sicilia’s fiery volcanic slopes, Italy is a sensualist’s dream and a wine lover’s heaven. Nowhere else in the world will you experience such a rich selection of native grapes, each with its own character and flavor, than in Italia. Our partners from the bel paese are small family farms, many of which have roots that reach back centuries. Discover our Italian wines.

 


 

Wines from France

Our partners in France are true artisans, looking toward the future while respecting the traditions of the past. We’ve worked with not only mothers and fathers but also sons and daughters—who, after traveling the world, have come home with new ideas. Many of the regions in which we were first pioneers, are today household names—yet we’re still scouring the gorgeous French countryside for the next must-have wine. Discover our French wines.