Who better to recommend wines from Roberson Wine than our very own team. Each month a Roberson team member gives you their insider knowledge and a mixed case of their favourite wines. We then place them in one collection ready for you to pick up a mixed case or to select those that most peak your interest. This month our head buyer Keith reveals his 'Road Less Travelled - USA Collection'
wines that have the winemaker’s personality engrained in every bottle.
It perhaps should not come as a surprise that my USA collection has a broad appeal. Everything from entry level central coast varietals in a crowd-pleasing style to site specific, niche, terroir driven wines that have the winemaker’s personality engrained in every bottle.
Having spent most of the past 10 or 11 years at Roberson selling wine to the trade before taking on buying responsibilities, it was the years previous spent in retail that helped me appreciate that not every wine needs to be an intellectual experience, in fact most of the time it is best to just drink, not think – and you will get the greatest reward.
wines with personality
Having chosen a practical path, studying wine production at Plumpton College, rather than the more common route of WSET qualifications, I am drawn to wines with personality rather than simple textbook correctness. And this is available at every price point, value is relative, and occasionally looking beyond what you know you like opens up a world of new pleasures.
My collection is a mix of what you might call classics, but they are not stereotypes or caricatures of what is stated on the label, all delivering more than you might expect, and a few slightly more off beat, less heralded styles of wine that should open your eyes to the great potential that the USA has when it comes to offering a complete range of vinous experiences.
So just as a journey along the twisting mountain and coastal roads of California is more rewarding than a slog along the highways, search out everyday wines not from worldwide brand leaders, but those brands we have spent years sourcing on your behalf, and when expanding your horizons for a special occasion purchase, look to the hills and the pacific coast where you’ll find a treasure trove of smaller producers in smaller appellations. Whichever of these wines you choose, they will deliver simple or complex pleasure in abundance.
Full tasting notes for all of Keith's picks can be found on our website - shop the whole collection here