The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.

WARNING: The general public reports that unless you have an insatiable curiosity and quest for the road less traveled, you must stay away from VGS Explorer.  Those who have ignored this warning have experienced new flavors, nuance, layers and multiple dimensions – many have never returned to a world of mediocrity and boredom.  Drink at your own risk.

6 billion people on earth… 6 billion individualities…

Around 10,000 grapes varietals and people drink mostly
Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot.

Here is your chance...

Because wine is my life but also my passion. Because I love diversity. Because it is not only about the wine tasting good but
ME feeling good, I drink plenty of different wines warm and friendly and I want to share these beauties with you. Strap on your boots and embark on an exploration of your senses.

VGS explorer… because there is a whole world waiting for you!

Enjoy!
Jean-Noel
Jean-Noël Fourmeaux du Sartel
Wine Stylist

*These wines are subject to change on a regular basis including on our wine clubs with the exception of Sauvignon Blanc and The Illegitimate

14Inevitable

A unique and intoxicating blend of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Viogner. The Chardonnay, with its texture, richness and mouthfeel, brings the foundation on which this wine is built. Gewurztraminer brings the exuberance of its captivating aromas of lychees, rose petal and spices. The Viogner provides beautiful floral aromas of violets with the finesse and richness of peaches and apricots. The wine is elegant, complex and stays very long in your palate. A perfect pairing for any Thai or lightly spicy food.

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
65% Chardonnay, 25% Gewurztraminer, 10% Roussane
Aging
Stainless steel fermented: Chardonnay received some bottle aging
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottle  $32.00
Fermentation
Whole cluster pressed with native yeasts
Cases Produced
370
KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Stong Aromas
Flowery
Fruity Lychees
Thick & Rich
Mature Now To 3 years
PAIRINGS
aperitif
curry
mexican
dry & strong cheeses
15Riviera Rose

This wine sings the siren song of the French Mediterranean- clean, fresh and flavorful with a penetrating bouquet and certain softness. It has a vaporous perfume made of light strawberry and red cherry, white pepper and rose petals that assail the nostrils and a supple texture that soothes the palate. Very floral with a stony and mineral acidity that keeps the wine alive all along.

The color is perfect. Just what I wanted and by the time the wine warms up the flavors become broader and more multi dimension giving it a great mouthfeel. Riviera is made with 100% Cinsault.

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Cinsault
Aging
aged in 1 year old French oak barrels
Appellation
Sonoma County
Elevation
400
Bottle  $40.00
Fermentation
fermented in stainless steel barrels
Harvest Date
September 16, 2015
Cases Produced
250
13Zinie

Late Harvest Zinfandel

Back by popular demand! A delicious wine made from grapes that hang on the vines longer (and God the harvest was late because the weather so cold and wet). The bouquet is SO ZINFANDEL – long and fruity. The mouth has a nice weight and the balance between the acidity, alcohol, and sweetness perfect. 2013 was THE year to make a late harvest Zinfandel. Loaded with ripe, sweet juicy fruit with flavors of red raspberries and chocolate...YUM!

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Zinfandel
Aging
5 Months in French oak barrels
Soils
Limestone
Appellation
Sonoma County
Bottle  $28.00
Elevation
1000-1200 ft.
Fermentation
Native yeast fermentation
Harvest Date
November 21-29th, 2013
Cases Produced
150 cases of 12 x 500ml
KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Aromatic
Full Body
Sweet
Mature Now To 3 years
PAIRINGS
cheese
chocolate
nuts
after dinner
15Sauvignon Blanc "Eau de Tony"

A SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE VINTAGE

Our very own VGS Tony is celebrating a big birthday and in his honor, I am happy to name this Sauvignon Blanc after him. As an integral part of the VGS family for now over 15 years, Tony is engrained in the spirit, philosophy and fabric of our wine, lives and the lives of you, our customers. Seeing as Tony drinks nearly half the production of our Sauvignon Blanc annually, what better way to celebrate him than with this special wine?!

Fresh and inviting, this Sauvignon Blanc displays aromas of kafir lime, wild fennel, lemongrass and serrano pepper.  The wines liveliness is really showcased on the palate as well.  Flavors of tropical fruits such as guava and pineapple come into play right away, while a subtle oak influence provides some body and a slight nuttiness to the wine.  With so many nuances, you are sure to discover more aromas and flavors over the next 1-2 years.  

SPECIFICATIONS
Grapes
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging
7 months neutral French oak barrel agin
Appellation
Napa Valley
Bottle  $40.00
Elevation
200-400
Fermentation
Whole cluster pressed; stainless steel fermentation with native yeast
Cases Produced
400
KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Tropical fruits
honeysuckle
PAIRINGS
Scallops
crab
roasted chicken