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5218 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94114


Oliver McCrum Wines has been importing small production Italian wine and distributing to fine retail and restaurant establishes throughout California since 1994. Over time, our portfolio of producers has steadily grown to over 45 producers from 15 different regions of Italy. We look for typical Italian wines with clarity and freshness, usually made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using clean, transparent winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak. 

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Don't skip Pinot Blanc...

Michele Boscia

Pinot Blanc has a lukewarm reputation, presumably because most people first experience it as the poor relation of Alsatian wine, relegated below even Gewurtztraminer, my personal least favorite wine grape. The Pinot Blanc might not be planted in great sites in Alsace, but there are some excellent examples in the Alto Adige where it is called Pinot Bianco or Weissburgunder: green-apple, mineral, wet-stones, floral hints, extremely drinkable and very versatile with food. Pinot Grigio gets all the attention, but there's no doubt which of the two I'm opening. (It ages, too; try the better examples with 3-5 years of bottle-age.)  

- Oliver

Look for the following Pinot Blancs arriving this year:

Erste + Neue Pinot Bianco 2013 - just arrived!
Niklas Weissburgunder 2013 - arriving August 2014
Niedrist Weissburgunder 2013 - arriving September 2014
Gojer Weissburgunder 2013 - arriving October 2014