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5218 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94114

510-654-9159

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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Temperature control

Michele Boscia

I was just talking to the manager of our warehousing company, and I was amazed to hear that most of the containers they unload are NOT temperature-controlled. We have used 'working reefers' (containers that are insulated and actively cooled to a given temperature) for about 15 years for every single load we import, year 'round. Our warehouse is temperature-controlled, and our trucks are temperature-controlled, both here and when picking up the wine in Italy. We also occasionally use a clever little device called a data logger to check shipment temperatures, just to keep everyone honest. Many wine producers are trying to use less SO2 these days, and I think temperature control of wine is more important now than ever.