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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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Shipping Shock

Michele Boscia

The 2013 Ribolla Gialla and Friulano San Pietro from Ferdinando and Mario Zanusso at I Clivi were shockingly good in April at Vinitaly, vivid and fresh and mouthwatering; when they arrived a few months ago, though, they had shut down completely. We re-tasted them every few weeks and just this week they came out of their shell. (In my experience, the wines that suffer the most from shipping shock are often the most interesting wines we import.) They are low in alcohol (the Friulano is 12%, the Ribolla 11%) but completely ripe, with mouthwatering fresh acidity. I am so glad we are working with these wines.