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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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Coming Soon: Verdicchio Metodo Classico

Michele Boscia

Italy's best classic method sparkling wines are made of native grape varieties that are high enough in acidity to provide the right base wine, and Verdicchio is a perfect candidate, particularly from Matelica. The vivid, lively flavor of the Verdicchio grape grown at some altitude is complemented here by the smoky, leesy note from aging on the lees. Excellent aperitif or seafood wine from this longtime (certified) organic producer.

Fabio Marchionni, owner and winemaker of Colle Stefano, is finally coming to CA after 10 years of working with us. He will be in San Francisco all week next week showing off the first commercial release of his sparkling Verdicchio. Please contact us to find out how to meet Fabio and taste the bubbles. In addition to touring around with our SF sales team, he will be pouring his wine for both the trade and the general public at the Slow Wine Tasting on Thursday January 29th and he will be pouring his wine at dinner service on Friday evening at A16 in Rockridge along with our producer of Cesanese from Lazio, Casale della Ioria. 

Sparkling Nebbiolo Rosè from Ettore Germano

Michele Boscia

Several years ago Sergio Germano made an experimental batch of 'classic method' sparkling wine from early harvested Nebbiolo, and it was delicious. Red berries, bright acidity, beautiful pink color, I was smitten. Now we have enough to actually sell the wine, and we are very happy about it. The 'Rosanna' is named after Sergio's mother; it's made of young-vine Nebbiolo from around his winery (all Barolo vineyards), picked fairly early for freshness, pressed carefully for a pale pink color, fermented as white wine (80% in stainless steel, 20% in used barriques for complexity), and bottled for the second fermentation in March following the vintage. After about 16 months of time on the lees the wine is disgorged and topped up only with the same wine, no 'liqueur.' The result is dry, delicious and complex, perfect as an aperitif but I think it would be great with salmon, too. Italy's most interesting sparkling wines are made of indigenous varieties, and this is one of them. The result is dry, delicious and complex (only 3g/L of residual sweetness).