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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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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. 

Cavallotto Profile from Robert Camuto

Michele Boscia

Robert Camuto of The Wine Spectator wrote an excellent profile article on Cavallotto. He did a fantastic job capturing the personalities of the family and providing a great synopsis of the history of the estate and their winemaking philosophies and techniques. This is very much worth a read to the very end so don't forget to click on the link below to the full-length article.

The article comes just in time for the release this week of the heralded 2010 Bricco Boschis and the 2008 Riservas, two of the very top vintages of the last decade that are not to be missed!

Low-Hype Barolo
Cavallotto may be the best wine estate you don’t know

 "No photo!" Giuseppe Cavallotto waved me off as I aimed my iPhone in his direction. 

He stood atop of one of Barolo's most gorgeous vineyards, his family's monopole Bricco Boschis, a steep, sunny, concave hillside that stretches below the family home and winery in Castiglione Falletto.

Giuseppe, the middle of three siblings who run Tenuta Cavallotto, said posing for photographs was for his younger brother, Alfio. Then I asked Giuseppe his age. "That doesn't matter," he responded, and after an awkward silence added, "I'm more-or-less 46—it's no secret."

The low-key, sometimes shy, nature of the Cavallottos partly explains why they aren't better known. Among traditional Barolo producers, Cavallotto has never achieved the cult status of firebrands Bartolo Mascarello or Giuseppe Rinaldi. Nor have they had public, internecine feuds like other local families that split up over winemaking principles. Yet Cavallotto deserves attention on several counts, not the least of which is a solid line of wines that has hit its stride in the past two decades. 

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