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Birichino

Alex Krause and John Locke founded Birichino in Santa Cruz in 2008. Dr...

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Alex Krause and John Locke founded Birichino in Santa Cruz in 2008. Drawing on a combined four decades making wine in California, France, Italy, and beyond, they are focused on attaining the perfect balance of perfume, poise, and puckishness. Sourcing from a number of carefully farmed, family-owned, own-rooted 19th and early 20th century vineyards (and a few from the late disco era) planted by and large in more moderate, marine-influenced climates, their preoccupation is to safeguard the quality and vibrance of their raw materials. Their preference is for minimal intervention, most often favoring native fermentations, employing stainless or neutral barrels, minimal racking and fining, and avoiding filtration altogether when possible. But most critically, their aim is to make delicious wines that give pleasure, revitalize, and revive. About the name- Birichino- biri-kino. Like locksmiths in the United States that add additional AAAs onto their names to be the first listed in the telephone directory, and drawing on deep reserves of innate marketing genius, we went in search of something unpronounceable to English speakers, yet also difficult to remember that began with A or B. Alluce was an early favorite, seeming to evoke lightness and air in English, but in fact translating as big toe. Seeking something with that playfulness, though about some things we profess to be deadly serious, and inspired by the surprising, slighty racy character of our first wine, the Malvasia Bianca that leads one on to thinking sweet, and delivers something else entirely, we hit on Birichino, meaning naughty in Italian. And who doesn't consider themselves just a little bit naughty, after all?
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  • Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2018  Front Label
    Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2018
    Grenache from Central Coast, California
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    • Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
      Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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    • Birichino Scylla 2017 Front Label
      Birichino Scylla 2017
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    • Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
      Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017
      Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2015 Front Label
        Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2015
        Grenache from Central Coast, California
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      • Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
        Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015
        Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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      • Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
        Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2015
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      • Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines Cinsault 2016 Front Label
        Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines Cinsault 2016
        Cinsault from Lodi, California
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      • Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
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        • Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2014 Front Label
          Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2014
          Grenache from Central Coast, California
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        • Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2016 Front Label
          Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2016
          Grenache from Central Coast, California
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        • Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
          Birichino Saint Georges Old Vines Zinfandel 2016
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          • Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
            Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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          • Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2017 Front Label
            Birichino Besson Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2017
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          • Birichino Scylla 2018 Front Label
            Birichino Scylla 2018
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            • Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines Cinsault 2018  Front Label
              Birichino Bechthold Vineyard Old Vines Cinsault 2018
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              • Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2016
                Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Birichino Antle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
                  Birichino Antle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
                  Pinot Noir from Chalone, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                • Birichino Boer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
                  Birichino Boer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
                  Pinot Noir from Chalone, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                  • Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                    Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
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                    • Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2013 Front Label
                      Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2013
                      Other White Wine from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                      • Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2012 Front Label
                        Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2012
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                        • Birichino Saint Georges Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
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                          • Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2011 Front Label
                            Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2011
                            Other White Wine from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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