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About Claudine Wines

Each wine has a story

Claudine Wines are crafted by some of the finest wineries in and around Napa Valley, CA. We purchase orphan barrels from our exclusive sources and personally taste every offering before it goes to bottle. Each wine is unique and produced in limited supply. We tell you everything we can about the wine in your glass, but we promise to keep the name of the source our secret.

Luxury wine can be affordable

At Claudine Wines, we are committed to bringing you an exceptional experience, both in terms of quality and value.

We work exclusively with high-end wineries and industry professionals in California to ensure that every wine we bottle meets the highest of standards. By cutting out unnecessary expenses and streamlining the production process, we bring top-flight wines to you at a fraction of the cost.

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How it all started

Lance and Brian first set foot in Napa Valley in 2008 and were instantly enamored with the wine culture. The first thing they recognized was that some of the most amazing wines in the world were being produced in California. The second thing they understood was that those very same wines were really expensive.

The two brothers took many trips back to Napa over the next few years, making regular stops at their favorite wineries and following recommendations to try out new ones. In time, they developed close friendships with people in the industry, and in 2013, one of those friends reached out with a very interesting business proposition.

For the first time, Brian and Lance were offered barrels – not bottles. They seized the opportunity to purchase surplus cabernet sauvignon from a very exclusive, very high-end winery on Diamond Mountain. They learned how to bottle, ship, and even got the proper license to sell wine. Still, they only planned to distribute their wine to close friends and family.

As it turned out, those friends told other friends, and Brian and Lance discovered they could provide a service that many people valued and enjoyed. And so, they decided to turn their small operation into a veritable wine business, called Claudine Wines.

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Meet Brian

A 15-year Army Vet and a recent graduate of MIT-Sloan School of Management, I have turned a passion for serving others and understanding business opportunities into Claudine Wines! 

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Meet Lance

A physician based in San Francisco, I am spoiled by the easy access to all the great wines of Napa and Sonoma. I enjoy curating the best ones and producing them for Claudine Wines!

Who is Claudine?
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Our grandmother, Claudine Crowley, was born in Missouri in 1918. A child during the Great Depression, Claudine learned and continued to embrace frugality in her everyday life. While she routinely protested her $10 per month water bill, she rarely pinched pennies when it came to her family. Claudine was an exceptional woman and she played a substantial role in our life. She taught us that great things are possible and that it’s okay to have high expectations, even on a low budget.

This idea was our inspiration and remains a fundamental value at Claudine Wines. We work exclusively with quality producers and winemakers, carefully selecting only those projects that provide a significant value to you, our customer.

Our label design incorporates Claudine’s very own signature. It was taken from a letter she handwrote to her husband, Allen, then an Army officer serving in World War II.

Claudine passed away in 1999. We remember our grandmother fondly and raise our glasses to her often. As Claudine used to say, “It’s five o’clock somewhere.”

Cheers to you, Claudine.

Latest Releases

2017 Signature Series Pinot Noir
2017 Signature Series Pinot Noir

2017 Signature Series Pinot Noir

Regular price $49.00
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92 Cases Produced

The 2nd bottling of the Claudine Wines Signature Series lineup, this 2017 Pinot Noir is a knockout! It's classic Burgundy, with the weight of California Pinot. On the nose, aromas of rose petal, earth and hint of vanilla. On the palate, a rich blend of dark cherry and perhaps a black tea note. Finesse and depth, beautifully arranged

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir 

AVA: Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County, CA

Recommended Food Pairings: Fish, especially salmon, roasted chicken, pasta with red sauce; aged cheeses

Serving Temperature: 57-63°

 

 

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2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Regular price $34.00
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147 Cases Produced

Back in the lineup! Our 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was a huge hit, so we knew we needed to find a new source. It took us some time to find a Pinot that met our expectations on price and quality, but we are sure it was worth the wait!

This weighty pinot from the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County represents our first foray outside of Napa/Sonoma. This pinot saw 16 months in French oak barrels, with 20% being new. Notes of dried cherry, plum and savory spices make this a food-friendly wine for all occasions.

Recommended Food Pairings: Lean roast beef, roast chicken, duck, salmon, lamb and mushroom dishes

Serving Temperature: 57-60°

 

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2017 Yountville Deux
2017 Yountville Deux

2017 Yountville Deux

Regular price $32.00
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214 Cases Produced

Deux means two. But you knew that. This blend of Cab Franc and Merlot is phenomenally rich and would easily be mistaken for red blends that trade at $75+

(If you managed to snag a bottle of our Diamond Mountain version of this wine a couple of years back, this wine is a step ahead!)

Yountville is one Napa's smaller AVAs and probably better known for The French Laundry, but its location near the southern end of the Valley means that it is slightly cooler and has a bit longer growing season. That allows for the depth of flavor to develop in red wines without the high sugar content that leads to high alcohol. Enough of the wine geek-out. Its fantastic stuff and one you will come back for

We don't normally do a 200+ case production, but this one was so good it is a no-brainer case purchase. You'll enjoy this one all summer and into the fall!

Blend:  50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot

Recommended Food Pairings: If it goes in your mouth, it will go with this wine. Five Guys? Absolutely. Cold pizza by the light of the refrigerator, you bet

Avoid: Spicy foods

 

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2017 Yountville Malbec
2017 Yountville Malbec

2017 Yountville Malbec

Regular price $28.00
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104 Cases Produced

While Napa is most famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, this Malbec is a knockout! Deep purple in color and with just the right amount of fruit, this will pair with whatever  is on your dinner table...or the couch (judgment-free zone folks)

This is not an $8 Argentinian Malbec (that said, if I only had $8 to spend on a bottle, I am going with a Malbec from Argentina). Taste it blind next to  your favorite $40 blend and we're sure this one will win -- hands down

I'll save you the flowery description, but whether you're opening this for a special occasion or a random Tuesday night, you will not be disappointed in the quality for the price

Recommended food pairings: You name it. This wine is versatile enough to pair with anything: from cold Chipotle leftovers to a sous-vide steak dinner 

Avoid: Overpriced name-brand Napa wine 

 

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2017 Oak Knoll District Chardonnay
2017 Oak Knoll District Chardonnay

2017 Oak Knoll District Chardonnay

Regular price $28.00
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120 Cases Produced

This is Napa Chardonnay at its finest, coming from the Muir-Hanna Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District AVA (well-known as a source for the legendary Chateau Montelena) 

On the nose, tart apple leads to a mellow floral note. At first sip, there is a rich, concentrated mouthfeel of subtle butterscotch, pineapple, and lemon curd with a touch of lingering minerality on the finish. This wine was barreled in 50% new French oak (but please don't let that scare you off - it's incredibly balanced and would never be confused with a "butter bomb"!)

Recommended Food Pairings: Meaty fish dishes like halibut or cod; lobster, crab, scallops, shrimp; lightly seasoned chicken and pork

Serving Temperature: 48°-52° (Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator prior to opening)

 

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Regular price $50.00
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