FLC December 2022 - Christmas Classics
For December's FLC members, we packed the cases full of classic styles guaranteed to be enjoyed by a wide range of people. With a focus on tried and true red blends, crisp whites...
FLC November 2022 - New Wave USA
At WineLab, we are proud of our unique and extensive offering of wines from the USA, and more specifically, California. Thanks to its vast population, many wines made in the US rarely leave...
FLC October 2022 - Natural Born Killers
In October, we introduced a new iteration of our First Look Club. Each month, members will receive a custom-designed map featuring the region of the selected wine. Designed by Conor Merriman, these maps...
FLC #28: Aymeric Amiel / Domaine des Amiel
Domaine des Amiel is currently managed and operated by Aymeric Amiel, one of two brothers that come from long line – 16 generations! – of paysan farming. Aymeric studied wine and worked at...
FLC #27 Jean-René de Fleurieu / Château de Montfrin
Château de Montfrin is a historic château that has hosted many important historical French figures over its centuries-old lifetime. The current winemaker and owner, Jean-René de Fleurieu, made his name first as a...
FLC #25 - Nicolas and Karine Mirouze / Château Beauregard-Mirouze
Within a natural park in the rocky hills of Corbieres lies 25 acres of vineyards, owned and managed by Nicolas Mirouze and his wife Karine. Before the Mirouze couple took over, the vineyard’s...
FLC #24: Rodrigo and Asier Calvo / Bodegas Arrocal
Bodegas Arrocal has been a key part of WineLab, since before the beginning! Starting in 2004, Ronan began importing wines from this winery and we have continued importing their wines ever since. Bodegas...
FLC #23 - Francesco Scala / Azienda Agricola Scala
Cirò is a DOC located in Calabria, in the deep south of Italy. This is one of the oldest named wine-growing regions with a thousand-year long history of winemaking. The vineyards are along...
FLC #22 - Pablo Martinez Gago / Bodegas Casa Monte Pio
Casa Monte Pio was founded in 1979 by Jose María Martinez; now his grandson Pablo Martinez Gago carries the family tradition as the owner and winemaker. Pablo’s passion lies in the vineyard and...
FLC#20 - Sashi Moorman / Evening Land
This FLC meet-up is a great opportunity to get insight into one of the most brilliant minds in the US wine scene. Sashi Moorman, a former chef turned brilliant winemaker, was working as...
FLC#19 - Albert Canela & Mariona Vendrell / Succes Vinicola
In 2011, Albert Canela and Mariona Vendrell created Succés Vinícola at the tender age of just 20! Using indigenous grapes from their native Conca de Barbera in Catalunya, Succes have forged an admirable...
FLC#17 - Christophe Coquard / Maison Coquard
The Coquard family have been cultivating their love for Beaujolais vineyards and wines for several generations. Christophe grew up watching his family working the vines at the family winery. In the early years...
FLC#16 - Laura Hoyos / Bodegas Arrocal
For this meet-up, we spoke with Laura Hoyos, the export manager for Bodegas Arrocal. Bodegas Arrocal is a family-run vineyard located in the small winemaking village of Gumiel de Mercado in Ribera del...
FLC#15 - Hobo Wines / Kenny Likitprakong
Hobo Wines, started by Kenny Likitprakong, is one of the most exciting projects in Californinan wine. Sourcing from vineyards spread across Sonoma County, Mendocino, Clarksburg, Suisun Valley, Arroyo Seco, and the Santa Cruz...
FLC#14 - Rodrigo Martins / Espera Wines
We sat down with Rodrigo Martins, winemaker and owner of Espera Wines. ‘Espera’ means ‘wait’ in Portuguese, and sums up the slow, natural philosophy that fuels Rodrigo’s winemaking. On a small plot of...
FLC#12 - Diego Collarte / Cume do Avia
Diego and his brother, Álvaro, grew up in the metropolis of Vigo, in northwest Spain. City life wasn’t for them, so in 2005, they embarked on the restoration of their ancestors’ vineyards in...
FLC#10 - Francesc Ferre / Celler Frisach
Francesc Ferré’s family have been growing grapes organically on their farm in Corbera d’Ebre for over 200 years. Corbera is located at high altitude west of Barcelona, flanked on both sides by jagged...
FLC#9 - Veronica Ortega / Bodegas Veronica Ortega
For FLC#9, we were joined by leading Spanish light Veronica Ortega. Hailing from Cadiz in sherry country, Veronica has previously worked at some of the greatest wineries in the world – Domaine de...
FLC#8 - Bibi Graetz / Casamatta & Testamatta
What a time to be alive! We tasted the new iteration of Bibi's Casamatta as well as a sneaky sample of the 100 pointer Testamatta 2018 !
FLC#7 - Leandro & Mauricio Boullade / Bocanada & Vinilo Wines
We were joined by father and son Boullade to discuss the history of Argentinian wine and what makes Gualtallary and the Uco Valley special. Video transcript: Ronan Farrell - WineLab: Hello Mauricio &...
FLC#6 - Rajat Parr / Sandhi Wines
For our December First Look Club we were joined by Rajat Parr of Sandhi Wines. We talk abour Raj's evolution from sommelier to winemaker to farmer, the unique aspects of producing wine in...
FLC#5 - Arnold Holzer / Weingut Holzer
For our fifth First Look Club meetup we talked with Arnold Holzer and tasted his Roter Veltliner 'das Geholz'. Video transcript: Ronan. [00:00:00]How are things in Australia at the moment? Arnold Holzer. [00:00:00]Yeah, it's...
FLC#4 - Aymeric Amiel / Domaine des Amiel
For FLC#4 we talked to Aymeric of Domaine des Amiel. A natural winemaker who practices biodynamic viticulture, we had an in depth chat about the difference between organic, biodynamic and natural wines.
FLC#3 - Kenny Likitprakong / Hobo Wines
What we're drinking:
Folk Machine, 'White Light'
Folk Machine, 'Parts & Labor'