Fine Wines The World Over
Since its founding in 1979, North Berkeley has sourced authentic, expressive wines from France and Italy, destined for leading restaurants and wine shops as well as private cellars across the country. With a retail store in Berkeley, California and offices in Europe, our team is dedicated to providing customers with top-notch service and the finest wine selections the world over.
Did you know? We’ve been named “Importer of the Year” two years in a row — in 2019 and 2020 — by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Here’s our story.
Our partners in Italy, Murgo in Sicily and Rocca di Montegrossi in Tuscany, craft some of the more flavorful, vibrant rosato wines on the market today. The 2020 vintage is exceptional, and the press from lauded publication Vinous proves it!
Really positive reviews for our two excellent Chianti Classico partners in Decanter magazine — Rocca di Montegrossi and L’Erta di Radda.
“I frankly cannot remember the last time I tasted young wines from Montalcino that possessed such symmetry from start to finish,” says Eric Guido of Vinous, and our Brunello di Montalcino producers hit it out of the park in 2016. Check out all the reviews here.
It is a fact that not only are our partners at Domaine Vacheron the leading producers of red and white Sancerre, but they’re also a pioneer, with few peers in single-vineyard Sancerre wines — these latest notes and scores from Wine Advocate hammer these facts home.
With a nod to the style of Carso’s pioneers (think Zidarich, Kante) and focus on native grapes and natural winemaking, Skerlj’s wines have gone from strength to strength, putting them solidly among the best from this wild and wonderful northern Italian winemaking region, says Vinous.
From the most recent edition of Wine & Spirits (Feb 2021), with a focus on Valpolicella wines — featuring the biodynamic gems of our partner, Musella.
More great press from Wine & Spirits (Feb 2021), this report focusing on the “Year’s Best Northern Rhône” and includes three of our partners: Christelle Betton (Crozes), Dumien-Serrette (Cornas) and Pierres Seches (Saint-Joseph).
Great reviews in the new edition of Wine & Spirits (Feb 2021) for our newest partner in Piedmont, Diego Conterno! This is part of the magazine’s focus on recent releases in Piedmont Barbera & Dolcetto.
Tenuta di Valgiano unsurprisingly has received high praise and great notes from Antonio Galloni, in his recent review of wines from the Tuscan coast in Vinous.
The end-of-year Champagne reviews continue to bubble in slowly at Vinous; here’s the latest positive notes for our partner in the Marne and master of Meunier, Francis Orban.
What a nice way to wind up a wild year! Jeb Dunnuck has named the wines of THREE of our grower partners to his Top 100 Wines of 2020 list.
North Berkeley Imports’ Owner & Importer Billy Weiss sat down with Jeb Dunnuck in November to present a selection of wines from our French/Italian portfolio …
Wines from Italy
From the rolling, romantic hills of Piedmont to Sicily’s fiery volcanic slopes, Italy is a sensualist’s dream and a wine lover’s heaven. Nowhere else in the world will you experience such a rich selection of native grapes, each with its own character and flavor, than in Italy. Our partners from the bel paese are small family farms, many of which have roots that reach back centuries. Discover our Italian wines.
Wines from France
Our partners in France are true artisans, looking toward the future while respecting the traditions of the past. We’ve worked with not only mothers and fathers but also sons and daughters—who, after traveling the world, have come home with new ideas. Many of the regions in which we were first pioneers, are today household names—yet we’re still scouring the gorgeous French countryside for the next must-have wine. Discover our French wines.