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.
Murgo’s Etna Rosso is named not only to Wine & Spirits’ “Top 100 Values of the Year” list but also to its “Top 40 Value Brands of the Year” for 2021 …
Musto Carmelitano is the top name for organic Aglianico in the region, and it’s heartening that the wine press is catching up to what we’ve been saying: that the true character of Aglianico — powerful & elegant — is what Musto Carmelitano faithfully delivers.
The biodynamic oasis that is Tenuta di Valgiano in Tuscany (Colline Lucchesi) has crafted a stellar 2018 Palistorti Rosso, profiled in the upcoming October 2021 edition of Wine & Spirits Magazine.
More stellar notes and praise from The Wine Advocate for Daniel et Julien Barraud, our long-time partners in the Maconnais. These organically raised, Burgundian Chardonnay wines are indeed benchmarks for quality in this beautiful region.
An excellent article from the Wine Advocate on our long-time partner in Rully, Vincent Dureuil, exploring Vincent’s top white, ‘Meix Cadot Vieilles Vignes,’ a vertical tasting that takes in literally every vintage that Vincent has made in his career.
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).
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.