Current Press & Accolades

"Uvaggio is a Cal-Ital specialist with over half its production devoted to Vermentino, the aromatic white grape from Italy (and Corsica and Provence), where it is known under different names. Uvaggio is a project from Jim Moore, a veteran of Robert Mondavi's and Bonny Doon’s cellars, and he seems to have a real feel for this Italian varietal. Lighter than Chardonnay, with hints of lime and flowers, it has a summery feeling, lighthearted and approachable. It’s a remarkably versatile alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. And hard to beat the price. About $12."

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"Stainless-steel fermented from 100-percent Lodi-grown Moscato Giallo grapes, Uvaggio’s yearly dry Moscato is always a good value and great tasting. This one is layered with spice, but it’s also very floral with a gentle imprint and a taste of ginger and lime." — Virginie Boone


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"A great price for this well-made Primitivo, Uvaggio opens with juicy, bright red raspberry and dark cherry flavor, stays light through the mid palate and finishes with a long lingering streak of vanilla. Dry and fresh, it’ll pair perfectly with thin-crust pizza topped with basil out of the garden." — Virginie Boone


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"A great-value Barbera sourced from Lodi and entirely barrel-aged, Uvaggio’s Italian red is very savory and rich with a mix of leather, cherry, chocolate and perfume. With a small amount of Primitivo in the blend, it’ll accompany meats and pastas in red sauce as well as drink nicely on its own, the acidity standing up to a wide range of earthy dishes. " — Virginie Boone


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"... Many of the more exciting wines coming from California these days are made in regions with less expensive real estate than Napa or Sonoma allow, using grapes from Albarino to Trousseau, Ribolla Gialla to Teroldego, vinified with more stylistic diversity than past generations...

.. Overall, Uvaggio wines show lower alcohol, more acidity, more appreciation for harmony than California is usually given credit for. And they are almost shockingly "varietally correct." The Vermentino tastes like a wine from Sardegna or Corsica, the dry Moscato has true ties to Friuli, the Primitivo echoes Puglia with bell-like clarity...

... See, there's that American thing. We make statements. Jim Moore doesn't speak beyond what he knows, but he's unafraid to commingle old-world materials with an innovative attempt to introduce something new into the culture.

It's morning in America."

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