Having a winemaker spy in the house has its benefits. Our man Mike Munz has wine buddies all over the place, and when his friend Charlie Miller (former assistant to Michael Cruse), launched his first winemaking project? Somehow we were first on the list! [Insert bows of gratitude here]. Charlie’s working with some of the only Vermentino in the state (from Ron Mansfield’s maniacally farmed organic Barsotti Vineyard), and by goodness if it’s not all snappy and Ligurian. Pink granite soils give it its zing, and time on lees gives it roundness & texture. Birth of a star!