Spanish Wine Imports & Barrel Selected Sherries
Alexander Jules began in 2012 as my label of personally barrel selected sherries, and has grown into a Spanish wine import company, focusing on small, organic, family producers from around Spain, making fresh and elegant wines, often from rare grapes, in regions well off the beaten path. Most can be considered natural, but all are clean and well made.
Spain is in the middle of huge changes to its viticultural landscape--winemakers, many of them quite young, are renovating and reviving often abandoned plots of old vines in corners of the country which have received little attention in-country, let alone export, until recently. Grapes most Americans (and Spanish) consumers haven't heard of are finding their way into bottles and US markets which possess quality potential far beyond what the average wine consumer would associate with the Iberian Peninsula. It's an exciting time to immerse oneself in Spanish wine, and exploring for producers to import has been fun...
For my sherries, I search the Sherry Triangle for exceptional soleras of unique composition or circumstance, marking with chalk those I feel to be the most complex and elegant, or that reflect the profile I would like to bring out from within that solera--I think of it like chiseling a sculpture from a block of marble. All bottlings are en rama, being only gently filtered or entirely unfiltered, with no other treatments or additions.
In addition to Alexander Jules, to feed my wine obsession, I make Metrick Wines in Santa Barbara County, as well as write winemaking and wine science articles for SevenFifty Daily and WineMaker Magazine. I also educate about wine production and theory as a cofounder of the California Wine School.