It's hard to miss that songwriter and indie rocker Jenny Lewis just came out with her first album in six years, "The Voyager" — to rave reviews. She's also got something else new, namely The Voyager wine, which will debut today exclusively at DomaineLA wine shop in Hollywood both online and in the store. It will also be available at both Night + Market in WeHo and Song in Silver Lake.
Why is Kris Yenbamroong the only restaurateur to get the wine? Because Night + Market is one of Lewis’ favorite places to eat in L.A.
Ah, but if you buy a bottle at DomaineLA, you get a bonus: a link to download the new album.
And why is DomaineLA the only wine store in L.A. to have the wine? Because the musician has been a longtime customer and a big fan of the wine shop that features an ever-growing number of wines from small, hands-on producers.
Everything about The Voyager wine fits in with Lewis' aesthetic. To make the wine, she tapped Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars in Berkeley. (Well, you didn't think she made it herself, did you?)
Brockway characterizes the way he works as "low wattage," "in the sense that we have very little modern equipment. Grapes are pitchforked whole-cluster into the fermenters, fermentation is allowed to happen spontaneously, all wines are basket-pressed, with little/no sulphur used in our wines until bottling. True asphalt winemaking, in an urban winery."
The Voyager is a blend of Carignan, Petite Sirah and Valdiguié (Brockway has been known to make a wine entirely from this little-known grape from the French Languedoc-Roussillon region).
But how does it taste? DomaineLA owner Jill Bernheimer describes the wine as "medium-bodied with brambly red and black fruit. It's got a great rustic texture and some good acidity. I'd describe it as a quaffing wine."
The Voyager Wine sells for $29.99 per bottle.