We are proud to announce that The Wine Company is the new Minnesota distributor for the amazing wines of Failla, one of the shining stars of the “cool” (literally and figuratively) California wine movement.

The winery was founded in 1998 by Ehren Jordan and Anne-Marie Failla, coming out of a wine education that included stints at restaurants, retailers, and various wineries in various capacities, both in California and abroad. Though he’s never taken a single winemaking class in a school, Ehren put in his time while absorbing knowledge at Joseph Phelps, Jean-Luc Columbo, and many more. Most notably, he was the head winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars for many years, where he earned a worldwide reputation.

Ehren Jordan

Ehren Jordan. Photo from Terroirist.com

When it came time to open their own winery, Jordan and Failla sought out the cool climate, difficult to farm vineyards of coastal california at a time when those vineyards were not getting the kind of love and attention they garner today.

Wines of elegance, restraint, and a respect for European ideals are always a pleasure to come across. We’ve never been big on the bold around here at The Wine Company, often seeing pairing wines with foods to be a far better barometer for a judgement of quality as opposed to, say, flammability. All kidding aside, it’s wonderful to be able to represent wines such as Failla, which represent a new thinking of the old-school variety in California.

Eheren Jordan was San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year in 2008. This article has GREAT INFO regarding who he his and how he thinks.

A fine profile piece from Terroirist.com on Ehren Jordan.

From Wine Enthusiast, a good article on the new(er) Fort Ross-Seaview AVA and many of the wineries located or sourcing from there (including Failla).

And lastly this article, which mentions the Failla labels are designed by Chuck House, who got his start when a motorcycle riding punk named John Williams pulled into a 7-11 and asked the kid at the counter, who was doodling in his notebook, to design a label for a place called Frog’s Leap, as we wrote about in our blog.

FIND THE WINES
Failla makes a wide range of wines from very specific sites. If you are searching for the single vineyard / uber-limited wines feel free to contact us and we’ll send you in the right direction.

However, the two Sonoma Coast designated wines, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are listed below. Always call ahead to confirm availability! Accounts are listed alphabetically by city.

Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

The Beanery Internet Cafe
Aitkin
(218) 927-7811

Downtown Liquor
Alexandria
(612) 763-5404

Austin Country Club
Austin
(507) 437-7631

Total Wine & More - Bloom
Bloomington
(952) 835-6063

Downtown Wine And Spirits
Buffalo
(763) 682-1138

Total Wine & More - Chanhassen
Chanhassen


Spanky's Stone Hearth
Frazee
(218) 334-3555

Liquor Hutch
Hutchinson
(320) 587-2762

Sunfish Cellars
Lilydale
(651) 552-5955

Liquor Barn
Long Lake
(952) 473-1817

Total Wine & More -maple Grove
Maple Grove
(763) 488-3300

Spiritz Liquor
Melrose
(320) 256-6300

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 827-5811

Guthrie Theater - Culinaire
Minneapolis
(612) 225-6472

France 44
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3252

Campus Club - U Of Mn
Minneapolis
(612) 624-9136

Eastside Eat & Drink
Minneapolis
(612) 208-1638

Lunds Wine & Spirits - Mpls
Minneapolis
(952) 927-3663

Burch Steak & Pizza Bar
Minneapolis
(612) 843-1515

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
(612) 825-4411

Cave Vin
Minneapolis
(612) 922-0100

Corner Table
Minneapolis
(612) 823-0011

112 Eatery
Minneapolis
(612) 343-7696

510 Restaurant (la Belle Vie)
Minneapolis
(612) 874-6440

Total Wine & More - Roseville
Roseville
(301) 795-1000

Minneapolis Golf Club
St Louis Park
(952) 544-4471

Liquor Boy
St Louis Park
(952) 512-2200

Surdyk's Flights - Terminal 1
St Paul
(612) 727-2323

Strip Club Meat & Fish
St Paul
(651) 793-6247

Heirloom Kitchen And Bar
St Paul
(651) 493-7267

Liberty Village Wines & Spirit
Stillwater
(651) 439-3022

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Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Beanery Internet Cafe
Aitkin
(218) 927-7811

Downtown Liquor
Alexandria
(612) 763-5404

Tournament Liquor - Blaine
Blaine
(763) 786-4992

Bricks Kitchen And Pub
Blaine
(763) 703-4109

Top Ten Liquors - Blaine
Blaine
(763) 754-3231

Hilton Mpls/bloomington
Bloomington
(952) 893-9500

Fitger's Wine Cellars
Duluth
(218) 733-0792

Spanky's Stone Hearth
Frazee
(218) 334-3555

Lunds & Byerly's - Golden Val
Golden Valley
(763) 544-8846

T-box Bar & Grill
Ham Lake
(763) 413-9950

On The Rocks Wine & Spirits
Hugo
(651) 787-9480

Liquor Hutch
Hutchinson
(320) 587-2762

Brackett's Crossing Country Cl
Lakeville
(952) 435-7600

Sunfish Cellars
Lilydale
(651) 552-5955

Liquor Barn
Long Lake
(952) 473-1817

Mgm - Mankato
Mankato
(507) 625-2420

Spiritz Liquor
Melrose
(320) 256-6300

The Wine Market
Mendota Heights
(651) 452-9463

Stella's Fish Cafe
Minneapolis
(612) 824-8862

Cave Vin
Minneapolis
(612) 922-0100

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
(612) 827-5811

France 44
Minneapolis
(612) 925-3252

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
(612) 338-5393

Spoon & Stable
Minneapolis
(612) 224-9850

Lunds Wine & Spirits - Mpls
Minneapolis
(952) 927-3663

Marin
Minneapolis
(612) 252-7000

Minikahda Club
Minneapolis
(612) 926-1601

Spasso
Minnetonka
(952) 224-9555

Mgm - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
(952) 470-2062

The Wine Shop
Minnetonka
(952) 988-9463

Glen Lake Wine & Spirits
Minnetonka
(952) 935-7375

Crate & Compass
Moorhead
(701) 575-1170

Tessa's Office
Rochester
(507) 226-7763

Scandia Olde Towne Liquor
Scandia
(651) 433-5845

The Commodore
St Paul
(651) 330-5999

Thomas Liquor
St Paul
(651) 699-1860

Gianni's
Wayzata
(952) 404-1100

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