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behind the bottle

A Seattle-based wine newsletter delivering locally, drinking globally

Meet the makers. Share a laugh. Get the juice.

We handpick wines

We find the world's most interesting winemakers through a scientifically proven process of "tasting" rapidly.

We tell you their story

You sign up for our newsletters to get a biodynamic version of  the winemakers' story and a selection of excellent jokes.

You crush great wines

Buy & enjoy some of the most unique wines at cellar direct prices and get them delivered right to your door.

We think wine should be fun

We ask winemakers their origin story, so it’s only fair to tell you ours. We were drinking a bottle of pinot noir and enjoying the hell out of it. On a whim, we looked up the tasting notes. They meant nothing to us. We had no idea what a “whisper of forest floor and liquid viagra” was supposed to taste like. The world of wine doesn't need to be fancy and unapproachable. It's just grape juice. It's supposed to be fun.

What we really wanted to know was the story of the producer. What made them tick? How did they manage the challenges of that year’s growing season?

So we sat down and wrote the thing we wanted to read.

We’ve met dozens of winemakers to learn about their wine, but also about their former careers in auto-wrecking, their divorces, their ambitions, their insecurities, their life philosophies. We think you all should meet.

Meet the winemakers

Luke and Meredith have a singular, laser focus for Statera Cellars: they want to make you love chardonnay. Chardonnay is polarizing. Quality is all over the map. So is complexity. Many refuse to drink anything else. Others would rather do a keg stand. Luke and Meredith are dead sure they can make a chardonnay that blows your mind. We agree.
John Grochau grew up racing his bike through France. Back stateside, he was inspired to make wine that was about slowness, family moments and daily pleasure. Meet Grochau Cellars.
Blair Guthrie makes some seriously fun wines out of California. Originally from New Zealand, Blair worked his way through Australia to California where he grows some traditional varietals as well as some not so traditional ones. That's not even the best part though. Blair has made a personal commitment to diversifying the wine industry by offering mentorships to people from underrepresented populations. He's here to welcome and support BIPOC and LQBTQIA+ folx throughout their wine journeys. We love that.
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Our Qualities
fun

We love a good joke and don't take ourselves or the wine too seriously.

value

Where you spend your time and money matter to us, so we bring you the highest quality products at the best prices.

Trust

We vet each bottle and winemakers personally, so we can guarantee the whole experience will enrich your life