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Aleš Kristančič rocks, natural winemaker and bass guitar


Above: Aleš Kristančič doesn’t just make rock star natural wine, he rocks!

One of the best things about the world of natural wines is the people who make them. They just tend to be so much more cool and interesting than the fuddy duddies who make all that spoofed and tricked out juice. People who make natural wine do it because they love it (for real) and they love what natural wine stands for — real land, real fruit, real people, and real wine.

Our friend Aleš Kristančič, owner and winemaker at Movia (Slovenia), is one of those people: he doesn’t just make great natural wine, like the Ribolla that we feature at Jaynes and that you will taste when you attend the San Diego Natural Wine Summit on August 9. He also R-O-C-K-S! Before the fall of the Soviet empire, he played bass in the Yugoslav army band. He’s so much of fan of our very own Do Bianchi’s band Nous Non Plus, that he flew the band over just to play a show at his winery (and so he could sit in!). It’s lucky they survived: he parties like a rock star, too! (Do Bianchi aka Jeremy Parzen will be pouring and speaking about wine at Jaynes, btw, next Weds. and Thurs.)

Above: That’s us with Aleš at the Wine and Spirits Top 100 tasting last October.

Aleš and his Lunar — a wine made with no human intervention whatsoever — was featured today in the 31 Days of Natural Wine series. You’ll taste the Lunar at the Aug 9 tasting.

    Aleš Kristančič of Movia observed that if a ripe grape falls from vine to the earth, it becomes the ideal vessel for winemaking. Yeasts enter through the hole where the stem once attached, fermenting the sugars to create the most natural wine (ever). If left untouched, it would probably develop into vinegar, but Aleš saw the opportunity to step in before that happened, and thus conceived Lunar – an experimental Ribolla Gialla cuvee from a selection of the estate’s oldest vines.

Click here to read the rest of the post and to understand how the Lunar cycle affects the natural wine process…

Space for the San Diego Natural Wine Summit is filling up fast, so please reserve soon!


Sunday, August 9, 2009
2 pm – 6 pm Public Tasting $45/person
Noon – 2 pm Media/Trade Preview. RSVP Please

Jaynes Gastropub
4677 30th Street (@ Adams Avenue)
San Diego 92116

To reserve tickets please call 619.563.1011 or email

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