Lo-Fi Wines

Low Intervention Wines of California

Let’s talk music

In the world of music, lo-fi is a term to describe a musical quality in which elements usually regarded as imperfections of a recording or performance are audible, sometimes as a deliberate aesthetic choice. I dig lo-fi music. There are no frills here, just pure music without embellishment. The “style” goes back to the earliest forms of rock and roll. The 60s garage rock of  The Stooges led to the 70s punk scene. The 80s gave us the college rock R.E.M. and led to the 90s noisy, chaotic rock of Guided by Voices. Today, you can find the lo-fi DNA in alt-country, indie-folk, Americana, chillwave, and ambient music genres.

What does this have to do with wine?

The same stripped-down simplicity of the lo-fi aesthetic can be seen in the low intervention wines we love. Grapes from organic and biodynamic vineyards are hand-harvested, allowed to ferment naturally, and bottled with harsh winemaking techniques or embellishments. Sometimes simplicity is the best in both music and wine.

No frills wine

A winery that has taken on this aesthetic in both technique and name is Lo-Fi Wines out of Santa Barbara County, California. Lo-Fi’s ethos is to embrace the unpredictable and uncontrollable factors in vintage and vinification, much like an audiophile derives pleasure from the clicks, pops, and hiss of their favorite vinyl record. The duo behind Lo-Fi, Mike Roth and Craig Winchester, make wines without frills or fillers. Wines that are simple, hand-crafted, and an honest expression of what a grape can offer. Lo-Fi is marked by easy drinking, low alcohol, neutral barrel—if any—oak, native yeasts, little or no sulfur, or other interventions that hide the fruit or the vintage that spawned it. Nothing added and nothing is taken away. They are leading the way for a new generation of California winemakers that aren’t seeking points or collectors, but getting back to the roots of what makes wine exciting and enjoyable. You can easily recognize a Lo-Fi wine on our shelf. Just look for the record label on the bottle.

The Wines of Lo-Fi

Lo-Fi Rosé of Cabernet Franc

Vintage: 2019
Region: Santa Ynez and Los Almos, California, United States
Viticulture: Organic
Grape Varieties: 70% Cabernet Franc,15% Gamay, and 15% Pinot Noir

The Lo-Fi Rosé of Cabernet Franc is organically grown, hand-harvested, and made with minimal intervention in the cellar. Lovely red fruit and crisp acidity.

Vinyl Album: Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra

$27.00

Out of stock

Lo-Fi Cabernet Franc

Vintage: 2020
Region: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Viticulture: Practicing organic
Grape variety: 100% Cabernet Franc

A juicy and crunchy chillable wine with bright red fruit and spice. Unfined, unfiltered and low sulfites.

Album: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

$27.00

Out of stock

Lo-Fi Gamay Noir

Vintage: 2020
Region: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Viticulture: Organic
Grape variety: 100% Gamay Noir

Lo-Fi Gamay Noir is a juicy and easy-drinking favorite from Santa Barbara County. Raspberry and cherry fruit, dark floral, and spice.

Song: Rebound by Sebadoh

$33.00

2 in stock

Lo-Fi Gamay Noir

Vintage: 2020
Region: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Viticulture: Organic
Grape variety: 100% Malbec

Lo-Fi Wines Malbec is a big and bold take on this dark-skinned varietal that is unmistakably Californian in style. Big berry fruit and spice.

Song: I Am a Scientist by Guided by Voices

$33.00

1 in stock

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