Anyone who’s been paying even the tiniest bit of attention knows that there’s a whole new generation of winemakers that are rocking the boat and pushing the boundaries of California winemaking.
At Cadet in downtown Napa, twenty-somethings Colleen Fleming and Aubrey Bailey are redefining what it means to be a Napa wine bar, filling their list with old and new producers from all around California—as well as from around the world, which is almost unheard of in Napa. Their bar is a late-night hangout for winemakers who know that if you buy a bottle, you also get to choose an album to play from the stack of LPs at the end of the bar.
Since July 4 marks the first anniversary of Cadet, and because they’re entirely immersed in the best of California, we asked Fleming and Bailey to select a case of distinctly California wines to drink over the holiday weekend. Here, their 12 bottles: