A wine shop named after 2-year-old twin boys.
Everson Royce is the baby of April Langford and Randy Clement (co-owners with George Cossette of Silverlake Wine), along with Joe Capella, a long-time wine collector, patron of SLW, and their “financial know-how guy” in this new venture in an old neighborhood (Old Pasadena).
ER specializes in boutique, small production wines from all around the world. They have a wine-tasting bar with 8 wines on tap, which change regularly.
Langford and Clement are rosè lovers, a wine they consider perfect for summer barbecues and picnics, and which, April asserts, got a bad rap in the 1970s as a result of white Zinfandel. Good rosè wines are dry and “not what people think.” A good example of this, she suggests, is the Ameztoi “Rubentis” from the Spanish Basque region. Irene Virbila of the L.A. Times describes this blend of white and red grapes as “ever so slightly pètillant (sparkling); it has the minerality and a bright citrusy quality that makes it ideal with spicy foods.” A bottle goes for $22.50.
Most of the Everson Royce’s inventory runs between $20-30, though there are bottles as low as $7.50 or, flipping 180-degrees, $400-1,700. (Yowzah.)
One of April’s favorite wine is the 2009 Domaine Lèon Barral ($28.50), appellation Faugères in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. The blend of carignan, grenache, and cinsault grapes creates a rich, dark, velvety, and “funky” wine. Barral is considered to be “a beacon of revolutionary winegrowing,” using biodynamic practices. To work the soil in the way necessary, they use cows, horses, and pigs. These animals graze the “cover crops,” which leads to all sorts of activity that adds essential nutrients and aerates the soil. They also prune their vines in the “gobelet style,” which keeps the grapes from withering under the relentless sun. “This level of artistry was once nearly extinct.” DLB seems to be the kind of winery that Everson Royce enjoys endorsing.
ER carries, of course, many American wines, including pinot noir, cabernet, and chardonnay. One husband and wife team, Rebecca and Peter Work, run Ampelos Cellars, an eleven-year-old vineyard in the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley. Peter states that “Ampelos is one of the vineyards in the U.S. to be certified sustainability in practice, organic, and biodynamic.” The grapes they grow are many, including voignier, which April calls “fruity, but with no oak in the taste.”
April is proud to offer the wines from these vineyards and she’s a part of a very dedicated team. She met Randy while in New Mexico where they were always working in restaurants. When years and years later they opened Silverlake Wine, which they opened with no financial backing, they worked 100 hours a week and it was a full year before they could hire their first employee.
Now, April appears energized and excited about stumbling upon their new location and bringing their love of small-production wines to Pasadena. The store is large with high ceilings, with raw and exposed structural elements. Iron wine cases that have simple and diagonal angles line the walls and a main wooden island curves through the main section of the store displaying American wines. Various other stations hold shelves with pyramids of bottles. A variety of spirits and beer are available as well.
155 N. Raymond Ave.
Store and wine bar open 7 days a week
Wine tasting: Tues. & Fri., 5-8 p.m.; Sat., 2-6 p.m.
For more info, call 626.765.9334 or visit eversonroyce.com