who we are:
We’re a San Francisco-based private sommelier service and we curate a selection of NATURAL wines for our clients every month. For us, that means wine made with the least possible use of chemicals, additives and technological tricks, both in the field and in the cellar. Find out more about our natural wine standards here. We offer delivery within San Francisco, and ship all over the US.
Rock Juice was founded by Advanced Sommelier and former restaurateur Melissa Gisler Modanlou.
what you get:
Our clients receive a goodie box of six or 12 bottles of (often esoteric, always clean and delicious) natural wine either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. Check out some examples of previous months’ Rock Juice wines.
We provide detailed tasting notes on each wine, with info on the producer, region and winemaking practices. Our goal is to help you discover new wines to love, and also to arm you with knowledge about the natural wine players, grapes and regions so that you can make more informed decisions as you navigate wine lists and bottle shops wherever you go.
Rock Juice also hosts regular winemaker tastings and events for clients. Meeting the producers and sharing their stories is a great way to personalize the wine experience.
what are rock juice wines like?
Rock Juice is for adventurous types looking to expand their wine horizons. These aren’t your typical bottles, made for consistency and pleasing the masses. They change from vintage to vintage, and vineyard to vineyard. They are real wines – raw and unadulterated – that display a true sense of place. And we love that honesty.
Stylistically, we love bright, refreshing wines with minerality, acid and balance, wines that often come from rocky or volcanic soils (hence the name, Rock Juice). Our selection skews towards lower alcohol, food-friendly wines made by real people, not big corporations. These are not wines you’ll find everywhere – they’re small-production, often allocated, rarely seen in retail and perhaps only on some progressive restaurant wine lists.
Rock Juice selections are reasonably-priced bottles meant to drink now, and every day. Because we believe that life is lived on the Tuesday and Wednesday as much as the weekends, and wine is an important part of celebrating life’s daily pleasures, like food, family and friends. Drink real wine without all the nasty stuff, and it shouldn’t hurt the next day!
what does it cost?
The 6-bottle monthly selection is $140 + tax, and 12-bottle selections start at $265 + tax. Rock Juice clients also enjoy a discount on reorders and access to private tastings and winemaker events throughout the year.
how do I get my wine?
Monthly selections are sent the second week of every month. We use UberRUSH for on-call delivery within SF; all other orders are shipped via UPS.
how do I join?
Complete the Rock Juice Sign-up Form. We won’t bill your card until we send out your first selection.
can I refer friends?
Yes please! If you know somebody who is interested in natural wine and has a Rock Juice palate, please send them our way! You’ll get a free bottle for each person whom you refer that signs up.