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June 25, 2010 @ Whole Story
Diletta Malenchini and her family have been producing estate grown Chianti varietals at their Villa Medicea (Medici) di Lilliano for many decades.  Their estate, originating in the 11th century, was established as a lookout tower in the heart of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini region outside Florence.
April 9, 2010 @ Whole Story
Have you checked out any of our featured Australian wines yet? We introduced you to our quality, priced-to-please Australian wines in our last post.
March 13, 2010 @ Whole Story
It's that time of year again…when things turn green: grass, trees and beer! It's time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish. There's nothing more Irish than Guinness…well, maybe a leprechaun…and we have the pleasure of bringing you the adventure of this brewer's famous Draught.
March 11, 2010 @ Whole Story
Join in the fun this spring as we celebrate quality, priced-to-please Australian wines. Defined by a vibrant mix of cultures and an unmatched diversity of land and climates, Australia produces wine styles as rich and varied as the soil from which each grape grows.
December 29, 2009 @ Whole Story
Are you ready to ring in the New Year? We are! While our wine departments are stocked with many great Champagnes and sparkling wines perfect for toasting, we have to admit that we do have a favorite: J.P. Chenet Blanc De Blancs Brut.
December 18, 2009 @ Whole Story
Holiday time is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious port wine! Port wine is a "sipper" kind of wine - it slowly warms your spirit and soul while you mingle and enjoy time with family and friends.
December 13, 2009 @ Whole Story
The adventure began in 1984 when Jim Koch took an old family recipe dating back to the 19th century and brewed his first bottles of Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
December 3, 2009 @ Whole Story
For some reason people consider the words "holiday party" to be among the scariest in the English lexicon. Well, we don't. Yes, you'll certainly need to create the guest list, send invitations, plan the menu, pair the wines and decorate the house... maybe that is a lot of work.
November 17, 2009 @ Whole Story
Mark your calendars, set your alarms or just watch the clock. On November 19th, the third Thursday of November, this year's Beaujolais Nouveau is released to the world.
October 16, 2009 @ Whole Story
It's October and that means it's pumpkin ale time in the beer world. Check your local store to discover which of these delightful brews are available in your neck of the woods. Wolaver's Certified Organic Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale
September 18, 2009 @ Whole Story
You probably have already heard of Foster's Lager - it is the most popular Australian beer in the world. But you may not know that this beer has deep roots. Back in 1887 when Foster's was first brewed, most beer was served at room temperature. Brothers William and Ralph Foster figured their fellow Australians would enjoy a cold beer in that warm climate. And they were right! The Fosters even served it with ice so it could be enjoyed at its best.



Whole Foods national wine program was awarded Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “retailer of the year” award in 2008. Geof and Doug make it happen.

Geof Ryan: A California native, Geof has lived in Southern California most of his life. He developed a passion for wine early in life,and started working in wine stores before he was of legal drinking age (we hope the statute of limitations is up on that!), moving from box boy to manager within five years. Geof joined Whole Foods Market in 1996 and has held several positions, including wine buyer, specialty team leader, national all-star regional specialty coordinator, and is now global co-wine buyer with Doug Bell. Geof has two children and his hobbies include reading, music and late night television.

Doug Bell: Atlanta native Doug Bell is a graduate of University of Georgia. He got his start in the wine business while in college during summer and holiday breaks and continued in the biz, eventually becoming the corporate wine buyer for Harry’s Farmers Markets. When Harry’s became part of Whole Foods Market, Doug’s fate was sealed (and our fortunes enhanced!) when he became our global co-wine buyer with Geof Ryan. Doug and his life partner of 19 years reside on Fightingtown Creek, Blue Ridge, GA. His hobbies include cooking and EATING…reading, hiking, surfing the web and, when forced, home renovating.