Absolutely, Positively Every Thing You Could Ever Want to Know About Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes Ever, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts. Period.*
(*Unless There’s Something We Forgot or You Come Up with a Really Good Question That Isn’t Answered Below)
So what exactly is Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes?
Glad you asked. Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes is America’s Most Uncommon Online and Retail Wine Shop. We specialize in wines from lesser-known and uncommon varietals, regions, and producers (as well call them, the Forgotten Grapes), and we are the world’s leading source for information on Forgotten Grapes and your number-one source for finding exquisite, affordable wines from around the world produced from a vast selection of Forgotten Grapes.
Wait, what are “uncommon varietals, regions, and producers”?
I’m glad you asked. Let’s break down each one separately, shall we?
- Lesser-known and Uncommon Varietals: Through years of crack research and interactions with wine drinkers and wine lovers of all levels of sophistication, we’ve concluded that most people are only familiar with a handful of wine grapes, the so-called traditional “Big Eight” grapes (as we’ve coined them): Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Syrah. However, there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 different grapes grown around the world that can be turned into wine. These are the Forgotten Grapes. At Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes our mission is to introduce you to them, recommend some of the best wines made from these grapes, and then sell these wines you won’t find anywhere else to you at extraordinary prices.)
- Lesser-known and Uncommon Regions: With research of a similar ilk as that conducted above, we also discerned that most folks’ knowledge of wine growing regions consists of having heard of Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy, and Bordeaux, and then the vague knowledge that wine is also produced in states like Oregon and Washington as well as California, and countries like Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and possibly Chile and South Africa in addition to France. What a lot of people don’t realize is that wine is produced all over the world, on six of the seven continents* and in all 50 U.S. States. At Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes our mission is to introduce you to wines from as many different, unique, and out-of-the-way wine regions as we can locate, recommend some of the best wines made in these regions, and then sell these wines you won’t find anywhere else to you at extraordinary prices. (*And should grapes ever be grown on Antarctica and turned into a wine sold commercially, rest assured we will carry that wine as well)
- Lesser-known and Uncommon Producers: Did you know that in California alone there are over 3600 bonded wineries producing wine? And that there are over 7500 licensed wineries producing wine across the United States? Basically, if you could enjoy one bottle from a different winery every day, it would take you over 20 years to get to every winery in the United States, and that’s without any additional wineries starting up ever. So there’s lots of wineries producing wine not only in the U.S. but around the world, and we’re always on the lookout for the smaller, family producer – out of the way, only crafting a few hundred or a couple of thousand cases a year, not readily available across the country; hell, sometime not readily available anywhere other than at the winery itself. This is our lifeblood and the wine we love most. At Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes our mission is to introduce you to wines from as many of these smaller, family-run, hand-crafted wineries as possible, recommend their best wines, and then sell these affordable, hard-to-find, crowd-pleasing wines to you at extraordinary prices.
Alright, I get it. Forgotten Grapes. You introduce me to the wines, recommend them, and then sell them to me at extraordinary prices. But let’s back up a second. You named the traditional “Big Eight” grapes, but there were nine listed.
Correct. Much like how the Big 12 Conference has 8 teams in it now, and how the Big 10 has 12 teams, and the Big East now features teams from Colorado, Idaho, and San Diego, our “Big Eight” has nine traditional grapes in it. Care to fight about it?
Not particularly. But I know and have tired some wines that exist outside of the “Big Eight.” So what about those?
Congratulations, Mr. Smarty-Pants. You win. The fact is that everyone’s level of wine knowledge will vary, and there are plenty of people out there who know of and have tasted wines that exist outside of the “Big Eight.” Those people make our job that much easier.
So you can’t get any traditional “Big Eight” grapes at Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes?
Do you see that written anywhere? Did I ever say that? No, at Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes, we have a wide selection of wines from hundreds of wine varietals and from all over the world, including all of the traditional “Big Eight.” However, the “big Eight” wines we’ve selected to carry typically come from either lesser-known and more unique wine regions, or they are produced by smaller, boutique family-run wineries that specialize in small production wines. This keeps these traditional wines in line with our overall mission of specializing in wines from lesser-known and uncommon varietals, regions, and producers.
So give me an example of some Forgotten Grapes?
We could give you hundreds of examples. We consider Forgotten Grapes to be grapes as well-known as Petit Sirah, Malbec, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc, and grapes as obscure as Verdehlo, Refosco, Colombard, Alicante Bouschet, Tocai Friulano, and Valdiguie. Some you may have heard of and tasted before; some you may not even believe are actual grapes. But they are, and Chris Kern has tried everyone and has the best wines from these varietals available for you.
So you’re exclusively an online wine retailer?
Absolutely not. While our online store at Forgottengrapes.com is always open, Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes also has a retail storefront located at 1735 Spruce Street, Suite A, on the corner of Chicago and Spruce Streets, in Riverside, California. We invite any and all Forgotten Grapes lovers to visit us at our location, come in and meet America’s Uncommon Wine Expert Chris Kern in person, and sidle up to our tasting bar and try a selection of different Forgotten Grape wines we are pouring that week. Forgotten Grape lovers, we are your Mecca, Valhalla, Xanadu, Mt. Olympus, Bourbon Street, Left Bank, Las Ramblas, and Disneyland all rolled up into one.
Do you carry the same wines on your website that you have on ForgottenGrapes.com?
We do indeed. Everything you find on Forgottengrapes.comis available for purchase in our retail shop as well, and vice versa. Occasionally we may get one particular wine that we offer up as a website exclusive or that we only sell at our retail location, but by and large, everything on the website is also available at the retail shop and vice versa.
When are you open?
Another spectacular question. Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 11am until 7pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 11am until 8pm. We are closed on Sundays.
So who is this Chris Kern and how did he get to be “America’s Uncommon Wine Expert”?
You’re getting a bit ahead of yourself. Let’s answer a couple more questions and then we’ll dive into that head-first. Sound good?
Okay. Then tell me about your prices. I noticed they’re pretty low.
Good eyes! You must consume like 3 dozen carrots daily because you’re correct – our prices are low. Because Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes specializes in wines from lesser-known and uncommon varietals, regions, and producers, we try to keep our prices as low as possible to allow wine lovers and the wine curious to try lots of different things but never feel like they are being forced to make a sizeable investment in something they may not like. It’s also why we feature our tasting bar at our retail location, to allow people to try some of our Forgotten Grape wines before they buy. We strive to keep as many bottles as we can on ForgottenGrapes.com and at Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes between $10 and $30, and right now, the most expensive bottle we carry is only $45. So everything is an incredible bargain at Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes and ForgottenGrapes.com, and remember, every wine we carry has been personally tasted and recommended by our namesake and America’s Uncommon Wine Expert himself, Chris Kern.
Yes, apparently we’re getting to him in a second. But before that, tell me more about this tasting bar?
So every week we feature six different wines on our tasting bar. It is ususally some combination of reds and whites, although occasionally when we're feeling cheeky we'll throw a rose or a sparkling wine or even a dessert wine in there. It only costs $10 to try all six of these different wines -- you get a 2 oz. pour of each one! And we rotate the wines out every Thursday so you can come back every week and try completely new wines.
So when is the tasting bar open?
That's the great thing. The tasting bar is open during our regular business hours, so you can come in any time Monday through Wednesday from 11am to 7pm or Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm and enjoy the wines on our tasting bar.
And what's this about $5 Wednesdays?
Ah yes, you have been listening and paying attention. So since Wednesdays are the last day for the wines on our tasting bar (given that we switch them out every Thursday), folks coming into taste get to enjoy the full array of six wines for just $5 per person, half their normal value. And if that's not enough, we also will give you $5 off your total purchase when you buy any two bottles of wine or more. So Wednesdays are always a good day here at Chris Kern's Forgotten Grapes.