Wine & Spirits Magazine's IMPORTER OF THE YEAR

Fine Wines The World Over

Since its founding in 1979, North Berkeley Imports has sourced authentic, expressive wines from France and Italy, destined for leading restaurants and wine shops as well as private cellars across the country.  With a retail store in Berkeley, California and offices in Europe, our team is dedicated to providing customers with the finest wine selections the world over.

And in 2019, we were named “Importer of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine.  Here’s our story.

It’s our birthday!

This year we’re marking 40 years in the world of fine wine — four whole decades of sharing with you the bottles we love best.

We’ll be celebrating with grand portfolio tastings, special wine dinners, community events and more. You’re invited to join in the fun!

Check out the latest events here.

Alto Adige’s Kurtatsch at Great Wines of Italy Beverly Hills

Our newest partners from Alto Adige, Cantina Kurtatsch, will be featured at James Suckling’s Great Wines of Italy 2020 USA tour in Beverly Hills on February 28!

Le Clos du Caillou Weekend at Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Our long-time partners Le Clos du Caillou from Courthezon, southern Rhone valley, will take part in a spectacular weekend of fine wine and food at world-renowned Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.

Barolo’s Voerzio Wines at James Suckling Event

We’ll be on hand in San Francisco to pour samples and talk wine at this consumer event on February 29, part of the Great Wines of Italy 2020 USA tour. Grab your tickets soon!

Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Dinner at Frasca in Colorado

Join Barolo lovers from Boulder, CO at the award-winning Frasca restaurant to enjoy Fratelli Alessandria’s gorgeous Barolo wines on February 19. Places limited!

Musto Carmelitano Aglianico Dinner At Locanda SF

We are very excited that our partners from Basilicata, Musto Carmelitano, will be honored at a winemaker’s dinner at the award-winning Locanda restaurant in San Francisco on February 19. 

It’s Our Birthday! 40 Years in Fine Wine

This year we’re marking 40 years in the world of fine wine — four whole decades of sharing with you the bottles we love best.

 
Wine & Spirits Names Top Barolo, Barbaresco

Wine & Spirits Names Top Barolo, Barbaresco

Our partners Fratelli Alessandria in Verduno, Piero Busso in Neive, Tiziano Mazzoni in Ghemme and La Briccolina in Serralunga d’Alba are firing on all cylinders, making some of the finest Nebbiolo wines of their careers.

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Chablis’ Marie-Ange Robin A Female Grower Pioneer

Chablis’ Marie-Ange Robin A Female Grower Pioneer

A new generation of women are taking control in Chablis and leading the industry to even higher heights. In this recent Forbes article, our partner Marie-Ange Robin is profiled as one of a growing number of female winemakers who are setting a new level of quality for the region.

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Turgy Champagne Highlighted In Forbes

Turgy Champagne Highlighted In Forbes

Thrilled to see our long-time partner Jean-Michel Turgy featured in this Forbes article! For more than a century the Turgy family has crafted gorgeous Blanc de Blanc wines in Mesnil, and his non-vintage wine is a favorite.

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“Tre Bicchieri” Winners Announced!

“Tre Bicchieri” Winners Announced!

Gambero Rosso has officially awarded its “Tre Bicchieri” (Three Glasses) awards to the top Italian wines of 2020 — and a good many of our partners made the list, many not for the first time, either.

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Wines from Italy

From the rolling, romantic hills of Piedmont to Sicily’s fiery volcanic slopes, Italy is a sensualist’s dream and a wine lover’s heaven. Nowhere else in the world will you experience such a rich selection of native grapes, each with its own character and flavor, than in Italy. Our partners from the bel paese are small family farms, many of which have roots that reach back centuries. Discover our Italian wines.

 

Wines from France

Our partners in France are true artisans, looking toward the future while respecting the traditions of the past. We’ve worked with not only mothers and fathers but also sons and daughters—who, after traveling the world, have come home with new ideas. Many of the regions in which we were first pioneers, are today household names—yet we’re still scouring the gorgeous French countryside for the next must-have wine. Discover our French wines.