Tristan has been a familiar face at Bishop’s Cellar for quite some time. He left for a few years but we’re thrilled to have him working part-time in the shop again. Tristan enjoys keeping his palate sharp and finding the right product for each customer.
Our resident conversationalist, Tristan can engage just about anyone in a quality discussion about wine and spirits. He knows his stuff and enjoys learning more whenever he can. Tristan believes that understanding wine culture helps enrich other parts of his life as well. He’s interested in reading, enjoying new music and films, and brushing up on his kitchen creations.
Tristan Gray's Picks
Malvasia may be new to some of you, but this grape has been quenching thirsts for thousands of years. The Malvasia family of grapes is believed to be named after Monemvasia: the greek trade port which spread the love of this grape throughout the medieval world. At some point before the phylloxera epidemic in Italy, immigrants from Piemonte brought their beloved Malvasia grapes along with them and planted them throughout the Central Coast. Once again this charming aromatic grape won over many winemakers and spread throughout California and there are currently about 500 hectares planted there. The Birichino Malvasia Bianca shows off classic jasmine, honeysuckle, apricot and citrus notes with a subtle green almond richness on the palate which finishes surprisingly dry despite its ripeness. A great accompaniment to spicy food and wonderful on its own – come find out for yourself why this grape has stood the test of time.