An ultra-boutique California pinot noir designed for Japanese cuisine

Honored to be chosen by the finest chefs
and sommeliers in Japan and the US

Sushi Saito
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt Kyoto
Sushi M

SingleThread Farms
Niku Steakhouse
Ritz Carlton
KOKE Kyoto
Sushi Onodera

Hakkoku Sushi


Xander Soren Wines began as a highly personal project, reflecting Xander’s love of Japanese culture, and cuisine. Working with some of the most iconic cool climate pinot noir vineyards throughout California, our wines are handcrafted in an elegant, old-world style that’s ideal for pairing with the most sophisticated Japanese dishes.

Our wines were previously only available in Japan, where they’ve been embraced by top chefs, sommeliers, and hotels throughout the country. Now available in the US in highly limited quantities, Xander Soren Wines are offered exclusively to our membership list, and select fine dining restaurants.

Prior to releasing his wine brand, Xander spent over 20 years working on digital music technology with Apple, where he was the co-creator of GarageBand, and contributed to iTunes, iPod and iPhone product development. As a musician himself, he plays guitar and bass, and finds subtle ways to continue to incorporate music into his wine journey.

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Xander Soren Wines are now available in the US, with extremely limited quantities. We are currently offering the 2020 vintage, along with a small number of library wines.

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Xander Soren’s pinot noirs are crafted from iconic, cool climate vineyards across the California coastline, from Santa Barbara to to the Sonoma Coast. Our sites are chosen for their ability to develop elegant wines suitable for a wide variety of food pairings. The ocean influence creates a perfect complement with umami-rich cuisines from Japan, even seafood.

With a particular affinity for the Central Coast, our wines have been made from the historic vineyards Sanford & Benedict, La Encantada, and Sierra Mar, while also sourcing from Olivet Lane, and Yuki vineyards in the Sonoma Coast.

We partner closely with growers who practice organic or certified sustainable farming, and the winemaking style is designed to honor each site’s unique terroir.


“When creating pinot noir to pair with Japanese cuisine, we value balance and texture as much as aromatics. Creating harmonious, cool-climate wines is at the heart of our philosophy.” – Shalini Sekhar, Winemaker

Sharing a background in music, and a love of wine and cuisine, Xander and award-winning winemaker Shalini work together to craft a unique style of high-quality pinot noir made in an old-world, minimal intervention style from the most iconic vineyards across California.

Shalini was selected as “Best Winemaker” at the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, and has worked with prestigious wineries including Roar, Williams Selyem, Stags’ Leap, Furthermore, Waits Mast, and Neely, along with her own label, Ottavino.


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