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27 August 2015 Feature, News

The nominees for the Wine Enthusiast 2015 Wine Star Awards have just been posted. We are thrilled to have been nominated “Importer of the Year,” for the third time in 11 years! Click here to see all the nominations.

27 August 2015 News

Petrolo’s Inarno 2012 was selected as a “Wine of the Week” in the Dallas Morning News! Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article.

“The 2012 Inarno is the inaugural vintage from the Petrolo estate in Tuscany. It is a traditional style, unoaked, 100 percent sangiovese. The fruit is bright, red cherry and strawberry with hints of dried herbs beginning to show cedary, cigar-box aromas with three years in the bottle. It’s medium bodied and lively on the palate, with citrusy acidity and well-integrated tannins. That acidity makes it a great companion for tomato-based sauces on pasta or pizzas.”


27 August 2015 News

James Suckling’s web site features a post on Quinta do Noval’s 2013 Vintage Port declaration. An excerpt is below. Click here for the link and article

“Quinta do Noval, a famed Port producer from Portugal’s Douro Valley, in a rare move has declared the year 2013 a vintage despite small quantities and a wet harvesting season.

In general, there’s no law regulating declaration of Port vintage, but it is declared from time to time mostly when all the other Port houses decide to do so, usually three to four vintages in a decade. The last three fully declared vintages are 2011, 2007 and 2003.”



21 August 2015 News

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, ranked the No. 1 restaurant in the world on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, decided to close their doors for a few weeks to launch a series of pop-up dinners at three locations across the U.S.: a luxury yacht in Miami, a country club in Birmingham, AL, and a restaurant in Houston.

The restaurant’s two chefs and sommelier (brothers), chose six Spanish wines to showcase at the events, to represent “products of excellence” from their home country. One of the wines selected is Telmo’s El Transistor, a stunning 100% Verdejo from Rueda from a single 10 acre vineyard of old vines on slopes, and aged in a combination of large barrels, cement and stainless steel – Basa’s bigger brother, if you will.

The events are taking place today in Birmingham (click here) and in Houston on August 24-26.  Click here for an article about the event in Miami, which appeared a few days ago in a local Spanish newspaper and specifically mentions the wine selection for the events.  There have also been a few local press hits in the Miami New Times and Eater.

21 August 2015 News

Today Food

Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône Rosé appears on NBC Today (online), with wine writer Edward Deitch recommending the wine in his article on lower alcohol wines.  He points to Guigal’s rosé as a great option to enjoy in the heat of summer, noting “another classic blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah with red berry, herb and spice notes, including a touch of cinnamon.”

Click here to read the full article!

14 August 2015 News

Today’s Wine Spectator home page features a great photo of Telmo Rodriguez in the vineyards, with the following caption: “Looking for value in Valdeorras? Telmo Rodríguez produces a white Godello and a red Mencía, both affordable and elegant.” The accompanying article, by Spanish critic and managing editor Thomas Matthews, focuses on “9 Distinctive Spanish Values.”  Click here to read his notes on the wines!

14 August 2015 News

We have some great press in the just-released Wine Spectator, with the headliner being the Brewer-Clifton feature below in “The Art of Pinot”, a piece on Calfornia’s Top Pinot Noirs.  A full 3 of the Top 11 scoring California Pinot Noirs noted in the article summary are from Brewer-Clifton including the current vintage Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2012, which receives 94 Points.  Click here to download the article.

14 August 2015 News, Videos

The Wine Spectator features Guigal on its homepage, with part 4 of Philippe Guigal’s seminar at the New York Wine Experience last year, discussing La Mouline and La Landonne.  Both wines are from the 2005 vintage and scored 99 points.

Great video, click here to bring it up. Philippe specifically gives some good background on the cooperage at Chateau d’Ampuis.


14 August 2015 News

An article from the most current Wine & Spirits dives into VVF 2005, based on its incredible showing at a dinner we held (yes, it’s called “close to a unicorn wine”). Click here to download the article.

14 August 2015 News

Following right on the heels of Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s video on Dog Point Chardonnay comes this house-made, back-seat offering from Matt Sutherland and winemaker Murray Cooke, showcasing the 2013 Barrel wines. Click on the photo below to watch it!