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2nd April 2018 News

Masciarelli’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was one of 10 wines  featured in a column by Lettie Teague in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal. The article, “The Budget-Wine Hall of Fame,” focuses on wines that are well made yet friendly on the wallet. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article (subscription-only).

“CERTAIN WINES have reputations tarnished by the connotation of “cheap.” They’re usually the lowest-priced offerings on a restaurant wine list and shelved near the floor in a wine store. Often described by unpromising adjectives like “affordable,” “drinkable” or simply “fun,” they include wines such as Beaujolais, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadet. And their reputation for cheapness knows no borders. Just last week, I served a French dinner guest Muscadet and was informed, “That’s a wine we drink in bistros for 3 euros.”

While plenty of Pinot Grigios and Chiantis deserve scorn, there are also exceptions that warrant praise. I set out to find these humble gems—the wines that are well made as well as drinkable and, yes, “affordable.” After tasting my way through a few disappointments, I found 10 budget-friendly bottles that were actually quite good.”

 
2nd April 2018 News

To kick off the start of Rosé season we are excited to share that the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Rosé was featured in the USA Today story “Rosé craze makes its way to cider, beer, vodka.” USA Today Eats editor Ashley Day included the rosé as a part of a rosé trend story and described the wine as a “blend comprised of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes from the Rhone Valley.” She also informed readers they can visit the Guigal estate and included a photo of Château d’Ampuis. This story was syndicated to all 110 Gannett regional online newspaper outlets across the country, resulting in over 116 million impressions.

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26 March 2018 News

Quinta do Noval’s 10 Year Tawny was among 14 ports featured in a new report from Wine Spectator, “14 Gorgeous Tawny Ports.” The main photo accompanying the article is a photograph of the Quinta itself. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article!

“The 10-year-old tawnies are the best category to explore as a newbie. Offering notes of raisin, hazelnut, toffee, cinnamon and more, these wines are sweet, although some producers’ styles flirt with dry edges, giving them pleasant cut and definition.

I prefer them slightly chilled—keep the bottle in your fridge while you let a glass of the stuff warm up for a few minutes. They’re ideal as a mouthwatering aperitif with roasted almonds and cheese, or as a digestif with a small bite of chocolate. The best part? An open bottle of tawny can last a month or more.

I recently tasted through five dozen tawny bottlings covering the 10- to 40-year-old ranges from top producers. Here’s a selection that provides you with a terrific introduction to the category. For all reviews from my recent tastings, keep an eye on the Buying Guide in Wine Spectator.

QUINTA DO NOVAL Tawny Port 10 Year Old NV Score: 92 | $35
A fresh, vibrant style, showing cherry and red currant pâte de fruit notes, with blood orange and rooibos tea flavors. Light cinnamon and mineral nuances add to the streamlined finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.—J.M.”

 
23 March 2018 News

Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2012 was featured in “25 wines to drink now or lay down for the future,” which originally ran on The Daily Meal, and syndicated to the online editions of the Los Angeles Times (California), The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Orlando Sentinel (Florida), The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), South Florida Sun Sentinel,  San Diego Union-Tribune (California), and Pacific San Diego (California). Wine writer Roger Morris recommends the Brunello as a “wine to drink soon,” highlighting its “big flavors – tart, earthy, and gamy, with lots of raspy tannins.”

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16 March 2018 News

Honored to be the focus of Jeb Dunnuck’s latest article and proud of the high scores and shining reviews awarded to many of our producers’ latest and greatest wines.

“This is an international, world-class portfolio, and VINTUS is undeniably bringing some of the best wines in the world into the United States.”

Read the full article here!

 
13 March 2018 News

In this episode of Wine Press, Ken Ross of Masslive.com discusses quality, affordability and approach to winemaking with Philippe Guigal, with an in-depth answer on how Guigal produces such outstanding, affordable wines. See the article here.

 
12 March 2018 News

Bridal Guide Magazine featured Bollinger R.D. 2002 in their May/June 2018 issue.

The “Green Day” Style File column includes the stylish green and gold bottle among a spread of fresh green-hued products for bridesmaid accessorizing.

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12 March 2018 News

We’re happy to share that Pierangelo Tommasi’s interview with wine editor Howard Hewitt for the Journal Review, a local Indianapolis newspaper, is now live online, entitled “Amarone an underappreciated wine.” Howard introduces Pierangelo and the Tommasi winemaking family, noting that “when a business is rooted with such history, the passion is easy to understand.” He describes the intricate Amarone winemaking process, adding in quotes from Pierangelo about the wine, in which he notes Amarone “is a wine one can proudly serve for special occasions, paired with red meats and ripe cheeses.” This article was syndicated onto The Herald Bulletin Online.

Click here to read the article in the Journal Review.

Click here to read the article in The Herald Bulletin Online.

 

 
8 March 2018 News

Eduardo Chadwick has been named Decanter Man of the Year 2018, arguably the most recognized and prestigious honor for personal achievement in the global wine industry. In his article, Peter Richards MW states, “His pioneering vision and sheer determination have helped to propel Chilean fine wine onto a global stage.”

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5 March 2018 News

 The Filodora Prosecco was mentioned in four recent issues of Texas Weddings Magazine (December 23, Janaury 4, February 6 and February 12). In the latest issue, editor Laurette Veres lists her must-haves for the winter, recommending Tommasi Filodora as the perfect bottle to have on hand for “showers, cocktail parties and more.” Click here to download the latest clip, which appeared in the February 12 issue.