24 July 2017 News, Videos


Be sure to check out the latest YouTube video from Bollinger, entitled “A Vineyard and Its People.” This is not flashy, not “luxury”—it’s the pure and simple beauty of the care that goes into the vineyards at Bollinger.

24 July 2017 News

Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate has struck out on his own. See here one of the first articles on his new Web site, in which he blogs about recent dinner with some great bottles from his cellar. Great comments about Ferrer Bobet and Mitolo!

“Chez Dunnuck – Dinner with Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Anne-Charlotte Mélia Bachas

As to the reds, the 2008 Priorat Vinyes Velles from Ferrer Bobet comes from crazy schist soils and is a mix of Grenache and Carignan. This beauty was ripe, chocolaty and elegant, with tons of black raspberry, currants, violets, incense and scorched earth characteristics. It has bright acidity and while mature, is still lively and fresh. Unfortunately, the 2003 Mitolo Shiraz GAM was subtly corked, but this is a monumental wine I’ve been lucky enough to drink more than a case of. When it’s on, it flirts with perfection. One of the surprises of the evening was the 2007 St Henri Shiraz, and this incredible Shiraz was singing! Deep, layered and unctuous, it offered lots of blackcurrants, chocolaty oak, smoke and licorice as well as a killer, silky, elegant, and seamless texture. This is a downright sexy beauty that’s going to have another two decades of longevity.

Click here to read the article.”

19 July 2017 Feature, News

A multi-decade dream comes true: Guigal has acquired a property in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The next chapter in this extraordinary family’s journey, cannot wait to watch (and taste) it unfold.




17 July 2017 News

A new post in Food & Wine focuses on 50 of the world’s most reliable, inexpensive wines that offer consistently amazing quality – year in and year out. The list includes 2 VINTUS wines, the E. Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge and the Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire. See the comments below on each vine, and here to see the complete list.

E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge ($15)
While Guigal’s greatest acclaim derives from its extraordinary single-vineyard Côte-Rôties, which Rhône wine fanatics refer to as the “La Las”—La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque—this family-owned firm makes top-notch wines at every price. Its typically Syrah-based Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge is full-bodied and compellingly aromatic.

Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut NV ($20)
It’s sparkling, it’s from France, it’s delicious—and it isn’t Champagne. Langlois-Chateau, founded in 1885, makes a variety of wines, but its shortbread-scented, pear-inflected Crémant is the one that rises above the rest. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, it ages for 24 months on its lees (the yeast cells left over after fermentation) rather than the nine months typical of most Crémants, which helps give it unusual lushness and depth.


14 July 2017 News

Devour Utah, a regional magazine and website based in Salt Lake City, UT, featured a review of the pinot grigio noting the wine is complex “with good acidity and ripe tropical fruit flavors.” The Le Rosse is recommended to “sip by itself, but also pairs very well with seafood and Asian flavors – even sushi and sashimi.”

Click here to read the article

13 July 2017 News

Click here to see a nice mention of Ayala in a article on the trend of low-dosage Champagnes.

Ayala is noted as an OG dry Champagne producer whose Brut Nature is a reflection of both its history and its current au courant approach:

“In 1865, Edmond de Ayala, of the eponymous brand AYALA, enthralled British consumers by offering a Champagne with only 22 grams of residual sugar during a time when most houses dosed their wines with two to five times that amount…Ten years ago, Champagne AYALA, too, returned to its roots with the release of its nonvintage Brut Nature.”

Lots of cool-kid somms in this piece espousing the benefits of low dosage; let’s not forget that Ayala is the boutique Grand Marque!



10 July 2017 News

CraveLocal, a news website, featured the Le Rosse Pinot Grigio in “What to Drink Now: Crave Local’s Top Wine Picks for Summer Entertaining.” For the second year in a row, the editors selected the wine as one of their “top picks and best buys” for the summer, noting that it’s far more impressive than typical Pinot Grigio. Scored at 91 points, the wine is highlighted for its food friendliness and citrusy profile.

Click here to read the article

10 July 2017 News

DSM Magazine, a Des Moines, Iowa luxury magazine, featured the Rafael Valpolicella in “A Red That Tastes Great Chilled.” Wine writer Wini Moranville notes that after years of dissatisfaction with Valpolicella wines in general, it was Tommasi’s Rafael that “immediately got [her] back on the Valpolicella bandwagon.” She quotes NY Times critic Eric Asimov’s observation of “the winemaking renaissance that … has also come to Valpolicella,” and favorably reviews the Rafael, recommending that readers enjoy it well chilled. She also directs readers to a local retailer for purchase.

Click here to read the article

10 July 2017 News

Nice feature for Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose in the Washington Post just before the July 4th weekend!

The article notes that the Rose comes “from a top producer in the northern Rhone Valley and “is a perennial favorite,” offering strawberry flavors, a hint of herbs, and good value. Click here to see the piece!

3 July 2017 News

We are happy to share a new review of the 2015 Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio in the Winston-Salem Journal. Wine writer Michael Hastings notes the pinot grigio has “tropical aromas, lots of citrus palate. A bit of richness, yet still plenty crisp, with a lingering finish.” He rates it as “good plus” in a roundup of wines he has recently tasted.