Wines

Hopler

In 2004 our original home in Winden am See became too small and we moved to our cutting edge winery in Breitenbrunn 3km away. Today Höpler has a 2,500m² modern production facility equipped with computer controlled machinery and this provides the prerequisites for the production of high-quality wines. We seek to attain the highest global standards. We are IFS certified and regulated by Austrian wine law.

Heroe

From harvest past to present our production workers are the heroes of the estate vineyard and winery, toiling long days in all kinds of weather. With this label we honor all our past and present workers as well as those winery production teams around the world. These wines reflect beautiful hand manicured fruit, with outstanding winemaking. Raise your glass to “HEROE”

Husch Vineyards

Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery. It is the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley appellation, located in Mendocino County (Northern California) just 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco.

Tolosa

olosa’s vineyard, Edna Ranch, consists of six distinct sections, with 60 soil types and myriad microclimates encapsulating a remarkable spectrum of terroirs. Remnants of volcanic eruptions, fueled by clashing continental plates, share the landscape with calcium-rich sediments from tiny shells deposited on an ancient ocean floor and estuary. Degraded granite meets tufa precipitated in a vanished sea. Heavy clay fills the valley floor while sandstone and clay loam cover the hillsides. Limestone - the Holy Grail for Pinot Noir – blankets the slopes of a knoll.

Alpha Omega

Established in 2006, Alpha Omega was created to offer handcrafted wines that blend the Old World with the New World and a winery that exudes a sense of place and hospitality reflective of the Napa Valley farming community.

Perinet

The Perinet estate vineyards encompass three completely unique and distinct micro-climates within the ancient Priorat region. Our site diversity allows our winemaking team to add melody, harmony and complexity within our blends. The three vineyard personalities translate to: warm and fruit-forward (Finca Mas Vell), fresh, vibrant and long (Finca Mas d'en Xes), and spice-laden grapes cooled by Mediterranean breezes (Finca Pendents). These individual climats define our home in the Priorat.

Craft + Estate

Craft + Estate is an importer of fine wines and artisanal saké that beckons the adventurous. Our approach is guided by the belief that quality is the result of passion, talent, and terroir. We select only those producers whose philosophy, and willingness to push boundaries, speak through every bottle they make. Craft + Estate invites discovery and guarantees a memorable experience.

William Knuttel

We create both high quality affordable wines as well as ultra-premium single vineyard and specialty wines at our facility in Sonoma, CA, where we also provide custom crush services for our many clients.

Purple Hands Wine

Native to Oregon vineyards and farmland, owners Cody and Marque Wright are most intrigued by wines that reveal the history of their native landscape. Cody, our winemaker, has been in the cellar his whole life, with stints at home and abroad—following in his family’s footsteps. He and Marque collaborate closely in the pursuit of world-class wines and warm hospitality at Purple Hands Winery.

Clos LaChance

Clos LaChance roots started as a backyard hobby for Bill and Brenda Murphy back in 1987. The winery has grown to 150 acres planted in San Martin, CA within the Central Coast American Viticultural Area. Tucked into the beautiful Hayes Valley, Clos LaChance is a true wine country experience. Being good stewards of the land and resources are key components in Clos LaChance’s winemaking practice. These wines are certified sustainable.

Aloft

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon by Marc Mondavi and Family.

Baker & Brain

Baker & Brain is small-lot, minimal intervention winemaking aimed at showcasing the finest, most consciously farmed vineyards throughout California, while maintaining a minimal carbon footprint. Exceptional fruit is minimally processed to create wines that are expressive, balanced and exciting.

Ransom

Ransom Spirits was started by Tad Seestedt in 1997. Initially, the distillery made small amounts of grappa, eau de vie and brandy. In 1999, Ransom began the production of a number of small-batch fine wines, and In 2007 we took up the craft of grain-based spirits, adding gin, whiskey and vodka to the lineup. By 2010, we combined our crafts of winemaking and distilling to create our first Dry Vermouth. Ransom Farms is located in the Willamette Valley - in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range. We purchased a forty-acre farm outside of Sheridan, Oregon in 2008. Barley has been planted since 2008, and our first vines were planted in the spring of 2010. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability and stewardship, our farm has been certified Organic since 2011.

Curious Cork

Curious Cork is an importer of unique, premium and authentic European wines. Working from a position of relevance in the marketplace, Curious Cork brings brands with authentic stories, sense of place and real value to satisfy the wine curiosity of today’s wine drinker.

Peter Franus

Peter Franus is a respected Napa Valley winemaker and an insider secret in the wine industry. For 30 years, he’s bonded with the mountain and hillside vineyards of the region, and particularly Mount Veeder on the southwestern flank of the Valley. He has made friends and found avid supporters who connect to his disarming wit and earnest approach to winemaking and to life, he has spent decades choosing the best vineyards, and he has produced small batches of highly praised, soulful and, most of all, delicious wine.

Rancho Loma Vinyards

At Rancho Loma Vineyards, our mission is to integrate the very best viticulture and wine making practices available to produce the ultimate expression of Texas wine as a compliment to food. Produced in Coleman, Texas, a small West Texas town an hour south of Abilene.

Lola Kay

At Lola Kay, we are on a mission to make classically elegant wines priced for everyday enjoyment.

Rubissow Wines

In the 1980s, our father George Rubissow and his business partner Tony Sargent, founded Rubissow-Sargent wines - sourced entirely from the 45 acre Rubissow estate on the steep southern hillsides of Mt. Veeder. Today, as second generation owners we are excited to present our own wines - Rubissow. Our aim is true: to make rare, single vineyard wines promising deep expression of place, exquisite enjoyment and rewarding age-ability. Winemaker Timothy Milos is our accomplice in wine - the next interpreter of the Rubissow Vineyard. Together, with shared ambition and modern craft we bring you the entirely reimagined Rubissow wines. ~Peter Rubissow & Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto

Ink Works Wine Co.

UTILIZING GRAPES FROM CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST AND ORIGINAL PACKAGE DESIGN BY ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S MOST NOTED TATTOO ARTISTS, INK WORKS WINE COMPANY MELDS THESE TWO ANCIENT TRADITIONS TOGETHER INTO A PRODUCT AS ATTRACTIVE AS IT IS DELICIOUS. TEETERING ON THE EDGE OF STABLE AND RECKLESS, THIS WINE IS A BOLD EXPRESSION OF THE ORIGINS OF THESE TWO TRADES. BUILT ON THE IDEALS OF SELF-EXPRESSION AND CREATIVITY, INK WORKS WINES ARE CRAFTED FOR THE BOLD AND THE PROGRESSIVE.

Wrath Wines

Wrath produces site-driven Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc from our estate vineyard and respected properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Our production is small, our distribution is limited and our wines reveal attitude, passion, and an inherent respect for what a vineyard can give us.

Maldonado Family Vineyards

Lanson

The original style of Champagne since 1760. The House of Lanson has always blended its champagnes using a majority of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in order to achieve the perfect balance of power and finesse.

Forge Cellars

We are a small, artisanal producer focusing entirely on Riesling and Pinot Noir. We are made up of three like-minded and passionate friends--French Winemaker-Grower, Louis Barruol of Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas and Finger Lakes partners Richard Rainey (Vineyards, General Manager) and Justin Boyette (Winemaker). We strive to grow grapes and handcraft wines of interest and value that perfectly balance minerality, aromatics and fruit to reflect our exceptional Finger Lakes terroir. Each vintage is viewed as an opportunity to express our region - to reflect its soils, its cool climate and its hillside lake terroirs. Our choices in the cellar guard the purity of our vineyards. Simply put, we make wine in the traditional, handcrafted manner. We harvest by hand. We sort by hand. We load the grapes into the press by hand. We shovel the vats out by hand. We employ spontaneous fermentation and ferment in very tiny lots, so that we truly understand the expression of the vineyard each year. We use very low levels of sulphur and don’t fine or filter our red wines.

Materra

From his days as a young boy working on a Midwest farm, Brian Cunat developed an interest and respect for agriculture and farming that has grown into a life's passion and a dream. Brian and his wife, Miki, have traveled extensively, touring wineries, walking vineyards and enjoying local cuisines and flavors. Their first visit to the Napa Valley with its natural beauty and welcoming residents, along with the exceptional quality of wines produced from the region gave real inspiration to their family dream. In 2007, Brian decided to combine his love of wine and his dream of farming by purchasing a 50-acre property in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Working with an expert team of vineyard managers and winemakers, the property was transformed with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The Cunat family is involved in the winery operations on a daily basis. The oldest daughter, Neena, has worked in Napa since 2007 and oversees the daily operations as well as the company's public relations efforts. The younger daughter has been instrumental in the designs of the product labels and collateral materials. Additionally, Brian's brother, John, and the extended Cunat family are supportive investors in Cunat Family Vineyards as well as active brand advocates. Each Materra wine is a perfect expression of the land, the grapes, the passion the Cunat family has invested in each bottle and the unyielding quality delivered consistently by the growing conditions and terroir of the Napa Valley. Brian and the entire Cunat family look forward to sharing their dreams with you over a glass of Materra.

Olé Imports

Olé Imports began in 1999 with just 3 wines. Our unique portfolio of Spanish wines has now grown to over 100 wines today. My dear friend and partner Alberto Orte and I have searched the Spanish peninsula for wines that share four fundamental elements: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional winemaking and last but not least, wines that present an exceptional value.

Clos Henri

Charles Neal Selections

Charles Neal, an author and importer based in San Francisco, California, is a leading authority on single-estate and bottled French brandies as well as numerous wines produced in France. Throughout this website and in his books, Charles takes you on a tour of France where you'll meet grower producers, learn about the geographic features that make each region unique, and find tasting notes.

Boundary Breaks

We only make Riesling wine and we take pride in our singular approach. However simplicity is not an effort that should be regarded as simple.

B-Wise Vineyards

"For me the total endeavor of B Wise Vineyards is the pursuit of excellence in winemaking. That’s it. Nothing else matters. This commitment dictates every decision we make and everything we do in our wine-growing process. We make ripe, flavorful, balanced, site-driven wines…” ~Brion Wise – Proprietor

Crafted Brands

Crafted Brands™ is a wine and spirits sales and consulting company with 25+yrs combined experience in sales & distributor management for boutique wines and small batch spirits. We launch brands into markets – big and small – and help them organically grow through our existing relationships and proven industry knowledge. We do not manage from a desk but rather work our footprint to achieve sustainable growth.

di Lenardo Vineyards

he “DI LENARDO VINEYARDS” Estate produces quality wines from its four large family owned vineyards situated in Ontagnano (UD), in the heart of the FRIULI region , from a rented vineyard close to Aquileia (UD) and from some “controlled” vineyards in Manzano (UD).

Apolloni Vinyard

) Tradition, Italian, and Family: these are the foundation of Apolloni Vineyards and it’s winemaking. The label is inspired by an original piece with its origins dating back to the 16th century. It depicts the Apolloni family coat of arms, featuring a black eagle as a sign of strength, as well as the helm from the armor of the captains of Scalve. The Apolloni family’s Italian roots originate in the Arezzo region of Tuscany, Italy, encompassing a winemaking tradition dating back over 150 years. Alfredo Apolloni, a first generation American who developed a passion for viticulture and winemaking in his youth.

Dubos Frères

Dubos Frères was founded in 1785, by Jean-Baptiste Dubos, who watched with great enthusiasm the success of the “new French clarets”. Many generations had built solid relationships with the most famous properties allowing Dubos Frères to go through the most difficult periods of the Bordeaux wine history, steadily developing new export markets until the latest descendant of Chevalier Dubos, Philippe Dubos, who ran the company until 1989.v

Esporão

“The Esporão project began in the Alentejo from an irrepressible desire to make the finest wines. This is the basis of everything we do and something we extend to other products and regions. Everywhere, nature inspires us and helps us to improve. We respect and protect it, building a more promising future.

Ethica Wines

For more than 60 years, the Gruppo La-Vis has been one of Italy's premier wine producers. With over 1500 growers and partners throughout Italy, La-Vis combines time-honoured regional traditions with a spirit of innovation and a commitment to ecological responsibility.

Farella

Farella is a family owned vineyard and winery based out of the new Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley.

Farmstrong

Farroria La Gerla

The vineyards at La Gerla lie right on the Montalcino hill at 320 m.a.s.l. right where the slope softens; a small winery which, in just a few short years, has become a great cru of this Tuscan territory surrounded by the Orcia and Ombrone Valleys.

Fattoria Ormanni

The "Ormanni" estate, which you find when going from Poggibonsi to Castellina in Chianti, was in the 1200's property of the homonymous family, named even by Dante in the Divine Commedia.

Ghostrunner

We started Ghostrunner as a way to bring to the market a great tasting red blend that you'll enjoy drinking anytime. Ghostrunner grapes are sourced through central valley vineyards that produce rich and elegant wines. This handcrafted wine shows complex fruit and has a gentle, well balanced finish. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of foods. At Ghostrunner, we only make a red blend so we focus 100% of our time, resources and passion around just this one wine.

Henri Bourgeois

For 10 generations, our family has devoted its passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir to craft wines of unique expression. Each member of our family, Jean-Marie Bourgeois, Arnaud, Lionel & Jean-Christophe, brings its knowledge and expertise to our wine Estate. Rooted to our beloved village of Chavignol, on the greatest terroirs of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, we work on a mosaic of many vine plots. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir - either Kimmerigdian marls, Flint or Limestone Clay soils.

Jean-Marc Brocard

Jean-Marc Brocard learnt about working in the vineyard from Emile Petit, his father-in-law, and P’tit Louis, a distant relative. These two people shared all their knowledge and experience on the art of vinegrowing and winemaking with him. It is all about balance. It is a harmony between over four centuries of accumulated knowledge and the vision of the young Jean-Marc Brocard.

J. K. Carriere

My name is Jim Prosser and I started this beautiful mess. It continues to save me from all that growing up I had done in the past. Twenty years in wine, sixteen with my own winery, in due course I became we, and we purposefully craft just 4,000 cases of acid-centered Pinot Noir, some bubbles and a little chardonnay, from our winery on a mountain in Oregon. We are, in fact, what we want to be.

L'Aventure

Stephan Asseo, owner and winemaker at L'Aventure Winery, began making wine in 1982, following his education at L'Ecole Oenologique de Macon, Burgundy, France. In that same year, Stephan established Domaine de Courteillac in Bordeaux. He and his family later purchased Chateau Fleur Cardinal and Chateau Robin in the Cotes de Castillion, Bordeaux. Over the next 15 years, Stephan developed into an artisan winemaker of fastidious craftsmanship and gained a reputation as a maverick vigneron.

Michel Fonné

Michel Fonné, is a certified œnologist from Dijon. After having obtained the technical expertise in Champenoise winemaking in Damery and after having made wine from the 1987 harvest in the Alexander valley in California (Hafner Vineyard), Michel took over the family business of his uncle, René Barth.

Moshin Vinyards

Moshin Vineyards and Winery began in 1989 as the dream of Rick Moshin, a San Jose State University math instructor – and with the Moshin Family’s purchase of a ten-acre Pinot Noir Vineyard located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. The Moshin Vineyards of today features a unique 4-tier Gravity Flow Winery and control of 28 acres of grapes – mostly Pinot Noir. The tasting room is open daily to the public and tours of the winery can be made by appointment.

Onward Wines

The Johnson Family, owners of Redwood Valley’s Hawkeye Ranch, are fifth generation family farmers, and their strong sense of community and long-term commitment to sustainability shines through in this heritage vineyard, planted with old vine Martini Clone Pinot Noir. Working exclusively with these cool climate vineyard sites, coupled with minimal intervention during the winemaking process, allows for the best expression of Pinot Noir.

Castello La Leccia

SUSTAINABLE VINE-GROWING A good vintner must favor the natural balance of the ecosystem. With this strong belief we sustain the development of life in the ground. We use a reduced quantity of copper and sulphur for phytosanitation, we plant barley, mustard and clover between the rows of vines, use compost derived from the pomace and stalks; these are only a few of the factors that encourage an optimum balance of organic substances in which our vines stretch out their roots. All this enhances the peculiarities of the terroir which are transferred to the fruit that we nurture carefully from flower to harvest.

Pamplin Family Winery

Pamplin Family Winery was founded to pursue a singular goal – to craft the very best Bordeaux varietal red wines from the top vineyards in the State of Washington. The vision for this winery is a collaborative effort of Bob Pamplin and his son-in-law Art North, who both share a passion for great wine. We are a family-owned and operated winery, dedicated to handcrafting superior quality wines through uncompromising attention to detail in the vineyards and winery. We are devoted in our focus to present only the finest wines for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

Anne Amie Vineyards

When Dr. Robert Pamplin, one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, his vision was to create wines of the highest quality to reflect his passion for excellence. To this end Dr. Pamplin has charged winemaker Thomas Houseman and winegrower Jason Tosch with the task of crafting extraordinary pinot noir. Thomas, Jason, and the rest of the crew are absolutely passionate about producing wines of the finest quality and have dedicated their lives to this quest.

Obrigado

Obrigado Vinhos Portugal is a New York-based importer 100% focused on Portuguese wines. The meaning of Obrigado is “thank you” in Portuguese. Founded in 2010, the company's sole original mission was to import just one wine: Vera Vinho Verde. Because of the growing demand for Portuguese wines in the US, today Obrigado represents many Portuguese wine families. All the wines imported by Obrigado have three things in common: quality, authenticity and value. Obrigado aims to continue building a quality collection of wines that honors the places, grapes and people of Portugal...and to vividly express this reality in the US. Obrigado was initially founded by Rui Abecassis and Bruce Schneider in 2010. In 2013, Bruce sold his interest to Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata, who are now Rui’s sole partners at Obrigado.

Vino Del Sol

Vino del Sol's mission is to be your trusted source for great wine. Since 2004 we have built our reputation as a leading importer of terroir-driven wines that over-deliver in value. Known as "The Argentine Wine Specialist®," we also market exceptional wines and sakes from California, Chile, Japan, and New Zealand. All of our producers are estate-grown, sustainably-farmed, and family-owned. Our wines have received hundreds of 90+ point reviews.

Salin

210 years of family history intimately lined with the world of the Grands Crus Classes have established the Salin family as one of the world's key Bordeaux wine trading houses.

Block Nine

Our family started Block Nine in response to changes in the Pinot Noir market. Demand for moderately priced Pinot Noir has spiked over the last few years. Large, mass marketed brands brought most of the Pinot to the market leaving consumers with few choices of smaller production Pinot Noir from California.  This is our focus. We make only Pinot Noir.

Santola

Quinta do Cachão is situated at the bank of the river, in the Cima Corgo the most rugged and beautiful region of deep Douro. This vineyard was first planted in 1845 by Barão do Seixo, and was later acquired by the Afonso Cabral’s family, which in turn sold to Messias in the year 1956. In order to increase its production, Messias acquired in 1958, a border property, Quinta do Rei, owned by Gonzalez Byass.

Sutil Family Wines

Our winery is located in Peralillo, in the heart of the Colchagua valley, and is surrounded by the more than a half of the 501 hectares of vineyards owned by the company. The winery’s capacity is 7,179,000 liters, 170,000 of which correspond to French and American oak barrels. The primary varieties planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, among others.

The Piedmont Guy

From the Langhe through the Roero to the Alto Piemonte, we represent family-owned houses bent on producing distinctive wines. These houses and their wines speak to us. Each house has an incomparably compelling story to tell, and it is our privilege to represent them in the United States. Promoting their wines is as simple as telling their stories.

Three Wine

“three” Wine Company is much more than a business. It is a family winery focused on sustainable growing, coupled with a hands-on wine experience. Winemaker Matt Cline’s philosophy is that: the dirt, the micro-climate, and sustainable wine growing (from vineyard to bottle) form the cornerstone of good winemaking, and is in every bottle “three” produces. - See more at: http://www.threewinecompany.com/threewinecompany.html#sthash.x9Ja5X8V.dpuf

Toffoli Prosecco

Vincenzo Toffoli, of peasant origin, approaches the viticulture world in his youngest years. Besides the agricultural occupation he works grafting little vines and with this job he starts to become very keen on grafts and some varieties of clones. After his marriage in the '50s, because of the economic crisis, he leaves for Great Britain, where he lives for 12 years doing the greengrocer and the gardener. When he comes back in Italy he buys a small 5 hectares farm in Refrontolo and, in 1964, he founds the Farm, cultivating the vineyards, rearing milk-cows, taking care of the wood and rearing silk worms with the mulberry trees that supported the rows of vines, to give his family a grater economic support.

Trujillo Wines

Growing and harvesting grapes across diverse terroirs, from lush valley floor to hillside slopes, contributes the exceptional balance and structure I look for in a wine. Maybe my farming roots are why the vineyards feel like home and the growers, extended family. Fruit for my label comes from some of Napa’s finest, including Herb Lamb Vineyards in St. Helena, Gary Morisoli in Rutherford, Healy Vineyards in St. Helena, and Henry Brothers Ranch on Howell Mountain.

Truly Fine Wine

We Carry An Exceptional Collection of Imported Grower-Producer German Wines Select from estate to Grand Cru wines, dry to noble sweet, red, white and bubbly. Enjoy classic Rieslings to modern white and red Pinots... and everything in between. Discover why every sommelier in the world is drinking and serving German wines.

Wenzlau Vineyard

It’s called “Estate” for a reason. We make our wine using only the grapes grown on our own organically-farmed vineyard located on the cool, western end of the Santa Rita Hills in Lompoc, California. Our focus is limited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine, although we also have a sparkling wine currently in the works. Our philosophy on our winemaking is much the same as our farming. Provide Justin Willett, our winemaker, with the best possible fruit so the authenticity of the fruit and the terroir come through in the wine, creating an honest wine, unique to our plot in the western Santa Rita Hills. Justin is one part shepherd and one part gifted winemaker. He knows that sometimes the most important thing to do in the cellar is to get out of the way.

Teira Wines

Teira's “Woods Vineyard” is located in the Southern end of Dry Creek Valley. The Valley is home to over 9,000 acres of vineyards that line the intimate 16-mile long by 2-mile wide valley floor. The vineyard sits on Dry Creek, which hasn't been dry since 1982. The Russian River Valley appellation is only 2 miles south, providing for cool nights filled with fog and hot days to ripen the grapes.

Darms Lane

Darms Lane is a family owned and operated winery committed to delivering quality wines from the Napa Valley and recently the Russian River Valley. It was established in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley in 1983 as a Chardonnay estate and was known as Crichton Hall Vineyard.

Grayson Cellars

When our family started Grayson Cellars we asked our winemaker to search throughout California's finest growing regions for the best grapes. We then made several small lots of handcrafted wines and gave each a lot number. We continue that tradition today with lot numbers for each wine. We hope you enjoy our wines with your friends and family.

Athenee Imports

Athenee Importers, established in 1975, is the largest importer and distributor of fine wine, spirits and beer from Greece and Cyprus in the United States. We believe that the future of Greek wines lie in the hands of the small producers. In the past 20 years, the Greek wine industry has undergone tremendous change. Initially, the Greek wine market was controlled by large wineries that produced wines for the mass market with very little attention paid to quality. As a result, Greek wines were not a strong presence in the marketplace and earned a bad reputation. As a result, the trade suffered greatly. In order to rectify the situation, industry leaders recognized the need for change. The next generation of Greek wines would lie in the hands of small producers who keep an eye to quality while closely guarding quantity.

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants

Kermit Lynch was raised in San Luis Obispo, but his name has become synonymous with French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, this writer/musician opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Attracted by the Old World wine cultures of Europe, Kermit became a retailer, distributor, and national importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. Much like his close friends, the late food writer Richard Olney and Chez Panisse’s founder Alice Waters, Kermit’s influence has been enduring. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.”