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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
"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™ 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.
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).
he story began 24 years ago, after completing an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Ecology with an emphasis in Viticulture, Jason Drew began his professional career working for Carmenet Vineyards in Sonoma. After several years managing 70 acres of Bordeaux varieties on the Sonoma Mountain, Jason moved on to work for Navarro Vineyards in the Anderson Valley, managing their estate vineyards. It was during this time that Jason felt the desire to close the circle and go back to Graduate school to study Winemaking.
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
“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.
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 is a family owned vineyard and winery based out of the new Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley.
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.
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.
We started Ghostrider as a way to bring to the market a great tasting red blend that you'll enjoy drinking anytime. Ghostrider 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 Ghostrider, we only make a red blend so we focus 100% of our time, resources and passion around just this one wine.
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 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.
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.
When British ex-patriots Perry and Carolyn Butler moved to California in 1982, they never dreamed they would own 42 acres of prime vineyard land in the heart of Napa Valley. They arrived in California as high-tech pioneers and founded their own computer company in the San Francisco Bay area. After routine 80-hour work weeks, the couple relaxed during weekend trips to Napa Valley, where they were bitten by the wine bug. Dreams of high-tech dominance soon turned to thoughts of returning to the land and grape growing.
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.
Meteor Vineyard is the confluence of an extraordinary Cabernet vineyard in the southeast corner of Napa Valley, the entrepreneurial vision of internet pioneer Barry Schuler and wife Tracy, the viticulture history and expertise of Mike Wolf and the consummate winemaking talents of Bill and Dawnine Dyer.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Priest Ranch believes that all wines must stem from the land itself. Our winemaker and viticulturist, Craig Becker, draws on rich, diverse vineyard sources of the Napa Valley that feature a variety of elevations, exposures, soils and microclimates. With knowledge borne of deep experience, Craig takes a minimalist approach to winemaking, encouraging the highest expression of personality, intensity and distinction in each varietal we produce.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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'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 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.
Château Famaey is first and foremost the story of Luc & Marc, two brave Belgian Childhood friends, who shared the same dream: one of producing a wine issued from a rich 'Terroir' in the magnificent region of Cahors. This dream came true when they became proprietors of this 33 hectares vineyard, situated on the 2nd and 3rd Terraces of the Lot Valley. Then Maarten, son of Luc to whom the father's passion has been passed on, joined the duo to take on the role of 'Maître de Chai'. He collaborates with one of the best oenologist of the region, in the constant desire to seek quality and evolution.
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 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 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.”
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.
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'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.
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.
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.