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French café classic reborn!

Blanc Limé, made with Bordeaux white wine, is part of the local heritage of Southwest France. It grew famous from popular celebrations and public festivals. It’s built around a spirit of fun and simple pleasure: your first tipple after a sports match, at the village fête, or the county dance – but also at the bar. It’s associated with joy and partying, loved by both young and old. Nor should it be excluded from the distinguished dining table of a well-known restaurant. It’s joyful, fizzy, refreshing, natural, and a little bit alcoholic.  More info can be found here

Please welcome Rombauer Vineyards to our family!

When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner’’s great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal.

Appreciation bred passion, and Rombauer Vineyards (like VIntage Imports) was established in 1980. Thirty-seven years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first-, second- and third-generation members of the family…and we are so proud and pleased to welcome them to ours!

Now available – Marc De Grazia Italian wines!

Please join us in welcoming the wines of Marc de Grazia to Vintage Imports.  Why de Grazia?

• Their portfolio offers the best and most authentic Italian wines as they closely work with the vignerons and only offer wines they really believe in.

• Their priority is wines made with indigenous varietals grown pursuing sustainable/ natural viticulture.

• Their relationships with the growers and with clients is based on friendship and on mutual respect.

• Their selections are a guarantee of high quality and the wines they represent will provide you with an unforgettable experience which will make you travel through the multifaceted Italian wine world.

We are pleased and excited to begin our adventure with the wines of Marc de Grazia, and invite you, our valued customers, to join us on the journey.

 

New Portfolio of Italian wines arriving May 1

Dalla Terra (of the earth in Italian) Winery Direct® is a direct importer of a limited selection of Italy’s finest wines. Dalla Terra “Winery Direct” is economical and consumer-friendly, putting quality wines on American wine lovers’ tables at affordable prices. This efficient method of shipping, distributing and marketing wine, which bypasses the national importer in the traditional three-tier system, allows distributors to buy directly from the producer. Dalla Terra Winery Direct eliminates the high mark-ups and costs of a traditional national importer, so that Dalla Terra’s wines usually cost less than those of comparable quality.  Look for these new producers starting May 1

CASANOVA DI NERI – Toscana, CLETO CHIARLI – Emilia – Romagna, GAROFOLI – Le Marche, AZIENDA AGRICOLA INAMA – Veneto, FATTORIA LA VALENTINA – Abruzzo, POLIZIANO – Toscana, CANTINA RIFF – PROGETTO LAGEDER – Tre Venezie, MARCO FELLUGA RUSSIZ- Collio, TENUTA SANT’ANTONIO – Veneto, AIA VECCHIA- Bolgheri, VIETTI -Piemonte

An Old Friend

deloachOut to dinner with friends last night and spotted DeLoach Pinot Noir on the restaurant’s wine list. Over the years, this has been one of my favorite wines.DL_CaliforniaPinotNoir_Bottleshot_120_433 I paired it with Braised Short Ribs, and they were delicious together. After dinner, I came home and did a little research as to how far back I’ve been drinking Deloach. “In a previous life”, I managed a few restaurants and wrote a few wine lists – many of the lists I still have today. Invariably, every single wine list I wrote from 1982 on had DeLoach Pinot Noir on it! My affection for the wine still exists today.

King James used to call for his old slippers, because they were the best for his feet. That’s how I feel about DeLoach Pinot Noir – it’s an “old friend of a wine” that’s best for my tastebuds.

New Sancerre Producer- Chateau de Crezancy

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chateau-de-crezancy_largeThis small estate is owned by Jean-Marc and Nicolas Chevreau. It is one of only four chateau bottled Sancerre’s produced with an average annual production of 3,000 cases. Located in the center of France in the Loire Valley, the vineyards consists of 50% clay and 50% limestone soils. Prior to phylloxera wiping out the vineyards of Europe, Sancerre was known for the production of Pinot Noir. When the vineyards were replanted, Sauvignon Blanc became the primary planting in the mid 20th century.

The range will feature a Red, White and Rose and be available in early 2016.

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First Drop’s ‘Fat of The Land’ 2012–This is HUGE!

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After years of working for “the man” and all manner of corporate evangelists, battling vintage after vintage the world over, good friends John Retsas & Matt Gant started their own fermented crusade, First Drop Wines, in 2004.

First Drop Wines, both the beverage and crew, exude a true passion for life, for fun and for flavor. A lifelong commitment to making kick arse booze has seen the birthing of a multitude of eclectic varieties that have been recognized the world over.  By taking the best and brightest fruit from unique vineyards in the great regions of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vale, they’ve crafted wines to drink, not to ponder.  Amongst the best of what these guys produce are the ‘Fat of The Land’ wines.

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The three single vineyard Shirza from the 2012 vintage, offering different interpretations of their Barossa microclimates, are very LIMITED and were highly praised by The Wine Spectator.  To see those reviews click here or contact your Vintage Imports Sales Consultant for further details.

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Viva Mencia

I’m always intrigued by tasting wines made from the indigenous grapes of their regions or countries. These are generally wines that are limited in selection here in the US, and I find many of them uniquely different than many “standard” selections.

This week took me northwest Spain, specifically the Bierzo region, where I enjoyed a red wine from Bodegas Godelia made from grapes known as Mencia. (My wife who lived in Spain for a year reminds me to pronounce the grape as mehn-THEE-ah).

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Ever since the discovery of 100 year old vines of Mencia in the last decade, I believe the wines have truly come into their own. I enjoyed the balance of floral aromas and spicy red fruits of this wine, with the rustic elegance and dark fruit flavors – and a long lingering finish. Viva Espana!

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More info click here: Godelia Bierzo Mencia WS top 100 talker

Pomelo in Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2015

One of the most exciting events of the Holiday season for Wine Sales is the annual reveal of the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List.  Over the course of the year, we handle a lot of highly rated wines; and, every November, we all watch with anticipation as the countdown starts and the full Top 100 List is published. So often, that wine is unavailable, crazy expensive or already turned into a new vintage.  But, this year, with Pomelo 2014’s inclusion in the list, we got it just right.

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We were tickled when this wine received 90 points a few months back, but were even more pleasantly surprised to see it land at # 40 in the Top 100.  If you are already a Pomelo supporter, then, we appreciate your support and are pleased to inform you that we have a very good supply of this wine for you and your customers.  If you are not currently using Pomelo….now would be a great time to get on board with one really great (and great selling) bottle of wine.

Here is the lowdown on Pomelo,

Vineyard Notes:

Primarily sourced from Lake County, Pomelo’s characteristic grapefruit profile is consistently found in our blocks situated on the Kelseyville bench.  With an elevation of nearly 1300’, the growing season is long, with ample hours of sunshine and great diurnal temperature fluctuations- all responsible for the explosive flavors found in Pomelo.  We also source a small percentage from an old, established block in Lodi- amazing balance and texture, the Sauvignon Blanc sourced from this region is grapefruit pith with a weightiness contributing to the mid-palette.

Winemaking Notes:

100% Sauvignon Blanc.  Fermented in all stainless steel tanks; extremely long and cold ferment allows for the fragrant and big fruit flavors to be appreciated.  The crisp acidity is retained and then rounded out and complimented by a broadened mouth and ever-slight sweetness.

Tasting Notes:

Graceful, offering fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and white peach flavors that are fresh and lively, set on a light, lithe body.  Appealing pops of lime zest and passion fruit show on the long finish.

and the review…..

Graceful, with fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit and white peach flavors that are fresh and lively, set on a light, lithe body. Appealing lime zest and passion fruit accents show on the long finish. Drink now. 38,000 cases made.

and the sell sheet…..

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Pot Roast & Syrah

potroastThe weekend had that fall “feel” with a little chill in the air. Raking leaves, starting up the corn stove, and harvesting the last vestiges of the garden were on my to-do list. So was making a pot roast. So I slow roasted a nice 4 pound boneless chuck roast in the oven with carrots, onions, garlic, and herbs, and sacrificed a half cup of my Domaine Pradelle Crozes-Hermitage to incorporate, knowing full well that this was the wine I wanted to enjoy with dinner.vignerons_independants_logoThe wine was a big hit! This beautiful syrah from Northern Rhone was the perfect pairing with the pot roast – so much so that we had to open a second bottle!pradellepradelle