Archives

Ansejo and Manso

Asenjo & Manso was founded in 2004 in the village of La Horra of Ribera del Duero.  Although the Bodega is young, the wines are amazingly deep and complex due to the 50-100 year old family vineyards. Their production is all organic, with certification to soon follow, and the low yields brought in to the estate are designed for only two wines.  Precise and careful practices are carried out in their pristine new facility, and the wines show this loving effort extremely well.

Vinos Divertidos

Vinos Divertidos is a small winery that focuses on clean and un-manipulated wines in the Somontano DO, with sustainable farming practices, low sulfur, and expressive examples of unusual varietals from their region.  They are situated in Lagüarres (Huesca), at 2300 feet above sea level, in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. With a name that literally translates to ‘Fun Wines,’ this winery isn’t afraid to use humor and play with the serious topic of wine. Their concept is to help cultivate and revive the varietals that are near extinction, bringing indigenous varietals out of obscurity to create fresh and exciting versions of the wines, with great packaging to appeal to people’s fun side when drinking and experiencing new (but very old) wines from Spain.

Navarro Vineyards

Ted Bennet and Deborah Cahn of Navarro Vineyards have been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-alcoholic grape juices in the Anderson Valley in coastal Mendocino since 1974. The majority of their production has been sold directly to consumers from the vineyards. We are honored to represent these incredible wines with a true sense of people, place and purpose.

Iron Horse Vineyards

Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful, small, independent, estate, family-owned wineries.It is located in cool, foggy Green Valley. The founding partners, Audrey and Barry Sterling first saw it in the pouring rain in February, 1976. Driving down Ross Station Road, they were sure they were lost until they crested the knoll and viewed 300 acres of gentle rolling hills, looking like Camelot. Incurable romantics with extraordinary vision, they bought the property in just two weeks.

A pioneer in the Green Valley appellation within the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, the Iron Horse family is building a legacy of prestige sparkling wines and estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Iron Horse is renowned for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House for five consecutive Presidential Administrations, beginning with the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings ending the Cold War.

Other historic occasions include:

  • the White House Millennium celebrations New Year’s Eve 1999, ushering in the new century
  • the White House dinner honoring the Pope on his 80th birthday
  • the 2011 State Dinner honoring the Queen of England at the Ambassador’s Residence, Winfield House, in London
  • the dinner President Obama hosted for the President of China in Southern California in June 2013

The winery produces a limited production, vintage Sparkling, called Ocean Reserve, in partnership with National Geographic. The winery contributes $4 for each bottle sold to establish Marine Protected Areas and reduce over fishing around the globe.

Iron Horse Chardonnay is a signature Green Valley region wine. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star.

Iron Horse has been named an American icon in “Icons of the American Market Place” published by Random House.

The estate was named after a railroad stop, which crossed the property in the 1890s. Rodney Strong rediscovered it as a vineyard site in 1970, planting the original 55 acres of Chardonnay and 55 acres of Pinot Noir.

The logo, the rampant horse on a weather vane, came from a 19th century weathervane unearthed during construction. The first vintage of Estate Chardonnay was produced in 1978. 1979 marked the first vintage of Estate Pinot Noir and the official opening of the winery. The first Sparkling Wines were vintage 1980.

Three generations live on the property ranging in age from 19 to 84 years old.

Tomada de Castro

Tomada de Castro comes from Val do Salnés, the original and oldest sub-zone of the Rias-Baixas D.O. in northwest Spain.  Elisabeth and her father Carlos started his incredible family-run Adega in 1998, producing their own wines in a region that is farmed in tiny individual parcels.  Their estate fruit (only 7 hectares) is grown in pergola using sustainable methods, encouraging the vines to draw necessary nutrients from the natural soils and climate.  Likewise in the cellar, this team practices minimal intervention, using only native yeast fermentations, working with the indigenous Albariño varietal, and allowing the wine to express the different plots of their land without the use of oak.  The result is a true Albariño, full of character and with exceptional quality for its price.

Principiano Ferdinando

Principiano Ferdinando is a third generation family estate in the heart of the Langhe in Piemonte.  With original vines planted by Ferdina ndo’s grandfather in 1934 (just after phyloxxera) on the hill of Monforte d’Alba; the winery and family home sat at the bottom of Serralunga, just across the drainage of the two adjoining hills.  In 1946, the first planting of 6 hectares next to the home (just under the famous Giacomo Conterno) came to be, giving fruit for their top ‘Boscareto’ wine. Ferdinando’s father, Americo, developed and ran the estate until 1993 when his son took over for the family business.  Once Ferdinando took the reigns, his concept began to transform the estate into what it is today.
Looking at the incredible and perfectly pieced together puzzle of Barolo vineyards, very few stand out with natural flora and fauna, as the land is too valuable to take ‘risks’ from natural grape growing. The vines of Principiano are one of the few and extraordinary exceptions.  Treatments are strictly kept to copper and sulfur only when necessary, amazing calcareous soils without layers of other rocks create for incredible drainage, and chosen crops to add or subtract are planted to aid the soil.  The farming is meticulous, but pure to the earth, and the winery is the same.  Natural yeast fermentations, minimal to no sulfur, large Slavonic oak, 15+ year old French Tonneau; and a sincere love for the purest expression of Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, is where this house rests its hat.

Santa Giustina

Santa Giustina is located in the heart of the Colli Piacentini, in the most northwestern corner of Emilia Romagna. Picturesque hardly describes the perfect backdrop to what the estate calls their ‘village’ (a few 1000 year old buildings, a church, and their wine-making facilities), sitting at 300 meters above sea level with the famous Po Valley and Alps in the distance over perfect undulating hills. The most natural of surroundings make up the 100 hectare property, comprised of many different crops, forests, vineyards, and a private game reserve. 30 hectares of organically farmed vineyards produce just over 70,000 bottles a year for a wide range of wine from the local varietals. Their viticultural and vinicultural practices are extremely natural in principal, finding it completely unnecessary to intervene too much with the natural magic of the grapes they farm. In addition to their clean and pure winemaking philosophy, and due to the entire family’s allergies to sulfur, they choose to use no SO2 whatsoever in the winery, and will only use trace amounts in the fields if absolutely necessary in extremely wet years. Simple and delicious juice is found in each and every bottle, and all of which are perfect for enjoying at the table.

Luigi Voghera

Nestled smack dab in the middle of Barbaresco country in Piemonte, in a small village called Tetti (commune of Nieve), lies this beautiful estate. In 1974, Luigi Voghera and his wife, Pinuccia, opened up this lovely winery to focus on what their own grapes do best. Luigi has since passed on, but his son Livio has followed in his father’s footsteps to a tee, and does an extraordinary job of making wine from their naturally grown 50 acres of vineyard. From the most well-crafted Moscato that no one realized was out there, to their intense and full-structured Barbaresco, the house of Voghera is a diamond in a sea of jewels.

Strauss

The Strauss wine estate, whose high-quality products are already well known and widely appreciated beyond the region‘s borders, is located in Steinbach, near Gamlitz. The enormous Gamlitzberg is the largest single wine-growing area in southern Styria.

With perfect climate conditions the Strauss vineyards are located on ideal south-facing slopes with optimum soil properties for the grape varieties of the highest quality. These wines are made in to exquisite Gamlitzberg style by the Strauss family.

Stackhouse

Winemaker Anna Monticelli (who was assistant winemaker at Bryant Family for 4 years) has brought a Cab that falls in line with the quality of its predecessor! The idea for creating the Stack House label came from Anna and Mario Monticelli’s weekly poker parties with their friends. As it typically happens in Napa Valley, all the players were somehow involved in the wine industry so it became Texas Hold Em poker and wine tasting.

Grady Family Vineyards

Located in the heart of California’s Lodi Wine Appellation, the Grady Family Vineyards produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel.

The climate, soil, vineyard design and careful vineyard management combine into the craftsmanship of these premium varietal wine grapes from an area that so many have come to know for quality and exceptional value.

Tangent Winery

Tangent explores the limitless possibilities of white wine. They start with grapes of intense varietal character, grown in the cool, temperate Edna Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant works his magic, and ultimately bottles fresh, crisp and vibrant white wines.

Road 31 Wine Company

Road 31 Wine produces tiny batches of one handcrafted Napa Valley Pinot Noir. The label pays homage to the gravel road outside Kent Fortner’s grandparents’ homestead back in Kansas—where he too was born—and the green ’66 Ford Truck that drove it regularly. His grandfather, a farmer, willed the truck to Kent when he passed in ‘86, and the truck now seems right at home bouncing among the vines of Napa. The green truck and Kent oversee farming, harvest and hauling of the grapes to cave space borrowed from some friends up in Stag’s Leap district of Napa. His hands oversee every step of the crafting: fermenting, barrel aging, bottling, and peddling. Kent is a one-man show (with a little help now and then from his wife, his cousins, and Daisy Dog).

Eden Ice Cider

Eden Orchards and Eden Ice Cider began on a trip to Montreal in 2006 when Albert and Eleanor Leger first tasted ice cider and wondered why nobody was making it on their side of the border. They had dreamed for years of working together on a farm in the Northeast Kingdom; it was a dream that had vauge outlines including an apple orchard, cider and fermentation of some sort.

In April 2007, they bought an abandoned dairy farm in West Charleston, Vermont and got to work. Since then they have planted over 1,000 apple trees, created 5 vintages of Eden Vermont Ice Ciders, and have introduced a new line of Orleans Aperitif Ciders.

Ravines Wine Cellars

Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery in an emerging world-class wine region, the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. It is the dream and passion of Morten & Lisa Hallgren, a European Winemaker/Oenologist and his Chef/Foodie wife. Together they have created a small, distinctive winery crafting elegant and food friendly wines using Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation.

Ravines has won recognition as a quality-driven winery dedicated to producing crafted and elegant food-friendly wines, has won numerous medals in international wine competitions, received great reviews in major wine publications and can be found in many wine shops and fine restaurants.

Teira Wines

Teira Wines is a collaboration between Dan & Alexis Donahoe and winemaker William Knuttel. Named after Dan & Alexis’ daughters, Thea & Keira, TEIRA is a loose play on the term “Terrior” and “Tierra” – signifying their commitment to sustainable farming practices and resultant high quality wines. Their mission statement: “Passion, Quality, Value” is meant to communicate their dedication to producing fine wines that always impress, and are priced to drink on an everyday basis.

TEIRA’s “Woods Vineyard” estate vineyard is located at 400 West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg and comprised of 20 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, 4 acres of Zinfandel and 32 acres of Merlot. Located on rich, clay loam soil right on the Dry Creek watershed, the vineyard was planted between 1992 and 2006.

Weingut Netzl

Years of tradition characterize the wine growing area of Carnuntum. After the Celts, this region experienced a glorious epoch under the Romans. The Heidentor, the symbol of the wine growing region in Carnuntum, is just one of the awesome excavations you can visit in the Carnuntum.

Their soil reaches from very nutritious loess to poor and dry gravel – these differences are taken into consideration during the planting. Accordingly their spicy and fruity white wines grow on the poor gravel and their powerful and rich reds on the nutritious soils.

Their philosophy is to work in combination with the nature and the weather; they are obliged to preserve the health and the reserves of their soil for the future generations.

 

Weingut Steininger

They are a family business in Langenlois. Here in the Kamp valley, Grüner Veltliner has, for centuries, been living in perfect harmony with primary rock such as granite, gneiss and mica schist as well as loess soil. From an optimum terroir, perfectly ripe grapes and careful winemaking technology emerge dense, smooth and long-lived wines full of elegance.

In recent years, their vineyard has become known for their sparkling wine production. Since 1989, they have been using bottle fermentation, and, meanwhile, Sekt has become a cornerstone of their business. Their philosophy: the base wine determines the final product – good Sekt can only be made from good wine. Their goal: rediscovering the varietal character, the scent and the fruit of regional wines once again in Sekt.

Mittelbach/Tegernseerhof

The history of Tegernseerhofs reaches back over 1,000 years, when Emperor Henry II to the Benedictine monastery Tegernsee “two Huben country” in the Wachau presented. In 1176 it was built the Tegernseerhof – named after its owner.

Today, many centuries later, the Tegernseerhof is already in the 5th Generation owned by the family Mittelbach. His name is preserved, as is the ancient knowledge of wine, passed down from generation to generation.

The vineyards extend over Tegernseerhofs the most beautiful sites of the Wachau. They are characterized by steep terraces of solid bedrock, which are optimally caressed by the winds and the sun. The result is an incredible concentration of flavors that can be seen in the emeralds of the estate in many ways. Whether Grüner Veltliner or Riesling, each wine has its own personality – each with its own character.

Anton Bauer

Anton Bauer, born in 1971, represents the 4th generation to manage the now 25-hectare winery. After his graduation from the School of Wine and Fruit Growing in Krems, Lower Austria, and a training in Burgundy he worked for more than four years as an oenologist with a renowned Lower Austrian winery. Since 1992, when he took over the winery from his parents, at this time 3,2-hectare, he has been uncompromisingly pursuing his ideas of quality, paying great attention to underlining the typically regional features and the terroir character of the wines that make them incomparable and unique.

This philosophy turned out to be a success, and his wines are continuously in great demand. The typically Austrian wines, topped with a certain international touch, stand their ground even in the most competitive world markets: 70% of the annual production is exported, with the most important customers being based in the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and in Belgium.