USA Trade Tasting (USATT) is an annual adult beverage trade specialist trade tasting and business conference being launched in order to promote sustainable growth in the independent beverage industry by helping boutique wineries, craft breweries, craft distilleries, importers, distributors, retailers and beverage companies learn, source and grow.
This is the ancient watchtower of Les Remparts Estate; home of unique wines from a unique winery in Aquitaine.
Today, as it has been for centuries, this tower stands proudly on the label of all the wines made here.
The watchtower stands as a reminder to every owner of the Chateau, from generation to generation, that they are present guardians of an ongoing tradition of excellence.
Clos dady draw on rich and diverse resources when creating their wines. Their vineyards are scattered on various soils and enjoy different microclimates, producing a rich variety of grapes used for the final blend.
For example, Les Remparts vineyard, at the heart of their Estate, is situated on a lime rock foundation on the banks of the Ciron River. The resulting harvest consistently produces unique aromas of strongly botrytized grapes with distinct mineralisation. Grapes from their highest Candalle vineyard in front of Chateau d’Yquem produce elegant and subtle juice. While grapes from their old vines besides Chateau de Malle, enrich the blend with incredibly spicy tones.
This is the basis for creating complex and well-balanced wines.
It is precisely here, on this blessed land, where a particular natural phenomenon occurs, producing the Sauternes’ miracle.
In autumn, fog descends every morning as the grapes ripen and they are then warmed by the Eastern winds. The result is the famous noble rot (or botrytis) which shrivels the grapes and concentrates the flavour.
The taste that results is unmistakable, ranging from candied fruit to gingerbread, citrus zest to pine tar, caramel to exotic spices and fleur d’orange to French toast.
Here they produce their flagship wine, the Clos Dady Sauternes.
Occasionally, when nature is very generous, they sort out a single batch of extraordinary quality Sauternes, which is called Clos Les Remparts.
The Graves Appellation is unique too. The combination of fine gravels, red clay and limestone gives the grapes unparalleled complexity.
This is perhaps why wines from this appellation have been so popular all over Europe since the Middle Ages. In fact, in the 12th century, Graves was the main supplier of wine to England, under the patronage of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
The unique soil of the region allows us to produce wines of incredible complexity, with characteristic soft and expressive tannins, which are so valued among Bordeaux winemakers.
They make here their red Clos Les Remparts, which is based on a Bordeaux blend with the prevailing Merlot.
They are particularly fond of our dry white Clos les Remparts, which is based on 100% Semillon grapes sourced from old vines of “Jean Dubois” single vineyard.
The Winery was founded in 1994 and to this day remains a family business. Asconi Winery’s aim is to make the best possible wine they can, using the best available technology, while maintaining the traditions of their people. They also want to share everything they have accomplished with their visitors, local or foreign!
Any wine starts with the grapes and having a vineyard is required for any winery. That is why Asconi Wineryhas planted over 500 hectares (1230 acres) over the course of 10 years. All of their vineyards are located in the vicinity of the Geamana village, in the county of Anenii Noi, at a distance of approximately 10 kilometers from the winery.
Asconi Wineryhas planted different varietals over the years, but recently the focus has been on local varietals. The foundation of their wines is built on French varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat. But they have also planted other varietals such as Riesling, Malbec, Pinot Noir and of course the two local varietals of Feteasca Alba and Feteasca Neagra.
They make a wide variety of wines ranging from dry reds, whites and roses to dessert Ice Wines and fortified wines. Their red wines are full bodied and aged in 225 liter oak barrels or on oak staves. They use mostly American, Hungarian and to a lesser extent French oak. Their white wines are usually in the fresh and aromatic style with the exception of some of their Chardonnays and Rieslings which are fermented or aged in oak barrels as well.
You can visit their winery and take part in a wide range of activities. They organize tours of the winery where you can see the whole process of winemaking. You can see how the harvested grapes are pressed, how the juice is fermented and transformed into wines, how the wines evolve after fermentation either by aging in oak barrels and/or in the bottle.
After the tour you can participate in a guided tasting of their wines which can be tailored to your tastes. The tasting is usually conducted by one of their winemakers and they can tell you exactly what the style and method of winemaking of each wine is. Reservations are required for both tours and tastings.
Tour and tasting hours – 11:00 till 17:00 daily.
In addition to tours and tastings, they invite all the guests to have a relaxing lunch or dinner at their traditional restaurant which serves traditional Moldovan and Romanian dishes. There are outdoor terraces for when the weather is pleasant and warm, or you can choose to stay in the stone and clay built restaurant and enjoy the authentic décor.
You can also organize different events such as trainings, birthday parties, company parties, small weddings and other events. They have a few different rooms of various sizes for you to choose from.
NOSE: A Thick pudding of a nose; fruit and caramel have merged into one slightly over-oaked soup; burnt apple pie.
PALATE: This is essentially a port pipe sandwich…. and it shows. The spicy, jammy fruit is interwoven through any amount of caramel while the oaky saltiness gets the taste buds both salivating and puckering until you run dry.
FINISH: Long, massive oak with quite evident traces of the virgin barrels now detectable. And more of a cocoa hue as it progresses. At last some muscovado sugars arrive to supplant the berry fruits.
Amrut Distillery is family owned and operated, located in Banglore, India, where it has operated since 1948.
Amrut buys bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels.
Triple Gold Medal – 2011 MicroLiquor Spirit Awards
NOSE: Rich, luxe aroma.
PALATE: Light and smooth on the palate. Look for notes of sweet, creamy caramel and dried fruit enlivened by a signature rye bite.
FINISH: Sweet delicate finish with just a sprinkling of ginger and cinnamon.
COMMENTS: Gambler, buffalo hunter, army scout, gunfighter and newspaperman, William “Bat” Masterson did it all and did it well. And what better way to honor such a rarefied man than with a truly exceptional whiskey. Crafted by artisans, distilled in a pot still and aged in white-oak casks for just over 10 years, it’s the kind of drink that Bat would’ve surely raved about.
Masterson’s is a 100% rye whiskey that far exceeds industry standards for rye whiskey. Their artisans incorporate only the most fragrant and plump grains of rye and pure glacial water from the northern Rockies into a meticulous distillation process that utilizes an old-fashioned pot still. 45% abv.
BOTALCURA – EL DELIRIO RESERVA CHARDONNAY VIOGNIER
Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Bruxelles – El Delirio Reserva Chardonnay Viognier 2013
COLOUR: Medium-pale yellow with yellow highlights.
NOSE: The attractive nose recalls white tree fruits such as apricot, peach, and pear, joined by notes of grapefruit and tangerine, delicately balanced with toast and vanilla.
PALATE/FINISH: Soft and attractive, with broad balance on the mid-palate, delicate top notes, and a characteristic slight bitterness on the medium finish.
COMMENTS: This is an uncomplicated wine for everyday enjoyment. It brings together the respective charms of Chardonnay and Viognier: the first provides voluptuousness in the mouth and the second, the intensity of flavours. The result is a captivating and original blend with solid fruit expression and a soft, but full mouthfeel.
Pairs well with appetizers, mixed salads, pizza, quiche, and white meats served cold. It also shows well with seafood dishes in a variety of savoury sauces. Enjoy cold (61ºF or 16ºC) within two years of bottling.
Botalcura Winery was formed thanks to the passion of two men, Chilean businessman and wine lover, Juan Fernando Waidele and French winemaker, Philippe Debrus.
Botalcura is a small village in southern Chile, 3 hours south of Santiago and half an hour northeast of the city of Talca. The Coastal Range forms Maule Valley, from which Botalcura is set among rolling hills and surrounded by nature, it is also home to the elusive quail. A simple town formed by scarcely more than a row of houses along one side of a dirt road; inhabited by kind and extraordinary people, who inspires them and fills them with enthusiasm for sharing their dream of forming an exceptional winery along with them.
The word Botalcura means “large stone” in Mapundungun, the language of Chile’s native Mapuche people. Something hard and solid as rock speaks of the power of the gods and of what’s enduring. Both of these ideas come together in the wines of Botalcura Winery. The indomitable yet generous power of nature, the source of the intense and concentrated vines, combines with the certainty of transcending time, of making time an ally that will bear out the excellence of Botalcura Wines…
On May 16 & 17 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, join over 2,000 trade show visitors, that include buyers, importers, distributors and retailers and 132 exhibitors from 20 countries at a high-energy, global conference in New York City that has been designed to inspire and empower you with the best ideas from all over the world of how to market, sell and grow your business. It’s brought to you by Beverage Trade Network (BTN), the leading platform connecting the global beverage industry.
You’ll also have a chance to network with12 globally-recognized keynote speakers, including top thinkers from Beverage Media, Bevology, International Wine & Spirits Research, J.F Hillebrand and Newman Wine.
Here’s what you can expect:
#1: Incredible networking opportunities: Two content-full days of learning and networking with some of the brightest minds in the wine, beer, and spirits industry. There will be extensive networking opportunities throughout the event, including USATT Office Hours, where you can have your specific questions answered by experts. This is a one on one session with importers/distributors with panelists Rob Bradshaw of Cape Classics, Mike Votto of Votto Vines, Martin Sinkoff of Frederick Wildman and Mick Yurch, formerly owner of Sherry Lehmann. It will take place on Thursday, May 17th at 9:30 AM.
#2: Best-in-class content: We’ve set up a speaker schedule of 12 TED-style talks that will challenge your view of the wine, beer, and spirits industry. In addition, three master classes are scheduled, where you can learn more about the wines of up-and-coming wine production areas including Tejo Wines from Portugal, China, and Beaujolais. View Full Schedule.
Make sure to register for the Wines from Tejo Masterclass to be conducted by wine educator and In the Grape author May Matta-Aliah. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-usa-trade-tasting-masterclass-registration-portal-registration-31683342731
#3: A peek ahead at new products: See unique and innovative products, and new offerings from the beer, wine and spirits industry where you will be able to learn about new wine, beer and spirits offerings before anyone else. Buyers will get a chance to look at new and innovative brands and concepts from all over the world at the show. Suppliers will get key buyer feedback to help plan their go-to-market strategy.
#1: You will learn proven techniques for entering the U.S. market: If you are looking to grow your distribution in the U.S. market, you will have plenty of opportunities to connect with distributors, importers and retailers. Moreover, each of the12 TED-style talks have been geared to the specific needs of brands looking to enter the U.S. market. The focus is on practice, not theory.
#2: You will get valuable feedback on how to speed your time to market: Not only will you get insights from fellow conference attendees, you will also have opportunities to mix and mingle with 2,000+ trade show visitors who are attending the Grand Tasting event. This is a unique opportunity to see what sophisticated New York wine and spirits connoisseurs think of your product.
#3: You will build awareness of your brand: A new free program for USATT exhibitors, called Show Deals, will help you drive more traffic and close more business during the event. Show deals are two-day discounts for attendees of the show from the beverage industry. These specials are only available at USATT 2017 and provide a strong incentive to close business during the event.
#4: You will meet the world’s newest wine, beer and spirits brands: This year’s show is a truly global event, with exhibitors from over 20 countries. As part of our focus on bringing you the very best from all over the world, attendees of the USA Trade Tasting show will also have a unique opportunity to learn all about Chinese wine regions and varietals, including the elegant wines of Chateau Rongzi.
See the agenda and the full speaker line-up at this year’s Conference.
#5: Full access to the content of the show including EVERY session – We understand that you may want to spend time on the trade floor of the Grand Tasting during part of the show, or may be involved in meetings while some of the sessions are going on. That’s why we will be providing each attendee full access to all of the great content at the event, including video and social media highlights.
Gordonzello vineyards are part of a unique environment along the bed of the river Cea, in León Gordoncillo population, where vineyards guarding jealously guard the villa a secret: the aroma, color, body, flavor, the essence of a land taken directly from their strains: Prieto Picudo.
Gordoncillo population is located within the geographical scope of the newly granted DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN TIERRA DE LEÓN.
The unique terroir and microclimate conditions are ideal breeding ground for the development of a grape of great personality. A dream on the palate, a haunting and unique grape capable of making their presence felt with the unforgettable memory of their origins: Gordonzello.
Birth of a winery
101 winegrowers unite to save their vines. In 1995 there was hardly half a dozen hawthorns Gordoncillo (León), and viticulture was dying.
During this year and the first months of 1996, a group of winemakers came up with the idea of converting these old unproductive vineyards and scattered in a concentrated and profitable vineyard that would allow the establishment of population in the area.
The April 22, 1995 GORDONZELLOSA was incorporated under the legal form of a corporation with the support of 101 members, who provided 305 acres of land. Between 1996 and 1998 was carried out in a planting area of 205 hectares modern and technically ready to be machined.
In 2002, there was the birth of the new winery. This initiative has definitely regained Gordoncillo wine past.
In 2002, on a plot of over 47,000 m2, they launched a modern and innovative facilities, capable of combining values such as functionality, hygiene, and how could it be otherwise, refined corporate identity, a true reflection of their way of working steady and thorough, down to the last detail in their products and offer an efficient service and customized to their customers, subject to strict controls both vintage and during the preparation by the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin Tierra de León.
At present, their wines evolve in contact with a fine selection of American oak, French and Hungarian origin, and in the meantime,Gordonzellohas become one of the most promising and modern few wineries make up the national wine scene.
100% Prieto Picudo from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).
8ºC to 9ºC.
A pink raspberry color with blue tones in thin cap, clean and brillant. The nose consist of red fruit aromas (strawberry, grenade…) and floral notes (violet). In the mouth is fresh, with an agreeable step along mouth and a balanced acidity.
PEREGRINO Red oak
100% Prieto Picudo from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).
6 months in Bordeaux barrels of 225 liter. French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
Deep cherry colour, on the nose, an aromatic blend of ripe fruit and wood toast. Pleasant palete, well estructured, fresh, persistent with soft tannins.
100% Prieto Picudo from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).
15 months in French oak barrels. Bottled in May 2013, started its ageing in the bottle.
Dark red cherry color, with attractive blue-purple glints appear. On the nose it is power and elegant. Firstly, they find hints ripe fruit such as plum combined with wood, spice aromas (laurel and tobacco), chocolates and roasted coffee beans. On the entry to the palate, it is persistent, roundness. long and balanced mouth feel.
KYRA White Abarín
100% Albarín from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).
7ºC to 9ºC.
Brillant wine, yellow gilding in color. This is a fresh, agile, with certain complexity for its fermentation in French oak barrel. It has a spiced aromas from the wood they give step to aromas of white flowers and citric touches. On the palate it has easy step, with certain acidity and light toasting that leave an agreeable recollection to fruit.
8.Calabazanos Situation: Pol. 12 Finca 2 – Surface: 15 ha – Variety: Albarín(6 ha), Verdejo(7 ha) y Tempranillo (2 ha)
1 FARM ORGANIC GROWTH | 2 RECREATIONAL AREA | 3 4 POINT OF BIRDING STEPPE | 5 PANORAMIC VIEW | 6 WEATHER STATION | 7 MUSEUM VARIETIES
There are two established routes of different lengths for the 205 hectares of vineyards, where you can see the varieties grown, Prieto Picudo, Tempanillo, Mencia, Verdejo and Albarín. The route is signposted with information boards. It can be done on foot, by bike or car.
They have two guided tours of various lengths, marked with information panels, to tour the vineyards, which are surrounded by the purest cerealística steppe and flanked on its southern bank of Cea by hand, which gives this area a rich landscape special that is revealed in this route of the vineyard and wine.
You can also do all kinds of activities on these routes, such as running, hiking, biking, horseback etc, sports tourism in a unique environment.
During the tour, they will have a panoramic view of the winery and vineyards and a point for bird watching, for those wildlife lovers in the region. At harvest time they can see the different work done in the field, grape picking, grape harvesting machine, etc. This visit is recommended from May to October.
At Clos Malverne, Guests are invited to come and enjoy a languid afternoon on their wraparound balcony, where you become one with nature with their prized vineyards right there in front of you. They have all the right ingredients including award-winning wines, a diverse, world-inspired menu and priceless views.
Ice Cream & Wine Tasting
As their slogan states, “The Food & Wine Experience“, they are all about exciting food and wine combinations. Living up to this notion, they were the first wine estate in Stellenbosch offering a unique tasting experience in the form of their “Ice cream & Wine Pairing”. It has since become one of their signature pairings with seasonal, hand-made delicacies. Join them for their signature Autumn ice cream pairings 2017.
They make traditional handcrafted wines, using open fermenters and basket presses in the most natural way possible.
World food with an earthy sophistication, cooked from the heart and presented with careful elegance.
Minimum interference in the winemaking process is the philosophy she believes in. It allows for the natural expression of the grape and their terrior.
Their popular Winelands destination has developed a devoted following since 2009 for its fresh, seasonal and easy, contemporary cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Nadia Louw Smith and her team of expert chefs. “Guests are invited to come and enjoy a languid afternoon on our wraparound balcony, where you become one with nature with their prized vineyards right there in front of you. They have all the right ingredients including award-winning wines, a diverse, world-inspired menu and priceless views, to get your groove back for the week that lies ahead,”shares Nadia who describes her style as fuss-free outer-city dining.
Need a venue for your special birthday party or to brainstorm your next business venture away from the lacklustre boardroom? The Restaurant @ Clos Malverne is a stylish extension of the Pritchard Family’s hospitality, welcoming intimate private affairs at the restaurant or in the adjacent, fully equipped ‘meeting room’. With its stunning setting and awe-inspiring views of the picturesque valley and rolling vineyards, the restaurant is also the perfect host for your wedding reception on your big day.