Glass Revolution Imports

Glass Revolution Imports import tasty, affordable wines and wickedly cool spirits into Western Canada and USA.

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SPIRITS

Glass Revolution Imports represent some amazing Distilleries. Their job is to find small, craft, artisan or independent distilleries and brands.

Spirits USA

Amrut Portonova

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Accolades:

Cask Innovation (Premium) – Malt Maniacs Awards 2011

Tasting Notes:

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.

Distillery:

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.

Resources

Amrut Website

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Glass_Revolution_ImportsMASTERSON’S 10-YO STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY

95 points – The Tasting Panel Magazine 2012

A+ rating Chairman’s Trophy – Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2012

Triple Gold Medal – 2011 MicroLiquor Spirit Awards

Tasting Notes

Colour:

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.

Distilling

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.

Resources

Masterson’s 10 years old Straight Rye Whiskey

WINES

Wines that are unique, well balanced to pair with food and lovingly selected by us.

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BOTALCURA – EL DELIRIO RESERVA CHARDONNAY VIOGNIER

Accolades

Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Bruxelles – El Delirio Reserva Chardonnay Viognier 2013

Tasting Notes

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.

WINERY

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…

Resources

Botalcura El Delirio Reserva Chardonnay Viognier

Product Education

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Producers

They search the earth to find amazing products that will bring pleasure to your palate.

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3 BADGE BEVERAGE CORPORATION

REGION: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan

A range of high quality spirits and wines from Sonoma CA.

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AMRUT DISTILLERIES

REGION: USA

One of the most awarded world whiskey distilleries from Bangalore India.

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BLACKADDER

REGION: USA

Independent bottlers of fine Scotch Whiskies and fine Rums. Noted for the Raw Cask approach to bottling.

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Mark Your Calendar to Join Us at the USA Trade Tasting, NYC, May 16/17, 2017

By Steve Raye

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.

See what’s on at USATT 2017.

Here’s why you should attend this conference…

#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.

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Bodegas Gordonzello

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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

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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 GORDONZELLO SA 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.

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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, Gordonzello has become one of the most promising and modern few wineries make up the national wine scene.

Bodegas Gordonzello Wines

Bodegas_GordonzelloGURDOS Rose wine

Variety:

100% Prieto Picudo from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).

Serving temperature:

8ºC to 9ºC.

Tasting:

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.

 

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Variety:

100% Prieto Picudo from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).

Serving temperature:

16ºC.

Ageing:

6 months in Bordeaux barrels of 225 liter. French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.

Tasting:

Deep cherry colour, on the nose, an aromatic blend of ripe fruit and wood toast. Pleasant palete, well estructured, fresh, persistent with soft tannins.

Bodegas_GordonzelloPEREGRINO mil100

Variety:

100% Prieto Picudo from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).

Serving temperature:

16ºC -18ºC.

Ageing:

15 months in French oak barrels. Bottled in May 2013, started its ageing in the bottle.

Tasting:

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

Variety:

100% Albarín from their vineyards located in Gordoncillo (León-Castilla y León-Spain).

Serving temperature:

7ºC to 9ºC.

Tasting:

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.

Bodegas Gordonzello Parcels

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Situation: Pol. 7 Finca 17 – Surface: 31 ha -Variety: Prieto Picudo

2.El Jano
Situation: Pol. 8 Finca 69 – Surface: 14 ha –  Variety: Prieto Picudo

3.El Cervato
Situation: Pol. 14 Finca 15 – Surface:21 ha – Variety: Verdejo

4.Casa Mazo
Situation: Pol. 13 Finca 29 – Surface: 25ha – Variety: Prieto Picudo

5.El Hoyo
Situation: Pol. 12 Finca 1 – Surface: 29ha – Variety: Prieto Picudo

6.El Pichón
Situation: Pol. 13 Finca 21 – Surface: 21 ha – Variety: Mencía

7.Costana
Situation: Pol. 13 Finca 30 – Surface: 44 ha – Variety: Tempranillo

8.Calabazanos
Situation: Pol. 12 Finca 2 – Surface: 15 ha – Variety: Albarín(6 ha), Verdejo(7 ha) y Tempranillo (2 ha)

Road Vineyard

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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.

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Clos Malverne

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.

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Ice Cream & Wine Tasting

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Signature pairings

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.

Clos Malverne Wines

Clos_MalverneSauvignon Blanc Brut

This lively sparkling Sauvignon blanc is a crisp, yet fruitful wine. It has notes of litchis, pears and gooseberries.It has a clean palate, is refreshing and suitable for any occasion on

It has a clean palate, is refreshing and suitable for any occasion on celebration.

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Clos_MalverneClos Malverne Ellie MCC (Rose-Shiraz Brut)

This wine has a light feminine pink tinge, and shows ample fresh fruit intensity and body, leading to a crisp, dry finish.

Saffron and strawberry aromas dominate the nose, while the delicate mousse is an explosion of extra fine bubbles that charm the palate.

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Export Label Wines

Clos_MalverneDevonet – Merlot / Pinotage

The wine has a deep ruby colour.

The cherry and red berry character of the Merlot is apparent and complimented by the plum fruitiness of of the Pinotage.

Lovely harmonious blend. To be enjoyed now, but can be aged for another 2 – 3 years.

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Clo_MalverneSilver Leaf Merlot

Lovely red berries and smokey aromas on the nose.

Delicate balance and round mouthfeel. Enjoy now or within the next 2 – 3 years.

Serve with gourmet burger, or a hearty stew.

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Clos Malverne Team

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PROPRIETOR

They make traditional handcrafted wines, using open fermenters and basket presses in the most natural way possible.

 

 

 

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EXECUTIVE CHEF

World food with an earthy sophistication, cooked from the heart and presented with careful elegance.

 

 

 

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Suzanne Coetzee

WINEMAKER

Minimum interference in the winemaking process is the philosophy she believes in. It allows for the natural expression of the grape and their terrior.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Chateau Bianca Winery

Chateau Bianca Winery & Vineyard is a family owned and operated winery established nearly three decades ago in the Mid-Willamette Valley , on Butler Hill outside of Dallas Oregon. They keep their annual production intentionally small and are committed to high quality wines at exceptional values.

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They produce mainly Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc with a limited production of Sparkling wines, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Marechal Foch, CharA view of the Chateau through the vineyard on Butler Hill at Chateau Bianca. donnay, Ruby Port, Vin de Glace, and specialty wines.

Their winemaker, Andreas Wetzel and his family carry on the fourth-generation wine-making tradition. His great-grandfather started wine production in the area near Wurzburg, Germany. This love of winemakeing continues today across the globe. For over 35 years, the family has been producing wines in beautiful Oregon.

These experiences have given them unique insights rare in this ever-changing wine industry. Andreas’ attention to detail garners Chateau Bianca many prestigious wine awards. Incl Winemaker Andreas Wetzel inspects the fruit during the 2013 grape harvest.uding having their 2011 Chateau Bianca Pinot Gris named the top 6 Wine in the World by Wine Enthusiast.

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The Willamette Valley with its gentle rolling hills and unique microclimatic sites allows Oregon to produce some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world. Chateau Bianca Winery’s estate vineyard is trained to a vertical upright canopy.

This allows for shoot positioning, leaf removal and enhanced air circulation. This in turn, develops color and concentrates flavor in their wines. Their winemaking philosophy consistently produces superior quality wines with intense flavor profiles that are marketed at an irresistible value.

Enjoy the fruits of our labor!

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They are LIVE Certified ( Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) LIVE certification means that they are taking conscientious measures to keep their quality high, their agriculture sustainable and be stewards of the land.

As Oregon continues to gain a foothold in the worldwide wine arena, the LIVE certification says that Chateau Bianca holds the highest certification in the world of sustainable viticulture. It’s just part of the story behind the wine in the bottle. Stop by and see.

Chateau Bianca People

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Andreas Wetzel, Owner, Winemaker, Vineyard manager, floor sweeper and mess cleaner upper is the fourth generation of Wetzel’s to produce wine. Having mostly experiential training and a passion for “food friendly” wines his goal is to bring to market approachable and irresistible values. At the end of the day his job is to make people a little bit happier and a little more satisfied with life by having a nice glass of wine for food, family and friends. Prost!

Blake Talbot, Assistant Winemaker

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David LaBonte III, Tasting Room Guru

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David Roland La Bonte III was born to his Executive Chef father David R. La Bonte Jr. and Project Manager Mother Janet La Bonte under a full moon on a dark and stormy night in August. The stars aligned to bring forth the greatest mind to come to the world of wine. Come to the vineyard and bask in his knowledge and glory as he preaches from on mountain high(or Butler hill). He also has his Culinary Art and Hospitality Management degrees from Lane Community College in Eugene, OR and his first level with the Court of Master Sommelier. He’s pretty cool.

Chateau_Bianca_Winery2010 Chateau Bianca Vin de Glace

Tasting Notes

Dried apricot, orange peel, honey, with a balanced finish.

Food Pairings

Red Curry, cheese cake, or after dinner drink.

 

 

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2012 Chateau Bianca Gewürztraminer

Tasting Notes

Lemon, white flowers, with a slightly spicy finish.

Food Pairings

Pairs with yellow curry or fish dishes.

 

 

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Tasting Notes

Peach, Apricot, Lychee Fruit, white flowers.

Food Pairings

Pairs with Fish Tacos, Ceviche.

 

 

Chateau_Bianca_WineryNorthwest Comfort

Tasting Notes

Cinnamon, clove, Apples, Cherry.

Food Pairings

Pairs with Honey baked Ham, Herb chicken dishes or just sitting by the fire.

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Columbus Wine and Spirits

World class brand management of fine wines and spirits connecting distinctive producers with great distributors.

Their mission is to provide independent distributors nationwide a portfolio of sustainably produced, high quality, distinctive yet value-driven, artisan wines and spirits while providing superior marketing and sales support.Columbus_Wine_and_Spirits

Their team of creative, market-driven personnel draws upon decades of experience in wholesale wine and spirit sales, restaurant and marketing experience, making Columbus Wine and Spirits the organization of choice for high quality/high value producers that don’t have the staffing or resources to interface in multiple markets across the US.

With an understanding that comes with years of experience, Columbus Wine and Spirits provides the kind of support that distributors can depend upon to help their sales excel.

Their evolving portfolio of distinctive producers spans the globe from Spain and France to California and Washington with a focus on bringing outstanding value and quality to the market. They keep a keen eye towards developing new markets for their producers and finding new gems to bring to their distributors.

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Their Domaine-based, cask-strength Bas-Armagnacs display both quality and personality.  Their wines come from properties that reflect the soil and familial nature of the producers, whether in Napa Valley or Ribera del Duero. You can rest assured that their producers represent the top tier of quality in each region that they represent.

In the end, it’s about their connecting the distinctive producers they represent and the great distributors that bring them to market!

Columbus Wine and Spirits Team

Columbus_Wine_and_SpiritsLarry Reiter – Founder & Business Development

Larry brings decades of industry experience in positions such as VP of Sales at Domaine Select Wine Estates, and 15 years with the Eber Brothers organization including the last five years as General Managers at Paramount Brands Off Premise Division in the NY Metro market.  Larry’s prior experience as the owner operator of Topper’s Restaurant provided a foundation in food, wine and spirits that allowed him to become a successful sales representative with Cazanovi-Opici when he sold his restaurant to allow time for his family.  A “foodie” with an orientation towards fresh, local products Larry keeps in touch with current food and beverage trends.

Larry is an active member of the Babylon Rotary Club, working to eliminate hunger and Illiteracy on a local level, and an avid supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project. He also recently completed his second running marathon, is an avid skier, loves swimming, cycling, cooking and growing vegetables for his family.

Columbus_Wine_and_SpiritsCassandra Esoff – Marketing & Compliance Assistant

Cassandra joins their team with a passion for defining food and wine pairings. She has years of restaurant experience, experimenting and elaborating on the pairing of food and wine and has completed the WSET Level II exam. Cassandra brings energy and enthusiasm to their team. A supporter of Long Island Cares, Cassandra is concerned with feeding those in need in her community. Cassandra is a budding author in her spare time.

Columbus_Wine_and_SpiritsRobyn Silvestri – Marketing Manager

Their Marketing/Web Specialist, Robyn Silvestri, brings 20+ years of experience in marketing and sales. With an advanced certificate in Wine & Spirits from the International Wine Center in New York, website development background, and multiple language skills, she supports their marketing and sales efforts in the field and interfaces with producers around the world.  A devoted wife and mother, Robyn also volunteers as the President of the Babylon K-6 PTA.

Columbus_Wine_and_SpiritsJohn Dorsey – Compliance and Logistics

With over two decades of experience in regulatory compliance and a long history in many other areas of the business, John is their resident compliance expert. He began his career in the industry as a warehousing/on-premise liaison for Premier/Gallo Wine, and worked his way to become Star Industries’ Compliance/Marketing Manager. A result-oriented professional with an entrepreneurial mindset, John went on to establish a compliance services company with affordable rates for small businesses in the wine and spirits market, Compliance Made Easy, Inc.

Columbus Wine and Spirits Portfolio

Rued Winery

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In 1876, Henry Rued left his home in Switzerland and traveled to Northern California where he would take up employment planting grapes for the Beringer Brothers in Napa Valley.

Though a new country for Henry, it was not a new line of work. The Rueds were a grape growing family in Switzerland. And it wasn’t too long before Henry Rued planted his own grapes. In 1882 he put down his family’s roots, as well as grapevines, in Sonoma County.

Six generations and more than 125 years later, the Rued family continues to farm land throughout Sonoma county, cultivating wine grapes at their Home Estate in Dry Creek Valley as well as farming substantial tracks of land in Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. And of course, they now produce handcrafted, small batch wines under their own label—they are the wines that define a family whose roots extend deep into Sonoma County history.

Sarah’s Vineyard

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Located in Gilroy, California, the philosophy and dream of Sarah’s Vineyard brings together the world of fine wine, fine food, and fine arts. Founded in 1978 in a hidden corner of the southwestern Santa Clara Valley, Sarah’s Vineyard produces handmade wines using traditional techniques. The Santa Cruz Mountain foothills near a windy mountain pass afford Sarah’s Vineyard a coastal microclimate of foggy mornings, sunny afternoons tempered by strong ocean breezes and chilly nights that are ideal conditions for premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals.

Sarah’s Vineyard harvests various blocks in each vineyard based upon careful monitoring of grape sugar and acidity with a focus on the pH of the grapes. To insure the highest quality of fruit at the crush pad, all harvesting is done by hand from 6am til noon. Gentle destemming and sorting provides an output of perfect whole berries. Whole berry fermentation, with no crushing of berries or pumping of must, contributes to the high quality of their wines. Free run juice is aged separately from lightly pressed (1.6 bar) wine prior to blending and bottling. They use only French oak 228 liter barrels which are topped twice monthly in their humidity controlled barrel room. Bottling is done on premises using their own small fully automated bottling line, which includes nitrogen sparging and vacuum corking to limit oxygen pickup. Typically their wines receive six months to one year of bottle aging before release.

Domalne De Papolle

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Historically important, the Domaine de Papolle can trace their roots back to the 17th century as the center of the community and as a producer of fine distilled spirits.  Today this unassuming estate takes its place amongst the top tier producers of Armagnac in the Bas-Armagnac region.

Typically no more than eight 400Liter barrels are produced each year.  A quantity somewhat less than commercial producers loose to evaporation in the barrel each year.  Age designated production is bottled at cask strength to maintain the character of the base spirit and allow the rich character of the Armagnac show through.

Tasting through the range of Armagnacs produced is an ethereal experience that allows one to see the evolution of the spirit from fruit driven to one whose floral components that emerge after a few years in wood, only in later stages to be eclipsed by the spice of the wood in harmony with the alcohol, the fruity and floral notes. The cellar current holds vintage selections from 1990 dating back to 1973 bottled to order on special request. The 1977 and 1990 are currently being inventoried in the USA at their exclusive importer Columbus Wine and Spirits.

 Bodegas Mocen Columbus_Wine_and_Spirits

The abandoned medieval cellars where wine used to age in the times of Catholic Kings and the discovery of America is at the heart of Bodegas Mocén. Purchased and restored along with 140 hectares of prime vineyard land in the D.O. Rueda by visionary restaurateur Jose Luis in 1988. After 25 years Mr. Luis is ready to introduce the American market to the high quality wines of Bodegas Mocén. 

Vineyard:

  • O. Rueda 298 ha. between 740 – 760 meters  – high altitude provides good acidity
  • average vine age 27 years – mature vines provide depth and structure
  • typical vine spacing 1.5 meters x 3 meters  – close planting provides intensity of flavor
  • silt and sand with loose pebbles – plants drive deep roots providing minerality

Vineyard plantings are focused on tradition but balanced with innovation.

47% Verdejo – 13% Sauvignon Blanc – 7% Viura – 24%Tempranillo – 8% Cabernet – 1% Merlot

Extreme caution is employed at the winery to bring the harvest to the cellar door in the optimum condition. Night harvesting and no crushed fruit are used in the MOCÉN line of production.

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