Lindeza Loureiro now in Stock!

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Our vineyards are located in the Lima Valley in the North of Portugal, bordering to the north with Galicia, Spain, and to the west with the Atlantic Ocean. Our region is often associated with the green of its landscape. It is a region of deep valleys crossed by clear waters streams and a rugged terrain of enormous beauty and biodiversity. The cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the granitic soils produce elegant wines with delicate aromas and freshness. Winemaker, José Oliveira has been working in the region for more than 20 years.

Lindeza is 100% Loureiro and unoaked.

Great Reviews from Tim Atkin MW for Las Compuertas Project

2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Criolla Parral 92 Points

2017 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 1914 95 Points

2017 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 5 Suelos 95 Points

2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Malbec 5 Suelos 95 Points

2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Cabernet Franc 94 Points

2018 Durigutti Proyecto Las Compuertas Charbono 91 Points

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Introducing Atla and Beccaris from Veneto

We are very pleased to introduce Atla and Beccaris - two Italian wineries in the Veneto. Both wineries prioritize sustainable winemaking and are uniquely-concentrated expressions of the region's terroir.

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ATLA

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The Atla vineyards are located on the hills surrounding Castelnuovo di Garda, a few kilometers south-east of Garda Lake. They are located on the edge of the Dolomites, where ancient glaciers formed the beautiful alpine region. The particularly mild micro-climate allows the growth of some Mediterranean climate plants like vines, olive trees or even citrus, which are extremely rare at this latitude (46° North).

At Atla, they have embraced the principles of sustainability in the management of their vineyards. Spontaneous grassing is used in all vineyards, allowing the creation of a habitat rich in biodiversity of both plants and animals; techniques such as the alternate mowing of the rows allow the development of wildlife in the vineyard.

BECCARIS

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The Beccaris vineyards are located on the hills surrounding Custoza, a few kilometers south-east of Garda Lake. Similar to Atla, they are located on the edge of the Dolomites, where ancient glaciers eroded and formed the region.

The morainic landscape that characterizes the region is marked by a dense series of hills formed by deposits left by the glaciers that formed the nearby Lake Garda, interspersed with large gravel plains. The particularly mild micro-climate allows the growth of some Mediterranean climate crops like vines, olive trees or even citrus, which are extremely rare at this latitude (46° North).

Marchiori & Barraud receives 90 Points From Wine Enthusiast!

We are so pleased to announce that Michael Schachner from Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given our Marchiori & Barraud Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points.

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...deep palate that’s loaded with...wild berry and plum flavors...

Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Together they make a small amount of wine in pursuit of expressing the best of the terroir for each varietal. Their grapes are organically grown and hand harvested. In the winery, spontaneous fermentation takes place with native yeasts and no winemaking additives are used. Learn more about their Cabernet Sauvignon here!

FOUR 90 Points & Higher Ratings for Eco Terreno From Wine Advocate!

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We are so excited to announce that four wines from Eco Terreno received ratings of 90 or higher in the June issue of Wine Advocate:

 

Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine Lyon Vineyard 2016 - 91 points

Chardonnay 2016 - 90 points

Red Blend Los Cuatro Lyon Vineyard 2016 - 90+ points

Cabernet Sauvignon Artisanal Selections 2015 - 90 points

 

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Eco Terreno is a certified biodynamic estate winery laid out on the rolling hills of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma. The winery staunchly believes that to become successful farmers and winemakers, they must first create a healthy native ecosystem for their vineyards.

Owner and winemaker, Mark Lyon received great acclaim during his 37 year tenure at Sebastiani. This legacy includes three wines that were made in part or entirely from grapes grown at the Eco Terreno Estate and rated 95-98+ points by Wine Advocate. 

More Love for Las Compuertas Project!

We are so happy to announce that in the June 2018 edition of Wine Advocate, our Las Compuertas Project 'Malbec 5 Suelos' 2016 received 91 points! 

 
 
...floral, expressive and aromatic, fruit-driven and juicy, with pure Malbec fruit.
— 91 points, Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate
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'Proyecto las Compuertas' (The Compuertas Project) began in 2007, when brothers Pablo and Hector Durigutti purchased 5 Ha of old vine Malbec in Las Compuertas, Mendoza, steps from their winery. At the outset of The Compuertas Project, Pablo and Hector had a precise analysis done of their vineyards, identifying 5 distinct soil types. They have carefully adjusted their care of the vines accordingly, coaxing the best grapes out of the 104 year old vines. Their 'Malbec 5 Suelos' is made from the grapes of each parcel being vinified separately in concrete eggs with native yeasts, before a final cut is made. You can learn more about 'Malbec 5 Suelos' and all of the Las Compuertas Project wines here.

91 Points to Mehofer's Organic "Alter Weingarten" Gemischter Satz!

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We are very pleased that Wine Enthusiast will give Mehofer's "Alter Weingarten" Gemischter Satz 91 points in their upcoming September issue. 

The Mehofer family has lived and worked on their estate for 10 generations, over 300 years. In 1992, they became one of the first wineries in the area to convert to organic farming methods.

'Gemischter Satz' is a traditional style of wine, made with a blend of at least 3 varietals of white grape varieties, planted and vinified together. Vigneron Andreas Mehofer includes 8 varietals in his 'Alter Wiengarten'. The vines are dry farmed, grapes are hand harvested. Fermentation occurs with native yeasts and the winemaking process is entirely vegan. 

 

Tim Atkin Loves Our Argentinians!

We are very pleased to announce that Tim Atkin has given high marks to wines from Las Compuertas Project and Marchiori & Barraud in his May 2018 Argentina Report. Las Compuertas Project's Malbec 5 Suelos 2016 and Cordisco 2017 were awarded 95 and 92 points, respectively, while Marchiori & Barraud's Malbec "Cuartel Dos" 2015 and Malbec 2016 received 95 and 91 points. 

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MALBEC 5 SUELOS - 95 POINTS

5 separate parcels of centennial vines are cared for based on their soil type as identified by extensive testing and vinified separately in cement eggs before a final cut is made. 

CORDISCO 2017 - 92 POINTS

First Mendoza wine made from this varietal native to Abruzzo (Italy). Fermented in cement eggs with native yeasts.


Marchiori & Barraud

MALBEC 2016 - 95 POINTS

MALBEC 'CUARTEL 2' 2015 - 91 POINTS

Andrea Marchiori & Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Their grapes are grown organically and hand harvested. In the winery, spontaneous fermentation takes place with native yeasts and no winemaking additives are used. 

 

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W&S Gives Anella Crianza 2014 92 Points!

This month, our Anella Crianza 2014 from Ribera del Duero received 92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine! 

 
 
It’s a vibrant crianza wine, focused on refreshing red-fruit flavors...that throbs with energy...radiant and fresh...
— Wine & Spirits Magazine
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Anella is a family owned winery located in Fuentelcesped at 2,800 feet altitude. Their limestone rich soils provide excellent growing conditions for their Tempranillo vines, 30% of which are old vines, including some ungrafted pre-phylloxera plots (the oldest is from 1865). The winery practices biodynamic farming, the grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation takes place with native yeasts. Learn more about Anella here.

Josh Raynolds - 90 Points to Vignoble Bodillard's Morgon Tradition 'Cuvée Alexia' 2016

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"Vibrant, mineral-tinged red/blue fruit and allspice flavors show very good clarity and a building floral note."

-Josh Raynolds

We are very pleased that Josh Raynolds of Vinous has given Vignoble Bodillard's 'Cuvée Alexia' 2016 90 points.

Located in the heart of the Beaujolais region, the Vignoble Bodillard Estate has been cared for by the Bodillard family for 5 generations. Today, vigneron Renaud Bodillard cares for the family vineyards and has converted to organic farming methods, with biodynamic principles. The vines are 20-100 years old and each plot is worked according to it's topography, age and soil.

The family, true vignerons, execute or oversee every step of the process, from vine to bottle. 

More Love for Marchiori & Barraud - 90 Points From Wine Enthusiast!

We are so pleased to announce that Michael Schachner from Wine Enthusiast Magazine has given our Marchiori & Barraud Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points. 

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...deep palate that’s loaded with...wild berry and plum flavors...

Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Together they make a small amount of wine in pursuit of expressing the best of the terroir for each varietal. Their grapes are organically grown and hand harvested. In the winery, spontaneous fermentation takes place with native yeasts and no winemaking additives are used. Learn more about their Cabernet Sauvignon here!

6 Holiday Cocktails to Make Your Party Bright

 
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Tis the season for PARTIES! And with parties come COCKTAILS! “A cocktail post from a wine importing company?!” you say? Well, take another look at our portfolio and you’ll realize that we actually have a great lineup of options that will have your guests asking for more (and the recipe).

The best part of taking your cocktail cues from a wine company? Most of these recipes have lower alcohol content, which means you can enjoy and still keep up with refilling the canapés.

Many of these are also batch-able, meaning you can make a lot at once, then sit back and enjoy your party. Cheers!

1) The Adonis

We found this classic on The Straight Up. It’s from the late 1800s, when cocktails were having their first big wave of popularity. Named after the first Broadway musical to run for more than 500 performances, it’s low alcohol level and clean flavors make it great as a before dinner drink…or to sip all night…

In our version, the dryness of Bodegas Robles' Organic Piedra Luenga Fino plays off nicely against the light, layered sweetness of the Iris Vermouth Dorado.

Here's what you'll need:

 

For instructions, head over to The Straight Up, where you can also read more of the story behind the drink (and see quite a nice pair of 19th century legs).

 

To batch this cocktail, simply pour 12 oz each of the Fino and Vermouth into a clean, reseal-able 750 milliliter glass bottle and add 16 dashes of orange bitters. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

*You can also experiment with the Piedra Luenga Organic Oloroso or Iris Blanco and Rojo

2) Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

This recipe is from Sue over at The View from Great Island and it’s brilliant. Simply combine your ingredients in a crock pot an hour or so before your party, set on low until the wine simmers, then switch to ‘keep warm’ and leave it.

Here’s a shopping list, including the star of the show, Primmo Malbec Magnum.

 
 
  • Cardamom pods
  • Vanilla bean
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Cranberry juice
  • Whole cranberries
  • Fresh Rosemary

Head over to The View from Great Island for proportions and instructions –don't forget to multiply the ingredients by two, to make with our handy 1.5 Liter Primmo Malbec.

3) Sidra Ponche

Imbibe Magazine found this elegant Sidra cocktail at Bar Casa Vale in Portland, OR. Created by Daniel Parker Guidry, the slight sweetness of brandy, balanced with the fresh Piedra Luengo Organic Fino and lightly tart, earthy Bere Aran Natural Cider will have your guests asking for more. Get your shaker ready!

 
 

Head on over to Imbibe for assembly instructions!

4) Negroni Sbagliato

For those of you who can’t let go of your Negronis (don’t worry, we’re with you), here’s a festive version! Translating roughly as ‘Bungled Negroni’ (is there any such thing??), this twist on the classic comes to us thanks to Michael Dietsch at Serious Eats. Simply swap Forchir Prosecco in for the gin in your Negroni and get partying.

Here’s your shopping list, for construction instructions, head over to Serious Eats!

 

 

*To scale this drink up for a crowd, simply mix up a bigger batch of Vermouth and Campari, chill, pour 3 ounces of the mixture into each flute and top with Prosecco!*

5) Under the Mistletoe Punch

Up your Punch game with this beauty from Epicurious. With our Piedra Luenga Organic Fino (or Oloroso, depending on your sweetness preference) and Iris Vermouth Blanco as the base, this is another one with a low ABV, allowing you to enjoy while juggling hosting duties. Cheers!

 
 

Syrup:

  • Raw Sugar
  • Allspice berries, cracked
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks

 

Punch:

6) Red (Velvet) Cake

Okay, you caught us, this is not a cocktail. It’s a cake. But it’s a chocolate cake. With WINE! RED WINE! So you can’t really go wrong, right? We found this recipe from pastry chef and author of Brave Tart, Stella Parks, once again on Imbibe. As it turns out, red velvet cake originally got it’s characteristic color from a chemical reaction between the raw cocao and acid…which can be provided with, you guessed it, red wine.

Here’s the ingredients list; head over to Imbibe for the full recipe.

And while this isn’t a cocktail, we do recommend you wash it down with our Amaris Sweet Red or Robles PX.

Whatever type of soirée you throw this winter (including parties of one, on your couch, sporting your best sweatpants), we hope you'll invite one (or more) of these tasty recipes to the party. And may you have warm, wonderful holidays, a happy new year and an ever-full glass! Cheers!

91+ Points for Marchiori & Barraud!

This month, Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 from Marchiori & Barraud received 91+ points from Vinous! 

...Intense and penetrating but youthfullly bound up; offers lovely density and grain, not to mention definition to its backward dark berry, licorice, bitter chocolate and mineral flavors.
— Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud come from families with long winemaking traditions in Argentina. Located in the Perdriel area in Mendoza, the vineyards are handled with exceptional care and great attention to detail. Together they pursue the best expression of their terrior only by producing small amounts of wines. Learn more about Malbec Cuartel Dos 2015 here

Domaine Begude Etoile 2015 AOC Receives 95 points from Decanter!

 

At this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, Domaine Begude Etoile Chardonnay was awarded Gold earning 95 points. 

The winemaker, Laurent Girault is a native of Limoux and raised in a family of winemakers. The aim at Domaine Begude is to "make excellent wine from long established high-quality terroir... wines reminiscent of the new world, but with the elegance of the old..." The winery organically grows their grapes and is devoted to environmentally sustainable practices. 

Etoile Chardonnay has a classic, complex style. With aromas of honey and fresh fruit that lead to a long mineral acidity with a creamy texture.  

Las Bas Gewuztraminer and Sommos Premium Selected to Represent the Somontano Appellation

On Wednesday March 1, Las Bas Gewuztraminer and Sommos Premium were two of eight wines selected to represent the entire region of Somontano. The event was held at Amada Restaurant in New York City outpost of award winning chef, Jose Garces. Wine Enthusiast, The Somm Journal, The Tasting Panel magainze, Nacho Monclus, Head Sommelier at Amada, amongst others were in attendance. We were very excited for the opportunity to share these wines from Bodegas Sommons!