TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (PRWEB) – In celebration of Michigan Wine Month, vino lovers are invited to enjoy Traverse City Uncorked throughout the entire month of May. The festivities include complimentary wine tastings, discounted lodging packages, winery events and sipping souvenirs for participants.
Traverse City Uncorked is a month-long promotion of the premier grape-growing region in Northwest Michigan. The region’s two peninsulas, Leelanau and Old Mission, are both designated as American Viticultural Areas (AVA) with diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Together, the 35 wineries throughout the peninsulas make up Traverse Wine Coast. Among their internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Traverse City Tourism, the region’s official Destination Marketing Organization, partners with Traverse Wine Coast for 31 days of celebration. Trevor Tkach, President and CEO of Traverse City Tourism, says the wineries are key in making Traverse City a pretty great place. “We have a fantastic wine region that stands out among other regions across the country, not only for the high-quality wines we are producing here, but also for everything else that goes with it – a beautiful region, one of the top foodie towns and our outdoor recreation.”
Participants of Traverse City Uncorked will also enjoy the regional marks of spring, namely the millions of cherry blossoms that make Traverse City the Cherry Capital of the World (you can celebrate the 2018 National Cherry Festival June 30 – July 7). Culinary enthusiasts and foragers will enjoy May’s wild morels and leeks, plus the downtown restaurants that daily harvest and transform their seasonal finds.
Special events throughout Traverse City Uncorked include Spring Sip & Savor on Leelanau Peninsula (May 5-6) as well as Blossom Day on Old Mission Peninsula (May 19), both offering food and wine tastings at the wineries. Small Plates, a progressive dinner with Leelanau winemakers, takes place along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (May 31), while Sips n’ Giggles offers a live comedy show pairing (May 19). For a complete list of Traverse City Uncorked events and lodging packages, pour a glass and visit traversecityuncorked.com. Clink!
New York, NY – Attention, wine lovers: the Wines of Brazil have made their way to the U.S. and are ready to take the country by storm. Internationally celebrated for its soccer players and its Rio Carnival, Brazil is also home to a variety of flavorful wines that will delight American consumers in search of young and fresh wines, at great value for money.
In a region known for its at times excessively powerful wines, Brazil stands out for its production of lighter, friendly and easy-drinking wines. Brazilian wines offer a surprising and high-quality alternative to your usual wines choices, being generally pressed from the varietals you love: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, both still or sparkling. Embodying the soul of the country, Brazilian wines are lively, aromatic and colorful, and will be the life of the party!
Brazilian Sparkling wines – the taste of celebrations
Shake up your habits and pop a Brazilian sparkling wine for your next festivities. Characterized by an exceptional acidity and freshness, they are ultimate crowd-pleasures. Many of the producers follow the méthode traditionnelle – the same as Champagne – Brazilian sparkling wines are mainly produced from Chardonnay, Italic Riesling, Pinot Noir and Muscat. Aromatic and vivacious, they can be enjoyed on their own as an aperitif, or with all kinds of every day food such as sushi and light salads.
Brazilian Red wines – the flavor of passion
Brazilian reds will delight every red wine lover: from fruity to earthier reds, the region is home to a palette of vibrant reds pressed mostly from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which produce elegant and structured wines. With lower alcohol contents than similar New World wines (around 11-12.5%), they can be sipped during the day, without fears of headiness. The wines’ aromatic flavors combined with mild tannins make them a perfect addition to the dinner table: fresh and young, they will not overwhelm your meal’s flavors. Sip them with a BBQ-grilled meat to feel like a proper Brazilian enjoying a churrasco, the country’s iconic ember-grilled steak.
A look inside Brazil
There are six wine regions in Brazil, covering an almost 2,500-mile distance along the country’s eastern border. 90% of the wineries are in Rio Grande do Sul, the state located in the southernmost part of Brazil, bordering Uruguay. The state is also on the same latitude as Argentina and South Africa:
- Serra Gaúcha – the leading region in terms of production, representing 85% of all wines produced in Brazil, it is recognized for its fruity reds and fine sparkling wines. The basaltic soil, humid climate and mild nights produce wines with a distinctive personality.
- Campos de Cima da Serra – known for its aromatic whites, and elegant and sophisticated reds, the region enjoys moderate temperatures and consistent winds, which guarantee healthy vines.
- Serra do Sudeste – celebrated for its low-yield vines and delicate wines with great minerality, this mountainous region is recognized as one of the most promising wine areas in Brazil.
- Campanha – located in the south, bordering Uruguay and Argentina, the region is devoted to vinifera grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, but also Tannat and Tempranillo, and is recognized for its flavorful reds.
- Planalto Catarinense – known for its high-altitude vineyards, Planalto Catarinense is celebrated for its fresh still and sparkling whites. The region is also developing an interesting organic and biodynamic wine production.
- Vale Do São Francisco – the most northern vineyard in Brazil, its grapes have higher sugar levels, creating bold and fruity wines. The region is also known for its full-bodied reds, high-quality Moscato sparkling wines and exceptional yields with two harvests a year.
About Wines of Brasil
Wines of Brasil, is an organization that represents 34 wineries that produce wines in six appellations: Serra Gaúcha, Campos de Cima da Serra, Serra do Sudeste, Campanha, Planalto Catarinense, Vale Do São Francisco.
The main mission of the Wines of Brasil project is to promote the quality of Brazilian wines in the international market. To achieve this goal, its work starts within the wineries, providing producers with guidance on how to export, which results in promotional campaigns in different parts of the world, including the participation in wine fairs and direct contact with trade agents and opinion makers.
The Brazilian wineries produced for the export market over 2.2 million liters and commercialized to 36 countries from January to December 2016. The exports to the USA market have increased 34.64 % in 2016.
Visit www.winesofbrasil.com for more information, or follow Wines of Brasil on Instagram (@brazilianwines), Faceebok (Wines of Brasil) and Twitter (@WinesofBrasil)
Hamilton, Bermuda – MARTINI® Prosecco Vintage 2016 has achieved a top score of 95+ points at The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters 2017, beating strong competition from some of the world’s best loved Prosecco brands including Bisol, Bottega, Follador and Andreola.
The judging panel, comprising five Masters of Wine, also presented MARTINI Prosecco Vintage with one of six Master Medals, a testament to the exceptional quality of the wine.
MARTINI is the world’s best selling Italian sparkling wine brand and is driving growth worldwide through innovation. This multi-award winning wine was crafted by MARTINI’s Master Winemaker of the past 30 years, Franco Brezza. Made from 100% Glera grapes from the 2016 harvest, MARTINI Prosecco Vintage is pale gold in color with hints of emerald green and delicate bubbles. It offers delicate floral notes and fresh green apple and lime undertones.
Shane Hoyne, CMO Europe & North America, comments: “Premium Italian sparkling wine is experiencing tremendous growth, fuelled by consumers’ love of its light, refreshing style. Prosecco is the fastest growing category in the global sparkling wine industry, and we have created this exquisite tasting and beautifully packaged product to lead that growth and to knock on Champagne’s door with a strong quality statement”.
Franco Brezza, Master Winemaker says: “We have used all expertise and know-how to create a sparkling wine that offers a true alternative to champagne. The harmonic but delicate flavors make this the perfect style to enjoy as an aperitif.”
Instantly recognizable with a gold foil and stylish glass bottle, MARTINI Prosecco Vintage joins a selection of award-winning wines in the growing MARTINI Sparkling Wine portfolio including its sister wine, MARTINI Vintage Asti. Other wines in the range include MARTINI Prosecco, MARTINI Asti, MARTINI Rosé, MARTINI Brut, MARTINI Riesling, Alta Langa and Montelera.
The full results of The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters will be announced in the May issue of The Drinks Business, which will be distributed at the London Wine Fair at London’s Olympia from 22nd – 26th May.
About The Drinks Business Prosecco Awards
The Drinks Business Prosecco Awards is now in its fourth year and judged 135 Proseccos. This year’s international panel of experts included Alex Canneti, Anthony Foster MW, Jonathan Pedly MW, Roberto Della Pietra, Patrick Schmitt MW, Patricia Stefanowicz MW and Nick Tatham MW.
One of the most iconic brands in the world, MARTINI® is the leading name in Italian winemaking and a purveyor of the highest quality aromatized and sparkling wines. The award-winning, vibrant and bittersweet taste of the MARTINI range is the result of secret blends of more than 40 botanicals sourced from the finest locations across the globe. The MARTINI portfolio includes: MARTINI Bianco, MARTINI Rosato, MARTINI Rosso, MARTINI Extra Dry, MARTINI Asti, MARTINI Moscato d’Asti, MARTINI Prosecco, MARTINI Rosé, MARTINI Brut and MARTINI Royale. Created in 1863 in Turin, Italy, the MARTINI brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda, and continues to be the market leader of the category. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.
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With a geographical size similar to the US and distinct climates, soils and terroirs, its no surprise that Australia boasts an array of wine styles, regions and grape varieties for you to experience.
This was an intriguing teaser to a recent Australian wine event I attended. I went in knowing very little about Australian white wines so I signed up for their seminar, and then knew I would enjoy the walk around tasting to get my fill of the wines I was more familiar with: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignons and many Bordeaux and Rhone blends.
SEMINAR – White Wines: Unique Expressions of Australian Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay
Australia is blessed with regions and climates that can produce truly world-class wines from the noblest of vines. Discover the many exciting expressions of Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay being produced across Australia’s diverse wine regions. Presented by special guests and winemakers, and moderated by Wine Australia.
Our Seminar Panelists
Fahara Zamorano – Head Sommelier, Gwen LA; Matt Kaner – Owner, Bar Covell & Augustine; Kyle Meyer – Wine Exchange; Bruce Tyrrell – Tyrrell’s Wines; Jeff Burch – Howard Park Wines; Jeff McWilliam – McWilliam’s Wines; Mark Davidson, Wine Australia (Moderator).
Seminar Wines – Flavors and Aromas separated by ;
Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Semillon Hunter Valley 2011 – Green apple, pineapple lemon zest, Mandarin orange and white pepper all on the nose; with lemon-lime, bruised apple and a medium acidity on the palate. 90 Eve pts.
Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon Hunter Valley 2009 – I smelled apple, pear, fresh lemon, pears in light syrup; then tasted bright and tangy fresh fruit – same as those I found on the nose. 90 Eve pts.
Ashbrook Estate Semillon Margaret River 2015 – Perfumy aroma, then bruised yellow apple, cream and a pale hint of cinnamon; viscous on the mouth, as well as slightly paler fruit and a long finish. 90 Eve pts.
Silkman Estate Semillon Hunter Valley 2015 – Lemon, toast, grapefruit and unsalted butter on the nose; followed by tart apple and limeade on the palate. 90 Eve pts.
Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling Eden Valley 2011 – Fruit cocktail, green grass to yellow hay, floral and bright; that same bright quality came through on the taste as well as lemon, grass, acidity, bone dry. 90 Eve pts.
Grosset Polish Hill Riesling Clare Valley 2016 – Bright aromas of pears and kiwi fruit; followed by lemon, orange and steel on the palate. 90 Eve pts.
Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling Frankland River 2015 – Green apple, crushed green leaves and a whiff of orange on the nose; the palate was very sharp citrus fruit: lemon and orange, a slight viscosity and a long dry finish. 90 Eve pts.
Pressing Matters R9 Riesling Tasmania 2015 – My favorite of all the white wines I tasted with aromas of sweet orange blossoms, apple pie and a bit of cream; then came a slightly sweet and lingering fresh lemon-lime fruit on the mouth. 91 Eve pts. (All of the Riesling shared the same bone dry quality, except this expression from Tasmania.)
McWilliam’s 842 Chardonnay Tumbarumba 2013 – Fresh oak, honey, barnyard, earth, citrus, butter and white pepper on the nose; then the taste was tart, some oak and apple. 91 Eve pts.
Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula 2012 – Earthy, dried apple, butter, clove and steely; then bruised apple, tart with medium acid. 90 Eve pts.
Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay Margaret River 2015 – Toast, lemon, cream, and a general feeling of being in a sweet floral garden; the flavors were bright, tart and citrusy with a medium acidity and long finish. 89 Eve pts.
Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2014 – Creamery butter, lemon and green fields; then that same lemon on the mouth, but light, and a leaner acidity. 89 Eve pts.
What I Learned From Our Panelists and the White Wine Tasting
One of our panelists stated that if you remotely expect that a Semillon from Australia would taste like one from Bordeaux, France you would be dead wrong. If you thought that a Riesling from Australia would taste like its German counterpart you would be equally wrong. My tasting notes above probably express this.
Australia is considered a New World wine area, however, Meyer would like us to see their wines as truly old world, but with an edge. The vines are very old, the area is larger than Europe and Phylloxera has never hit them.
The 12 elite wineries in “Australia’s First Families of Wine” group have several criteria to meet including their dedication to promote Australian wine to the global market, 100% family owned and have to have at least a 20 year vertical.
Next week I will run part two of the tasting, the reds I got to try, on June 16 here on this blog.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) – Traverse City Tourism has announced a month-long series of wine events during the month of May. The inaugural “Traverse City Uncorked” celebration is a collaboration with the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula to showcase Traverse City’s burgeoning wine and cuisine scene with fun experiences and specials at participating venues throughout the region.
“May is a great time to visit Traverse City,” said Trevor Tkach, President and CEO of Traverse City Tourism, “and we are thrilled that Traverse City Uncorked will offer visitors so many fun ways to enjoy our local wines.”
The region’s two peninsulas, Leelanau and Old Mission, are both designated as American Viticultural Areas, with diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
“This region represents one of the most unique viticultural regions in the country,” said Lee Lutes, winemaker at the Black Star Farms winery near Suttons Bay. “Combine the region with the dedication of growers and winemakers that are passionate about these cool climate varieties, truly exceptional wines are being produced. Traverse City Uncorked serves as the perfect venue for showcasing the rich diversity, stylistic complexity and breadth of character from the wines grown and produced throughout northern Michigan.”
During the month of May, Traverse City Uncorked offers participants an opportunity to explore the local flavors from a variety of different options and see for themselves why northern Michigan wines are one of the hot topics of discussion across the country.
Experiences include lodging packages with complimentary wine tasting, a Sips & Giggles Comedy Show, a Swine & Dine Dinner, tasting room specials, chef events, winemaker dinners, wine education and more. Details, lodging packages and tickets are available at http://www.traversecityuncorked.com.
A very special and rare lecture and tasting with Raimund Prüm, owner and winemaker at the SA PRUM estate in Germany’s Mosel Valley. SA PRUM ranks among the region’s top producers of high quality Riesling.
Come join us to learn about the history, geography, style and characteristics of Mosel Riesling. We will taste a special selection of classic wines during the class and a different selection at the lunch/tasting to follow.
Raimund Prüm, owner and winemaker of S.A. Prum
Ian Blackburn, our host from www.LearnAboutWine.com, introduced Raimund Prüm by stating that Prüm’s Rieslings were not “sweet wines” in fact when Blackburn had visited “the Mosel” he found that white asparagus was in season and was one of many foods that he was surprised that paired so well with Prüm’s wines.
“Forget everything,” began Prüm, “that you ever learned about Rieslings. Think of this as an outstanding wine grape – and we are going to take you by the hand and down to our cellar to show you what is going on there.”
Prüm’s family dates back to 1156 in the Mosel Valley, 90 minutes from Frankfurt, and Raimund Prüm made his first vintage on Christmas Eve in 1970 – an Eiswein (Ice Wine). By 1971, after his father passed away, Prüm found himself making wine full time. Forty years later Prüm has produced over a million bottles of wine from his 28,000 acres.
Prüm, with the help of a slide show, explained the terroir of the Mosel: Steep hillsides – the highest elevations in all of Germany at 900 feet – and the grey and red slate that can be found layered in the mineral-rich soil.
A notable Sundial appeared on one of the slides, the first one was circa 1842, which marked where the best Rieslings, his Rieslings, were grown. Now that sundial has been duplicated in other vineyards, denoting them as the finest.
1. Wehlener Sonnenuhr Erste Lage* “Old Vines Grosse Gewachs Dry Riesling 2004
The palest of the line up with lemon, green apple, citrus, very smooth and balanced. The term “Erst Lage” on a label is their version of a “Grand Cru”.
- Wehlener Sonnenuhr Erste Lage “Old Vines Grosse Gewachs Dry Riesling 2006
Honeysuckle, jasmine, sharper lemony taste, grass, slightly acidic, long finish.
- Graacher Dompropst Grosse Gewachs Riesling 2007
Honeyed-grapefruit, white pepper, dried apricot, pear, a tingling finish and not what I considered sweet. An early favorite for me.
- Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett Riesling 2009
Green hay, a trail mix filled with flavorful dried fruit, tangerine, round and coating on the tongue.
- Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2010
Vanilla, peach, like a 50-50 ice cream bar: orange sherbet wrapped around creamy vanilla ice cream, another interesting favorite.
- Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2009
Candied ginger, pineapple, ripe persimmon and balanced with some spice on the back palate.
- Graacher Himmelreich Eiswein 2004
Spice, dried apple slices, golden raisin, tangy edge.
- Wehlener Sonnenuhr TBA 2005 *extremely limited and rare
Deep burnt orange in color, and from inches away I could smell orange rind and spice rack, getting closer I detected a silkiness, honey and those golden raisins again.
Balanced. It was the one word that kept coming up as I sniffed, swirled and sampled the Rieslings. And, apparently, it was on Prüm’s tongue as well. He mentioned all kinds of pairings from cheeses, salads, seafood, pork dishes, filet mignon to Thai food. “These are food friendly wines. Stop thinking red wine and red meat.” In conclusion Prüm said, “Someone once commented to me that my wines have too much balance. Is there such a thing?” No, thank Bacchus, there is not.
About SA PRUM
Family-owned S.A. Prüm, founded in 1911 by Sebastian Alois Prüm, has been in the hands of Raimund Prüm, head winemaker and Sebastian’s grandson, since 1971. Under Raimund’s leadership the property has earned a reputation as one of the most successful wineries in Germany’s celebrated Mosel wine region.
The Prüm family has a rich and ancient history in the mid-Mosel. Here they have owned vineyards in the towns of Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen and Zeltingen since 1156. Today, the estate comprises 40 acres of vineyards planted principally with Riesling. Over 15 acres of S.A. Prüm’s holdings are located within the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr (“sundial of Wehlen”) domain.
Named for the historic sundial painted on an outcrop of slate by a Prüm ancestor back in 1842, the incredibly steep Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a renowned source of what is arguably Germany’s finest Riesling. Here vines average 80 years and older and benefit from plentiful sunshine – a critical factor in the world’s northernmost wine-producing country. The soil is comprised of layers of finely decomposed, mineral-rich blue slate.
Underneath, deep-lying aquifers provide the vines with adequate water during dry periods.
S.A.Prüm is a founding member of the Association of German Premium Wineries (VDP), a consortium of Germany’s top producers. Raimund Prüm employs organic fertilization, hand-picking and strict yield control to ensure the utmost quality. Day-to-day operations at S.A. Prüm are a family effort. Daughter Saskia Andrea (another S.A. Prüm) is integrally involved and after working at top wineries around the world, is poised to take over the reins from her father. Jennifer, Raimund’s second daughter, is involved in the administrative side of the business.
This past Wednesday I attended a trade and media tasting of the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) at Hinoki and The Bird in Century City. We had 25 SLH wineries pouring Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling and other varieties. I made it through a decent number of the tables – juggling pen, program, wine glass and cell phone for photos as usual – so I will list my favorites and the full list of wineries and growers are at the bottom of this post. This is a link to a short slideslow.
2014 Chardonnay, “Tondre Grapefield” had a small welcome amount of residual sugar in their Chablis-like Chard. The 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, “Tondre Grapefield” had a lovely mouth-coating viscosity.
Hahn Family Wines (everything they poured was exquisite)
The lightly oaked 2015 SLH Chardonnay; 2015 SLH Pinot Noir; and the terroir in both the 2014 Pinot Noir Lucienne “Smith Vineyard” and 2014 Pinot Noir “Doctor’s Vineyard.”
2013 Pinot Noir, Highlands Bench, had great bright fruit and spice.
2014 SLH Chardonnay and 2014 SLH Pinot Noir – both had some nice fruit.
Mansfield – Dunne
2015 SLH Pinot Noir for its remarkable nose.
A bright 2014 SLH Pinot Gris with a hint of lemon; a crisp 2014 SLH Chardonnay; and a simply perfect 2014 SLH Pinot Noir.
Nice to have a fun NV Methode Champenoise, the “l’Homme Qui Ris” which is made of 100% Pinot Noir and a 2015 Rose of Pinot Noir “Estate” – both served to cleanse and revive my palate.
Miner (everything they poured had lovely balance)
All 2014 Pinot Noirs: Gary’s Vineyard, Rosella’s Vineyard, Rosella’s Vineyard 777 and Sierra Mar Vineyard.
Miura (Again, I liked them all – and my top pick of the day was among them)
2015 SLH Pinot Noir, the 2010 Syrah Antiqv2s from both the Gary and Pisoni Vineyards that were huge and dry; and my pick of the day: the big and black 2015 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard.
2014 “G 17” Syrah was excellent with its addition of Grenache and Tempranillo and the 2015 Double L Vineyard Riesling had hints of dried pineapple and apricot.
Paraiso Vineyards (everything)
2015 Rose of Pinot Noir, Monterey, had nice low acid and residual sugar; 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey, also had low acid and good fruit; 2014 Chardonnay, Alexander-Smith LH for its flowery aromas and viscosity; 2014 SLH Pinot Noir; and a 2014 SLH Syrah.
2014 Pinot Noir, both the Gary’s vineyard and the Rosella’s Vineyard had a slightly sweet taste up front that just graduated into a lovely balance.
Starting with a 2014 Kali Hart Chardonnay that I enjoyed for its bright fruit and Chablis-like qualities; the 2014 Logan SLH Chardonnay; the 2014 Chardonnay from the Sleepy Hollow vineyard was my favorite; and a 2014 Logan Pinot Noir.
2014 Chardonnay, Fogstone Vineyard and a 2014 Pinot Noir, Doctor’s Vineyard.
Tudor (my final “liked everything” table)
2014 Riesling, Nacina, Tondre Grapefield; 2014 SLH Pinot Noir; 2014 Riesling; and the 2014 Nacina Ice Wine, Tondre Grapefield just had the most perfect mouth coating viscosity with layers of honey and jasmine.
Many of the Highlands estates are “grower-only.” They focus their efforts on supplying the best grapes possible to outside wineries. But many of the SLH’s best-known winegrowing estates also have their own prestige labels. Winemakers the likes of Jeff Pisoni, Garrett Boekenoogen, Joe and Charlie Wagner, Paul Clifton, Steve McIntyre, Scott Caraccioli, and Dan Lee get to work with fruit off their own vineyards, from dirt to bottle, for their own personal statement labels.
Many wineries, within and outside the SLH, purchase grapes from the appellation to craft their best releases. Adam Lee at Siduri and Novy. Michael Browne at Kosta Browne. Rob Jensen and Bill Brosseau at Testarossa. Emmanuel Kemijii at Miura. Ed Kurtzman at August West. Brian Loring at Loring Wine Co. Sabrine Rodems at Wrath. Dean DeKorth at Bernardus. Just a few of the wine industry superstars that rely on Santa Lucia Highlands’ fruit for their top vintages.
Eve’s Wine 101 Event Picks: Shakespeare and Love 2/11, Chocolate and Beer Tasting 2/12, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate 2/11, 2/12 and 2/14, Music and Wine 2/14, Lodi in LA 2/15, Sip and Learn 2/18, Beekeeper Cellars Release Parties 2/18 or 3/1, Rhone Rangers LA 3/25, Taste of the Valley 4/26, Masters of Taste 5/7. Ongoing: Events locally at Reyes Winery, Wine House events in WLA, LA Wine Tasting, Monopole Wine events in Pasadena and Eve does Wine Themed Parties. FIND EVE AT: WSET LEVEL ONE SAKE COURSE 2/18, THE UNIVERSAL WHISKY EXPERIENCE APRIL 5-8 AND WINE IN THE PINES JUNE 10.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
GENEVA, N.Y. – Capping a year that advanced awareness of the region’s prominence through robust, newsworthy activity within New York State, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance is carrying the momentum into 2017 by adding targeted initiatives and presence in new markets as it continues to raise the profile of what has become a world-renowned AVA.
The annual Riesling Camp, scheduled for April, is expected to double in size, attracting 16-20 wine professionals next year. This three-day invitation-only workshop is designed to identify, educate and orient Finger Lakes brand ambassadors in key markets, particularly New York City.
The organization’s Riesling Rally, slated for mid-summer, will gather together member wineries that have committed to participating in Riesling Month activities planned for September. Riesling Rally introduces the annual September program with a tasting event hosted at a member winery. The event encourages the region’s wine retailers and restaurateurs to make connections with winery representatives for the purpose of scheduling tastings in and around the region throughout Riesling Month. The 2016 event was held at Three Brothers Winery and Estates.
In September, participating Riesling Month member wineries will gather to host a series of Riesling Launch tastings of recent vintages for wine retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, distributors and press. Typically staged in a variety of New York City venues, Riesling Launch will be expanded in 2017 to include three upstate markets. The 2016 events, which brought together 13 participating wineries, included a Grand Tasting in Manhattan, smaller events in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and an educational seminar that took place at the Brooklyn Wine Exchange.
And for the first time next year, the Alliance will seek to increase its corps of sommelier ambassadors not only through its expanded Riesling Camp but also by arranging panel tastings in key markets in and outside of New York State, according to Tracey Dello Stritto, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.
“We are looking at sommelier panel tastings in cities including Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. as well as select in-state locations,” she said. “And we are also considering hosting winemaker dinners in a number of markets to help broaden awareness of the Finger Lakes region and our member wineries,” Dello Stritto added.
New Officer Slate
The momentum of the Alliance’s busy coming year will be stewarded by its officers and board of directors. In January, the Alliance will introduce a new Executive Committee led by Liz Stamp (Lakewood Vineyards) as Chair, Bruce Murray (Boundary Breaks Vineyard) as Co-Chair, and Eric Frarey (Heron Hill Winery) as Secretary. Gene Pierce (Glenora Wine Cellars) will retain his incumbent position as Treasurer. Dello Stritto came on board as Executive Director in August 2016.
About Finger Lakes Wine Alliance
Founded in 2004, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to increase the visibility and reputation of the Finger Lakes region, its wines and wineries. The alliance is comprised of 29 members and 15 affiliated businesses and vendors, and it is guided by a board of directors that includes winery owners and principles from the Finger Lakes AVA. With its glacier-sculpted landscapes, ideal microclimates and gifted winegrowers, the Finger Lakes region is home to over 130 wineries that produce exceptional cool-climate wines and world-class Rieslings. For more information, visit www.fingerlakeswinealliance.com, call 315.791.2359 or connect on Facebook or Twitter.
Napa, CA (PRWEB) – FlyWithWine, the leading retailer of safe and secure wine travel luggage, announces the concierge same day/next day delivery program in Napa/Sonoma. Solving the problem of worrying how to ship wine home safely and avoiding high-priced shipping costs, FlyWithWine’s VinGardeValise® is a wine enthusiast’s dream. It is well-built, easy-to-roll luggage that comes in 8 and 12 bottle capacities. If you are not carrying a full case, then you can pack clothes or other items too. The best part is that you or your local concierge can have the suitcase sent directly to your home, hotel room, or Air B+B.
Anyone who travels with wine knows how difficult and expensive it can be. FlyWithWine’s VinGardeValise® offers ultimate reusable protection, convenience, and versatility. Easily and safely transport your wine anywhere you want to go. Fully packed, it typically weighs between 43-50 lbs, staying under airline limits. It also conforms to all applicable TSA, FAA, and airline luggage standards.
“Being someone who regularly travels the world with wine, I know how frustrating it can be to get stuck with expensive shipping costs and no guarantee on ensuring the integrity of your wine. The first time I used my VinGardeValise, I knew I had to share it with the world. Our free same-day delivery service in Napa and next day in Sonoma, and free ground shipping in the continental United States, allows us to do just that. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself and let your senses be your guide.” Ron Scharman, CEO FlyWithWine.com.
The removable wine cavities are especially designed to hold a combination of bottles of almost any shape. The suitcase includes a special Burgundy shaped cavity and a Bordeaux cavity that has removable “shoulder” pads to ensure a snug fit. From Champagne to Riesling, you’ll never have to worry about the safety of your bottles. In addition, there are optional special inserts for magnums, wine glasses, and custom needs.
Thoughtfully designed, FlyWithWine’s VinGarde Valise® is the most versatile suitcase your wine lover will ever own.
Buy online http://www.flywithwine.com/products/vingardevalise and get free same-day/next day delivery in Napa/Sonoma and free shipping to any location in the continential United States.
WHO – FlyWithWine.com
WHAT – FlyWithWine’s concierge network same-day delivery of the VinGardeValise® – The world’s first suitcase designed exclusively for transporting wine
WHEN – Available now on FlyWithWine.com
WHERE – Available in The United States and Canada
HOW MUCH- 12 Bottle suitcase – $269 plus tax. 8 Bottle suitcase – $199 plus tax. *Shipping is inclusive for all orders in the continental United States
FlyWithWine is the leader in superior wine travel luggage. Operated by a group of wine enthusiasts who live in Napa and travel around the world, we are inspired by solving the complications involved with transporting wine safely and securely. By combining style and stability with a durable design, wine enthusiasts can transport their wine safely by plane, train, automobile, jet ski, boat, hang glider, submarine, gondola, motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, and more. (Please travel safely).