Books & Booze: Book Lover’s Day Edition


This Sunday marks National Book Lover’s Day, and certainly, the last few months have proven how valuable a good book can be in inspiring, educating, or simply entertaining during tough times. In the world of hospitality, nothing shows appreciation quite like a lovingly constructed cocktail, so here are a few tipples inspired by the current … Read More

Exquisite 2019s and the Mosel’s Newest VDP Member: AJ Adam

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One of the finest estates in the Middle Mosel, AJ Adam is based in the village of Dhron. This pastoral village is in a side valley of the Mosel river, just south of the Piesport, home of the famed Goldtröpfchen vineyard. Traveling south from the dramatic and imposing amphitheater of the Goldtröpfchen, the Dhron valley … Read More

The Profiles of Chenin Series

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Throughout June we explored all aspects of Chenin with a remarkable group of growers who are all taking this noble variety to its maximum potential. Chenin is one of the most in vogue white grapes being grown around the world, with its qualitative epicenter found in the Loire Valley of France. Few white wines can … Read More

100 Years of Azelia: Old, Stubborn Beauty in Barolo

100 Years of Azelia: Old, Stubborn Beauty in Barolo 18

The Bricco Voghera vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba is a punishing place to work in August. It faces full south, has a near vertical incline up 400 meters and can easily reach 100º in the summer months. In the spring of 2014, a season of unrelenting rain turned a challenging task into a near impossible one. The soil was so wet, and the conditions … Read More

Sustainability in Spirits: Vicario

Sustainability in Spirits: Vicario

THE SUSTAINABILITY IN SPIRITS SERIES This is our seventh installment in a series that defines sustainability in spirits and shares some selections from our very own spirits portfolio. PART I Square One Organic Spirits PART II Apologue PART III Azteca Azul PART IV Real Minero PART V Novo Fogo PART VI Rhum JM Today we’re … Read More

Germany’s Nahe: A Geologist’s Paradise

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HISTORY & EXPOSITION The Nahe is one of the smallest and the most geologically diverse regions in Germany. First legally recognized in 1971, this area is named for the Nahe River and is home to some of the finest vineyards and wineries in Germany. The Nahe River flows through the Hunsrück hills which separate the Nahe … Read More

The 2019 Germany Vintage Report

The 2019 Germany Vintage Report

2019 is an exceptional vintage in Germany. It’s a vintage that has both excellent ripeness and bright, crisp acidity. It was not the easiest vintage on our grower’s nerves; the weather patterns were more extreme than previous years and varied from region to region and even village to village. The harvest required quick decision making … Read More

The 2019 Austria Vintage Report

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Each year in early May we take an annual trip to Austria to taste the new vintage with our nineteen growers. The start of Spring is a wonderful time in Austria: asparagus is everywhere, wine country is lush and green, and tasting the new vintage against this backdrop is a pleasure. This year’s tasting trip … Read More