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New to the VS Portfolio: Huia

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments by

About Us: Claire and Mike arrived in Marlborough in 1990 and started Huia in 1996. “We were completely blown away by the region. It seemed to have the brightest sunshine, the most intensely flavoured wines, be stunningly beautiful and have an endless supply of the freshest produce.” Those early years were spent gaining valuable experience [...]

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New to the VS Portfolio: Gargouille Collection

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments by

NEW TO THE VINTNER SELECT PORTFOLIO!! Gargouille Collection is a small portfolio of artisan French Wines. Our mission is to represent wines that are family made with a focused respect for terroir. All of the producers in our portfolio practice organic/ Biodynamic farming. We believe how the land is farmed has a great impact on [...]

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Austrian Wine – Terry Theise

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

Actually most of you have at least some sense of Austria, and though there’s more for you to know, what you do know is accurate. A lot of you have been there, and were surprised. “These people are like Italians except they speak German” would sum it up. Not to mention they all speak English, [...]

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West Coast Harvest 2014

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments

Harvest. It is the busiest time of the year for our wineries.  And one thing is certain, this year will be different than last year.  It is unpredictable.  That is the nature of farming.  Every vintage is unique.  It is part of what makes the wine business so exciting. A quick survey from our producers [...]

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Hendry Wines: Philosophy

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments
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A Bubbly by any Other Name

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

2008 Minges Riesling Sekt Even though it’s after New Year’s, the time is always right to drink sparkling wine. There is no other wine category that is so useful across the board. They make great aperitifs, wonderful food wines that can match up to almost anything that a still wine wouldn’t and can bring a [...]

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Kathryn Kennedy Winery, Santa Cruz Mountains

Dec 03, 2012 No Comments
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Closure Debate is Ongoing

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

Even though the wine bottle screw cap had been around for a while I did not see it enter into the realm of fine wine until the mid-1990’s.  This was a period when cork closures were presenting more problems than anyone in the business ever remembered mostly due to the increased demand for wine, particularly [...]

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Just Try the Wine!

Oct 16, 2012 1 Comment

In my travels through our sales region, I answer a plethora of questions that often lead to one basic topic—coming to grips with the world of wine.  So this seems like an ideal forum in which I can share what I feel are the most important things to know to achieve this. . Many of [...]

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