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New Alchemy Distilling is passionate about bringing new perspectives to classic spirits. Owned and operated by distillers Matt Sweeny and Jason Somerby, both medical doctors by training, the idea for New Alchemy was conceived in a research laboratory, where the two founders first met. Matt and Jason combine both artistic and highly technical skill-sets to develop new approaches to traditional spirits.
La Carraia was born in 1988 as the collaboration between the Gialetti family, expert viticulturists in Orvieto, and the Cotarella family, of Antinori fame. Edoardo Gialetti, along with sons Mauro and Marco, own 190 HA of some of Italy’s oldest terroir in Orvieto, dating back to Etruscan times. With five distinct vineyard sites, nestled almost exclusively on hillsides that average 300 meters in altitude, La Carraia is 100% estate grown. Their vineyards are in the southern portion of Orvieto, and enjoy a distinct microclimate as a result of a hydroelectric lake that was build in the late 1970s by the Italian Government. The lake helps keep temperatures down on hot summer nights, allowing the grapes to maintain their all-important acidity. The soils at La Carraia are largely volcanic, and some of the vineyards include clay as well.
Jo Pithon started his famed domaine in 1978. His parents were winemakers in Anjou, and Jo has done as much as anyone to lift the appellation, and the Loire Valley as whole, onto the world stage. His focus on dry whites, now commonplace, was very innovative in the last two decades of the 20th century. He was also at the forefront of organic farming, the use of indigenous yeasts and the rejection of sugar and acid additions.
Starting with only a handful of purchased grapes in 1978, Marietta Cellars has been a standout winery in Sonoma and Mendocino since the very start. Founded by Chris Bilbro, a Sonoma native with winemaking roots dated back three generations, Marietta rose to prominence with its revolutionary Old Vine Red, a California red blend that essentially created the category. The winery has slowly expanded its estate holdings over the past thirty years, evolving into a beacon for high quality, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Rhône variety blends.
La Source Gabriel is a family partnership between Régine Sumeire and her nephew Roger Blanc-Sumeire. The Sumeire family has owned Domaine Font-Freye since 1933, and acquired the adjourning Château la Tour de l’Evêque in 1958. The estates are located in the picturesque village of Pierrefeu-du-Var.
Located in the historic center of Wiltingen in the Saar Valley, the Van Volxem winery dates back to Roman times. The vineyards date back to the 3rd century, and the traces of the original villa remain to this day. Gustav van Volxem purchased the property in the wake of the French Revolution, which ended generations of monastic control. Gustav was a true visionary, and recognized the potential of his spectacular vineyard sites. The estate gained international acclaim over the four generations of Van Volxem family stewardship that followed Gustav. In 2000, Roman Niewodniczanski purchased the property and embarked on an ambitious program to revive the prestige of German Riesling, which a century before commanded higher prices than the top estates of Burgundy or Bordeaux.
Timplace Wine Co is a collaboration between longtime friends Henri Gabriel and Jamey Whetstone. They were inspired by the way that wine reflects a time and place - a culmination of climate and season, site and study, and the time and place where a bottle is enjoyed with friends and family. Their passion to produce transparent wines that are vibrant and fresh, from carefully sourced vineyard sites led them to Lodi's underappreciated heritage vineyards and growers who share their philosophy. Many of the vineyards that Henri and Jamey work with have old vines that have stood the test of time and escaped commercialization. Motivated to help preserve these historic sites and prevent them from being plowed under, they are crafting world class wines with depth a personality that will help shape a new legacy for the region.
Zin Collective is a labor of love for winemaker Jamey Whetstone. After spending his formative years in the wine business working for none other than Turley, he has become a passionate advocate for sustainable viticulture and a style of Zin that is fresh, brambly and balanced. As the name suggests, Zin Collective is sourced from like-minded vineyards scattered along the North Coast with a few choice sites in Lodi as well. Jamey has developed relationships that allow him to source this great fruit at prices that make Zin Collective a go-to.
Noah River Wines are good old fashioned everyday wines made by veteran Winemaker Jamey Whetstone. After scouring California for good quality grapes and years of building relationships with growers, Jamey has crafted wines that are deeply satisfying to drink. They are juicy from the California sunshine, made with a light touch, and refreshingly balanced with savory characteristics that speak to their versatility. We are so pleased to be able to offer these wines in New York for the first time.
Since 2000, Thomas Fogarty Winery has produced Skyline Wines, utilizing long-standing relationships with some of the best grape growers to select quality fruit from heritage vineyards in different areas of California. Made without regimentation, with an open mind toward blending and varietal inclusion, Skyline Wines represent an unrestrained and innovative approach, using diverse varietals and providing the discerning wine lover excellent wines at a very fair price. Not limited by convention or tradition, these wines take full advantage of the creativity and innovative spirit found within the founders of Thomas Fogarty Winery.
Installed in a former farmhouse in the hamlet of La Halbardiere, the Domaine of Wilfrid Rousse distinctive signature over the surrounding lands: a weather vane depicting a mermaid holding in his hand a fish. This historic weather vane once donned the roofs of the nearby medieval castle in Savigny-en-Véron. In present, Wilfrid Rousse extends over 19.5 hectares between the municipalities of Savigny-en-Véron, Beaumont-en-Véron and Chinon. It is composed of 18 hectares of Cabernet Franc plantings, which are transformed into the Domain’s cuvées of both red and rosé wines.
In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.
For over 37 years, Gary Farrell Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines capturing balance and stylistic elegance from some of the finest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. In 1985, Winemaker Gary Farrell released his 55 cases of 1982 Rochioli-Allen Pinot Noir to widespread critical acclaim. Since that release, the team at Gary Farrell Winery has consistently focused on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships, and superior quality fruit. For the past 8 years, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality.
Ferren is a winery dedicated to tiny lots of artisanally made single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the far Sonoma Coast of California. Each of the vineyards Ferren works with is a jewel of the true Coast, has been hand picked based on its potential for producing profound, age-worthy wines, and is farmed to the highest standards of sustainability and wine quality. The wines are made using traditional Burgundian methods without fining or filtration, and fermentations are carried out exclusively by native flora that arrive on the grapes from the vineyards.
Wilde Farm makes wines from old vines and exceptional vineyards. Quantities are very small. Our wines are bright, balanced and made by hand. They emphasize a balance of acid and fruit. As an added bonus they age great. Pax Mahle makes Wilde Farm wines. He has a light touch and a craftsman’s approach. They source grapes from old vine, low yield sites, where soil, climate and honest farming practices allow for a full expression of the type of grape and the place the grapes come from. They only offer vineyard designated wines (so far). They pick when the grapes are ripe and ready. Yeasts are ambient, oak is neutral and fermentation happens at its own pace. They sometimes include stems in the primary fermentation, when it makes sense. They bottle wines unfined and unfiltered, and sell them when they think they are delicious.
Tyler and Kim Elwell launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard along the Central Coast—a varietal he always dreamed of working with. Tyler, who was raised in Santa Barbara, has since scoured the vineyards of California to find Cabernet Franc planted in a wide variety of climates and terroirs. Focusing on sustainably farmed vineyards and minimal winemaking, Halcyon highlights the versatility and range of an often misunderstood grape varietal. Cabernet Franc takes center stage in all it's forms - white, red, and bubbly. Kim has worked to express the energy and tone of these unique wines through artful labels and playlists of songs that pair with the wines. Together the Elwells combine their deep-rooted love of wine and California, bringing you a nouveau take on California Cabernet Franc.
Domaine de la Furonnière is a generations-old family winery in the heart of Loire, located just east of the city of Nantes. Dedicated to bringing out the best of the Muscadet AOC land, the Furronière winemaking team uses techniques passed down from grandfather to father to son. Spending ample time on each bottling and aging the wine sur lie, the Furronnière domaine, now led by vigneron Daniel Bonneau, expresses the land and the fruit in the bottle.
In 1989, David Cobb planted the Coastlands vineyard that became well known through wines made by Hirsch and Williams Selyem. Though the original plan for Coastlands was simply to sell grapes to a few artisan vintners, David's son Ross had a different vision for the exceptional fruit. In 2001, David and Ross crafted 130 cases of Cobb Wines’ inaugural Coastlands Vineyard pinot noir. Since then, Ross has taken the helm and Cobb Wines has evolved to include four other hand-tended, independently owned vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. Though these vineyards share certain essential Sonoma Coast characteristics, they each have individual soil types, subtly different microclimates, and unique combinations of pinot noir selections. Ross's wines have become heralded the country over as benchmarks for elegance and nuance from the Sonoma Coast.
Since 1980, Lynn and Anisya Fritz have built Lynmar Estate from it's original plantings, which were some of the oldest in the Russian River Valley, to now include three contiguous vineyards along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. Their sustainably farmed vines encompass a wide array of clone and rootstock selections that are perfectly suited to their soil types, while wines are made in a state-of-the-art gravity fed winery after the classic Russian River style.
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the map in the United States and the world. The mantle has been picked up by daughters Maria and Luisa Ponzi, who continue the family history of leadership and innovation in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country.
Once thought to be too far north to grow Pinot Noir, the Willamette Valley has proven to be an ideal location for over the past 50 years. Diligent farming, gentle handling, and the perfect location are essentials when producing Pinot Noir. Moving North is an ode to defying the status quo while demanding perfection.
The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story. Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world. Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.
Since its creation in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, the Guigal family has produced a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The terroirs of Nalys realize a dream spanning three generations to join this leading prestigious and historic appellation. Marcel and Philippe Guigal will bring passion and rigour, their family quality philosophy, and the ambition of waving the flag of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at the very highest level.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.
Over the last 15 years La Fleur-Pétrus has become one of the most fascinating and, from a quality standpoint, extraordinary stories in Bordeaux. A wine borne of a great historic terroir, that through nurture and creativity has become something greater than perhaps could have been imagined, and a bright shining light of Pomerol.
It is difficult to sum up in a few lines the long and splendid history of the estate. It was already known in the 12th century but there were not yet any vines. In the 16th century the estate anticipated the future development of the Médoc which was to start abandoning the cultivation of cereal crops in favor of vines, and Château Margaux became a high place in the art of growing and making wine.
These 3 estates are run by an extended family and represent in both the past and future an extraordinarily exciting story: estates on the right bank of Bordeaux making utterly authentic, soulful wines, led by a dynamic young generation eager to bring its own perspective and energy.
Chanson is a true mid-size Domaine. Unlike many of their competitors, their wines are produced using the grower model rather than the négociant model. They have extensive holdings of over 111 acres of exclusively Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the heart of Burgundy. Chanson is obsessed with maintaining a consistent quality level across the entire range. The wines have a seductive and distinctive style due to the rigorous approach to viticulture and vinification.
In two decades of work, Lucien Le Moine has become one of the most talked about Burgundy producers, making some of the most sought after wines from the region. The approach is extreme – two people, together doing everything by hand, working with a dazzling array of Burgundy’s great terroirs.
Burgundy meets the Rhone. An utter respect for tradition, and in some ways a total break. We've watched as Mounir and Rotem Saouma, of Burgundy producer Lucien Le Moine, slowly developed their estate and wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the results today are too extraordinary and distinct to ignore.
Domaine des Baumard has been planted with vines since 1634, and has remained in the same family since then. In the mid-20th century, however, is when the estate started to build a reputation as one of the greatest white wine producers in the Loire Valley, and the world.
Langlois-Chateau is the "Tête de Crémant." The Crémants are the focus of the estate, accounting for 62% of the estate's production, making Langlois-Chateau the leader of Loire sparkling wine. It’s a case of quantity and quality with the production standards far beyond the appellation requirements and even beyond Champagne AOC standards. The result is Méthode Champenoise wines of incredible finesse. The still Sancerres are equally notable and are benchmarks for the appellation, with brightness, intensity, depth and minerality.
Masseto is one of the world's iconic wines. Coveted by international collectors and fine wine connoisseurs across the globe, Masseto constantly receives the highest accolades from the most prestigious wine critics in the world, and is a fixture in the international fine wine trade indexes.
Le Macchiole can best be defined as the “Boutique Bolgheri.” The winery is known for its spectacular single-varietal wines, and their signature grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc and work is always conducted with the priority being "the expression of the land." The winery continues to evolve in both the vineyards and in the cellar to allow the soil characteristics from this estate property to be the defining identity in the wines.
Today, Luce goes so much further than was originally envisioned when started as a project over 20 years ago. The estate now has some of the most exceptional vineyards in Montalcino and, as of 2018, a state of the art winery to nurture every step of the winemaking process. The original vision, however, remains the same: to produce a bold and ambitious Super Tuscan that reflects the culture of Montalcino.
The Casisano estate is located in the southeastern part of Montalcino between the St. Antimo Abbey and the Val d'Orcia, arguably the most quintessentially picturesque area in all of Tuscany. Casisano wines are the result of 100 years of passion and a deep understanding of Montalcino, its terroir, and the spectacular wines produced there.
Petrolo is the definition of a cult winery, with an owner and a story that have helped create its legendary status. While the estate's benchmark wine, the Merlot cru Galatrona, deservedly receives fireworks in the press and is part of the history of Tuscany’s quality revolution in the late 1980s and 1990s, the winery's two other standouts, Torrione and Boggina, are an equally thrilling success - Sangiovese from a special and virtually unknown appellation bordering Chianti Classico that today produces wines of distinct regional identity.
Poggio al Tufo is located in Tuscany's coastal Maremma region near Pitigliano, an historical Etruscan city known for its volcanic soils rich in tufo, a specific type of volcanic rock. Poggio al Tufo encompasses 3 estates in different areas of the Maremma, each with its own unique microclimate, but all sharing the influence of volcanic soil and Mediterranean breezes.
Luciano Sandrone is one of the most iconic producers in Barolo, and his story is an extraordinary one. In the bottle, Sandrone’s wines straddle the modern and traditional styles of the region: elegant, attractive and easy to appreciate right from their first years in bottle, but with no less power and structure over time than traditional Barolos.
Attems is one of the most historic producers in the northern Italian region of Friuli, with a winemaking heritage dating back nearly a millennium. Attems wines have a decidedly Friulian character: fresh, full of flavor and elegant, they respect the singularity of the unique terroir of a region ripe for discovery.
Tommasi has always been a standard bearer of the Amarone appellation. Established in 1902 around the family home in Pedemonte in Valpolicella, the winery has grown and expanded into the choicest areas of the region under the guidance of the many generations of the Tommasi family. The winery is known above all for its classic approach to winemaking in Valpolicella, favoring elegance and balance, and paying homage to the winemaking tradition of their home region.
Founded by Abruzzo native Gianni Masciarelli in 1981, Masciarelli and its wines have become the standard-bearer for the Abruzzo region, and an inspiration to all emerging Italian wine regions. After a summer in Champagne, Gianni Masciarelli became convinced that world-class wines could be produced in Abruzzo, and through tremendous vision and non-stop innovation, Masciarelli became one of the most admired wineries in Italy.
Masseria Surani is located in Manduria, one of the most renowned areas in Puglia for the cultivation of the native Primitivo grape. Manduria was first colonized in 700 BC by the ancient Greeks, and Masseria Surani pays homage to the winemaking heritage of the area by producing high quality wines that respect the terroir and tradition of the land on which they are cultivated.
Volcanic wines are currently a hot topic among wine critics and enthusiasts worldwide, and Paternoster is very much of the moment: it is a volcanic wine in the literal sense of the term and stands on an extinct volcano. Paternoster is located in the relatively unknown southern Italian region of Basilicata, on the slopes surrounding Mount Vulture, and has long been considered one of the region’s most important wineries.
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. While Telmo makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.
Ferrer Bobet is about respect. Firstly, the mutual respect of two friends, Sergi Ferrer-Salat and Raül Bobet and their passion for the world and culture of wine. Secondly, the respect for the long traditions of viticulture and vinification in Priorat and a commitment to the economic and social development of the region. Thirdly, and above all, the respect for the terroir and a dedication to producing wines that reflect the distinctive mineral essence from the land.
One of the oldest port houses, Quinta do Noval is also arguably the greatest. It is unique among top port houses in that most of the ports are made from estate-grown fruit and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard.
Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza, but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. The wines all come from the single Finca Decero vineyard, and the winery’s focus is entirely quality focused.
Almost since its inception, Dog Point has been recognized as among the very top (arguably the very top) wine producers in New Zealand. Their two very different Sauvignon Blancs, their Pinot Noir, and their Chardonnay are all wines of astounding quality and complexity not just in the context of New Zealand wines, but globally.
Founder Frank Mitolo drew inspiration from his Italian heritage and especially his horticultural background - he is the 4th generation of a family of agriculturists – in starting the company in 1999. In 2001 acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner, and together Frank and Ben have shared an uncompromising dedication to producing wines that express purity of flavor, show elegance of structure, and maintain a rich, powerful complexity. In a short period of time, Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale.
Owner and winemaker Ben Glaetzer’s work in Langhorne Creek is one of the most exciting stories in Australia today. Ben found and grew excited at older, high quality vineyards he had seen in the cool-climate Langhorne Creek area, Australia’s oldest settled wine region, one hour south of Adelaide and southeast of McLaren Vale.
Ginraw is a super-premium gastronomic gin from Barcelona. It's produced with the finest botanicals, individually sourced and harvested fresh and in season from their top growing locations. They use a unique distillation process that combines the traditional method of single batch copper still distillation with the latest gastronomic techniques in low-temperature distillation using a Rotaval. Madness, perfection, talent, gastronomy and soul epitomize Ginraw!
Bonanto is the ultimate aperitivo! It's an entirely new concept inspired by the rich aperitif culture in its home city of Barcelona and across the world. It's disrupting the aperitif category with its innovative and unique style. It has a strong personality but a well-balanced, delicate flavor. It's extraordinarily versatile allowing it to be enjoyed simply on the rocks with an orange twist, with a splash of sparkling wine, soda or tonic, or as the basis for the most cutting-edge cocktails. It's perfect anytime!