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Caperitif

Caperitif

From the cellar of Kalmoesfontein and the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg we bring you Caperitif. Chenin Blanc fortified with spirit, gently sweetened by the sugar of the grapes, bittered by Quinchona bark and flavoured with some 35 truly Cape ingredients such as fynbos, kalmoes and naartjies.  The recipe? 1 part history 1 part geography and context 2 parts botanicals 2 parts recipes and possibilities Future to taste History is diverse and rich and in this country, a little unbalanced. Mix in gold diggers and diamond hunters, a little bit of exploitation and lots of racial inequality. South Africa is a melting pot of diversity and potential. In the early parts of the last century prospectors from all over the world made their way to the southernmost tip of the African continent. They were in search of gold and precious stones, the money was fast and the pace was quick. Out of this rose a luscious party scene filled with cocktails and dancing. It also gave birth to a golden...

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Momento

Momento

Momento wines was born in 2011 from inspired travels of the great world of wine and its vineyard sited, especially the ancient vineyards of the Old World. Based in the beautifully authentic and diverse Bot River region of South Africa, which winemaker and proprietor Marelise Niemann has called home since 2007. Niemanns goal in winemaking is to reflect every single element involved – both human and natural – from the people, personalities, ideas and experiences; to the sun, soil, water and earth. What started out as a curious Grenache bottling has grown into a wonderfully exciting venture of exploration and discovery—vinifying unique and honest wines. With a winemaking approach that is gentle and ‘hands-off’, Niemann respects the grape and its place, and allows the wine to express its own character and origin. At Momento, Niemann is privileged to work with vines from all corners of the Cape, where she searches for unique parcels that truly express the region and soil where it is grown; mostly from older and sometimes...

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De Martino

De Martino

Founded in 1934, the De Martino family has specialized, for four generations, in creating wines that are a faithful reflection of their origin, coming from selected parcels throughout Chile. Wines of great purity, with a sense of place and balance, are a consequence of sustainable agriculture and traditional fermentation techniques. The fourth generation headed by Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, along with their team, continue with their constant search for exciting terroirs same as polishing their house...

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Gusbourne

Gusbourne

At Gusbourne, the goal is simple: to create the finest wines in the world.  A deep respect for nature, and uncompromising quest for quality and a fastidious approach to detail is at the heart of everything at Gusbourne. The vineyards, planted in 2004 are predominantly Burgundian clones. All grapes used are sourced solely estate vineyards. A combination of the best age-old traditions with modern technology and cutting-edge equipment allows Gusbourne to sit comfortably between old and new world winemaking, while at the same time bringing exacting quality standards to the process. Respect for the vineyards, the fruit and the natural elements involved in winemaking results in an approach that favors minimal intervention. In 2010 the debut vintages of Gusbourne Brut 2006  & Blanc de Blanc 2006 were released to critical acclaim....

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Tyrrell’s

Tyrrell’s

Established in 1858 by English immigrant Edward Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s Wines is one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wineries with vineyards extending from Hunter Valley to the Limestone Coast (SA) and Heathcote (VIC). Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, it is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. With the fifth generation involved in the business, Tyrrell’s will continue to remain family owned with the simple philosophy of producing high quality...

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Beeslaar

Beeslaar

Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at esteemed Stellenbosch property Kanonkop, now has his own label named Beeslaar. Abrie explains the origin of the grapes as being “a property about two kilometres from Kanonkop in the direction of the Bottelary Road” and the wine was matured for 17 months in French oak, 50% new. One of the most profound interpretations of the often tricky Pinotage grape that you can imagine. It’s the Grand Cru Burgundy of Pinotages: structured, fresh, complex, ageworthy and elegant despite its obvious concentration.’ Jamie Goode ‘Pinotage genius Abrie Beeslaar shows all his understanding of this tricky grape.’ Tim Atkin,...

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Mt. Difficulty

Mt. Difficulty

Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.” Mt Difficulty Estate is comprised of six vineyards; Templars Hill, Pipeclay Terrace, Menzies Terrace, Mansons Farm, Target Gully and Long Gully – total plantings of 40 hectares protected by the rain shadow of Mt Difficulty. The region provides New Zealand’s only “continental” style climate. The vine age gives the wines, particularly the Pinot Noirs, extra complexity and concentration. Mount Difficulty is integral in providing low rainfall and humidity for the region. Bannockburn enjoys hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns; conditions which bring the best out of the Pinot Noir grapes. These conditions, along with soils which are ideal...

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Storm

Storm

After 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, focussing on producing world class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Hannes discovered two vineyards with particularly exceptional terroirs planted with the tiny bunched red grape variety that he loves intimately. With these two sites – one with low vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the other, a small vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with granite soils – Storm Wines strives to steer the purest characteristics of each site towards bottle and cork. Meticulous viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World present the wines with a warm personality and character. With the maiden vintage for both vineyards in 2012, Storm Wines continues to handcraft, perfect and shepherd Pinot Noir from their unique terroirs into very distinctive site specific...

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Justino’s

Justino’s

Known as the most important producer of Madeira, Justino’s has a long history on the island. With a state of the art facility, Justino’s is able to simulate the history journeys that previously produced the beautiful wines of the...

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Alheit Vineyards

Alheit Vineyards

Chris & Suzaan Alheit are a husband and wife team. They have traveled and worked harvest together in California’s Napa Valley, Western Australia, St Emilion, the Clare Valley & the Mosel River.  Their love for adventure overseas has led them to New Zealand, Languedoc, Rousillon, Provence, the Northern & Southern Rhone & the Cyclades in Greece. They have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the great wines of Europe, a place they consider to be the heartland of truly fine wine. They strive, in their winemaking, to apply lessons learnt in Europe to what they do in the Cape. Alheit is based on Hemelrand, a beautiful mountain farm situated high on the Hemel & Aarde Ridge in Walker Bay. This rugged piece of fynbos covered land belongs to Hans & Mary Anne Evenhuis. Complete with stone buildings, Hemelrand is planted to an olive grove, lavender fields and a very exciting young vineyard. The Alheit’s aim is to make wines that have a fine form and are not bulky....

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Elderton Wines

Elderton Wines

The vineyard that is today known as Elderton, was first planted in 1894 by early German settlers, the Scholz family. In 1916, it was purchased by Samuel Elderton Tolley who built himself a sprawling homestead on the Estate and sold the fruit to his family’s winery. In 1975, the descendants of Mr Tolley decided to place the vineyard on the market. Due to the very tough times that the Barossa was enduring, there was no interest in the property from local growers or wineries and it remained on the market becoming more derelict annually. “If you buy the house, I will give you the surrounding 72 acres of old vines for nothing”. This was the proposal offered to Lorraine and Neil Ashmead in 1979. The rambling old homestead looked ideal for a growing family and the Ashmead’s worked tirelessly to salvage and restore a phenomenal treasure of a vineyard. In 1982 Elderton began producing wines from the Estate. Tough times prevailed, but ultimately the vision of the founders shone...

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Spy Valley Satellite

Spy Valley Satellite

Spy Valley owns and leases many Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the Marlborough region. The main vineyards are located in the Wairau Valley and in the Waihopai Valley on “Johnson Estate.² The sites produce a range of flavors which vary from vintage to vintage. All sauvignon blanc blocks for both Spy Valley and Satellite are grown to the same exacting viticultural standards. The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented dry in the Spy Valley winery. Post ferment tank grading and blend trials are conducted with the Spy Valley blend being the premium selection based upon continuation of style. All other wine, by default, becomes the Satellite blend. The satellite blend is typically a fruit forward style with emphasis on pink grapefruit with subtle herbal notes and a bit of tropical influence. One factor that sets this wine apart from its competitors is the structure gained from lower cropping vines that reach physiological ripeness before picking. At this price point a lot of competing wines in the marketplace are...

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Spy Valley ENVOY

Spy Valley ENVOY

The Johnson family have been vineyard pioneers of Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley sub region for over 20 years. Growing and crafting Spy Valley Wines has led to the discovery of unique micro sites. Wines in the single vineyard Spy Valley ENVOY range  are selected from these unique estate blocks identified over time as exceptional. The Spy Valley ENVOY wines represent the combination of the vineyard site and the art of winemaking at the highest level. The wines are textural and complex and represent the best winemaking tool of all –...

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Savage

Savage

Duncan Savage, who was previously the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards,  introduced his own label in 2011. Savage’s goal is to produce rock-solid classic and elegant wines. Through his time at Cape Point, Duncan grew to understand maritime vineyards a little better. This knowledge led him to source grapes for Savage from maritime and high altitude sites. Duncan is also inspired by many great older reds from South Africa and abroad that have stood the test of time with moderate alcohol and gentle...

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De Wetshof

De Wetshof

The name De Wetshof has been synonymous with the production of fine wines in South Africa since the 1970’s. As the first registered wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley, De Wetshof has become known internationally as South Africa’s eminent Chardonnay House due to the pioneering role it played in introducing this noble grape to the South Africa. The De Wet family’s winemaking heritage can be traced back to 1694 when the first De Wets arrived at the Cape and immediately made a mark on the South African wine industry. Today, De Wetshof is one of the few third generation wine estates in South Africa. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellarmaster, is assisted by sons Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker). De Wetshof’s wines express the uniqueness of the soils of the Estate and meticulous attention to detail, while state-of-the-art technology ensures that the work in the cellar complements the gifts of natures...

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Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff Estate is situated in Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s most historic and prestigious wine region. Founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679, Simon brought a sound knowledge of viticulture, the art of wine making – fostering a tradition that has grown from strength to strength through the centuries. In 1982 John Platter, well known wine writer, bought Delaire, then known as Avontuur. Looking at the magnificent view, he decided to rename the farm Delaire Estate, meaning “From the Sky”. Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds International acquired the estate in 2003 and vowed to transform it into South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality and wine destination. Delaire Graff Estate aims for red wines that are big in structure with soft tannins and elegance, and white wines which capture the freshness of the harvest. With one of the most advanced cellars in the Southern Hemisphere, which became operational in 2008, in just three years the Estate can be comfortably rated as one of the top...

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Weingut Markus Huber

Weingut Markus Huber

The Huber family has wine growing roots dating back more than 220 years. Today the winery in Reichersdorf is in its 10th generation and is run by Markus Huber. In 2000 Markus took over four hectares from his father which, up to that point,  had been farmed to produce the wines served in his family restaurant. His outstanding ability to manage the winery with sensitivity and consistency, both in the vineyards and the cellars, has ensured that in a very short space of time he has established Huber wines as an internationally acclaimed leading producer in Austria. Absolute focus on the strengths of the region and the unique soil types that are found there ensure that year on year the wines display unmistakable clarity and fruit styles. “Sustainable development, carefully controlling the harvest and meticulous pruning are the most natural and important prerequisites for successful winemaking.” Markus...

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Warwick

Warwick

Warwick Wine Estate was known as the farm ‘Good Success’ from 1791 until 1902. After the Anglo-Boer war, Colonel Alexander Gordon from the Warwickshire regiment bought the farm and renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment. In 1964 Warwick was purchased by Stan and Norma Ratcliffe. The Ratcliffes recognized the quality of the terroir and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon, selling grapes to wholesalers and other wineries until 1984 when the first Warwick vintage was released. Norma Ratcliffe was the first female winemaker in South Africa and her winemaking talent was quickly recognized around the world. Estate Reserve (known outside the U.S. as Trilogy) soon became a paragon of the South African wine Industry. The farm today is still very much a family affair. In2001, Stan and Norma’s son Mike assumed the role of Managing...

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Tierra de Antes

Tierra de Antes

Tierra de Antes wines are from the Mendoza region of Argentina and include three varietals that are expressions to the definitive Argentine character. The wines include a Chardonnay, Malbec, and a Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which were produced with slight oak to preserve the original fruit...

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Spy Valley

Spy Valley

Owned and operated by the Johnson Family , Spy Valley Wines is one of Marlborough’s few remaining 100% Kiwi family owned wine companies. Located up the road from a US government listening post (the Spy base), Spy Valley is know around the world as one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed producers. The  Johnson Family established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneering what was then a Marlborough sub-region, the Johnsons’ Lower Waihopai development continued, with the fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. In 2000, the first vintage under the Spy Valley label was released. With a modern, fully integrated winemaking facility and a passion for excellence, Spy Valley consistently produces globally acclaimed award winning wines.  Like most Marlborough wineries, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are Spy Valley specialties but chief winemaker and aromatic fanatic Paul Bourgeois and his team, have set a benchmark for New Zealand aromatic...

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Sadie Family

Sadie Family

Eben Sadie is considered one of the great preservationists and visionaries in the new generation of South African winemakers. To Eben, the vineyard and fruit are part of the story—the truest expression of his art and philosophy. The wine writer Neal Martin recently called Sadie an “outspoken, peripatetic, terroir-obsessed winemaker who has been instrumental in putting Swartland on the map. He produces a small portfolio of comparatively expensive, but highly coveted wines based on Rhone varieties sourced from his seemingly never-ending search for pockets of old bush vines and unique terroirs. These are cerebral wines built to...

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Quinta Do Crasto

Quinta Do Crasto

Quinta do Crasto, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, a partner in the Port house of Constantino, in 1910. ln 1981, Constantino de Almeida’s granddaughter Leonor (“Tita”) and her husband Jorge Roquette took over the Quinta, determined to restore and revitalize the family estate. Following the change in Portuguese law (allowing single quintas to bottle and export wine), Crasto has been producing and exporting table and port wines since 1994. The perseverance and commitment of the Roquette family has restored Quinta do Crasto to its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the...

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Montsarra Cava

Montsarra Cava

A medieval Catalan farmhouse in the town of Torroelles de Foix is the origin of Heredad Montsarra, a well-known vineyard in Alt Penedes. In 1992, Heredad Montsarra became part of Bardinet, S.A. Montsarra Cava is made from a careful blend of native grapes. Contributing strength and quality, Macabeo makes up 60 to 70 percent of the blend; Xarello, which comprises 15 to 20 percent, adds substance and structure; and Parellada, at 15 to 20 percent, supplies the deep aroma. Once blended, the cava receives a second fermentation in the cellars, where the temperature is constant and the wine is protected against light and vibration. Monstarra Cava is typically cellared for a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2...

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Machherndl

Machherndl

Weingut Machherndl, an 18-acre estate established in 1786, is run by 8th generation owner, Erich Machherndl, who believes in honest viticulture without compromises. His philosophy is simple: Keep focused on tradition, believe in the vines—especially the 100-year-old vines—and do not become distracted by the status symbols of modern viticulture. He has been called stubborn, but his first goal is to produce exquisite wines that can be enjoyed and admired for many years. His personal commitment to his philosophy is carefully supported by modern cellar management. Located in the Wachau Region of Austira, the wines are from 100% estate grown grapes, produced and bottled wines from single-vineyard sites. GRUNER VELTLINER VARIETAL CATEGORIES In Austria’s Wachau Valley, falconers use the wings of doves—called Federspeil—to attract falcons. Federspeil wines, named for this tradition, must be at least 20 degrees Brix with an alcohol level between 11.5% and 12.5%. Smaragd is the German word for emeralds. In the Wachau Valley, Smaragd is the common term for a bright green species of lizards that can often be found on...

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Inman Family

Inman Family

Inman Family Wines, handcraft small lots of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The estate wines reflect the unique imprint of Inman family’s Olivet Grange Vineyard, located at the junction of Olivet and Piner Roads amidst some of Sonoma County’s and the Russian River Valley’s most respected vineyards. Inman Family wines are committed to quality from grape to glass – from our sensitive, organic viticultural practices to our attention to detail in the winemaking. From the outset, Inman have been committed to employing environmentally responsible, sustainable farming practices in our vineyard and natural winemaking techniques in their carbon-neutral production facility. This approach is designed to ensure that Inman Family wines express the true character of the grape and place from which they are...

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Louis Guntrum

Louis Guntrum

Louis Guntrum was established in 1648, and since 2003 has been owned and operated by Louis Konstantin Guntrum, who is the 11th generation of the Guntrum family to make wine. During the French Revolution, the Guntrum family fled across the Rhine river and temporarily relocated in Bensheim. In 1909, Louis Guntrum returned to Nierstein and founded the Louis Guntrum winery as it is known today. In February 1945, during World War II, U.S.General Patton occupied the winery and the family mansion, having crossed the Rhein river directly at the Louis Guntrum estate. The current generation is focused on producing high-quality wines that are produced with passion and rooted in history. LEVELS OF SWEETNESS Trocken: Dry Halbtrocken: Slightly less dry Kabinett: Fruity but still not showing sweetness Spatlese: Very fruity, still dry enough to drink with food Auslese: Richly fruity, beginning to show more residual sugar. Beautiful alone or with select food Beerenauslese: Rich with concentrated residual sugar;dessert wine with some botrytis Eiswein: Eiswein is picked when the grapes are...

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Ferreira

Ferreira

For more than 250 years, Ferreira has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine, and known around the world as “the Portuguese brand.” Ferreira was founded in 1751, and under the direction of Dona Antónia Adelaide became the reference point for exceptional ports and Douro wines. Today, Ferreira continues to be a global market leader, and the symbol of a country and a...

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Dr. Hermann Wines

Dr. Hermann Wines

Dr. Hermann Winery, the Riesling-Estate, is managed by the father and son team of Rudi and Christian Hermann. Their philosophy is that quality starts in the vineyard with restrained pruning, hand harvesting, natural and careful cultivation of vineyard soil. The result is beautiful, elegant wines from some of the most famous vineyard sites in the world. The Hermann’s specialize in Riesling grown on steep rock slopes of the famous vineyards of the Erdener Prälat, Erdener Treppchen, and the Ürziger Würzgarten. All of their vineyards grow exclusively on old vines, ungrafted Riesling vines which deliver beautiful, complex Riesling...

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The Curator

The Curator

Adi Badenhorst has the unique ability to fashion spectacular wines at all levels of the price spectrum.  Adi could see tremendous potential in the under $10 category. ‘There is so much high-quality fruit in the Swartland that ends up unrecognizable in Bag-in Box blends, I felt that by adding a little more care in the vinification of these grapes while maintaining the cost efficiency in the production… that we can produce wines that are sure to turn a few heads for a very reasonable sum of money.’ And so, together with Broadbent Selections,  The Curator project was born. Known for having impeccable taste and style, ‘The Curator’ was assembled as a  unique blend from the fantastic library of wine parcels at Adi’s disposal. These parcels each possess distinct and complex character, which translates into the wine. Only two wines are made and bottled: The Curator Red and The Curator...

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Chateau Musar

Chateau Musar

Chateau Musar was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. In 1959, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, his son Serge became winemaker. The civil war that tore Lebanon apart from 1975 to 1990 did not defeat Chateau Musar; Serge refused to abandon the wine, and lost only the 1976 and 1984 vintages to the war. Owing to his inspiring determination and grand passion for his wines, Serge received the inaugural “Man of the Year Award” from Decanter magazine in 1984. Recognition from Michael Broadbent, at the 1979 Bristol Wine Fair, threw Musar into the international spotlight and helped create a cult-like following. Chateau Musar is one of the most written-about and discussed wines in the world...

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Casa Ferreirinha

Casa Ferreirinha

For more than 250 years, Ferreira has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine, and known around the world as “the Portuguese brand.” Ferreira was founded in 1751, and under the direction of Dona Antónia Adelaide became the reference point for exceptional ports and Douro wines. Today, Ferreira continues to be a global market leader, and the symbol of a country and a...

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Cape Point Vineyard

Cape Point Vineyard

The winemaking team at Cape Point understands the distinctions between ordinary and fascinating wines, and they’re not afraid to experiment. Their passion for white wine is clear, with only 9 of the 82 acres at Cape Point being planted with red varietals. Cape Point is constantly experimenting in order to attain their goal of being one of the world’s leading wine producers. Their wines have earned global recognition for having a unique and forward thinking...

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Broadbent Vinho Verde

Broadbent Vinho Verde

The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than six decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine critic,writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Bartholomew’s deep roots in Portugal inspired him to create his own range of Ports, Madeiras and table wines. Broadbent’s vision was to produce the most reliable and traditional of all Vinho Verdes and to resolve the usual whine that Vinho Verde never tastes like it tastes in Portugal. The solution was twofold: to partner with a winery that had consistent production, and to ship the wines in refrigerated containers. The latter enable the wine to taste as fresh and spritzy as it would ever taste in Portugal, and since its launch in 2005, Broadbent Vinho Verde has rapidly earned the reputation as one of the finest Vinho...

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Broadbent Port

Broadbent Port

The first vintage of Broadbent port was produced in 1994, when Bartholomew Broadbent, after spearheading the port revival in the U.S. and Canada, launched his own brand. That inaugural vintage was voted best-in-show at a comprehensive tasting of vintage port during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Broadbent port is made, to Broadbent’s specifications, by the esteemed winemaker Dirk...

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Broadbent Malbec

Broadbent Malbec

The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than four decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine critic,writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Broadbent has partnered with family-owned wineries around the globe to produce wines rich with the essence of place and tradition. Broadbent wines represent authentic character and infinite pleasure. This Malbec is fresh with delicious fruit character, spicy plum notes and a silky and seductive finish. Produced and bottled in Mendoza,...

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Broadbent Madeira

Broadbent Madeira

The history of Madeira wine stretches back to the Age of Exploration, when Madeira was a frequent port of call for ships whose captains would fuel up on wine—fortified to prevent spoilage—for their trans-Atlantic journey. The blazing heat of the sea voyage transformed the flavor of the wines, a metamorphosis reproduced by a process called estufagem during which the wines are heated to as high as 60°C (140°F) and oxidated. Begun in 1996, Broadbent Madeira was inspired by Bartholomew Broadbent’s father, Michael Broadbent, who called Madeira his “desert island wine,” and who played a crucial role along with his wife, Daphne, in sourcing the wines and establishing the...

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Broadbent Gruner Veltliner

Broadbent Gruner Veltliner

The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than four decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine critic,writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Bartholomew Broadbent has partnered with family-owned wineries around the globe to produce wines rich with the essence of place and tradition. Broadbent wines represent authentic character and infinite pleasure. A juicy white wine, with plenty of lime, peach and green apple flavors. Our Gruner Veltliner is elegant and...

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Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Vineyards is Virginia’s first wine estate to be dedicated to growing European, vitis vinifera wine varietals in Virginia. Planted in 1976, the vineyard was founded and continues to be owned by Gianni Zonin from Gambellara, Italy, who is a 7th-generation winegrower whose family’s enterprise, Casa Vinicola Zonin, has been in viticulture since 1821. Barboursville is Zonin’s sole winemaking endeavor outside of Italy. The property is the core of an extensive 18th Century Virginia plantation, now consisting of some 900 acres, of which 162 are in vine. Winemaker-General Manager Luca Paschina, holder of a degree in oenology from Instituto Umberto in Alba and now in his 21st year at Barboursville, oversees day-to-day vineyard operations with viticulturist Fernando Franco, who has been at Barboursville for 13...

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Vilafonte

Vilafonte

Vilafonté is the first American and South African joint wine-making venture. This ground-breaking red wine project is a partnership between a respected group of wine specialists from South Africa (Mike Ratcliffe) and the United States (Zelma Long and Dr. Phil Freese). The name Vilafonté is derived from the primary soil type of the 100-acre estate.  Recorded as one of the oldest soil types in the world (somewhere between 750 000 and 1.5mil years old), this character forms the foundation of these wines The age of the soil is important as it is deeply evolved and has been stripped of much of its inherent capacity, that encourages smaller vines, lower yields and highly concentrated fruit. Vilafonté produces only 2 wines: Series C (a Cabernet driven Bordeaux blend) and Series M (a Malbec/Merlot based Bordeaux blend)...

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A.A. Badenhorst

A.A. Badenhorst

A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines are made in the Paardeberg area in Swartland district of South Africa. Owned by cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst restored the cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930’s to make natural wines in the traditional manner. The vineyards are made up of very old bush-vines planted with Chenin Blanc (average 40 year old vines), Cinsault (average 45 years), and Grenache (average 58 years). The vines are un-irrigated and farmed as biologically as possible. The vineyards are planted on East, North and South facing slopes bringing tremendous variety to the fruit....

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