La Marca Prosecco

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La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy’s Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, ensuring the highest quality product.

AN AWARD WINNING WINERY
In 2007, the winery was awarded a “Top 100 Wines of the Year” by Wine Spectator. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.

LA MARCA CONSULTING WINEMAKER FABRIZIO GATTO

World renowned winemaker Fabrizio Gatto was exposed to the world of wine from an early age, growing up in a small town in central Italy where his father ran a modest vineyard. At the age of fourteen he was accepted into the viticulture program at the prestigious Scuola Enologica de Conegliano (Conegliano Veneto School of Enology) in the heart of the province of Treviso where La Marca now sources the grapes for its Prosecco. Here, at Italy’s foremost wine school and viticulture research station, his true passion for the craft of the winemaker began to blossom. Fabrizio seized every opportunity to acquire the techniques of modern winemaking. He later worked and studied at both R. Phillips Winery and Martin Brothers Winery in California, where he had ample opportunity to apply the techniques he had learned.

Wines being Opened on the Show…

2012 Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

2013 William Hill Central Coast Merlot

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William Hill Estate Winery

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To experience William Hill is to discover another side of Napa Valley. A place where extraordinary vineyards are tucked away along the serene Silverado Trail. A place where you can still discover an incredible wine for the first time.

A Napa Valley that is off the beaten path. But make no mistake: this is Napa Valley winemaking at its best. This is a place where some of the world’s most extraordinary Chardonnay vineyards lie, just up the road from William Hill. A place where the benchland terroir of our own estate vineyard is virtually unparalleled. William Hill Estate Winery is a unique place, in every sense of the word.

OUR ESTATE OVERVIEW

William Hill Estate Winery is a special place. In 1978, visionary vineyard developer William Hill saw the incredible potential of the Silverado Bench, where he built his namesake winery. More than three decades later, our winemaker Mark Williams is making modern wines that speak to the unique terroir of this virtually unknown area of southern Napa Valley.

A confluence of characteristics makes our 140-acre estate an ideal vineyard. Set on a benchland – off the valley floor, but below the steeper slopes of the hills – with a southwestern exposure, the vines bask in abundant sunlight. The vineyard is close to the valley floor climatically, but the volcanic soil and the size and vigor of the vines means William Hill is more like a mountaintop vineyard. These elements translate to elegant, expressive red Bordeaux wines.\

Please visit www.WilliamHillEstate.com

Wines being Opened on the Show…

2012 Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

2013 William Hill Central Coast Merlot

LaMarca Prosecco

 

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Louis Martini

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For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Louis Martini Vineyards:

Our 10-acre Thomann Station Vineyard sits behind the winery in the vast warmth of the Napa Valley floor, as it has since the days of Louis M. Martini. Our backyard vineyard – named for the Southern Pacific Railroad fruit packing stop that once called this land home – has deep gravelly loam soils. Ideal for growing Petite Sirah, Thomann Station was planted entirely to this varietal in 1996. It is here at Thomann Station that Louis P. Martini was among the first to introduce wind machines in 1951 to combat frost in the vineyard. Today, we craft our small lot Petite Sirah from the grapes grown at this Napa Valley vineyard.ghost pines

Considered the jewel in the crown of Louis M. Martini Winery, our Monte Rosso Vineyard is among the most highly regarded grape growing sites in California. Nestled on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, near the town of Agua Caliente, the property cultivates complex and intense Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Originally planted in 1880, the vineyard fell victim to phylloxera and was replanted in 1890 with Zinfandel vines that persist in meandering up the slopes today. Louis M. Martini purchased the property in 1938 and renamed it “Monte Rosso” for its mountaintop setting and bright red, volcanic soils. His original plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon from that same year produce fruit for our family’s wines to this day.

With rich gravelly loam soils washed down from the surrounding hills in the heart of Chiles Valley, the Ghost Pines Vineyard produces intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Nestled 12 miles east of St. Helena in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, the Chiles Valley appellation has a natural wind tunnel that cools the valley floor. Ghost Pines Vineyard rests 700 feet above sea level, where warm summer days prevail. The hot, dry air is tempered by cooling fog in the mornings and evenings, giving Merlot and Cabernet grapes the ideal conditions for developing pronounced, well-structured fruit flavors.

Tucked away in Napa Valley‘s most remote grape growing region, under the palisades of Howell Mountain, Sun Lake Vineyard enjoys abundant sunshine year-round. A former walnut orchard in the Pope Valley sub-AVA, Sun Lake was planted to wine grapes in 2003 using an advanced trellising system that optimizes sun exposure on the Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Resting 800 to 1,000 feet above the Napa Valley floor, the vineyard is protected from the morning fog most of the year, resulting in greater extremes in temperature. Limited water encourages the vines to produce smaller berries and clusters, giving the wine more intense aromas and flavors. Cold nights temper the abundant sunshine, affording the grapes a lengthy growing season with plenty of time to develop incredible flavor characteristics for our Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Please visit and ask for the Wines of www.LouisMartini.com

Wines being Opened on the Show…

2012 Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

2013 William Hill Central Coast Merlot

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Gallo Wines

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Since brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo began to turn their dream into reality over 80 years ago, the roots of the Gallo family tree have extended deep into the Winery. Today their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren work in the Winery, carrying on the family tradition and values – a strong work ethic, a drive for perfection and a focus on quality.

The Gallo family still believes family ownership is the most effective way for the Winery to continue as a world leader in the wine industry. Today, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world’s largest family-owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine.

Vision & Values

Our founders – Ernest and Julio Gallo – built our company by turning challenges into opportunities and change into growth. Today, that spirit defines the Winery’s culture.

At E. & J. Gallo Winery, we place a premium on relationships with our distributors, customers and employees, and we focus on ways to grow together for the future. With a solid foundation, a clear vision and the collective talents of our people, E. & J. Gallo Winery is stronger than ever.

Wines being Opened…

2012 Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

2013 William Hill Central Coast Merlot

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Riunite Wines

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When you pour a glass of Riunite, you’re experiencing a true Italian original. There are many wine brands out there, but no other has the rich heritage of Riunite. We’ve been a part of everyday moments since 1950!

It all started in 1950 with the Cantine Cooperative in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. A small band (or cooperative) of wine producers got together with a shared passion to make great wines. Today, we are still going strong as Italy’s largest wine exporter. Our passion for wine, friends, family and food brought us together many decades ago. That’s why Riunite is still bringing friends and families together today.

The year 1973 found the Riunite brand the top seller in the U.S. among wine imports, due in no small part to catchy advertising that made the wine a household name. These ever increasing sales numbers came to a peak in 1985 of 11.5 million cases, a record which still stands as of 2012.

Riunite has settled into a quieter profile in recent years. However, while the wine has seen a 2001 floor of 1.77 million cases and the ads are no longer the fixture they once were on American television, it has seen a resurgence. In 2006, the look of the bottle and label was redesigned. And in August 2009, VB Imports began a “Reinvent Riunite” campaign which urged people to create commercials based around the famous campaigns of their heyday.

In 2012, an advertising campaign directed at younger women and linked to the introduction of two new varieties based on increased popularity of sweeter varietals, Riunite Sweet Red and Riunite Sweet White, was designed by Modea, a small award-winning advertising agency that specializes in digital campaigns. The slogan, “Just Chill” headlines the campaign which features a website designed to appeal to young women.

Wines we opened on the Show

Banfi Tavernelle Cabernet  

Banfi Summus

Banfi Poggio alle Mura

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Banfi Toscana IGT Summus

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Banfi Toscana IGT Summus

GRAPE VARIETIES Sangiovese – from estate clones selection – (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Syrah (25%). summus

METHOD OF PRODUCTION Produced only in favorable vintages. The 3 varieties are vinified separately in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with variable macerations from 10 to 18 days. After alcoholic fermentation, the individual varietal wines, are transferred to barriques where they stay separate for 12 months. Subsequently, they are blended and the wood aging continues for an additional 8-10 months. Bottle aging follows for 6 months.

THE WINEMAKER COMMENT Castello Banfi’s innovative spirit and winemaking expertise is demonstrated in all its wines, but none embodies these qualities as prominently as SummuS. A wine of towering elegance, SummuS is an extraordinary blend of Sangiovese (used regionally to make the famed Brunello di Montalcino) which contributes body; Cabernet Sauvignon, fruit and structure; and Syrah, elegance, character and a fruity bouquet.

Super Tuscans are an unofficial category of Tuscan wines, not recognized within the Italian wine classification system. The origin of Super Tuscans is rooted in the restrictive DOC practices of the Chianti zone prior to the 1990s. During this time Chianti could be composed of no more than 70% Sangiovese and had to include at least 10% of one of the local white wine grapes. Producers who deviated from these regulations could not use the Chianti name on their wine labels and would be classified as vino da tavola – Italy’s lowest wine designation. By the 1970s, the consumer market for Chianti wines was suffering and the wines were widely perceived to be lacking quality. Many Tuscan wine producers thought they could produce a better quality wine if they were not hindered by the DOC regulations.

 

Wines we opened on the Show

Banfi Tavernelle Cabernet  

Banfi Summus

Banfi Poggio alle Mura

Riunite

 

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