Winemonger Talk

  • WINEMONGER DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS

    CALIFORNIA
    Winemonger Imports
    San Anselmo, CA
    o: 415.747.8404
    f: 415.462.9862
    office@winemonger.com

    COLORADO
    The Harvest Wine Company
    Denver, CO
    o: 303.241.1039
    www.harvestwineco.com

    DELAWARE
    Lanterna Distributors
    o: 877.890.9020
    f: 877-890-9021
    info@lanternawines.com
    www.lanternawines.com

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    Lanterna Distributors
    o: 877.890.9020
    f: 877-890-9021
    info@lanternawines.com
    www.lanternawines.com

    GEORGIA
    Sour Grapes
    828.215.6132
    www.sourgrapeswine.com

    ILLINOIS
    Wine-O-Rama
    Chicago, IL
    773.376.0000

    MARYLAND
    Lanterna Distributors
    Baltimore, MD
    o: 877.890.9020
    f: 877-890-9021
    info@lanternawines.com
    www.lanternawines.com

    MICHIGAN
    Little Guy Wine Co. / Great Lakes Distributing
    o: 313.791.5959

    MINNESOTA
    World Class Wines
    Minneapolis, MN
    o: 612.623.1594
    f: 612.217.5197
    www.world-class-wines.com

    NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY
    Winemonger Imports
    San Anselmo, CA
    o: 415-747-8404
    f: 415-462-9862
    office@winemonger.com

    NORTH CAROLINA
    Sour Grapes
    828.215.6132
    www.sourgrapeswine.com

    TEXAS
    Favorite Brands
    Everywhere in Texas
    972.943.0263 (Houston)
    www.favoritebrands.org

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    Sour Grapes
    828.215.6132
    www.sourgrapeswine.com

    VIRGINIA
    Lanterna Distributors
    o: 877.890.9020
    f: 877-890-9021
    info@lanternawines.com
    www.lanternawines.com

    WASHINGTON
    Elliot Bay Distribution
    Seattle, WA
    206.935.9463

    WYOMING
    Winemonger Imports
    o: 415.747.8404
    f: 415.462.9862
    office@winemonger.com

  • Introducing Tornesi le Benducce from Montalcino

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    The Tornesi family has owned their estate, known as Le Benducce, since 1750: long before Brunello di Montalcino became known as a wine and even before Italy became a unified nation.

    The winery is still family operated, with Maurizio Tornesi at the helm of both viticulture and winemaking. He is a true Tuscan farmer-  as authentic as they come. Maurizio knows the land of Montalcino and the Sangiovese Grosso grape like the back of his hand.

    The estate has 7 hectares under vines, more than half of which is Sangiovese Grosso- the Brunello clone- used for Brunello di Montalcino as well as Rosso di Montalcino. Also in production are some 600 olive trees. Vineyards are worked fully by hand, and yield-reduction is a primary tenet of vineyard practice, as well as high density planting.

    His winemaking is traditional, with no use of small oak or new oak in his Brunello and focusing on both native yeasts and minimal intervention.

    The first time we sat down with Maurizio we of course tasted through many (spectacular) vintages of his Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, but we also spied a jaunty looking bottle sitting on the shelf behind him next to his lunch. When asked, he shrugged and said it was "just" his Rossa da Tavola (table red.) He pulled it out, we passed it around, and while it was simple to be sure we were knocked out by the quality of such a humble bottling! It's an absolute steal at $15.50. All of his wines are a steal, frankly, and we couldn't be prouder to have this great estate as one of the latest additions to our growing Italian portfolio.

    TRY OUR TORNESI WINES

  • 10th Annual Marin Winemaker Celebration! Sunday June 1 from 2-5

    Taste the best of the best from Marin County's top winemakers, while enjoying delicious snacks set out by La Loggia cafe in San Anselmo. This is the place to be on Sunday June 1 2014 from 2-5PM!

    YOU CAN PURCHASE TICKETS BEFOREHAND FOR $40 AT THIS LINK, OR AT THE DOOR FOR $50

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  • Cantine Garrone: Welcome to the Val D'ossola and Prunent

    We are very excited to present the wines of Cantine Garrone. Our in-house Italian specialist, Diego Meraviglia, shares with you the history of this new Winemonger direct import:

    "The Val D'Ossola is the absolute Northern-most area of Piemonte, right in the Alps and right on the border with Switzerland in a closed valley, and it is absolutely gorgeous.

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    Historically, Pliny the Elder (the Roman historian, not the beer) wrote about the Celtic tribes of Northern Piemonte having a grape that they were cultivating which he referred to as 'Prunus Spinosa', or, the "wild prune". This is common knowledge and also Jancis Robinson talks about it in the 'wine varietals' book.
    Prunus Spinosa has always been thought to be the original Nebbiolo, or should I say simply Nebbiolo. Spanna, which is the name of Nebbiolo in the more recently popular and exploding appellations of Northern Piemonte (Ghemme, Gattinara, Boca, etc.) was always thought to be the oldest biotype of Nebbiolo in existence.
    However, in this mountain valley where I come from, not so long ago, Celtic remains were discovered related to wine. This has always been an area of archeological sites of Celtic heritage, but for the first time a special wine container was found, demonstrating that the "barbarians", as the Romans called them, were actually making wine. Commonly, the wines here were traditionally made with either Barbera and Bonarda, or Nebbiolo, but there were a few patchwork vineyards up in the high slopes of the mountains that were somewhat abandoned but possessed 100+ year old vines. The local mountain farmers typically and commonly called these vines "Prunent".

    Cantina Garrone (the ONLY winery in Val D'Ossola) pioneered an association of mountain organic growers that made massive efforts to restore and clone these vines and restart production on a more modern and professional manner.

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    This took place a handful of years ago and DNA analysis was done on the varietal. Aside from the curious etymology of "Prunent" related to Prunus Spinosa that the ancient Romans talked about, it has now been proven that Prunent is indeed a very particular, very peculiar, very basic and "wild" biotype of Nebbiolo, and it has been stated with almost certainty that this is indeed the Celtic grape that the local tribes were cultivating and from which all Nebbiolo types subsequently spawned from and spread throughout Piemonte, Lombardia and Vale D'Aosta.

    So...this is the forefather of Nebbiolo...the ancient one...

    The younger, more quaffable and simple wines here are made from blends of regular Nebbiolo, not Prunent type, and Bonarda + Barbera...this is the Munaloss. Munaloss is a play on the word Ossolanum, the ancient Roman name of the valley. The Celts called it Osolan (high ground) before Roman conquest and incorporation into Roman civilization. If you go here, the Munaloss is the tavern wine that all restaurants, osteria, and taverns have...the "house wine".  The other is that rare, true Prunent.

    Prunent is a piece of history."

  • NEWS: Winemonger and TexaCali Wine Co. Partner Up!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Marin County based TexaCali Wine Co. and Winemonger Form Strategic Partnership to Enhance National Exposure

    (SAN RAFAEL, Ca and San Anselmo Ca) ­­– February 5, 2014 – TexaCali Wine Co.. and Winemonger today announced the formation of a strategic partnership to advance sales & marketing efforts for Winemonger imports, wholesale and online retail properties. This new partnership builds upon wine sales expertise and innovative branding from both companies to enhance exposure of the highly sought after Winemonger portfolio of wines and Zalto glassware.

    Owner Alison Smith-Story “TexaCali Ali” of TexaCali Wine Co. has a proven track record of increasing national exposure for superior domestic and international wineries and will be assisting Winemonger with both off and online strategies, DTC management, and widening Winemonger’s successful wholesale distribution networks.

    “After a decade of helping family wineries, top importers and key retailers to achieve sales & marketing goals, I’m thrilled to be working with Winemonger, who I consider to be on the cutting-edge of the wine industry with their sales channels & portfolio offerings. While their fabulous wine selection & Zalto stems caught my eye at first, I’ve admired their business model for years and consider owners Emily & Stephan Schindler true innovators who I also call great friends.” says Ali.

    “Our commitment has always been first and foremost to the winemakers we work with and together we have organically grown US distribution. Now is the perfect moment for us to extend that reach. As anybody who knows Ali also knows her endless energy, depth of wine business experience and loyal following will make that possible. We couldn’t be more excited about the future. “ says owners Emily and Stephan.

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    Media Contacts:
    Ali@texacaliwine.com / 214.437.9100
    Office@winemonger.com / 415.747.8404

    About TexaCali Wine Co.

    Established in 2005 in Austin, Texas, TexaCali Wine Co. is now headquartered in San Rafael, California specializes in sales and marketing strategy for independent and family owned wineries and importers. http://www.texacaliwine.com

    About Winemonger

    California and New York based Winemonger is a wine importer, wholesaler and online-retailer specializing in premium estate wines from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and the United States. Winemonger is also the US importer and national distributor for Zalto Glassware. http://www.winemonger.com

     

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  • Free Shipping Offer and Shipping Transit Times!

    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $99 or more
    Free Standard Shipping on single merchandise orders excluding taxes. Offer not valid on 1-day or 2-day delivery. Applies only to single-address shipments to the contiguous 48 United States. Not combinable with other offers and cannot be applied to previous purchases.
    Offer expires 1:00 P.M. ET on 12/24/13.

    SHIPPING TRANSIT TIMES
    For your orders of Wine or Zalto Stemware, please see below for the approximate transit times. The maps are clickable for a larger view.

    Zalto orders received by 12:00 PST ship out the next day, excluding weekends or holidays.
    Wine orders received by 1:00 PST ship out the next day, excluding weekends or holidays.

    ZALTO STEMWARE
    Zalto orders ship out of our warehouse in New Jersey.
    Approximate Transit Times via Ground Service:
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    WINE
    Wine orders ship out of our warehouse in Napa, California.
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    PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE APPROXIMATE SHIP TIMES AS PROVIDED BY THE COURIER. THEY ARE NOT GUARANTEED. OVERNIGHT and 2-DAY GUARANTEED OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

  • SHIPPING TRANSIT TIMES!

    For your orders of Wine or Zalto Stemware, please see below for the approximate transit times. The maps are clickable for a larger view.

    Zalto orders received by 12:00 PST ship out the next day, excluding weekends or holidays.
    Wine orders received by 2:00 PST ship out the next day, excluding weekends or holidays.

    ZALTO STEMWARE
    Zalto orders ship out of our warehouse in New Jersey.
    Approximate Transit Times via Ground Service:
    ONE DAY: CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY(Eastern), PA, RI, VT
    TWO DAY: GA(Northern), IN, IL(Northern), KY, ME, MI, NC,NH, NY(Western), OH, PA(Western), SC, TN, VA, WV
    THREE DAY: AL, AR, FL, GA(Southern), IA, IL(Southern), KS, LA, MN, MO, NE(Eastern), OK(Central), TX(North-Eastern), WI
    FOUR DAY: AK, AZ, CA(Southern), CO(Eastern), MS, ND, NE(Western), NM, NV(Southern), OK(Outer), SD, TX(Central-Southern)
    FIVE DAY: CA(Northern), CO(Western), ID, MT, NV(Northern), OR, TX(Eastern), UT, WA, WY

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    WINE
    Wine orders ship out of our warehouse in Napa, California.
    Approximate Transit Times via Ground Service:
    ONE DAY: CA (Northern)
    TWO DAYS: AZ, CA (Southern), ID, NV, OR, UT, WA
    THREE DAYS: CO, MT (Western), NM, WY
    FOUR DAYS: AK, AL, AR, GA, IA, IN, IL,KY, KS,LA, MI, MN, MO, MS,MT (rural parts of Eastern), ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WV
    FIVE DAYS: CT, DE, FL, HI, ME, NH, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA

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    PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE APPROXIMATE SHIP TIMES AS PROVIDED BY THE COURIER. THEY ARE NOT GUARANTEED. OVERNIGHT and 2-DAY GUARANTEED OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

  • Smoked Trout and Cucumber Sandwich in a Bun paired with Stroblhof Strahler Pinot Blanc

    Many thanks to the New York Times Wine Club for selecting our Stroblhof Strahler Pinot Blanc 2011 for their members, and especially thanks for sharing this great, healthy and quick recipe for smoked trout and cucumber sandwich-- perfect summer snacking with one of our favorite summer wines.

    First, a bit from them about the wine:

    Stroblhof Strahler 2011

    Often thought to be related to Chardonnay, to which it can be stylistically similar, Pinot Blanc is in fact a mutation of Pinot Gris—a version of Pinot Noir. Stroblhof’s 2011 interpretation is layered with delicate notes of spiced pear, baked apple, peach and under-ripe papaya. Crisp and lively, with bright acidity and mineral overtones, it features outstanding purity and balance.

    Drinking much like a richer style of Pinot Grigio, this Pinot Blanc shows its cool-climate heritage. As such, the 2011 Stroblhof is not only a refreshing aperitif, but also an excellent, all-purpose companion to food, especially with appetizers and lunch or brunch fare. Its steely mineral character and brisk acidity make it ideally suited to delicate seafood and shellfish dishes, but it is layered with enough fruit to offer admirably flexibility with spicier preparations too. It works well with dishes like sushi, sashimi and vegetable tempura, and also offers a perfect counterpoint to seafood dishes featuring light cream sauces.

    THE RECIPE:

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    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup thickened yogurt or low-fat (2 percent) Greek-style yogurt
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
    1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    1 whole wheat or whole wheat sesame hamburger bun
    1/4 cup thinly sliced cucumber, preferably a seedless variety like Persian cucumber
    2 ounces smoked trout (the contents of one 3.7-ounce can); smoked salmon may be substituted if smoked trout is unavailable

    Directions:
    Mix together the yogurt, dill, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Spread half the mixture over the bottom half of the hamburger bun. Top with half the cucumbers, slightly overlapping the slices. Top the cucumbers with the smoked trout, and sprinkle the trout with some pepper. Layer the remaining cucumbers over the trout. Spread the top bun with the remaining yogurt dill mixture and place it over the cucumbers. Press down and wrap the sandwich tightly in plastic wrap. If possible, allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, or for several hours in the refrigerator, before eating.

  • What We Are Drinking Now: Stroblhof Strahler Pinot Bianco from the Alto Adige

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    With Summer already warming up some parts of the country, and lingering right around the corner in others, we are all about transporting ourselves to Italy with this lovely white wine from the Alto Adige region.

    The Strahler is beautifully fresh, with finely-tuned acids supporting its ripe and generous fruit tones. Fermented and matured partially in large oak casks and partially in super-stainless steel tanks, this light yet still complex white was blended from 90% Pinot Bianco and a 10% splash-of-a-blend of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.

    Go ahead: Get yourself some Strobhof wines

    ABOUT THE ESTATE

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    In the mid-19th century, Stoblhof began producing wine that was served to visiting guests in a simple setting, paired with local specialties produced on their farm. Today, Stroblhof continues this tradition but with more sophisticated offerings from its kitchen and well-crafted wines from its vineyards.

    Thirty years ago, Josef Hanny inherited Stroblhof from his father. He managed the restaurant and farm, and in addition to the vinification of Schiava and "Strahler", he reintroduced Pinot Nero and Gewurztraminer.

    In the fall of 1991, Josef Hanny fell terminally ill, and he passed away in 1993 at age 59—quite young, but his life had been one of intense and focused work. At that time, his daughter Rosmarie was twenty-two, but she already possessed a fine understandig of wine. Along with her sister Christine, she took over the estate and moved forward with her father'a work. The enologist Hans Terzer, a family friend, vinified the wines from the 3.5 hectares of vineyards.

    Since 1995, Andreas Nicolussi-Leck, the husband of Rosmarie Hanny and a wine professional with more then twenty-five years' experience, has been in charge of viticuture and winemaking at Stroblhof.

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    Between 1995 and 2006, the vineyards were replanted, grafted, and retrained entirely to Guyot with greater vine-density per hectare, hence increasing the quality of the harvest. The cellar, too, has been completely rebuilt to allow better handling of the must and fermentation, along with better aging of the wines.

    The limited yields and low production lead to high quality bottlings. In fact, from 3.5 hectares of vines, annual production never exceeds 30,000 bottles, half of which are white and the rest red. The vineyard altitude of 500 meteres above sea level also benefits the production of wines of distinct character with fine acidity and the ability to age well.

  • 9th Annual Marin County Wine Celebration - May 11th, 2013

    TASTING TIME!
    Easkoot and Foggy Bottom Pinot Noir will be flowing at the Marin County Wine Celebration

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    Join us at this special opportunity to taste a rare collection of newly-released Marin-grown wines, and some library selections, poured by the vintner/growers at the historic Escalle Winery in Larkspur. From celebrated Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon and dry Riesling, these critically acclaimed “small lot” wines are truly hand-made and reflect the unique bounty of Marin County agriculture and its vintners' and growers' entrepreneurial spirit. Proceeds benefit MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust) and Devils Gulch Educational Services.

    Participating Wineries
    Bailiwick Wines • Burning Bench Cellars • Couloir WinesDeLoach Vineyards • Dept C Wines • Dutton-Goldfield Winery • Easkoot Cellars • Kendric Vineyards • Cynthia Klock • McEvoy Ranch • Pacheco Ranch Winery • Pey-Marin Vineyards • Point Reyes Vineyards • Sean Thackrey • Skywalker

    * Highlighted wineries use grapes grown on MALT-protected properties

    Date: Saturday, May 11
    Time: 3-7 p.m.
    Where to Meet: Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. Map to the Escalle Winery.
    Cost: $55. Price includes valet parking, wine and cheese tastings and wine glass.
    Notes: Ages 21 and older.

    Registration: Pre-registration recommended, but tickets may also be available at the door. Click here to register.

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