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Frederick Wildman & Sons
The story of Ca’ Donini begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a trattoria located at 7, Durini Street in Old Milan. Many of the regulars would stay after closing to chat with the owner, Signore Donini, while indulging in a good glass of wine. It was not long before he was appointed by his customers to select the best wines for their private cellars, and he began sourcing attractive ones to bear his own name. Later, his heirs decided to honor their father by trademarking Ca’ Donini, and thus a commercial enterprise was born. They chose a butterfly as the brand logo, in honor of their father’s passion for his butterfly collection. Today, Ca’ Donini offers a collezione, collection, of important and popular varietals and denominations that are distinctly Italian and offer extreme quality for price. This year, Ca’ Donini introduces an exciting new look: Ca’ Donini Collezione. Each wine type features a different butterfly and color, presented together as a “Collezione”. Although the packaging is new, the wine still has the same delicious, fresh taste and offers the same unbeatable value. Born on premise, Ca’ Donini remains a favorite of restaurants and their patrons.
nextSectionRuby red in color with a very distinct bouquet of black currants and spices. An attractive, dry and savory flavor well balanced with a finish of jammy fruit and toasted nuts.
Bonhomie Wine Imports
The young and talented Emile Balland started his own domaine in 1999. Hailing from a long line of Sancerre vignerons (dating back to 1650!), Emile began to acquire his own parcels in the Coteaux du Giennois and Sancerre while finishing his studies in Agricultural Engineering (Angers) and Oenology (Toulouse). His total holdings are a mere 5 hectares, including 1 hectare in Sancerre planted mostly to Sauvignon, from which he produces his majestic ‘Croq’caillotte’ named for the limestone pebbles which are only found in the greatest vineyards of Sancerre-in Chavignol, Bué and Amigny, and a miniscule 0.12 hectares of 50-60 year old Pinot Noir vines in Bué which were planted by his great-grandfather. The remaining 4 hectares are primarily in the heart of the Coteaux du Giennois appellation, at Bonny sur Loire & Beaulieu sur Loire, with 0.60 hectares situated at the southern extreme of the appellation, in Saint-Père, less than 1 kilometer from Pouilly Fumé. The silex-infused soils here create wines of incredible complexity and it is Emile’s mission to showcase how beautifully the wines of this unsung appellation can sing!
nextSectionThis is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay grown on silex-infused soils. Mineral-driven, multi-layered rosé with pink flowers and stone fruits.
Verity Wine Partners
Miraval rosé is a wonderful blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroirs in Provence. The 2014 vintage in Provence looks very promising. The mild and humid climate allowed the wines to express their character, and gave them a wide range of aromas and a very rich complexity. Yet the climate was without respite, characterised by variable weather. A mild and wet winter followed by a hot, dry spring and a cooler summer without excessive heat, allowed the vine to develop efficiently and to finish maturing with a beautiful Indian summer in September. Thorough and precise work in the vineyard and in the cellar was more important than ever this year, and was rewarded with wines that look very auspicious.
nextSectionBeautiful pale pink color. An intense nose lead by white flowers, little red berries, freshly crushed strawberries and notes of ripe Morello cherries. The mouth has a beautiful bouquet; round and soft with aromas of cherries, wild strawberries and a mineralilty representative of the Terroir giving the wine great freshness and a slight saltiness. The wine has length and great balance between the fruit and the minerality with complex aromas of wild herbs, limestone and rich citrus fruit.
The Frolish Wine Merchants
Cuvee Marine Christine is the special blending by the family and is the flagship wine for the Maison. The bottle shape itself was patented in 1956, inspired by the famous artist Emilie Galle.
Chateau de l’Aumerade is part of an exclusive group of estates that form the Cru Classe of Provence established in 1955 before the AOC was created in 1977.
nextSectionChateau de l'Aumerade is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and a touch of Syrah. The fruit is harvested at the beginning of September and is cold fermented to preserve all the wonderful aromas. A lovely pale pink in color, with salmon highlights, this wine has a perfumed nose of strawberries and cream, nuanced by spicy notes. The palate is soft and dry.
Only 100 bottles available worldwide! Matured in a single American oak hogshead (as far as I understand from my chat with Brand Ambassador Phil Huckle) this whisky was laid down back in 1964 by none other than Captain Bill Smith-Grant, the final distilling descendant of the distillery's founder, George Smith. The Winchester Collection therefore represents a special piece of history for The Glenlivet, a final liquid link with the family that started it all back in 1824. Continue reading...
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ORIGINS OF GIN
It is claimed that British soldiers who provided support in Antwerp against the Spanish in 1585, during the Eighty Years' War, were already drinking genever (the juniper-flavored liquor from which gin evolved) for its calming effects before battle Continue reading...