Take our very beginnings in 1965, when California winemaker Davis Bynum first created Barefoot in his garage. The unconventional name referred to the free-spirited method of crushing grapes barefoot. For more than 50 years, with Barefoot fruit-forward and smooth taste profile, innovative and inclusive brand spirit. The brand has established its foothold across six continents and become the hot-selling and highly recognized wine brand worldwide.
The Bichot family settled in Burgundy in 1350 and founded their wine business in 1831, one hundred and ninety years ago. Today, Alberic Bichot is the 6th generation to run this historical house that is headquartered in Beaune. They own six estates in Burgundy with 100 hectares of land. The wines from their own estates are made from 100% estate grown fruit under the various domaine names, while the wines under the Albert Bichot label are from their negociant business of purchased grapes. The family is big on sustainability and no synthetic chemicals are used in viticulture. In the winery the aim is for a light touch allowing the wines to show their sense of place.
Cantina Zaccagnini was established in 1978 by the Zaccagnini family and is located in Bolognano in the heart of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Today Marcello Zaccagnini continues the traditions laid down by his father Ciccio. The winery has close ties with the art world as many works hang in their cellars and are positioned around the winery. There are 150 hectares of vines farmed sustainably. Every bottle comes with a tralcetto or stem tied to the bottle as sign of respect and love of the land and vineyards.
It’s rare that a wine can tell a story different enough from the rest to arouse curiosity. But the wines from the Domaine d’Aussières are the sum of a unique series of circumstances, ambitious decisions, a partnership with nature and the knowledge, intense desire and perseverance to produce something exceptional.
When the Rothschild family visited Aussières in 1999 the buildings were crumbling and the land, long since untended, lay overgrown. But what appeared was an untamed beauty with a history and a soul, and fertile land for grapes to grow.
The estate lay in a hollow of the rugged hills just behind the Mediterranean coastline, in the south of France. Beneath its high rocks, where a pair of royal eagles’ nest, stood small oaks, pines and juniper battered by the wind and the essence of wild rosemary, thyme and lavender evaporating under the burning sun. The 173 hectares at the center of the estate had been used to grow grapes for the better part of the last 2000 years and were now a unique opportunity to bring the spirit of Lafite and rebuild a substantial winery i n a microclimate like nowhere else in the world.
Proverb celebrates the bond between wine, culture and the wisdom of life. Our rich, memorable and fruit-forward wines are carefully crafted with California grapes, harvested at optimum ripeness, for superlative flavor. Every glass of Proverb is a celebration of the connection between wine and the wisdom that comes with a life well-lived.
Fine wine like fine art also elicits romantic visions
Inspired by Andy Warhol, one of the influential artists of the twentieth century, Winemaker Dave Phinney.
L’usine is the French word for “The Factory”. It is an homage to all the Warhols of the world. All those with disdain for the status quo of a defined or insinuated model. All of those with the defiant nature shared by artists and winemakers past and present.
A bottle, a story and a Soul
Dave Phinney - Winemaker of the year 2019 <Wine Enthusiast>*
Orin Swift, led by winemaker Dave Phinney, is a brand known as much for its creative and evocative expression of art on the front of the bottle as it is the bold, yet finessed styling within the bottle. Based out of Saint Helena, within the prized Napa Valley, Orin Swift features a portfolio of wines that appeal to a variety of senses. It all begins in the vineyard. Sourcing for the Orin Swift family takes Dave across the state of California, with special interest in the Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara. He sets his sights on small lots within the most coveted growing regions while ensuring that only fruit of the highest quality makes it in to the final blend. Every wine in the portfolio, from the vineyard source to the distinct artwork adorning the label, offers a unique point of view while creating a heart-skipping impression.
Iconic Napa wines including powerful bordeaux blend
“Things just get better and better at Pahlmeyer.” – Robert Parker, Jr. (The Wine Advocate)
Pahlmeyer was founded by a desire to be great by its eponymous creator Jayson Pahlmeyer. With a dream to create a ‘California blend what would rival the best of Bordeaux', Jayson and his partners spared no resource to make this dream a reality.
Whether it was finding the perfect piece of land high atop Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak or covertly smuggling in Bordeaux cuttings, all pieces of Pahlmeyer’s history have led to its place as one of the established brand names from Napa Valley.
Following first release of ‘Proprietary Red’, Pahlmeyer found a great deal of success and an growing popularity with consumers and critics alike, including a rare 100-point score* from The Wine Advocate.
Legacy of crafting premium Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis M. Martini is an iconic Napa Valley winery since 1933. Pioneering founder Louis M. Martini played an integral role in establishing Napa Valley as one of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. Today, the winery continues this winemaking tradition with a range of celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Napa Valley and premier sites in Sonoma County.
Laurenz ‘Five’ is located in the Kamptal region of Austria and was founded by Lens Moser (fifth generation), also
known as Mr. Gruner Veltliner in 2004 after he sold his shares in his family’s namesake winery Lens Moser. Today, Dieter Hübler and Peter Schweiger runs the company and continue Lens’ simple aim to bring Austrian’s native grape variety, Grüner Veltliner, to consumers around the world. Their simple aim is to bring Austrian’s native grape variety, Grüner Veltliner, to consumers around the world.
Laurenz V owns 30 hectares of in the Kamptal region, a place of natural beauty, named for the Kamp river that runs through it. The vineyards are managed sustainably by the Schweiger family, fourth generation growers and vintners. Most of the vineyards are terraced with altitudes ranging from 225-350m.