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Drinking with Jenna: Bottle Service

Real Simple
- by Jenna Helwig
 - May 2024

Roc de l’Abbaye IGP Lorie Sauvignon Blanc 2022

If you love Sancerre but not the $30-plus price tag, do I have the wine for you: It’s crisp, balanced, and a touch mineral.

The Top French Wines: 2024 International Wine & Spirits Competition

Forbes
- by Joseph V Micallef
 - May 2024

La Chablisienne took Gold medals for its Chablis Grand Cru 2020, Grenouille AOP, 13% ABV, 750 ml and for its Chablis Grand Cru 2021, Les Preuses – AOP, 13% ABV, 750 ml.

The IWSCV Judging Panel described the 2020 La Chablisienne as:

Electric with concentrated ripe apple and citrus. A gentle character with a moderate savory complexity and well-integrated oak. A touch of minerality. Intense with a long finish.

While the 2021 La Chablisienne was described as:

Full bodied and unctuous, amplified by the velvety mouthfeel and buttery notes. Layered vibrancy of ripe stone fruits and apple with a dash of honey and acacia. Beguiling complexity with a lingering finish.

The brighter side of US Chardonnay plus 10 brilliant wines

Decanter
 - May 2024

Chardonnay, though, has a bright present and future in America. In places like the Sonoma Coast, Santa Barbara and Oregon’s Willamette Valley, it is every bit as good if not better than the region’s famed Pinot Noirs. While Napa is Cabernet country, the historic Chardonnays of Stony Hill, Kongsgaard, Smith-Madrone and a few others are undeniably some of the valley’s top wines.

10 Must-Try Chardonnays For World Chardonnay Day (Or Any Day)

Forbes
- by Jillian Dara
 - May 2024

La Chablisienne 2020 Chablis Le Finage

Moving out of the U.S. to Chardonnay’s homeland, this 100 percent Chardonnay from Chablis in Burgundy is a stunning example of the region for a reasonable price. The wine presents subtle hints of asparagus and white flower on the nose, a pure palate with classic quince, lemon and a well-integrated, zesty acidity.

California Sauvignon Blanc Is A Classy Alternative To Chardonnay

Forbes
- by Tom Hyland
 - May 2024

Ink Grade Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (Napa Valley) – Aromas of pear, hay and coriander with hints of jasmine and apricot pit. Medium-full, this has a rich entry on the palate, very good varietal character, good acidity and an earthy finish. Enjoyable now, but this should improve over the next year or two with peak in 4-5 years. (92)

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2024: Beautiful Brut Bubbles

Forbes
- by Jeanette Hurt
 - May 2024

Legras & Haas Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Chouilly NV

This champagne house is known for its refreshing and elegant Blanc de Blancs. The aromas of this lovely champagne intensify in the glass to reveal notes of honeysuckle, citrus and pear with tight bubbles and a long, bright finish.

A respected sommelier sets out to grow and preserve historic wineries

The Washington Post
 - May 2024

Heitz Cellar, Burgess Cellars, Stony Hill Vineyard — wine lovers know these venerable estates helped establish Napa Valley’s reputation as California’s premier wine region. Today they form the core of Lawrence Wine Estates, a company founded in 2020 to house the growing wine empire headed by Gaylon Lawrence Jr. and Carlton McCoy.

McCoy should also be a familiar name: The Washington, D.C., native became a master sommelier, the profession’s highest rank, in 2013 and led the wine program at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., for several years. Lawrence heads Lawrence Family, a collection of businesses, mostly in agriculture and banking, primarily in the Midwest and South.

Italy’s Best and Brightest Wineries Gather for OperaWine

Wine Spectator
 - May 2024

Some of Italy’s most amazing wines flowed freely in Verona on April 13 at the 13th edition of OperaWine. The gala tasting spotlighted 131 of Italy’s top names in wine. Created by Wine Spectator in partnership with Vinitaly and Veronafiere, OperaWine has become the unofficial kickoff to Vinitaly, Italy’s largest wine trade fair.

“OperaWine—it’s an institution now. It’s how we start Vinitaly,” said Filippo Mazzei, managing director and co-owner of Mazzei wines, which includes Castello di Fonterutoli and Belguardo estates in Tuscany and Zisola in Sicily. “And of course, for each of us, it’s a show representing what we are doing now.”

48 Wines for Brunch, Picked by the Pros

Wine Spectator
 - April 2024

This is Chardonnay’s superpower—the ability to make essential, delicious wines in various styles that all demand attention.

Can’t miss bubbles at brunch, so Blanc des Blancs from the Côte des Blancs in Champagne checks that box, [like the] Legras & Haas Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs Chouilly NV.

Why Lower Napa Valley is Now the Hottest Spot in California Wine Country

Maxim
 - April 2024

Our next stop was Burgess Cellars , which has another Phoenix story after being destroyed by the 2020 Glass Fire. After the fire, Burgess purchased the adjacent Luna Vineyards. They’ve rebuilt at Luna after the fire—a building with an elegant white and pastel tasting room and a wood-paneled private speakeasy in the back with a mirrored wine and aperitivo bar.

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Events

Vinexpo Paris

Paris, France
 - February 2024

Demeine Estates will join California Wines Europe at Vinexpo Paris. President Philana Bouvier will be representing exceptional wines from Heitz Cellar Ink Grade Estate and Burgess Cellar at hall 5.2 booth E077-109.

James Suckling Great Wines of the World Miami

Miami, United States
 - February 2024

Demeine Estates Wineries Heitz Cellar, Ink Grade, Mazzei, Villa Sandi, and Boscarelli will all be participating in James Suckling Great Wines of the World Miami on February 29th.

Tre Bicchieri Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States
 - February 2024

Visit Villa Sandi and Boscarelli at Tre Bicchieri in Los Angeles!

Each year, Gambero Rosso facilitates a global tour at which producers of Tre Bicchieri-awarded wines are invited to showcase their wines to wine importers, wholesale buyers, retailers, restaurateurs, educators and the press.

Tre Bicchieri New York

New York City, United States
 - February 2024

Visit Villa Sandi and Boscarelli at Tre Bicchieri in New York City!

Each year, Gambero Rosso facilitates a global tour at which producers of Tre Bicchieri-awarded wines are invited to showcase their wines to wine importers, wholesale buyers, retailers, restaurateurs, educators and the press.

Tre Bicchieri Chicago

Chicago, United States
 - February 2024

Visit Villa Sandi at Tre Bicchieri in Chicago!

Each year, Gambero Rosso facilitates a global tour at which producers of Tre Bicchieri-awarded wines are invited to showcase their wines to wine importers, wholesale buyers, retailers, restaurateurs, educators and the press.

Ojai Food + Wine

Ojai, California, United States
 - October 26-29, 2023

Burgess, Haynes, Heitz Cellar, Ink Grade, La Chablisienne and Mazzei will all be spotlighted at the Ojai Food + Wine Festival this October!

New York Wine Experience

New York City, United States
 - October 2023

Demeine Estates producer partners Castello di Fonterutoli, Heitz Cellar, and Boscarelli were featured in the famous New York Wine Experience Grand Tasting.

Great Wines of Italy New York

New York, New York
 - September 2023

Ca’ Rome’ joins James Suckling’s Great Wines of Italy New York 2023 on September 6.

Prowein

Düsseldorf, Germany
 - March 2023

Philana Bouvier represented Demeine Estates at ProWein 2023, bringing Burgess, Heitz Cellar and Ink Grade overseas.

Premiere Napa Valley

St. Helena, California, United States

Burgess, Heitz Cellar, Ink Grade and Stony Hill participated in events and auctions throughout the week of Premiere Napa Valley, including legacy and future auctions.

videos & Podcasts

CBS News Travel Tuesday

Omnibus XXIII

Omnibus

Philana Bouvier | Masterclass US Wine Market With Juliana Colangelo

Italian Wine Podcast
 - June 2023

2023 SVB State of the Wine Industry Report | 1/18/23

Silicon Valley Bank
 - January 2022

Meet Carlton McCoy

Heritage Radio Network
 - November 2022

Episode 92 – Philana Bouvier of Demeine Estates on Women in Wine, Demeine’s Portfolio, and Champagne

Uncorked Corner
 - November 2022

A Master Sommelier’s Holiday Meal Wine Pairings

The Rachael Ray Show
 - November 2022

Served Up: Carlton McCoy, Jr.

Served Up
 - October 2022

The Untraditional Journey feat. Philana Bouvier

Nine One Wine Podcast
 - October 2022

Regenerative Farming with Meghan Zobeck

GuildSomm
 - September 2022

Carlton McCoy is Changing the Wine World

The Takeaway
 - July 2022

Sip, Sip, Hooray: Philana Bouvier of Demeine Estates, Ep. 46

Sip Sip Hooray
 - July 2022
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press releases

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Announces New Exclusive Import Partnership with Sassetti Livio, Iconic Brunello di Montalcino Producer

April 2024

Demeine Estates proudly announces an exclusive import partnership with Sassetti Livio. Beginning April 2024, Demeine Estates will manage the US distribution and marketing of Sassetti Livio’s Brunello di Montalcino DOCG wines from their famed vineyards in Montosoli, as well as the Montecucco Rosso DOC selection from their estate in Maremma.

Demeine Estates Partners with Berry Bros. & Rudd to Position Heitz Cellar and Ink Grade to UK Fine Wine Market

December 2023

Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is pleased to announce Berry Bros. & Rudd, the UK’s oldest fine wine and spirits merchant, will represent Heitz Cellar and Ink Grade, two estates from their Napa Valley portfolio, in the UK market. Both wineries are part of the Lawrence Wine Estates portfolio, which Demeine Estates markets and distributes both in North America and globally.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Announces Exclusive Import Partnership with Legacy Champagne Producer Philipponnat

December 2023

Demeine Estates is proud to announce their exclusive import partnership with premier Champagne House Philipponnat, a celebrated legacy producer with more than 500 years of winegrowing history. They have owned and farmed vineyards in Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ for 15 generations, including the legendary Clos des Goisses, a vineyard unparalleled in the Champagne region that has been owned by Philipponnat for nearly a century.

Philipponnat offers a portfolio of Champagnes with discerning quality and character, known as one of the great vintage producers. Demeine Estates is importing the full range, including three non-vintage cuvees, three vintage cuvees, and four prestige cuvees. Founded in 1522, this historic House in the heart of Champagne has undergone a renaissance since 15th generation family member Charles Philipponnat took the helm in 2000.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Enters Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with Boscarelli Exclusive Import Partnership

October 2023

Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is pleased to announce their exclusive import partnership with Poderi Boscarelli, the premier producer of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Located in the Tuscan historic appellation, the winery was founded by Egidio Corradi in 1962 and today is led by Egidio’s daughter Paola De Ferrari Corradi, together with her sons Luca and Nicolò De Ferrari Corradi.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Announces New Import Partnership with Villa Sandi, The Iconic Premium Prosecco

September 2023

Fine wine importer and marketer Demeine Estates proudly announces their exclusive import partnership with Villa Sandi, Italy’s leading Prosecco producer. Beginning in January 2024, Demeine Estates will manage the US distribution and execute the marketing activities of Villa Sandi’s renowned portfolio of Proseccos from DOC and DOCG designations of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene and Asolo, as well as their wines from Collio winery, Borgo Conventi.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Announces President Philana Bouvier as Wine Enthusiast Future 40 Tastemakers & Innovators of 2023

August 2023

Napa Valley-based Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce that President Philana Bouvier has been named to the Wine Enthusiast’s 2023 Future 40 Tastemakers list. Wine Enthusiast’s Future 40 award recognizes tastemakers who inspire innovation and are bringing the drinks business into the future.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Reports Record Growth Across Import and Domestic Portfolio

August 2023

Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to report Q2 2023 results, with the company’s net sales up 105% for the year vs last year across the entire portfolio. Growth is being driven by the import business, both in terms of an overall increase in revenue and by the value of imports. Additionally, this year Demeine Estates is on track to hit 100,000 case depletions within its wholesale partner network.

The Residence at Stony Hill in Napa Valley Opens, Reimagining the Historic Winery for Today

July 2023

The Residence at Stony Hill, located on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley, opens this week, reimagining a historic and iconic winery for a modern era. Encompassed by forest and the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, the Estate is a hidden pearl surrounded by nature with unparalleled views of the Napa Valley. The Residence, originally owned by Fred and Eleanor McCrea, was redesigned to preserve the legacy and aesthetic of the original home while bringing new life and a luxury focused experience.

A Historic Brand for a Future Generation, Burgess Opens Tasting Room in Napa Valley

June 2023

A historic estate that embodies authenticity and regenerative farming, Burgess is a winery built for the future, but made from the past. The tasting room is designed to reflect the brand’s evolution, creating a symbiotic experience with the vineyard’s narrative.

Ink Grade Estate Vineyard Recognized as Largest Demeter Certified Biodynamic Ranch in Napa County

May 2022

Lawrence Wine Estates is thrilled to announce that its Ink Grade Estate Vineyard, located in the northeast corner of the Howell Mountain AVA in Napa Valley, has been recognized as the largest Demeter Certified Biodynamic ranch in Napa County. The 750-acre property spans the Howell Mountain AVA with 220 certified acres under vine.

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Racines 2020 Sainte Rose Pinot Noir

Decanter

Graceful, yet hard and salty, with inviting and attractive aromas of ripe red and dark fruits as well as a hint of spice. Slight alcoholic heat but vivid, ripe and juicy. Generous with a silky texture and wonderful persistent finish.

92

Racines 2020 La Rinconada Pinot Noir

Decanter

Uplifting aromas of ripe forest fruits, dried herbs and a hint of sweet spice. The palate exudes dark fruit with dusty tannins. Combining the generosity of fruit with lovely savoury complexity. Elegant with Pacific freshness on the finish.

95

Sassetti Livio 2019 Brunello di Montalcino

Vinous

The 2019 Brunello di Montalcino is a spice box of a wine, opening with a burst of camphor and dried flowers, giving way to crushed blackberries, sage and cloves. This is surprisingly energetic and racy in style. Vibrant acidity propels depths of dark red fruits and inner floral as salty minerals saturate.

95

Sassetti Livio 2018 Brunello di Montalcino

Vinous

Depths of dark, balsamic-tinged black cherry, plum sauce and autumnal spice make the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino impossible to ignore. This is velvety to the core, nearly opulent in feel with a dense wave of ripe red fruits complemented by nuances of sweet lavender and tobacco. It leaves the palate clenched with fine tannins and primary concentration, crating a classic sensation that transcends the vintage. Nearly a minute goes by, and hints of cocoa and sweet herbs continue to resonate. Wow!

94

Sassetti Livio 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Mulino

Vinous

The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Mulino is dark and rich in the glass, showing plum, sauce, balsam herbs, pine shavings and cloves; yet there’s a mentholated freshness that brings the entire experience into focus. This glides across the palate like pure silk, elegant and supple, displaying ripe balsamic-tinged fruits elevated by a hint of sweet mint.

93

Sassetti Livio 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Dieci

Vinous

Pertimali’s 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Dieci leads off with balsamic-infused black cherry and sweet strawberry, along with minty herbs, as notes of damp earth, crushed stone, and dried floral tones build. On the palate, soft, almost-fleshy textures usher in ripe red and black fruits, giving way to saturating minerality and spice, with slow-mounting tannins firming the experience, as inner florals toward the close provide lift.

95

Sassetti Livio 2019 Brunello di Montalcino

James Suckling

Expressive, crunchy dark fruit, such as black cherry and blue plum, as well as violets and peppery undertones. Medium-bodied, creamy palate with a wonderful backbone of acidity. Subtly toasty finish. Complex, yet well rounded and balanced.

96

Sassetti Livio 2018 Brunello di Montalcino

James Suckling

Intense aromas of black cherries, lavender and spice, such as nutmeg. Some sandalwood and bark, too. Full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and tannins for the vintage.

95

Sassetti Livio 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Dieci

James Suckling

A silky and pretty wine with sliced berry, light chocolate powder and hazelnut. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins. Lovely cedar, sandalwood and tobacco flavors at the finish. A beauty.

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