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McCoy replied that “Authenticity is about being true, original, and unique to one’s culture. This changes frequently, so our goal is to give a snapshot of what authenticity is in that moment using various cultural pillars. I like to use food, wine, music, and art to tell these stories no matter where I am…it can be Mississippi, Paris, or Washington D.C.”
For lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon, look no further than this classic gift set from Heitz Cellar. The Complete Table includes four bottles of two iconic Cabernets from this historic Napa Valley estate and two bottles of their Chardonnay. For a friend or family member who is always talking about their latest wine splurge or an older vintage they recently tasted and loved, this set will be right up their alley. It showcases the 2017 Lot C-91 Cabernet and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and will be a great placement for any Cabernet collector’s cellar. And the lovely Chardonnay is a nice drink-it-now bonus.
Erik Elliott is the estate director at Heitz Cellar in California’s Napa Valley. His career in wine, rooted in refined hospitality, has taken him from Philadelphia to the mountains of Colorado to the heart of the Napa Valley. He became the estate director at Heitz Cellar in 2019, where he oversaw the conception of Heitz’s new tasting salon and hospitality center, which opened in February 2022.
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Since acquiring the historic Heitz Cellar in Napa Valley in 2018, Gaylon Lawrence has quickly become one of the major players in Napa as well as the global wine business. That initial purchase has been followed by several others, including the formation of an import and marketing firm with partner Carlton McCoy Jr. and led by President Philana Bouvier. Demeine is based in Napa Valley and represents several wineries in Napa Valley as well as Italy and France.
This is a new winery launched by the team at Heitz, led by Carlton McCoy, Jr., whose background as a sommelier took this chardonnay in a fresh, savory direction. The wine is made by Brittany Sherwood, who sources fruit from Oak Knoll and Carneros; she ferments it in stainless steel, where it rests on the lees for a year. It sees no oak and only occasional lees stirring, presenting the fennel and anise flavors of the grape at center stage. A pale white with appealing freshness, this would be delicious with slow-roasted pork shoulder.
The Salon at Heitz Cellar is located at the pioneering winery’s original St. Helena property and offers tasting flights, ample indoor and outdoor seating, and a side of history for guests looking for the long view on the valley. Make reservations in advance at heitzcellar.com.
For loungey, kick-back vibes and organic and biodynamically farmed wines plus small bites, visit Brendel’s modernist tasting room in downtown Napa.
“I worked in the wholesale side for 20 years and coming from Hawaii and coming over to California, it was vastly different,” said Bouvier. “There were hardly any women, especially in senior management roles at the wholesale level. It was very important to me to ensure that all identities, men and women across every culture and background be represented, especially at a management level because if you can’t drive diversity and innovation, you can’t increase ideas.”
Younger yet no less rewarding was the 1989 Burgess Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, whose meaty aromas of beef bresaola were livened with fenugreek and kirsch before flavors of black cherries, warm licorice, and citrus oils. Their 2021 Sorenson’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, from vines planted in 1983, 1984, and 1989, is the first to be produced by winemaker Meghan Zobeck, who took the reins in 2020, and shows lots of potential for the future.
Demeine Estates is excited to announce that the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas ™ has welcomed Heitz Cellar’s Estate Director Erik Elliott to the organization. Erik is one of 10 individuals who successfully met the qualifications to be awarded the title of Master Sommelier. The results were announced at the Krug Reception on August 31, 2022, at the Royal Sonesta in Portland, Oregon.
Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce their partnership with the Mazzei family of Chianti Classico, based in the historic property of Castello di Fonterutoli. Established in 1435, the Mazzei family is widely considered one of the founding families of Chianti Classico. Today, the winery remains family-owned after 25 generations and is one of the most awarded wineries in Tuscany.
Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce the appointment of fine wine professional Andrew Deitz to the role of Senior Vice President of Sales. With a history of success and leadership in on and off-premises accounts, Andrew will be instrumental to the continued growth of Demeine Estates. He will initially lead a team of seven sales managers across the country. Andrew will report to President Philana Bouvier and join Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Brand Strategy Scott Diaz on the senior leadership team.
Garrett Hales has been hired as estate director by Burgess Cellars, a Napa Valley winery founded by Tom Burgess in 1972 and acquired by the Lawrence Wine Estates in 2020.
“We’re very excited to welcome such an incredible talent to Burgess,” stated Lawrence managing partner Carlton McCoy Jr. “Garrett has a deep knowledge of luxury hospitality, from Michelin-starred restaurants to Napa Valley, and understands how to seamlessly blend creating those guest experiences for Burgess while upholding the winery’s roots and mission.”
Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates is excited to announce that 2023 applications for their Dream It, Live It initiative are now open. Dream It, Live It is a professional partnership opportunity aimed at fostering inclusivity by supporting entrepreneurs in the wine industry. Following the initiative’s launch earlier this year, Demeine Estates is seeking one additional partner that has a focus on sustainability and climate action.
West Sonoma Coast Vintners is proud to announce the TTB’s approval of the newly established West Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). The West Sonoma Coast AVA is located within the westernmost portion of Sonoma County, holding approximately 50 vineyards planted with varieties ranging from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Syrah. The approval of the AVA recognizes the region’s unique maritime growing conditions that are clearly expressed in the wines and give proper distinction to the growers who farm this cold, marginal viticultural region.
Later in the symposium, on June 21 the “Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” event will launch with Philana Bouvier, President, Demeine Estates, kicking off her mentorship on recruiting and increasing diversity. “Not only is this topic something very personal to me, it matters deeply to Demeine Estates,” says Bouvier. “If we are building long-term resilience, we must truly understand what these essential concepts mean – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. For instance—equity in opportunity does not mean equity of outcome. This journey matters: I recognize we must bear this journey with everyone inside and outside our organization. I look forward to learning collectively during our interactive workshop.“
Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is pleased to announce their latest import partnership with La Chablisienne of Burgundy. Located in the heart of Chablis, La Chablisienne is a cooperative winery established in 1923 and owned by a collection of 270 winegrowing families.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, La Chablisienne remains grower-owned, without the involvement of any financial institution. During World War II, the winery was run by women and flourished under their stewardship. Today, the vineyard holdings total 1200 hectares, and include 82% of Chablis Grand Cru Chateau Genouilles. The winery produces 25% of the wine made in the Chablis AOC.
Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce their latest import partnership with Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye of Sancerre. Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye is located in Saint-Satur, a village in the heart of Sancerre with winegrowing origins dating back to the 11th century. This strategic alliance coincides with a consistent and growing consumer demand for the region’s wines from its historic and critically acclaimed wineries. Demeine Estates is excited to partner with Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye, which joins a rapidly growing French portfolio that includes Domaine de Montille and Maison Legras & Haas.
Lawrence Wine Estates is excited to announce Managing Partner Carlton McCoy Jr. as Master Sommelier at the Formula 1 ® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix where he will curate wine experiences across all hospitality spaces. Scheduled to make its debut in Miami Gardens, Florida on May 6-8, 2022, the world’s top drivers will compete in the sport’s newest race. The race provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the food, art and music of the vibrant city of Miami.
Reserved in style, with mint, tea and sandalwood aromas leading the way for a fine-grained core of damson plum and red currant coulis. A subtle savory edge winds through the finish, which lingers prettily. Drink now through 2034.
A perfumy style, with damson plum, rooibos tea, sandalwood and mulled cherry aromas and flavors that glide through on a silky structure. Ends with light sanguine and savory threads. Drink now through 2032.
Wow. Such a racy and exciting nose! This is quite agile and nimble, full of red and blue berries in the forefront, then complemented by spiced orange, earl grey, red plums, potpourri, savory plums and chocolate. Tense and elegant on the palate, which is all about succulent red berries, nuance and texture. Nothing redundant here. A great Napa cabernet sauvignon that has real definition. A beauty by all accounts! Drink or hold.
A pure, balanced and fresh Napa cabernet that is not just showing heady concentration and dark fruit. Here you get some violets, nimble flowers, redcurrants, graphite and fine spices. Some oranges, too. Fragrant and nuanced. Medium to full body with tight yet refined tannins. Rather linear, tense and elegant, but lacking neither power nor definition. Better to give it a few years to deliver more complexity.
Iron, tar and a note of char accent this wine, made from an historic vineyard and named for the brand’s winemaker of 41 years. Brooding in black fruit, it is supple and soft, benefitting from its additional time in bottle.
A blood orange-colored Champagne with aromas of strawberries, dried cherries, pomelo zest and some walnut. Bright and fresh with fine bubbles, crisp acidity and a tight finish. Dry feel. Drink now.
A flavorful Champagne with aromas of spiced apple, brioche, lemon zest and hazelnut. It’s medium-bodied with creamy bubbles and crisp acidity. Lightly toasty with a gentle finish. Drink now.
Jasmine, dried lemon, apple, blanched almonds, brioche and aniseed. It’s medium-bodied with very fine, creamy bubbles. Precise and focused. Excellent freshness with a touch of spice. Dry. 100% chardonnay. Drink now or hold.
This has rich aromas of figs, dates, honeycomb, gingerbread and hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied with sleek bubbles and a flavorful, vinous palate. Toasty and rich with a crisp finish. Little tight at the end. Why wait? Drink now.
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