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Washington Post Great Value

The Washington Post
- by Dave McIntyre
 - January 2024
Roc de l’Abbaye Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2022

This intense, focused sauvignon blanc comes from Florian Mollet, whose family has tended the Roc de l’Abbaye winery in Sancerre for generations. This comes from vineyards in Touraine, on soils of clay, limestone and flint (the prized silex of the Loire Valley). Don’t expect exotic fruit flavors here, beyond a lovely hint of pear and apricot; the main impression is mineral — as if the wine were bearing a message from the Earth itself. Vegan. ABV: 12.5 percent. BW: 585 grams (Average).

December 2023 James Suckling Tasting Report

James Suckling
- by James Suckling
 - December 2023

Champagnes were very much on order in our December tastings as well. From Champagne Philipponnat came the latest iteration of Clos des Goisses, which is a blend of 71 percent pinot noir and 29 percent chardonnay. It’s a more elegant Clos des Goisses, with richness and complex aromas of pastries and spiced fruit, but sleek and fresh.

20 Hotels, Tasting Rooms, Wineries, and Food Shops to Visit in Wine Country Now

Sunset
- by Hugh Garcey and Krista Simmons
 - January 2024

The Salon at Heitz Cellar

Located at the original St. Helena property that Joe and Alice Heitz purchased in 1961, the salon consists of a grand tasting room, a private tasting room, the Quartz Creek Garden, a veranda, and a chef’s larder designed by renowned architect Peter Fleming.

Napa’s Sleeper Varieties

The Vintner Project
- by Betsy Andrews
 - January 2024

Higher altitude areas in Napa also enjoy a cooler climate. Surrounded by forest at 800 feet up on the northeastern side of the Mayacamas Mountains, Stony Hill Vineyard is the site of the nation’s oldest extant Riesling vines. Says winemaker Reid Griggs, “Spring Mountain is a cooler AVA, and orientation of our site means that it gets bathed in morning light and is protected from the hot afternoon sun in the summer. The microclimate and meager topsoils derived from ancient seafloor create an environment that’s suited to growing aromatic white wine grapes.” 

The 7 Best New Cabernet Sauvignons From Napa Valley’s Dynamic Rutherford Region

Robb Report
- by MIKE DESIMONE AND JEFF JENSSEN
 - January 2024

The Trailside Vineyard is located on the east side of Rutherford at the base of the Vaca Mountain range. It is composed of volcanic soils with excellent drainage and gets a strong marine influence from the San Pablo Bay breezes. The 2017 has alluring aromas of ripe red fruit, dried rosemary, thyme, and freshly picked Bing cherries that easily morph into flavors of red raspberry, dried sage, and cassis. It is drinking beautifully right now, but don’t hesitate to lay it down for a decade or so.

Yes, Chardonnay is Classy!

Wine with Wanda
- by Wanda Mann

Haynes Vineyard, Vigneron Chardonnay 2020, Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

I can’t resist a sip with an intriguing backstory. First planted in 1967, Haynes Vineyard is home to Napa Valley’s oldest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines. This historic vineyard lies within the collapsed caldera of an ancient volcano and is the coolest site in Coombsville. This magical combination of vine age, diverse soils, and unique climatic conditions imbue the wines with freshness, structure, and texture. Vigneron is the lightest and freshest of the three Chardonnays in the Haynes portfolio, but it lacks for nothing. The grapes for Vigneron were sourced from a younger selection of thirty-year-old vines, and they’ve developed a great deal of character over the decades—an impeccably balanced and nuanced wine.

New Champagne Releases: Legras & Haas, Andre Robert And More

Forbes

Cheers! Napa Valley winemakers say 2023 vintage could be best ever

ABC 7
- by Cornell Barnard
 - December 2023

“I was telling someone the other day I’m not sure we’ll see another vintage like this in our lifetime. I feel very lucky to have experienced this vintage,” said Meghan Zobeck, winemaker at Burgess Cellars.

Burgess Cellars Winemaker Meghan Zobeck says anticipation for the 2023 vintage is off the charts in the Napa Valley for both reds and whites.

She believes there’s something special about this harvest.

“Grapes have big energy and complexity. But there was something special in the taste and the feel of this harvest. You just know this harvest is incredible,” Zobeck said.

Top Champagne And Sparkling Wines To Try In The New Year

Forbes
- by Katie Kelly Bell
 - December 2023

Legras & Haas Grand Cru Blanc De Blancs Brut

Disgorged in April of 2022, this lovely and complex Champagne sees several years of aging on lees to develop the buttery, rich brioche-like character. Ripe apples, pie crust and lemon cream on the palate are finished with a refreshing minerality and vibrancy. 

A Wine Writer’s Top 10 Wines Of 2023

Forbes
- by Katie Kelly Bell
 - December 2023

Haynes Vineyard Syrah, Forgeron, Coombsville, Napa Valley, 2021: There are few surprises left in Napa as the region has so firmly rooted itself as the land of Bordeaux varietals, with Cabernet Sauvignon at the top. But this silky, seductive Syrah from the cooler Coombsville appellation totally surprised me with its delicacy, freshness and concentration. The blue-black fruit is succulent, and the tannins have a nice polish but the core of the wine is earthy and nicely structured. Even bigger surprise, the fact that Coombsville sits on the vestiges of a collapsed caldera of an ancient volcano.

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Events

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates is Celebrating 100-year Anniversary of Premiere Chablis Producer La Chablisienne

April 2022

Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of import partner La Chablisienne, which was founded on April 8, 1923. The cooperative has weathered many challenges, both societal and agricultural, and today consists of 270 winegrowing families who together own vineyards and produce 25% of the wine made in the Chablis AOC. Vineyards including the crus of Fourchaume, Côte de Léchet, Grenouilles and Les Clos were among those owned by the 180 initial members in 1923 and are still among the vineyards producing La Chablisienne today.

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Haynes Vineyard 2021 Pinot Noir Forgeron

Vinous
 - December 2023

The 2021 Pinot Noir Forgeron is gorgeous. Bright and floral, with terrific energy, the 2021 is immediately captivating. Lifted floral acents open first, followed by sweet red-toned fruit, spice, cedar and sweet pipe tobacco. There’s a good bit of whole clusters, but the stems aren’t obvious at all in the flavor profile-just the tannic feel and overall structure. Evocative of a Martini Pinot from Monte Rosso, this old-school Napa Pinot from the 1967 planting is just beautiful.

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Ink Grade 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

James Suckling
 - March 2023

Very beautiful aromas of blackcurrants, violets, and lavender with hints of sandalwood. Medium to full body. Chewy mountain tannins, but they are so well integrated and polished that they melt into the wine. Hints of dried cocoa powder at the end with some cedar. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold.

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Ink Grade 2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator

Rock-solid, with tarry-edged grip supporting a core of steeped black currant and blackberry reduction, while singed mesquite and apple wood accents and a licorice root note fill in on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2036. 2,033 cases made.

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Ink Grade 2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Advocate
 - March 2023

Scents of pine resin and hints of mint accent black cherry and cassis notes on the nose of Ink Grade’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. It’s a sturdy, wiry effort, with the ample tannins and coiled intensity that often mark mountain wines, followed by a lingering, gently astringent finish. Like the other reds from Ink Grade, it spent time in a combination of oak tanks and barrels, yet the wood is scarcely noticeable. Give it a few years to unwind.

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Ink Grade 2018 Andosol

Wine Advocate
 - March 2023

Cherry, cassis and pine notes mark the nose of the 2018 Andosol, a blend of 80% Zinfandel and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured largely in tank and foudre, it’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, framed by silky tannins, then finishes long and bright, with plenty of red fruit and mouthwatering acids.

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Haynes Vineyard 2021 Syrah Forgeron

Vinous
 - December 2023

The 2021 Syrah Forgeron emerges from a block planted in 2000. Rich, deep and layered in the glass, the 2021 is so inviting. Here, too, the stems (100%) are impeccably balanced within the wine’s frame. Readers will find a potent yet delicate Syrah with a good deal of floral and spice notes, but less in the way of savory/peppery impressions.

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Haynes Vineyard 2020 Chardonnay Vigneron

Vinous
 - December 2023

The 2020 Chardonnay Vigneron is sourced from parcels across the property. Rich and ample, with real phenolic intensity, the 2020 is seriously impressive. Apricot, lemon confit, tangerine peel and a kiss of French oak all meld together effortlessly.

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Haynes Vineyard 2020 Chardonnay Forgeron

Vinous
 - December 2023

The 2020 Chardonnay Forgeron standds out for its aromantic lift and saline energy. The Forgeron is sourced from the original 1967 Wente clones and aged in 2000L casks. This structured, intensely mineral/savory Chardonnay is wonderfully distinctive. There is a touch of reduction, but it is not intrusive.

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Haynes Vineyard 2020 Chardonnay Corazon

Vinous
 - December 2023

The 2020 Chardonnay COrazon, also from the original 1967 Wente clone planting, shows an added dimension of textural elegance and resonance. Citrus peel, dried flowers, chamomile, marzipan, pastry and spice fill out the layers. Bright, salivating acids are pretty much buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. The 2020 was aged in a combination of cask and smaller French oak barrels.

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