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Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Announces Import Partnership with Burgundy’s La Chablisienne

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.

Master sommelier Carlton McCoy shares his most memorable drinks

CNN
- by Jacqui Palumbo
 - April 2022

Carlton McCoy’s favorite ritual is one as old as human memory: Share a meal and a drink to more intimately understand a person or a place. That exercise is the framework of the master sommelier’s latest endeavor — the CNN Original Series “Nomad” — in which McCoy explores what he calls the “pillars of culture” through the lesser-seen sides of different destinations, including Seoul, Paris and his home city of Washington, DC.

California’s ‘class of 1972’ wineries continue to raise the bar

The Washington Post
- by Dave McIntyre
 - May 2022

A renaissance was already underway. Heitz Cellars, Robert Mondavi, Schramsberg, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and other wineries opened in the 1960s and early 1970s with ambitions of restoring California wine to pre-Prohibition glory and making wines to rival the best of France.

Other wineries that were founded or produced their first vintage in 1972 in Napa Valley include Clos du Val, Burgess, Mount Veeder, Rutherford Hill, Smith-Madrone and Sullivan Rutherford Estate.

The 7 Best Napa Valley Tasting Rooms for Wine Lovers

Robb Report
- by Sara L. Schneider
 - May 2022

The small Heitz tasting lodge on Highway 29 leading into St. Helena, on the property Joe and Alice Heitz originally purchased in 1961, feels like a fixture here, its old-seeming stones conjuring the history of the valley’s “ghost wineries.” In reality, these stone walls go back only some 20 years, but this year, they have been reimagined by renowned architect Peter Fleming into spaces—inside and out—that add an all-new dimension of luxury and hospitality to an afternoon of discovering the iconic single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons that Joe Heitz pioneered in Napa (whose legacy is being carried on now by new proprietor Gaylon Lawrence, Jr., helmed by CEO and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, also Jr.).

JetBlue Raises a Glass to Black-Owned Wineries in Limited Edition Wine List

Black Enterprise
- by Atiya Jordan
 - May 2022

Brendel Wines, a collection of heritage offerings established by Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr., and the Lawrence family, began with its inaugural 2019 vintage. The distinct Napa Valley wines offer a wide variety, including Young Leon Frizzante Rosé, Noble One Chardonnay, Chorus Cuvée Blanc, and Cooper’s Reed Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yes, Napa’s expensive. But you can still visit on a budget.

San Francisco Chronicle
- by Esther Mobley, Jess Lander
 - May 2022

These experiences may seem unnecessarily indulgent, but one thing is clear: The demand is there. And as long as visitors are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars on tasting experiences, or thousands on a hotel room, operators will be encouraged to maintain their prices.

Who Can Afford Napa Now?

Wall Street Journal
- by Lettie Teague
 - April 2022

At Heitz Cellar in St. Helena, up to four guests at a time can enjoy “wine, food, scenic explorations” with the Vineyard to Bottle Experience, priced at $1,000 a person. It includes visits to two of the winery’s vineyards, followed by a tasting in the Salon at Heitz Cellar of current releases and older library wines. Heitz does offer another, “timeless” but more basic tasting at the Salon for $125 a person, with tastings of single-vineyard Cabernet and CHardonnay, Cheese and charcuterie, guided by in-house “wine curators.”

WineInk: Aspen Wine Grad goes Global

The Aspen Times
- by April J Hayes
 - April 2022

“All of these destinations often come with a marketing identity that is very far from the reality of how locals experience them,” he said of the places that will be profiled in the programs. “We wanted to challenge people to discover a place outside of the usual travel guide.”

“Nomad” is produced by New York City-based Zero Point Zero, which knows its way around the world. They were the production team that collaborated with chef/author/traveler Anthony Bourdain as he made his way through 40 different countries for over 100 different episodes of the acclaimed “Parts Unknown,” which set a new standard for travel documentaries. They also are the production company responsible for the James Beard Award-winning chef profile series “The Mind of a Chef.”

Heitz Cellar’s Carlton McCoy Stars in ‘Nomad’

Wine Spectator
- by April Louis
 - April 2022

Nomad with Carlton McCoy, which premieres this Sunday, May 1, follows the wine pro on his quest for authentic food, drink and culture, and his travels frequently land him far from the beaten path. It’s an Anthony Bourdain–style adventure into undiscovered neighborhoods, “to celebrate diversity by celebrating what makes us unique and the same,” declares McCoy.

What was originally conceived as a wine-oriented travel show turned into a much deeper and thought-provoking experience for McCoy. “I wanted to show what is relevant now, what is the authentic culture of the place,” McCoy told Wine Spectator. “Wine became a small part of the conversation. [Nomad] became about being able to connect with cultures … throughout the world.”

New CNN show spotlights cultural discourse beyond tourism’s beaten path

Fast Company
- by Danica Lo
 - April 2022

This Sunday at 10 p.m., CNN will premiere the new travel docu-series Nomad With Carlton McCoy. Produced by Christopher Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, the team behind the network’s much-loved Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the new six-episode culinary travel show follows McCoy, the president and CEO of Heitz Cellar and a celebrated trailblazer in the wine world, through the banlieues of Paris, the South Korean countryside, Washington, DC, Ghana, Toronto, and the Mississippi Delta on a journey of discovery—connecting the dots between art, music, food, and culture.

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Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Welcomes Famed Sancerre Producer Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye to Its Dynamic Import Portfolio

April 2022

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 Managing Partner Carlton McCoy Jr. Named Official Master Sommelier of Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix

April 2022

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.

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Expands into Piedmont, Italy with Esteemed Producer Cà Romé

April 2022

Wine Importer Demeine Estates is excited to announce that Barbaresco producer Cà Romé is joining their quickly expanding import portfolio as their first winery partner in Italy. Demeine Estates will be representing their range of Barolo and Barbaresco wines in select markets, meeting a consistently growing interest from consumers in skillfully made Nebbiolo wines of high quality with aging potential. Cà Romé is owned and operated by the Marengo family, today helmed by Giuseppe Marengo along with his siblings Paola and Maria.

Demeine Estates SVP of Global Sales Leila Pearson Announces Appointment of Vice Presidents John Vidal and Scott Leverenz to Senior Leadership Team

April 2022

Demeine Estates is excited to announce the promotion of John Vidal and Scott Leverenz to the roles of Vice President of Sales, West and Vice President of Sales, East respectively. Vidal and Leverenz have been integral to the company’s leadership and growth over the last 18 months. Both began representing the core portfolio of Lawrence Wine Estates historic Napa Valley properties to the wholesale market, including Heitz Cellar, Stony Hill Vineyard, and Burgess, and have taken on additional launches Brendel and Ink Grade, as well as import properties Champagne Legras & Haas and Domaine de Montille. Vidal and Leverenz report to Senior Vice President of Sales, Leila Pearson.

Burgess Cellars Commemorates 50th Anniversary with a Year of Exciting Events and Renovations

March 2022

Burgess Cellars is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, paying homage to the winery’s roots and showcasing innovations by Estate Director George Lobjanidze and Winemaker Meghan Zobeck. Napa Valley winery Burgess Cellars is happy to host guests for the following events, detailed below.

Napa’s Iconic Heitz Cellar Celebrates the Grand Opening of a New World Class Hospitality Experience

January 2022

On February 18, Heitz Cellar is unveiling its new Tasting Salon and Hospitality Center. Located at 436 St. Helena Hwy in St. Helena, the space features a grand tasting room, a private tasting room, the Quartz Creek garden, veranda, and chef larder designed by renowned architect Peter Fleming. Founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz, Heitz Cellar helped shape the story of California winemaking. For this venture, The Lawrence Family and Carlton McCoy Jr. seek to honor Heitz’s storied history while continuing to innovate in the hospitality space.

Historic Napa Valley Winery Stony Hill Vineyard Announces the Appointment of Michaela Kelly as Estate Director

December 2021

Stony Hill Vineyard is pleased to announce Michaela Kelly as its Estate Director. Gaylon Lawrence and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr. acquired the legendary Napa Valley winery last December. Kelly joins Jaimee Motley who has taken on the role of Winemaker.

Glancy Wine Education Foundation Offers Scholarship Opportunities with more than $100k in Funding

December 2021
The Glancy Wine Education Foundation, on the heels of its fall fundraiser, announces that it has more than $100k in funding available for wine and hospitality professionals seeking certification in wine studies. Wrapping up a successful year, the organization awarded 79 scholarships since November 2020 to the tune of $149,000.

“Celebration of Women in Wine” experience to take place in Napa Valley

January 2022

The Celebration of Women in Wine, which will feature unique, educational, and interactive wine and dining experiences, will take place from March 30-April 3, 2022 in the Napa Valley wine region.  The tour is being sponsored by Demeine Estates, a Napa Valley based fine wine marketing and sales organization that represents many of the female-lead wineries featured on the tour.

The week has been coordinated by Tish Wiggins (a wine educator, wine writer and speaker) and Andrae J. Marable (founder of the Pack Roadtrip Travel Club)

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Launches Dream It, Live it Initiative to Foster Inclusivity in the Wine Industry

January 2022

“Dream It, Live It is an intentional, action-oriented initiative that demonstrates a core belief of Demeine Estates: that business is done with people, and superior business is ethical, genuine, transparent, and inclusive,” said Senior Brand Manager Alexa D’Acquisto. “We are not simply inviting inclusion, we are driving it through the diverse backgrounds of our team members and partners who bring different, celebrated perspectives to the table. This initiative is about highlighting shared-value organizations that will benefit from a platform, and providing visibility for those partners by cultivating opportunity, offering access, and providing education.”

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2016 Contadina Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator
 - November 2021

This gives off sanguine and sandalwood hints as the core of gentle-edged black cherry and plum fruit flavors opens slowly. As it does, flashes of tobacco and singed cedar notes blossom through the finish, ending with a tug of warm humus. An old school wine that should reward further cellaring. Drink now through 2032. 8,000 cases made.

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2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Advocate
 - 2017

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of baked berries, mulberries and kirsch with hints of espresso, black soil and tree bark. Full, rich and spicy in the mouth with slightly hard, chewy tannins, it finishes long and earthy.

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2016 Contadina Cabernet Sauvignon

James Suckling
 - December 2021

This offers ripe blackberries and cassis, baking spices and some earthiness, too. Full-bodied with juicy tannins, deep fruit and a long finish that shows a touch of mint. Firm at the end. Try in 2023.

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Wine Advocate
 - 2017

It is certainly approachable already, so there is no reason to defer your gratification. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has slightly more density and richness as one should expect, nice blackcurrant fruit, licorice, a pure classic flavor profile, medium to full body, ripe tannins and a long finish with well-integrated wood, acidity and tannin. It is a beauty that can be drunk now or cellared for up to 20 years.

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2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Vineyards

Vinous
 - January 2018

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is absolutely delicious. Ripe, radiant and seductive, the 2015 is going to be nearly impossible to resist young. Even so, there is plenty of structural underpinning beneath all of the fruit. Sweet floral notes develop in the glass, adding lift, but above all else, the 2015 is a wine of textural voluptuousness, all in a silky, mid-weight style that is hugely appealing.

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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Vinous
 - September 2016

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is creamy and intense, yet retains its classic sense of structure. Inky blue and purplish fruit, smoke, licorice, crème de cassis and dark spices build in a powerful, mountain Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with personality.

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Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2018

Vinous
 - August 2020

The 2018 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is just stunning. Bright, translucent, and exquisitely layered, the Sanford & Benedict is magical. All the elements come together in the glass. The purity of the flavors is striking, but everything about the 2018 works. Sweet red berry fruit, mint, spice, blood orange and rose petal all develop with a bit of air, but more than anything else, it is the wine’s balance that is so compelling.

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Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2018

Vinous
 - August 2020

The 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is a gorgeous, complete wine that captures all the magic of this Sta. Rita Hills site. Creamy and textured in the glass, with
striking dimension, the 2018 opens beautifully over time. Like all of these wines, the S&B is understated in feel, but here there is lovely textural depth as well. Apricot, mint and tangerine oil linger on the supple, open-knit finish.

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La Rinconda 2018

Vinous
 - August 2020

The 2018 Pinot Noir La Rinconada is a very pretty, airy wine. Crushed rose petal, mint, sage, cedar, and dried herbs give the Racines Rinconada a good deal of aromatic lift. This is an especially translucent style. Whole clusters are evident but not overdone. I would cellar the 2018 for at least a year or two, as it is a bit edgy and not totally put together just yet.

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