Last week we hosted our second Portfolio Tasting for 2017 at Racine’s restaurant in Tribeca along with two other small importers and it was a huge success. We were fortunate to have our newest winemaker Tim Malone of Timothy Malone Wines in town pouring his Oregon wines: Riesling, and Pinot Noir from Willamette and Dundee Hills. The event also gave us a wonderful opportunity to show new wines that will arrive this Fall from Rheinhessen, Germany: Heyl zu Herrnsheim. This will be our first frolic into Germany and Oregon and we are very excited to see the market reaction. Heyl produces some outstanding white wines and we will import some rieslings and a pinot blanc ‘Weisser Burgunder’. Recently we also added wines from Alsace, Martin Schaetzel who produces small production Grand Cru wines that have been an immediate hit for us and showed great for the tasting.
We had a nice turnout with many wine professionals offering good feedback and praise for our new vintages from France and Italy and also a fresh evaluation on some GV standouts.
Things are looking great and we are very excited for the coming Fall season. We had a record breaking summer of wines sales with the addition of very strong sales in New Jersey added to the steady increase in New York, sales were over 50% higher than a year ago in every month from May – August. Connecticut continues to being a strong growth market for us and we hope the new year has us expanding outside the tri state market.
As always, thank you for your support, we are truly grateful for every customer and client we have and look forward to adding more this Fall.