Posts from the ‘News’ Category
February 12th, 2019
So sorry but updating the website has been on our minds YET has fallen through the cracks. The short answer is business has been great and we are too busy finding great wines and selling it to wonderful establishments. 2018 was another banner year and it started in Spring where we set a new sales high in April topping the usually busiest month of December 2017. This continued throughout the year with rarely a slow period to take stock of the business as a whole.
We officially moved into our office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in January and though it has not always been smooth sailing and the office does not look as we anticipate it will in time we are happy that we have a place to call home when we are in the city. Another perk is we are close to Beerkarma when we want to change things up and have a craft beer.
We both traveled this year, Anthony in April to Vinitaly and Ben to France in July/August to visit our producers and to find new ones too.
We continue to build our sales team and are always on the lookout for new sales talent – if you know of anyone with experience give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org
In September we did another Fall Portfolio Tasting showing off our new things, and old faves alike. We teamed up with our friends at Vinotas Seelections and Chrystalline Imports and met many new people and old friends.
Our Connecticut business also continues to flourish with our buddy Mark Ancona formerly of Fountainhead Imports doing an amazing job selling and promoting our wines and cause. It has been a very fortuitous relationship for all of us.
We finished the year with a flurry of tastings and events ’til the end setting sales records consecutively in October, November and December.
I know I am leaving out much like awards our producers won or visits that people made to the US…. but I just need to get something posted – again!!!!
We look forward to move good things to come in 2019 and we will start with our first foray into California by bringing in Fred Peterson’s eponymous wines Peterson Winery in Mendocino. VERY exciting for all of us.
September 25th, 2017
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.
May 29th, 2017
Though this post is later than intended Anthony’s visit to Valle d’Aosta after Vinitaly was outstanding on every level. Visiting this alpine region was a first and seeing this area nicknamed ‘extreme winemaking’ really brought it all to life. Danilo Charrere the owner and winemaker of Le Clocher was a wonderful host and his new vintages did not disappoint. The standouts soon to be imported were clearly his Petite Arvine, Gamay and Fumin – can’t wait to bring them into the US. Truthfully the landscape was really the star since you are surrounded by the Alps [this region borders Switzerland and France on Italy's northwest] and the beautiful sunlight and cool mountain air create wines that are a combination of finesse and complexity. Add in that the wines are made in a natural and organic ‘old school hands off’ manner and you have wines that will expand your wine drinking horizons for all time.
April 24th, 2017
Vinitaly is always sheer mayhem because, well traveling and driving in Italy is already an extreme sport.
Vinitaly brings almost every Italian winemaker into one location for 4 days every year and no matter how prepared you are it always turns out to be one big puzzle. This year I spent most of my time not looking for new producers but instead looking deeper within our current base of great Italian producers for some hidden gems that I wanted to re-taste. That does not mean that there will not be something new coming soon since I did find something super rare and interesting but the all important negotiations of business still need to be worked out before I can say.
In the end the weather was outstanding, the food stellar and the new vintages were overall amazing. Also Verona is a magical small Italian city with an old castle, a Roman arena and plenty of beautiful things to see therefore it is hard to make a trip like this anything but a success.
March 27th, 2017
On March 13th we continued to kick the ball forward and partnered with Vinotas Selections to offer to the wine trade our First Portfolio Tasting at the NY hotspot Terroir Tribeca. We showcased 50 wines, which today is barely a 1/3 of our offerings so the hardest part for us was to whittle down the selections. We tried to use the occasion to show some new wines and new vintages especially our new rose’s. Wines like the Provence rose ‘Fleur’ from L’amaurigue were huge hits and we took many orders that day. We met many new potential clients while many of our regular customers came to taste a bunch of wines at one setting. FUN but exhausting too!
March 27th, 2017
In early February we had a wonderful evening at Gentleman Farmer in Fort Greene, Brooklyn where they prepared a special menu to go with the fabulous wines of Frank e Serafico. It was a special evening because we had the winemaker Fabrizio [Frank] Testa visiting us and explaining all the details of his wines and his fairly new estate located on the Tuscan coast in the Maremma. We began the evening with his Vermentino, then moved to his reds like Morellino di Scansano, Sangiovese and his blend called, what else? Frank!! We finished up with a little dessert and paired it with L’armangia’s Moscate d’Asti di Canelli. Great time!
February 8th, 2017
We kicked February off with two visits from our winemakers. First to arrive was Ignazio Giovine of L’armangia [Piemonte] who was in the country to celebrate another year of winning Slow Wine awards from the Slow Food organization. It was a great visit as always since Ignazio has now visited us 4 years in a row. His knowledge of wine and his ability to articulate in English is outstanding besides his wines continue to be stellar year in and year out.
Next up was Fabrizio Testa of Frank e Serafico and he was great as well. These cult wines are some of our newest selections to our portfolio. They are located in the Maremma area of Tuscany – south Tuscan coast to be clear. The wines like Vermentino, Morellino di Scansano, Sangiovese and a blend called Frank have been met with widespread enthusiasm. We capped off Fabrizio’s visit with a wine dinner at Gentleman Farmer Fort Greene and the food, wine and company were all top shelf! We [Anthony and Ben] even got a rare chance to take a photo together at the dinner.
Overall 2017 looks very bright, sales were up big in January thanks to all our great clients as well as the local consumer who seems interested more and more in artisanal wines that taste great and are not mucked up by lots of additives – and still at a fair price.
January 16th, 2017
2016 turned out to be a big year for Golden Vines with the last 4 months of the year being historic with new records for sales.
We [Ben and Anthony] both got a chance to travel to visit our producers in Europe as well as source new wines and this proved important to balancing out our portfolio to include some exciting new regions like the Rhone and Sicily to name two. Those producer visits always sound romantic for an outsider but include much traveling and tastings in a short period of time. Also the pressure to get as much done as possible to make the trip worthwhile is very stressful. There is also the big issue of not liking the wines that you traveled miles/KM for.
Though it’s fun to travel we are both still needed back at home to sell those hard to find wines at this time but hopefully things will change as we brought in some  salespeople by the end of the year. One Friday night in December we even did FIVE in-store tastings!
We also opened up the state of Connecticut and are wines have proven quite popular to many of the top stores in the state. We like to think that it is the beginning of the public becoming aware that like the food they are eating, the wines they are drinking are filled with many additives. Did you know the US government allows over 80 different additives. Small farms equal clean wines!!
We look forward to more good things in 2017 and glad you have come along for the ride!
November 14th, 2016
The Rhone Valley has always been a favorite wine region. From the mystically delicious Condrieu, to the spectacular Cote-Rotie; from Crozes-hermitage to Chateauneuf du Pape the wines of the Rhone Valley provide endless pleasure to wine drinkers.
When we started sourcing French wines for Golden Vines, we did so by sourcing wines from a region notorious for being expensive; Burgundy. However, we wanted to be different. We are not interested in sourcing wines for collectors, speculators or investors, but simply for wine lovers. People are often shocked when we bring in Pinot Noir form Burgundy that tastes great and retails for under $25. How about a killer Nebbiolo that will blow most Barolo out of the water, but won’t break the bank! Our job as wine importers is to find the hidden gems. While it is easy to find a great bottle of wine that retails for $50 Ben and Anthony have sourced 150+ wines and 120 of them retail for under $30, the majority under $20!
It is with this dedication to price for quality that we started hunting the Rhone Valley for gems. As you can expect we have no Hermitage, but rather a delicious wine from a small organic estate making wine in a tiny village you never heard of. Grignan-les Adhemar is the northernmost wine-growing AOC in the Southern Rhone. The unique micro-climate, exposition and great soil provides mouth-watering wines at delicious prices. We are pleased and honor to be working with Domaine Serre des vignes.
For our next producer, we kept it more traditional, and went with Domaine Roche Audran, a bio dynamic producer located in Buisson. His Cotes du Rhone blend is earthy, well-balanced, with notes of strawberry, fig, and hints of mint and licorice, the long finish has melt in your mouth tannins. We are starting with his Cotes du Rhone that is a classic Syarh Grenache blend, from low-yielding 50-year old vines.
We are so grateful and honored, that our project, our dream that is Golden Vines, has enabled us to continue to expand and source new wines from new regions in the unending quest to bring new, interesting wines to the US.
Thank You So Very Much For All Your Support!
October 31st, 2016
As you build a wine import ‘start up’ from scratch there are so many things to do that tending to your website sometimes slips through the cracks. We do apologize but hope you have been following us on social media.
We added Instagram and Twitter to our original Facebook posts and it is there that we keep up a regular presence. Just look up Golden Vines and surely you will see our posts on food, wine – sometimes other things that catch our attention. Since our last post we have so much to share from Ben’s sourcing trip to France especially the Rhone Valley to all the wine events and tastings that we have been doing.
Besides all this we have added new producers and wines to our portfolio that we hope you will love. Don’t forget emailing us at email@example.com to share your thoughts and ideas.