Thirst for a Cause 2018
Healdsburg, California - 32 Winds is a partnership between the old and the new, the traditional and the cutting-edge. A boutique winery committed to exceptional quality, and producing just 2500 cases per year, 32 Winds was founded in 2006 by Tulsa resident Ed Mascarin. The winery is now accompanied by renowned winemaker Matt Taylor, who took over the from Ehren Jordan with the 2016 vintage. Matt’s impressive career highlights include stints at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Araujo in Napa, making him a perfect fit with 32 Winds’ passion for creating only the finest wines.
Willamette Valley, Oregon - Alexana is a family-owned vineyard and winery based in Willamette Valley focused on producing estate grown Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. It was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of producing Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Alexana is named after Dr. Revana’s daughter, Alexandra.
Walla Walla Valley, Washington State - Amavi Cellars signifies love (amor) and life (vita) through our wines, which are 100% estate, 100% Certified Sustainable, and 100% Walla Walla Valley. Amavi Cellars crafts elegant, approachable wines, focusing on estate-vineyard Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
California - From their winery in the heart of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley in California, Angeline consistently blends exceptional wines from the best vineyards California has to offer, optimizing the depth and nuance of each using a mix of traditional and modern techniques. It’s how they make Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon that consistently draw awards. And it’s how they make wine you’ll look forward to opening every night.
Sonoma, California - Argot \ ˈärgō \ : a shared language, borne from intimacy, associated with tight-knit groups brought together by a common interest
Each significant relationship in life gives rise to an argot among the members who define it. The deeper the bond, and longer its history, this argot’s vocabulary becomes more personal, allowing it to strengthen and enhance the dynamic. In opening a bottle of wine, so too is opened the flow of conversation and potential to connect. Throughout human history wine has been used for worship, celebration, mourning and, more simply, to share life. In christening our wine brand Argot, we honor the beautiful symmetry and complementary nature wine and communication hold. Round up a friend, pull a cork, splash a glass, and enjoy. Cheers.
Willamette Valley - A love of Pinot Noir naturally brought Averæn to the Willamette Valley where the growing climate and mix of ancient volcanic soils and marine sediments lend to the wines we crave. Our vineyards span the Willamette Valley’s sub-AVAs, from the warmer climes of the Dundee Hills to the chilly Van Duzer Corridor. The diversity of climates, soils and clones give us a rich palette from which to work. Our first vintage of Averæn is a true representation of the Valley as a whole – playing off each site’s specific personality and complimentary nature to create a harmonious blend.
Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley - Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired wines from beautiful Napa Valley. Purchased by Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards (a former walnut orchard first planted with 5,717 Merlot vines in 1997) is now an ultra premium label in its own right. Since the premier release of our 2003 vintage, Blackbird Vineyards' winemaking team has handcrafted truly expressive wines with a focus on the varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. By utilizing the natural advantage of a 10-acre estate vineyard which produces exceptional Merlot in the Oak Knoll District-along with meticulously sourcing fruit of comparable quality-our portfolio reflects artisanal, terroir-driven wines of pedigree with each vintage.
Paso Robles, California - Broadside produces wines focused on purity and true varietal expression. We favor balance and simplicity, giving consumers a window to the promise of the central coast and varietal character. Our winemaking employs a natural approach in that our wines are minimally handled to best express the grape, site and vintage. We harvest at lower sugars and use little to no new oak to create wines of balance and finesse that make sense on the dinner table. From San Francisco Chronicle’s 2016 Winemakers to Watch: Brian & Stephanie Terrizzi.
Sonoma County, California - Carlisle is a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the production of old-vine, vineyard designated Zinfandels and red Rhone varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah). They also produce three delicious white wines, two of which are blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County's first ever Grüner Veltliner. Their goal is always the same - grow and source outstanding fruit, do as little as possible to it, and bottle outstanding, pleasurable wine at the fairest price possible.
Argentina, France, Italy - The vision, in 2006, was to produce a few hundred cases of Malbec from Argentina. That idea has taken Crazy Beautiful Wines across the globe in search of: quality fruit, sustainable materials, and agricultural integrity. As sommeliers, winemakers and explorers, we are proud of our wines, admire our people and are grateful for our producers. We are a community born of the belief that the good things in life are meant to be shared and great wine should be accessible to all who seek it. Equal parts collector, consumer, and explorer; we are proud of our wines, our products, and our people. We are committed to sharing these lovely wines with our community, one Liter at a time.
Italy - Founded in 1990, Dalla Terra represents only Italian wines, including some of Italy’s finest estates. “Though Dalla Terra has been around since the early 1990s, Brian Larky's business model has really started to take flight in the past couple of years, as top Italian producers are vying for a spot in his small, focused portfolio and top distributors are actively pursuing Dalla Terra. ‘We don't want to be the latest, hottest thing,’ Larky said. ‘We just want to be consistent and innovative.’" (Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2009)
Mayacamas, Napa Valley - Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Napa Valley, Dana Estates is dedicated to making small lots of truly distinctive world class wines. Dana is a Sanskrit term meaning “the Spirit of Generosity.” It is in this spirit that we express a profound appreciation for those that have worked the soil before us, as we build on the foundations laid by previous generations of vintners. Blending history and tradition with cutting edge vineyard management, a new state of the art winery and meticulous winemaking, Dana Estates strives to make the greatest wines possible. In so doing, we hope to provide a link between the past and future generations of vintners, and all those who appreciate the generosity of this special land.
Calistoga, Napa Valley - Davis Estates is a family-owned & operated estate located in Calistoga, Napa Valley. They are intricately involved in the fabric of day-to-day operations and, together with their world-class team, are committed to building a sustainable property while crafting premier Napa Valley wines to be enjoyed today for generations to come. Passion, honesty, and meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of life.
Napa Valley - Darms Lane Winery, owned by Oklahoman Larry Bump, takes its name from Darms Lane, a quiet country road just west of Highway 29 between the towns of Napa & Yountville in the Oak Knoll District. It was established in Oak Knoll in 1983 as a Chardonnay estate. The estate was acquired it is totality in 2002 & the 14 acres of original Chardonnay vines were replaced by the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc. In 2005, the first estate grown Darms Lane Cabernet Sauvignon was produced.
Sonoma, California - Day is the new Zinfandel project of Ehren Jordan, the mastermind behind such amazing labels as Turley, Neyers, and Failla. Zinfandel is, for Ehren, a return to his roots, having been the wines that established his reputation as a talented vigneron. Similar to the approach at Failla, most of the Day Zinfandel wines are sourced from Sonoma County; an area largely unexplored during Ehren's tenure at Turley. Great sites, old vines, and gentle winemaking remain the production philosophy for Day. Ehren is more than thrilled to work with some of California's finest Zinfandel vineyards.
California - In 1987, Ray & Nancy Coursen started Elyse Winery with 286 cases of Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard, which is still the cornerstone grape source for the winery. In 1997, after a decade of nomadic winemaking at various custom crush facilities, they purchased a small winery and vineyard on Hoffman Lane - the home of Elyse Winery and tasting room. Elyse is a boutique producer of single vineyard wines of uncompromising quality. We are critically and publicly acclaimed for our Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Rhone-inspired wines.
California - Seek the everyday uncommon. High quality wine packaged in 375 mL cans: Bubbles, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé Wine, Red Wine. Jordan Kivelstadt and Grant Hemingway have never been ones to follow a recipe. They met in 2011 and formed a friendship with a shared goal of breaking down the wine industry’s glass walls. As devoted outdoorsmen, both Jordan and Grant understand the need to make our planet a better place. This, combined with their desire to socialize wine and make it available in every setting, comes together in a simple, sustainable package that is Essentially Geared Wine Co. We’ll see you ‘round the campfire.
St. Helena, California - Founded in 1998, Failla is the project of winemaker Ehren Jordan & his wife Anne-Marie Failla. Ehren began his debut in the California wine industry in 1994, followed by a sojourn to Burgundy. Upon his return & after many years of making wines for both Neyers Vineyards & Turley Wine Cellars, Ehren decided to lay down his own bricks & mortar. Failla is dedicated to sourcing cool climate fruit from the coastal areas of California & making wine using traditional Burgundian methods.
France - French Libation was born from the merger of The Wine Sailor, a fine wine company created by Emilie Terrier from Grenoble and French Brews & More, a humble craft beer and cider portfolio gathered by Adrien Carrard from Marseille. They were friends and colleagues and shared the same passion for great products and great people, so naturally decided to work together and create French Libation. Emilie & Adrien both lived and worked in the United States for several years. Chrystele from Lyon (the capital of gastronomy) came on board a little bit later. They divide their time between traveling in the US and (re)discovering French terroirs.
Central Coast, California - The Hilt champions pinot noir and chardonnay from the climate margins of California's coastal winegrowing regions—Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVA's prominent among them. The Hilt ferments two distinct styles of wine-The Old Guard and The Vanguard. The former relies on elegant clonal selections planted on poorer soils along with minimalist cellar methods to produce a wine with minerality and structure at its fore. The latter is sourced from more robust clones planted on slightly richer soils revealing a wine with balance, power and fruit driven qualities.
Napa Valley, California - Hudson Vineyards lies in Napa Valley’s Carneros District, one of the finest winegrowing regions in the world. The cooling breezes off the Bay of San Francisco allow the grapes a longer hang time in which to develop flavor and intensity, without sacrificing acidity and true balance. Every hand-hewn bottle of Hudson Wine expresses the focus of our work in the vineyards; growing the finest wines possible by seeking complexity and distinction of vintage over intensity. Hudson Wines’ winemaking team is a long-standing collaboration between Lee and Cristina Hudson, Consulting Winemaker John Kongsgaard, and Production Winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche. These wines are made by hand, a true expression of each season’s challenges and gifts.
Santa Ynez Valley, California - Dedicated to expressing a range of red—and a handful of white—wines from its estate in the Central Coast of California’s Ballard Canyon appellation within Santa Ynez Valley, Jonata is one of a new breed of producers throughout the world who are thriving with a non-traditional amalgam of varieties and blends. With a commitment in particular to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, and informed by cutting edge viticulture, winemaking and a polyface approach to their estate, the Jonata wines are on the vanguard of an emerging quality movement in California winegrowing.
Sonoma, California - In 1990, Courtney Benham was walking through an old warehouse in San Jose when he chanced upon a forgotten treasure — some 1,500 cases of library wines, dating back more than forty years, made by California wine pioneer Martin Ray. It was clear that Martin Ray had quite a history, so Courtney contacted the Ray family, & decided to take up the Martin Ray brand with the goal of creating wines whose quality would make Martin Ray himself proud.
Santa Cruz Mountains, California - Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate perched at 2000 feet overlooking Silicon Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original “boutique” California winery properties, focusing on small lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Mount Eden’s lineage of estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is the longest in California. Planted in austere, infertile Franciscan shale on a cool, exposed mountaintop, these low-yielding estate vineyards have consistently produced world-class wines for over a half-century.
Oregon | Washington - Owen Roe is committed to practicing the highest standards of winemaking. Since their first vintage in 1999, their goal has been simple; to produce beautiful wines from superior sites in the Pacific Northwest. A place where the fruit ripens slowly and fully, resulting in excellent acidity and balance. All of their grapes are hand harvested, handled with minimal processing, small-lot fermented and aged in French oak barrels.
Santa Rita Hills, California - Made from the vineyard blocks that are either too young or don't fit into the vintage style of the highly acclaimed Jonata and The Hilt wines—The Paring is essentially a "chip off the old block.” The grapes are sourced primarily from three Santa Barbara regions on the vanguard: Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley. These wines are for pleasure. They make every effort to strike a balance between volume, and texture, both direct results of the beautiful Santa Barbara sun and cool oceanic winds.
Walla Walla Valley, Washington State - Pepper Bridge Winery represents the pioneering spirit of the Walla Walla Valley. Owned and operated by three families - the McKibbens, the Goffs and the Pellets, the winery is a leader in quality winemaking, innovative technology and vineyard development. For over twenty years their hard work and dedication to the Walla Walla Valley has helped define it as one of the great wine regions of the world.
Fountaingrove, Sonoma - “Petrichor (pet-ri-kor) n. the scent of rain on dry earth. We chose this obscure term for our wine because, in a word, Petrichor defines our passion for terroir driven wines. We want our wines to express the robust interplay of our volcanic soil and the diverse elements of the Redwood Hill climate. But beyond its efficient and eloquent expression of the terroir, Petrichor has a transportive quality. Petrichor connects us to nature and becomes a smell we can remember and a memory we can smell. We hope that when you first sip Petrichor wine, you will feel that same connection and be transported, from wherever you are, to the unique terroir of our vineyard high atop Redwood Hill.” (Jim & Margaret Foley, Grower/Producers)
Willamette Valley, Oregon - Scott & Annie Shull founded Raptor Ridge in 1995 to share in the joy of wine-growing, a calling that brings them purpose through a close connection with the land, their community and the industry. Named for their location on a ridge in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Raptor Ridge is a haven for native raptors and winery guests. They specialize in hand-grown single vineyard Pinot Noir sourced from a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites plus our own estate, Tuscowallame. Raptor Ridge creates intriguing wines by blending intuition honed over 20 vintages with the methodical approach of maintaining hundreds of separate lots. The result is an array of vineyard-specific barrels, providing diversity and nuance to the final cellar-crafted cuvées.
Napa Valley - Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Revana Family Vineyard is a vineyard and winery estate focused on producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. For Dr. Madaiah Revana, it is the culmination of his dream to grow and craft wines of exceptional quality. Hands-on vineyard management ensures that the natural potential of each vine is realized and only perfect Cabernet grapes are brought into the winery. Once in the winery, Thomas Brown’s artfully restrained approach to winemaking allows for the pure expression of the Revana Estate Vineyard. Employing natural yeasts, gentle maceration and attention to every detail, Thomas crafts wines of purity, depth, character and elegance.
Walla Walla Valley, Washington State - Revelry Vintners is a progressive producer of premium wines, highlighting the viticulture and dynamic quality of Washington State’s Columbia Valley, and building a tradition of excellence. Finding a passion for wine at a young age, Jared Burns founded Revelry in 2005, less than two years out of college. At the time, he wanted to share the wines he loved with others. He started with the goal of producing three wines from Washington that were just as good or better than those being offered at much higher prices. Since that time, Revelry has pioneered new formats, expanded the selection of wines they offer, and improved quality tirelessly. Through all of this a simple goal remains - to provide you with some of the finest wines you can buy, whether it costs fifteen bucks or fifty.
France - Vigor, artistry, and values are paramount for what we search for in our producers. The term ‘Roche-Mère’ best translates from French to English as ‘Bedrock’. It is the foundation, expression and personality of a great wine. Where the vines' roots (dry-farmed) dig vigorously to feed, making France, as a wine-producing country with its complex patchwork of quality bedrock, the undeniable reference for fine wines. These are the wines that we're passionate about; mineral, deep, complex reds and whites, that express their specific typicity and origin. Only a few meet our standards for quality and value. Just as important, the people who make the wines must be exceptional people.
Spain, Hungary, Italy, France, Estonia - Rooted Selections is an import company based on the simple idea that wine is so much more than a beverage. To us, wine is a passion, it brings family and friends together, and allows you the experience of traveling the world in a glass. It is this love of wine and a burning desire to try as many as possible that has led us to seek out lesser-known regions, grape varieties, and wineries. First (and most important), these wines are delicious and often represent amazing values. Second, the wines we love are produced by passionate family wineries that have a great love and respect for their land. Finally, these wines are grossly underrepresented in the United States. It is for these reasons and the fact that we want to enjoy these remarkable wines ourselves, we endeavor to scour the earth in search of truly unique and honest wines.
Spain, France, Germany, Austria - Skurnik Wines is an importer and distributor of fine wines based in New York, New York. They taste, select and offer for sale (to the trade only) an excellent portfolio of wines from around the world. The company began with just a handful of relatively unknown estates in 1987 and has since grown to represent over 450 estates, from the traditional to the cutting edge The goal of Skurnik Wines is to search the globe and assemble the finest portfolio of estate-bottled wines available at all price points. Wines selected to be included in the Skurnik Wines portfolio must represent the highest quality and meet our exacting standards as regards character and winemaking.
California - “Seriously good wine that doesn’t take itself too seriously. With a story so rich and expansive, it’s far better to watch our videos to get a sense of who we are and how we are wildly different from anyone else in the wine industry. But basically in a nutshell, I started SLO Down Wines in 2008 with 93 cases of Sexual Chocolate. Never could I imagine that I would be here telling you this story 7 years later with a wine that has blown up across the country and has also allowed me to release two new wines - Broken Dreams Chardonnay and Stand Out Cabernet/Merlot Blend. SLO Down Wines had a very humble start and we remain humble and grateful for all of our supporters out there who want to ditch the boring, stuffy, old rules that surround wine and just drink it for pleasure and fun.” (Brandon Allen, Founding Wino)
St. Helena, Napa Valley - Our family has been growing winegrapes on our historic Spottswoode Estate since 1972, and making our own wines since 1982. As stewards of our land, we pursue an elegant, balanced, and age-worthy style that captures the character of the vintage and the complexity of our legendary estate vineyard. In keeping with the authenticity and integrity we strive for in our wines—and in everything we do—the vineyard and gardens of our estate have been farmed organically since 1985. We invite you to experience the beauty and bounty of our family-owned Napa Valley winegrowing estate, savor our wines, and share in our rich history.
Santa Cruz, California - Stirm Wine Company is pioneering the new age of California Riesling, crafting wines that are vibrant, alive and aimed at arousing your palate and stimulating your mind. It's our belief that authentic wine is a direct reflection of the specific patch of earth it comes from. This ethos drives us to work with the most unique and rugged vineyards found on the central coast. These special sites have a story to tell unlike any other. We have two simple goals that direct every operation above all else: to present the narrative of the growing season in a delicious and transparent format, and to craft a wine with a strong foundation intended to age for decades. Every year is unique, so the vineyard and cellar practices evolve annually to adapt to the changes each season brings forth.
France, Spain - Valkyrie Selections brings a fresh, modern approach to wines rooted in tradition, & is the new wave of wine importer. It represents family-owned vineyards that produce - above all else - wines with soul & authenticity. Today Valkyrie represents over 30 growers, from benchmark appellations like Burgundy and Rioja to the unknown corners of Spain and France. They select wines based on a few simple premises; wines they love, producers they trust and values they can’t resist at every price point.
France, Greece, South Africa - “Chris Desor [of Verity Wine Partners] himself belongs to that middle generation sandwiched between the Baby Boomer wine fans attracted to points & the Millennials looking for something new. Perhaps it is no surprise then that he tries to cater to both demographics inside a distribution business model built on being in the middle: a medium sized wholesale wine book that tries to provide something for everyone. This is a model which he admits has become something of a rarity in a distribution world increasingly divided between the big players & the small, focused portfolios.” (I’ll Drink to That with Levi Dalton)
Mendoza, Argentina - Viña Cobos is the inspired vision of Paul Hobbs, a pioneer who took on the challenge of crafting world-class wines on a level never before achieved in Argentina. Over the past twenty years, Hobbs and his team at Viña Cobos have dedicated themselves to seek out, study, and develop vineyard sites in the two premier growing regions of Mendoza: Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco. Through meticulous vineyard management and minimal intervention in the winemaking process, the wines express the true essence of their terroir with finesse, complexity, and authenticity.
Argentina, Chile, Japan - Vine Connections is the leading authority and educator in the U.S. for premium Argentine & Chilean wine & Japanese sake. As the exclusive U.S. representative for some of the world’s most unique & exciting wines & sake, they proudly partner with over 25 family-owned & run wineries & 16 breweries. Based in Sausalito, California, Ed Lehrman & Nick Ramkowsky pioneered the first nationally-imported portfolio of artisan wines from Argentina in 1999 & have become the leading US importer of fine Argentinean wines retailing above $10 from Mendoza & Salta.
Australia, England, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa - Vine Street Imports sells wines which are regionally specific and represent the terroir of each growing site. Its wines garner significant critical acclaim and can be found in the most prestigious retail and restaurant addresses across the United States. Established in 1999, VSI soon became a top competitor in the boutique wine market. The company’s first brand was the then-emergent Barossa winery, Two Hands Wines. Today, VSI is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of CEO Ronnie Sanders and CFO Lori Sanders, and has a proven track record of attracting up-and-coming wines and winemaking talent.
France, Spain - Well Oiled Wine Company began in December 2005 as a wine import & marketing company. In April 2006 they launched their first wines to a few select distributors & have since expanded to all major markets through 40 states. Well Oiled Wine Company philosophy necessitates a small portfolio of vibrant brands. They identify market opportunities by listening to the needs of the consumers, both on & off-premise, & seek out, or create, brands to meet those demands. Their requirements are demanding yet simple: Outstanding wine. Memorable branding. Excellent pricing.