Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our new selection of Italian wines from Paolo E Noemia D’Amico.

Take a drive just beyond Rome, through the northern end of Lazio. Peel west off the A1, far from the madding crowds of Tuscany and Umbria. A sharp turn left, gravel clicks a slower pace. The narrow, winding lane etched into the Tuscia hillside ascends Vaiano, lush farmland neatly unfurled in green and gold.

Verdant bluffs give way to a dramatic limestone canvas, sheared away by time to reveal broad strokes of matted clay, glinting peperino and coppery tufo streaks rendered by an eons-old volcanic artist that created this masterpiece: The Calanchi. It is here among the Calanchi’s deep mineral cliffs and calciferous valleys where Paolo and Noemia d’Amico combine worldly sophistication with world-class wine. The Calanchi is one of the richest limestone and tufa outcroppings in the world, and is a UNESCO protected geological site reminiscent of the Kimmeridgian.

A graceful blend of old world tradition and new breed techniques meet inside the d’Amico estate’s tufa-carved cellars. Winemaker Guillaume Gelly oversees both growth and production of the 90-hectare estate, with 21 hectares planted primarily across the Calanchi and into the gentle, rolling hills of Umbria, Lazio and Southern Tuscany.

Available to order now:

Paolo e Noemia d’Amico, Calanchi di Vaiano Chardonnay (2016) · 750 mL × 6

Paolo e Noemia d’Amico, Noe Bianco (2016) · 750 mL × 12

Paolo e Noemia d’Amico, Seiano Bianco (2016) · 750 mL × 12

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Integrity Wines is thrilled to introduce “les Vignerons Parisiens” Paris one and only (and top!) urban winery !

Very unique concept, Les Vignerons Parisiens is a real winery in Le Marais, making wines from grapes sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyard.

Paris has a long history of winemaking since up until the 60’s Bercy was a place for wine trade. At that time, barrels would be transported on the Seine river to Paris where the wine was bottled and sold to negociants. The idea of Les Vignerons Parisiens is to bring back to life some of the wine history of Paris and push it a little bit further by making the wine, from the grape to the bottle, in the heart of Paris.

The wines are already well-recognized and distributed in wine stores and restaurants in Paris as well as in Japan, Spain and UK.

This successful story is now arriving in NYC and will soon be available in many well-known stores and restaurants.

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Château Cordeillan-Bages, a great vineyard and an exclusive dining experience

cordeillan-btThe two hectares of the small Cordeillan-Bages vineyard sit to the south of Pauillac on a gravelly ridge of the Bages plateau. Formerly the home of a wine that was classified in the 1932 cru bourgeois classification, it was bought in 1985 by Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of its illustrious neighbor, Château Lynch-Bages. The addition of several plots of vines to the estate leads to the revival of a great wine whose reputation is now at its height.

  • Grape varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
  • Ageing: 15 months in French oak barrels
  • New barrels: 50%
  • Bottling: during spring, the second year following harvest
  • Wine Spectator 91 points

Recently, Château Cordeillan-Bages has welcomed a new Chef bringing a fresh vision of haute cuisine and great wines. Julien Lefebvre is grateful for his childhood in Normandy, inspired by the artisans of his family deeply rooted in the food-producing region where he found his calling. Trained by Frédéric Anton at Le Pré Catelan***, he pursued his prestigious career alongside Mathieu Pacaud at the Parisian restaurants Histoires**, Hexagone* and the reopened Le Divellec*. At 35, he has become the new Executive Chef at Cordeillan-Bages, and Catering Director for the group Famille JM Cazes.

Wine and gastronomy are the very heart and soul of Médoc lifestyle. Every bottle and recipe embodies the geography and history, the fruit we have nurtured, the climate, soils, tradition and ‘savoir-faire’ as well as friendship and the pleasure of sharing.”  Jean-Michel Cazes

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Wine Enthusiast: top scores for Domaine Amirault and Legras & Haas

The editors at Wine Enthusiast have recently rated and reviewed Domaine Amirault and Legras & Haas.

Below are the top scores they were awarded:

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Maison Legras & Haas

Brigitte Haas and François Legras met in 1967, both already passionate grower and maker they founded the house Legras & Haas in 1991.

The Legras-Haas family members devote themselves to the unique terroir they groom and the fantastic wines it makes. François Legras was taught at a very young age by his father Lucien. In fifty years of an eventful career his passion never left him. His great experience in growing, making and blending is a true guarantee of quality and a great asset for the new generation.

He loves his champagnes and the wine hills of Chouilly, was one of the first to recognize the potential of the Perthois winemaking area in the eighties and is a expert of the Bar Séquanais Pinot noirs. He defends a precise viticulture freed from prejudices.

Rémi and Olivier Legras have run the house for fifteen years now with the same passion. They put many effort in promoting strict quality processes, precise vines growing and continue to elaborate the pristine and subtle wines that made the reputation of the house.

The harvest is done by hand only, this has many benefits. It respects the integrity of the berries which is a crucial point for the quality of the juices and it allows to keep the stem (Wooden skeleton of the cluster). The stem will act like a drain during pressing allowing to extract more juice with less pressure. Picking the bunch of grapes also prevents early oxidation of the harvest.

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Domaine Amirault 

The Amirault family has lived at Le Clos des Quarterons for over 180 years. Those 180 years have been filled with stories, soul-searching and doubt but also joy. For almost two centuries, six generations have paced the vines and guided the wines, respecting the work of their predecessors and making quality their priority.

Cabernet franc is the main grape variety on the estate. It is used to create a range of very different red wines, according to the type of terroir and the age of the vines.

They also grow Chenin blanc and Chardonnay grapes. They are used to create the  “Quarterons Blanc” and the Crémant de Loire « Les Quarterons » Maison Amirault gently sparkling.

The wines are certified both organic and biodynamic.

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Starting in May, Integrity Wines is adding the wines of Trathen Hall, Oregon, to its portfolio

2009_Momtazi_Pinot_1Trathen Hall Wines was founded by Blair Trathen and Arabella Hall. Blair hails from the South Island of New Zealand, and Arabella grew up on the even smaller island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where the two first met. With post graduate diplomas in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand, they embarked on a decade long winemaking odyssey working in vineyards and making wine around the globe, namely New Zealand, Western Australia, South Africa, New York and Oregon. The majority of their experience had been in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, but in 2008 they were lured back to the Willamette Valley. It is in Oregon with the generous support of family and the wine making community that Trathen Hall Wines has come to fruition.

New wines in Integrity Wines Portfolio:

 

 

David Stephan will be biking with some of the country’s greatest chefs as part of a fundraising endurance cycling event called “Chef Cycle”

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On May 16th, 17th and 18th David Stephan, Integrity Wines and DIVA Wine USA Managing Director, will be biking with some of the country’s greatest chefs some 300 miles as part of a three-day fundraising endurance cycling event called “Chef Cycle”.

They will ride to raise as much money as possible to support the “No Kid Hungry/Share our strength” program and end childhood hunger in America.

You can follow his journey and learn about more ways to get involved at www.ChefsCycle.org and by following #ChefsCycle.

Chateauneuf du Pape: discover Domaine Durieu, a new addition to the Integrity book

In January Integrity Wines will launch a  brand new Chateauneuf du Pape estate and that is Domaine Durieu. Named “rising star of the Rhone by Robert Parker”, this is another great addition to the unique selection of Integrity Wines.

“The young Vincent Durieu makes these consistently outstanding, Provençal Châteauneuf du Papes that have plenty of fruit and charm. He was one of the few vignerons to produce his special cuvees in 2013, both of which I might add, showed much better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign.”

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)

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