Frank Poot on Champagne – De Saint Gall and why you need it now

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Champagne, New Arrivals|

We’ve worked side by side with Frank Poot for 25 years now and he leads our sourcing activities in Europe. This Fall Frank and I connected to discuss Champagne De Saint Gall, which will arrive at our warehouse (gasp) this week!!!   JM: As most of you know we’ve been particularly strong in bubbles over the years here at Grape

Last Night’s Empty Bottles

By |November 15th, 2018|Categories: What We're Drinking|

Impressive Blauburgunder! Colterenzio 2017 Pinot Nero This stuff is drinking ridiculously well. People were really impressed (if they were able to pay attention long enough to think about what they were doing). Elegant and silky, with the right amount of stuffing, yet not overdone and oaky. Plenty of savory minerality here. It reminds me of the off the

The Wall Street Journal reviews Cava and our producers nearly swept the podium

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Cava, Press, Spain|

Lettie Teague recently wrote a terrific piece for The Wall Street Journal on Cava, a Spanish category we’ve long been known for here at Grape: The Wall Street Journal - "Can Spanish Sparkling Compete with Champagne?" Click here for the full article (WSJ subscription required) Ms. Teague made the point that Cava is the third largest sparkling wine type in

Frank is gushing about 2017 Burgundies from barrel

By |September 26th, 2018|Categories: Burgundy, France, Travel Report|Tags: , , , , |

Some of you have been lucky enough to meet our friend and colleague Frank Poot over the years.  Now 68 years young, Frank started his long and storied wine career in a somewhat atypical way, working as a young commercial truck driver transporting tulips from his native Holland to all corners of France.  Frank never considered a day complete

You’re picky about the quality of the ingredients that go into your dishes. Then why aren’t you using real Sherry in your kitchen?

By |August 31st, 2018|Categories: Cooking|

Instead of using the bland, mass-produced California "sherry" that sits on the bottom shelf of your local grocer, you could be using high quality, delicious stuff from a Jerez icon.  Founded in 1821, Barbadillo is without question Sanlucar de Barrameda’s most iconic producer of Sherry.  The thing we appreciate most about Barbadillo is that they’ve remained staunchly committed to

Introducing Tri-Vin Imports to our Washington and Oregon Distribution Portfolio!

By |June 11th, 2018|Categories: Portugal|Tags: , |

Under the leadership of second generation Director Marc Olivera, Tri-Vin Imports has exploded in its reach over the past six years.  Tri-Vin specializes in Portugal and the firm practically has a monopoly on the importation of Portugal's leading independent wineries.  They are similar to us at Grape in a way, as they are a family owned wine company with a