We’ve been actively looking to expand our old world portfolio, especially Spanish and Italian wines for some time. In that quest, I have tasted quite a few wines over the last few years and few seemed to click. Sometimes you get lucky…
A few months back I was contacted by a fellow Serbian, who it turns out is doing just about the same thing I do, with his partner, except their wine portfolio is mostly Italian, some Spanish and Serbian wines. They were looking to expand their reach as an importer, looking for distribution partners in NY and NJ. Well, how about that?
Vino et Spiritus is based out of Illinois and has a wonderful portfolio of quality artisanal wines, at very good prices. To me the key is always to taste the wines and see what they have to offer. Dejan sent us two cases of samples earlier in the summer. We tasted all the wines over a period of several days and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality, almost entirely across the board, when it comes to both the Italian and Spanish wines. It seemed almost too good too good to be true. Almost. Sometimes you get lucky…
Do you have any idea how long it would take me to put together a nice little Italian portfolio with 7-8 producers? Fuggedaboutit! Vino et Spiritus to the rescue. If Rad Grapes is to jump into selling Italian wines for the first time, we had to make sure we had the right quality, price variety and producers. The same applies for expanding our Spanish portfolio and we found a few wines to fill that void as well. The wines have finally arrived and we have just started selling them this week.
These are the brand new additions to our NY and NJ portfolio from Vino et Spiritus (forgot to mention that it looks like we will finally start selling in NJ next month too. minor detail…LOL) :
Colognole Chianti Rufina DOCG
La Giareta Pinot Grigio and Cab Franc
iPrandi Soave and Pinot Nero
Nicante Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
Musella Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso
Tantas Riber del Duero Barrica
Senorio de Rubios Albarino
Pago Dominio de Tharsys Cava Brut Nature
I’ve taken out all of the above listed wines over the last couple of days and they are all showing magnificently. The winners so far are the iPrandi Soave, La Giareta Pinot Noir, Dominio de Tharsys Cava and the Ripasso. I will hopefully get the chance to cover all the wines one by one, in detail at some point. We will most likely be adding some more Italian wines, including a great Barbera from Villa Giada soon. Beyond that there some more interesting Spanish wines and some great VALUE priced Serbian wines – I’ve vented before how most good Serbian wines available in the US, are overpriced, so it is going to be awesome to bring in some well priced wines from the motherland.