Few people know that they have access to private imports. The Raspipav, the association representing private import agencies, organizes two shows a year open to the public ($ 5 entry), one is in October/November and the other in April. In addition, they keep you posted on their Facebook page about many events.
To purchase privately imported wines, simply contact the agency that represents the wine you want to buy and place an order of at least 6 bottles. Sales are only made available in cases of 6 or 12 bottles.
If, like me, you prefer wines that have character, that express who they are, where they come and provide a change from the standardized wine that is widely available to drink today … The agency Symbiosis offers beautiful things. I liked all of their wines when I was at their stand, which is rare! And in particular, those three …
Domaine Julien Pilon, Vin de Pays, Mon grand-père était limonadier (viognier 2014) – 32,16$
Julien started in the garage of his grandfather … who was a lemonade maker. Julien Pilon is defined as a landless winemaker. Originally from the Northern Rhone Valley, he spent over ten years working in Spain and Roussillon. He now produces his own wines by buying grapes and dreams of one day having his own vineyard…
This tribute wine is a tempered version of the exuberant viognier. Tamed by a farm-made process, it remains fresh and fruity without excess, right on finesse and balance. You can go there with your eyes closed!
Boundary Breaks, Finger Lakes, Riesling 239, 2014 – 28,69$
We are located on the east of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The owner, Bruce Murray, bought in 2007 this land that belonged to his family since 1850 in order to develop a vineyard whose wines have nothing to envy in the great Rieslings from Germany and Alsace. The site is exceptional it seems.
Being a big fan of Riesling, I particularly enjoyed it, now you be the judge …
Teutonic Wine Co. Pinot Gris 2014, Maresch Vineyard, Dundee Hills – 41,15$
(Barnaby & Olga Tuttle)
This Pinot Gris is a wine from Oregon (USA). According to Colin, whom you see in the first two pictures, the winemaker, who is American, is “German” in his head. Barnaby, the wine buyer in a Portland restaurant, was persuaded by an importer of wines from Mosel (Germany) in 2002 and bought 14 Rieslings. Here is the catch, he totally fell in love with this wines’ style: Barnaby’s mission will be to produce the best German style wines in Oregon!
In my view, we can say that it is successful!
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Have a good tasting!