As Portugal gains traction as a tourism destination, its wines won’t be far behind. And leading that charge are the offerings from Alentejo, a literal hotbed of producers ranging from traditional to modern.
When Jeff O’Neill launched O’Neill Vintners in 2004, it quickly grew to become one of the largest contract producers of California wine and brandy. More recently, the company has been invest- ing in its own wine brands, like Line 39 and Exitus, as well as the recently launched Bertoux Brandy. We sat down with O’Neill to talk about finding opportunity in crowded categories, the rebirth of California brandy and the future of private labels.
Innovation is invigorating both the vermouth and aromatized wine categories. Dubonnet has been repackaged and reformulated. Martini & Rossi recently added a pair of Riserva Speciale vermouth expressions. Use this as a handout to introduce staff to vermouth
JUST BEHIND THE U.S. AND FRANCE, GERMANY LURKS WITH QUALITY JUICE Many German regions were noted for high-quality Pinot Noir in the 19th century. Spätburgunder, the German name for the grape, can still be a stumbling block, but shelving them in a Pinot Noir section rather than just in the German section helps sales.
When Maeve Pesquera, then in charge of the beverage program at the fine dining chain Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, originally visited Paso Robles, she arrived with no expectations. But that week changed her future.