Being the fourth largest wine producing country globally, the United States has a large variety of fertile soils and varying climates to grow vitus vinifera of many varietals. We deal with multiple boutique and bulk producers hailing from Napa Valley South to Paso Robles, The Finger Lakes of New York and Outer Coastal Plain of New Jersey.
Italy has been cultivating the vitus vinifera grape for millennia and boasts 20 regions and 73 DOCG wines. There are over 500 known varietals being grown in the towns where they have traditionally been for hundreds if not thousands of years in microclimates where they each thrive. The vast diversity and tradition of wine is what makes this country special to us and we have it represented heavily in our portfolio since we opened in 2006, which at that time our portfolio was solely Italian.
The major wine making regions of Argentina are located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in a semi-arid climate using snow melt from the Andes to irrigate the vines, which is a tradition of agriculture passed down from the Incas. The Elevation of Vineyards varies drastically and multiple elevations are often blended by winemakers for their desirable traits. We carry some fantastic boutique wines from Mendoza Valley as well as the southern, cooler climate of Patagonia.
French wine goes back to the 6th century BC and their grapes are widely known worldwide as well as planted all over the new world. The sense of terrior associating the wines’ style with the specific area it is grown as well as the strict government controlled AOC system have been paramount in their long term success and reputation as a premium producer of old world wine.
Spain is the mostly widely planted wine producing region worldwide with over 1.17 million hectares planted in many different microclimates. However, due to lower yields in less fertile soil in many regions is the third largest wine producing country worldwide. The Spanish have over 400 native grapes planted although most of their wine industry and exports consist of just 20 grapes most important to their identity. Spain has a large number of distinct wine producing regions and is a fantastic old world producer.
New Zealand’s location as an isolated island in the South Pacific creates several unique, cool and mostly maritime winegrowing regions. New Zealand wine was brought onto the worlds stage in the 1980s as production began in Marlborough and winemakers set out to exploit creating Sauvignon Blanc with the pungency of new world styles and the limey acidity of the old world styles like Sancere. Low rainfall, free draining moderately fertile soil and cool temperatures despite high sunshine make the climate of Marlborough perfect for this production. 90% of total production is for export markets and grows global popularity.
Many Ancient civilizations took part in cultivating grapes on the end of the Iberian Peninsula and Portugal has a rich wine heritage as well as several wine producing regions. Most important to the world export market being the tradition of the wines exported from the city of Porto. The grapes for port are grown in schist in the Douro Valley, a region that is classified as world heritage site by UNESCO, and is fortified with distilled juice of the same grapes and is the world’s most popular fortified wine.
Greece is one of the world’s oldest wine producers with evidence of crushing grapes going back 6,500 years. The ancient Greeks spread their civilization and worship of Dionysus the god of wine all around the Mediterranean into colonies in Spain, southern France, Italy and Sicily. This also meant bringing along their rootstock of Vitus Vinifera and spreading varietals as well as causing further adaptation of the species to its new environments. In more recent history appellation laws were put in place in the 1970s and newer generations of winemakers are making strides to modernize and improve the quality of the traditional regional wines significantly. We pride ourselves on bringing the highest quality Greek wines into our market available.
Sake Tengoku’s portfolio of high quality, small production sake producers have never been available in the U.S.A. Sake Tengoku is a partnership of two industry veterans, acclaimed sushi Chef Ken Tominaga and business manager Julie Bath.
Through their personal visits and contacts in Japan, they have carefully created a portfolio that represents some of the top sake regions in Japan, as well as, a diverse range of styles and price points. These sakes are already making a big impact in many of the top Asian and Western Cuisine restaurants in California, New York , Boston, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Oregon.