November 7, 2017
Catena Zapata Wins “Best Argentina Winery” at the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards!
In “Full List: Extraordinary Award Winners for The Americas,” Abbe Baker reports on this week’s 2018 MICHELIN Guide New York City star dinner, which was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on October 30. Baker called the awards ceremony “the first collaborative event in the USA, between the restaurant industry’s most famous and trusted critical guide with the globally-renowned benchmark standard in wine criticism, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, and their newly launched Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Awards.”
A big congratulations to CATENA ZAPATA who won in the “Best Argentina Winery 2017” category! Nominated alongside Catena Zapata was EL ENEMIGO and Per Se.
Click here to read the press release.
JUNE 26, 2017
The Winebow Group Expands Distribution Network into Rhode Island
The Winebow Group is pleased to announce that the company has expanded its Winebow distribution network into Rhode Island. With the addition of Rhode Island, The Winebow Group increases its distribution reach to 21 states throughout the country.
“We look forward to being the leading fine wine distributor in Rhode Island,” said David Townsend, President and CEO of The Winebow Group. “With our investments in infrastructure and operations, and our long-standing dedication to quality, education and customer service, we are excited to offer top-notch service to the market.”
May 15, 2017
The Winebow Group and Champagne Laurent-Perrier Expand Distribution Partnership From Four to 12 Markets Throughout the United States
The Winebow Group is pleased to announce that, beginning in July, the company will increase its distribution of Champagne Laurent-Perrier from four to 12 markets. Together, these 12 markets will constitute a significant part of the brand’s presence in the United States.
Laurent-Perrier is currently represented by The Winebow Group’s distribution houses in four markets: Quality Wine & Spirits in Georgia, Purple Feet Wines in Wisconsin, Winebow in New York, and The Country Vintner in Virginia. According to the agreement, The Winebow Group will distribute Laurent-Perrier in eight additional markets with The Henry Wine Group in California, Stacole Fine Wines in Florida, Vintage Wines in Illinois, Winebow in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, The Country Vintner in South Carolina, Noble Wines in Washington, and Grape Beginnings in Minnesota.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Laurent-Perrier and are honored to represent such a prestigious House, dedicated solely to Champagne production,” said David Townsend, President and CEO of The Winebow Group. “The development of our relationship with this family-owned House coincides with The Winebow Group’s mission to represent top-notch properties across the globe that are driven by innovation and quality.”
March 15, 2017
MundoVino, a Member of The Winebow Group, Launches D.V. Catena Tinto Histórico
New release honors master blender D.V. Catena, an early pioneer of Argentine wines
MundoVino, a member of The Winebow Group, is proud to introduce the newly released D.V. Catena Tinto Histórico as part of the Catena wines’ portfolio. “My grandfather Domingo, D.V. Catena, was famous for his Tinto Buenos Aires blend, which was served in the capital’s European-style bistros at the turn of the century,” said Dr. Laura Catena, fourth generation vintner and Managing Director of Bodega Catena Zapata. “He was a true artisan, and blending was his greatest talent, one that he passed on to my father.”
Domingo Vicente Catena, better known as Don Domingo, was the son of Nicola Catena, who founded the Bodega Catena Zapata winery in 1902. He was also the father of Nicolás Catena Zapata, who revolutionized Argentine winemaking in the 1990s with a focus on high altitude viticulture and vineyard research, efforts that continue today with his daughter, Dr. Catena.
Domingo’s Tinto Buenos Aires was made from a blend of grapes from the old vines of Maipú and fruit grown in La Consulta in the southern Uco Valley, the site of Catena’s present Nicasia vineyard. The darkcolored wine was sold in casks, shipped to Buenos Aires and bottled there for sale. D.V. Catena Tinto Histórico is made from 92 percent Malbec and 8 percent Petit Verdot, a combination that is similar to the original Tinto Buenos Aires blend.
“In some years, Don Domingo added Bonarda to the blend, and we plan to include it in future bottlings of the Tinto Histórico,” added Dr. Catena. The grapes are grown in four high altitude estate vineyards owned by the Catena family: Adrianna, Angélica, El Cepillo, and La Pirámide. The wine captures both the spirit of the original and that era in Buenos Aires when Domingo’s wine was enjoyed in restaurants everywhere.
The D.V. Catena Tinto Histórico 2014 will be available nationally in April with a suggested retail price of $21.00.
March 13, 2017
The Winebow Group Promotes Monique Huston to National Spirits Director
The Winebow Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Monique Huston, previously Director of Spirits, Midwest, to the newly created position of National Spirits Director. Huston will be based in Chicago and report to Chris Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management.
“We are thrilled to welcome Monique into this newly created role as we strengthen the support and resources behind our spirits portfolio,” said Mitchell. “With over 18 years of extensive industry experience, Monique has the expertise, energy, vision and leadership to take our spirits to the next level. We are very optimistic about the future of craft spirits within our company, especially since they have such a complementary appeal to the fine wine drinker who has, historically, been our focus.”
“It is an honor to work with such a wonderful collection of family-owned, craft brands and the passionate, dedicated producers behind them,” said Huston. “I fully believe in the direction our company is taking and I am confident that we have the competitive edge and unique position to lead the craft spirits category nationally.”
February 21, 2017
Craft + Estate, a Member of The Winebow Group, Expands Portfolio with Nine Prominent Producers from Burgundy
Craft + Estate, a member of The Winebow Group, is pleased to announce that it is the exclusive U.S. importer of nine properties from Burgundy: Domaine Pierre Gelin, Domaine Jean Grivot, Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Domaine Xavier Monnot, Domaine Alain Chavy, Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange, Domaine Blain-Gagnard, Domaine Laurent Cognard, and Maison Joseph Burrier—Château de Beauregard.
“The rich heritage of these domaines and the unrivaled quality of this collection are very compelling,” said Liz Mathews, Senior Vice President of Craft + Estate. “We are honored to carry this historic portfolio forward and represent these extraordinary growers. This addition is a unique opportunity and milestone for Craft + Estate, one that will put us on the map as a sought-after Burgundy importer, much like our position in Bordeaux.”
Click here to read the press release
February 6, 2017
The Winebow Group Appoints Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer as Director of Wine Education
The Winebow Group announced the appointment of Fred Dexheimer, MS as Director of Wine Education. Dexheimer will be based in the New York City office and will report to Kara Mertzel, Vice President of Organizational Development.
“We are thrilled to welcome Fred to The Winebow Group family,” said David Townsend, President and CEO of The Winebow Group. “Education and a passion for wine and spirits are at the core of what we do every day. Fred brings to this position not only his vast knowledge, experience and stellar reputation in the wine and spirits community, but an energy and enthusiasm that will undoubtedly help further our mission to engage and inspire our teams, suppliers and customers.”
“After being a client and huge fan of the company during my wine and spirits career of over 15 years, I am thrilled to become a part of The Winebow Group's wine education department,” said Dexheimer. “It’s extremely exciting to join this team of excellent wine professionals and educators across the United States."
Dexheimer has a long-standing relationship with The Winebow Group, having worked with the company during his 15 years in some of New York City’s top restaurants alongside chefs and restaurateurs such as Jean-George Vongerichten, Danny Meyer and Chris Cannon. He also worked for five years with his friend and mentor Laurent Tourondel as the national wine and beverage director for the BLT Restaurant Group.
January 10, 2017
MundoVino, a Member of The Winebow Group, Expands Chilean Portfolio with Viña Tarapacá
MundoVino, a member of The Winebow Group, and a leading importer of wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain and Portugal, is pleased to announce its partnership with Viña Tarapacá to be the exclusive U.S. importer of its Gran Reserva wines from the historic Rosario Estate situated in the Maipo Valley.
“MundoVino’s Chilean portfolio’s guiding principle is to champion expressive wines that represent the strong sense of place of Chile’s diverse regions and sub-regions. Viña Tarapacá joins our Chilean partners Viña Leyda, TerraNoble, and historic Cousiño-Macul, to strengthen MundoVino’s outstanding Chilean offerings,” said Diego Lo Prete, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MundoVino.
“We are excited to present Viña Tarapacá’s dynamic Rosario Estate reds that consistently display the special characteristics of the Isla de Maipo to American fine wine drinkers."
Click here to for the press release.
December 14, 2016
Wine Spectator "Top 100 Values" 2016
37 wines from The Winebow Group's import and distribution portfolios are included in “100 Top Values,” an annual list of quality wines with an affordable price. The editors of Wine Spectator write: “What can be said with certainty is that great wines don’t have to be expensive. The wines in this year’s annual roundup of top values offer 100 distinctive examples of this truth, all of the rated 88 points or higher, priced at $20 or less and made in large enough quantities to be widely available.” Broken down into six categories–Light Whites, Rich Whites, Elegant Reds, Big Reds, Rosé and Sparkling–the list covers a wide variety of New World and Old World wines.
December 5, 2016
Wine Spectator "Top 100" 2016
Each year Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.
44 out of 100 wines on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list are included in The Winebow Group portfolio.
Click here to see the complete list, with the wines from our import and wholesale portfolios highlighted in red.
High Hopes in the Andes
Can science help an Argentine heiress produce a New World wine as complex as a Bordeaux? Dan Rosenheck visits the vineyards and laboratories of Catena Zapata?
August 1, 2016
The Winebow Group Acquires The Henry Wine Group, Expanding Distribution Network in California
The Winebow Group announces the acquisition of The Henry Wine Group of Benicia, California. The companies will combine their efforts in California and operate there as The Henry Wine Group.
“The Henry Wine Group has proven themselves as leaders of fine wine distribution in California and I am thrilled to welcome them to our family,” said David Townsend, President and CEO of The Winebow Group.
“Their dedication to exceptional products and outstanding service aligns perfectly with our vision, and their comprehensive market reach remains second to none. We are very excited to work with Ed Hogan and his talented team to further grow operations and expand our distribution network into such a significant market.”
July 25, 2016
New Winebow Senior Vice President and General Manager
Winebow has appointed Arjun Dewan as senior vice president and general manager of Winebow Northeast, overseeing distribution operations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dewan most recently led corporate wine sales for Allied Beverage Group as vice president of wines. Prior to that he served as director of sales for Terlato Wines International. Dewan will report to Scott Ades, COO of The Winebow Group.
April 15, 2016
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016
The results are in for this year’s “Ultimate Spirits Challenge,” with Craft + Estate earning 90+ points for 10 spirits. USC was founded by Paul Pacult, editor of acclaimed F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal. Judges for the competition include some of the most respected trade and press professionals in the industry.
Each product is evaluated blind by panels in multi-stage assessments and awarded scores and accolades. Some spirits are additionally evaluated in cocktails, with stars awarded to the finished drink.
- DEL PROFESSORE Vermouth Rosso all uso di Torino – 96 points Finalist - Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
- KINAHAN’S Blended Irish Whiskey – 95 points Finalist/Great Value - Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
- BOYD & BLAIR Potato Vodka – 95 points Finalist - Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
- TULLIBARDINE 500 PX Sherry Finish – 95 points Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation
- NARDINI Grappa (80 proof) – 94 points Finalist/Great Value - Excellent, Highly Recommended
- BOOMSMA Oude – 94 points Excellent, Highly Recommended
- ROUGH RIDER Straight Bourbon Whisky – 94 points Great Value - Excellent, Highly Recommended
- BOOMSMA Cloosterbitter – 91 points Excellent, Highly Recommended
- ROUGH RIDER Bull Moose Three Barrel Rye Whisky – 90 points Excellent, Highly Recommended
- HIGHLAND QUEEN 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whiskey – 90 points Excellent, Highly Recommended
- KINAHAN’S 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey – 89 points Very Good, Strong Recommendation
- STONEWALL Rum – 89 points Very Good, Strong Recommendation
- BOOMSMA Jonge – 88 points Very Good, Strong Recommendation
April 4, 2016
Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS) is Appointed Exclusive U.S. Importer of Il Marroneto
Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS), a member of The Winebow Group and America’s leading importer of premium Italian wines, has announced that it is the exclusive U.S. importer of Il Marroneto, the highly acclaimed Brunello producer led by owner and winemaker Alessandro Mori. Il Marroneto joins a portfolio that represents more than 50 wineries throughout Italy.
“Il Marroneto is widely regarded as one of the most respected and sought-after properties in Montalcino,” said Ian Downey, senior vice president and general manager of LLS. “Alessandro’s attention to detail and hands-on approach to winemaking result in wines that are deeply personal, artisanal gems. We are honored and thrilled to have his beautiful wines in the LLS portfolio.”
For more information about Il Marroneto, please visit - http://www.thewinebowgroup.com/our-brands/il-marroneto/
Lowcountry Live - March 9, 2016
Wine Wednesday - Featuring Leonardo LoCascio Selections-LLS
LLS Territory Manager, Zoe Skinner, was featured on Lowcountry Live's first Wine Wednesday segment, where she shared Sicilian wines from Tasca d'Almerita.
The New York Times - February 11, 2016
To Move Beyond Malbec
In "To Move Beyond Malbec, Look Below the Surface," Eric Asimov, who recently visited Argentina, begins his article by exalting the high altitude and magnificent view from BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA’s Adrianna Vineyard.
As the piece continues, Asimov positions the winery as the leader among a growing number of producers who distinguish themselves—in a market flooded with generic-tasting Malbec—by embracing the nuances of the Mendoza terroir, exploring the complexity of its soil, and experimenting with other grapes to make impressive Malbecs and other wines.
Whisky Magazine - January 2016
Tullibardine Whisky Feature
In “A Highland Queen,” Gavin Smith profiles TULLIBARDINE’s historic past and new portfolio lineup, which launched in 2013 to include three finished malts, an entry level bottling ‘Sovereign’ and 20- and 25-year-old bottlings.
Smith credits the current owners, the third‐generation family‐owned company Maison Michel Picard, for their efforts in establishing a new identity for the Scottish distillery, one of commitment to quality production and growth. As International Sales Manager for Tullibardine, James Robertson attests, “these six whiskies at last provide Tullibardine with a core range that has an identity and something that the consumer can feel part of, whether they are new or old Tullibardine followers.”
Richmond, VA—December 18, 2015
MundoVino, a Member of The Winebow Group, Appoints Diego Lo Prete as Senior Vice President
MundoVino, a member of The Winebow Group and a leading U.S. importer of wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Portugal and beyond, is pleased to announce the appointment of Diego Lo Prete as Senior Vice President. Lo Prete will report to David Townsend, President and CEO of The Winebow Group.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Diego to MundoVino and The Winebow Group family,” said Townsend. "Diego brings with him a proven record as an excellent manager, mentor and leader who shares our commitment to a fine wine culture, our suppliers and our partners. I am confident that MundoVino will thrive under his leadership.”
Richmond, VA – December 10, 2015
MundoVino, a Member of The Winebow Group, Expands Portfolio with Top Producers from Spain and Portugal
MundoVino, a member of The Winebow Group and a leading U.S. importer of wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Portugal and beyond, is pleased to announce the addition of acclaimed Spanish and Portuguese producers to its portfolio.
These producers join a collection whose reputation continues to grow with its focus on family-owned properties and winemakers who are dedicated to innovation, quality and producing wines that truly reflect their regions.
New to MundoVino’s Spanish offerings: Benjamín Romeo’s Bodega Contador (La Rioja) and Vins del Massis (DO Cataluña); La Guita (DO Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda); and Vinos Valtuille Pago de Valdoneje (DO Bierzo). Quinta de Chocapalha (VR Lisboa), M.O.B. (DOC Dão) and Quinta do Monte Xisto (DOC Douro) have been added to MundoVino’s Portuguese portfolio.
November 4, 2015
The Winebow Group Acquires Noble Wines, Expanding Distribution Network into Washington State and Idaho
The Winebow Group announced today the acquisition of Noble Wines of Seattle, Washington. The companies will combine their efforts in Washington and Idaho, and operate as Noble Wines, a member of The Winebow Group.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Noble Wines to our family,” said David Townsend, President and CEO of The Winebow Group.
“Chuck Marush and Greg Nelson, who founded Noble in 1988, have been our partners for over 25 years. They have created an excellent organization that fosters the fine wine culture and dedication to customer service that are at the core of our business. We are thrilled to expand our distribution network to the Northwestern United States and look forward to working with the talented team at Noble to further grow their operations in the Washington and Idaho markets.”
Oct. 26, 2015
Women in Wine Leadership Symposium 4th Annual Conference Explores Vital Issues for Women in the Industry
The fourth annual Women in Wine Leadership Symposium (WWLS) held Monday, October 5th at the Helen Mills event space in Manhattan gathered leading women in the industry to explore critical issues facing women in wine today. The WWLS, hosted by The Winebow Group, is the first event of its kind with a mission to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of provocative panel discussions and wine tastings.
Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, one of America's foremost authorities on food, wine, style and design, and author of the recently published cookbook,Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, opened the conference with a keynote speech. Madeline Triffon, the first female Master Sommelier in the U.S. and the in-house Master Sommelier for Plum Market, moderated the panel discussions.