Mercatto is the result of a long collaboration among three great Italian wineries: La Vis in Trentino, Fratelli Manzone in Monforte d’Alba and Voghera in Neive. With the guidance of Phil Laramore, a passionate American wine merchant, three great producers have come together to create a single platform for the mutual benefit of their families […]
“Let Them Eat Cake!” – a phrase probably never uttered by Queen Marie Antoinette, but powerfully attributed to her just the same. Tradition holds that the Queen spoke these words to her aide when she was informed that the peasants were upset, because they had no bread. It has been more than fifteen years since […]
And they say McDonalds isn’t a restaurant well I guess I’m wrong, But if you gon’ tell me that A&W ain’t the spot for the best hot dogs, You can get the “F” on dawg. – T.I. and Eminem “That’s all She Wrote” Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:23 am Quivira Guest House, Dry Creek, Sonoma […]
“Was Napoleon right for Josephine? “Is nausea right for Dramamine? “Were the 80’s right for the drum machine? “Who can say? Who can say?” – Uncle Fester, Adams Family, the Musical Several years ago my partners and I introduced a brand called Chessman. The idea behind the name was that just as one must […]
Long long ago, in a land at the water’s edge, a clutch of peasants, tied to the land, cultivated a humble vine they called Cabernet Sauvignon. Years earlier, nobody could remember precisely when, one of the families in a nearby village had created a hybrid of the local Sauvignon (a white grape with a distinct […]
“Well I’m looking for answers/Looking for answers that nobody knows …” – Susan Tedeschi, Looking for Answers. Critics play a really important role in our industry. They taste through countless bottles of wine and, according to their lights, sort out the good stuff from the okay stuff from the sucky stuff. Right this instant […]
Dragging their feet in the dust, tired to the bone the Germans now retreat, sheep lost in the fog. … In the villages bells ring as if to announce some holiday with the yards swept neat and clean, with springtime fields where gatherings of girls, their pony tails like sun rays, pass under greening […]
When I learned that 70 percent of all the wine shipped out of California was produced by just five gigantic, globalized companies, it opened my eyes to how little I really knew about today’s wine business. So I started to dig around. What I discovered troubled me, and I knew that we had to do something about it. That is when I, along with a few good friends, created Nexus Wines.