The Wine Report

The Saffers Have Arrived...

The Saffers Have Arrived...

17 years and the first ever South African wines have entered the warehouse at VSI Global HQ!!! We are thrilled to represent the finest nectar from Mick & Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines in Stellenbosch, Johan Meyer (AKA Stompie) of JH Meyer Signature Wines & Mother Rock Wines in Swartland, and François Haasbroek of Blackwater Wine in Stellenbosch (though has his paws in many regions of the Western Cape). READ MORE »
Meet the New Barossans

Meet the New Barossans

Most of the focus on the 'new' Australia has been centered on the folks in the Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley, McLaren Vale and even Castelmaine. What hasn't been talked about enough are the small handful of producers going to the most revered region in Australia and really setting things ablaze.

Dave Brookes profiles a couple of these producers and the steps they are taking to find harmony and precision in the, rather set in the ways, Barossa Valley.

Abel Gibson of Ruggabellus and Fraser McKinley of Sami-Odi get the nod here as the next generation pioneers. "The Barossa is in good hands, while we’ve only scratched the surface here, there are many other new and exciting winemakers coming through the ranks bringing fresh ideas to the region that has been referred to as “the womb of the Australian wine industry”. VISIT WEBSITE »
"Memorize the New Importers" - Bon Appetit Magazine

"Memorize the New Importers" - Bon Appetit Magazine

Even though 16 years (going strong) isn't exactly 'new,' Vine Street Imports is being recognized for 'name recognition' and the juice in the bottle representative of the name on the front AND back of the bottle.

Belle Cushing of Bon Appetit gives her 'new rules' of wine and Rule #10 implies you 'memorize the new importers.' Alongside great names like Louis/Dressner, Selection Massale, Jose Pastor, vom Boden lies this little shop in South NJ trying to change the world one bottle of Aussie wine at a time. VISIT WEBSITE »
Saveur Magazine names Australia as the Wine Destination of the Year

Saveur Magazine names Australia as the Wine Destination of the Year

Writer Bruce Schoenfeld of Saveur says "forgive the blasphemy, Francophiles and Italy lovers, but right now Australia is the world's most interesting place for wine."

"Most of Australia's grape-growing regions lie somewhere on the spectrum between underrated and and utterly unknown."

Bruce highlights Adelina, BK Wines, Jamsheed, Ochota Barrels, Ruggabellus, and Sami-Odi.

photo credit: Lean Timms VISIT WEBSITE »
Wine Business Magazine Highlights the Craft and Persona of Brendon Keys of BK Wines

Wine Business Magazine Highlights the Craft and Persona of Brendon Keys of BK Wines

Kiwi Born - Aussie Established high flying (literally on a skateboard) winemaker Brendon Keys of BK Wines in the Adelaide Hills continues to grow his brand through hard work and great booze. Wine Business Monthly highlights our dear friend and highlights what makes the man tick, why he does what he does and his aversion to safe winemaking. DOWNLOAD PDF »
Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer Says Margaret River Is The World's Most Under Appreciated Wine Region

Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer Says Margaret River Is The World's Most Under Appreciated Wine Region

OVERLOOKED - "The term "overlooked" deserves definition. In this context, I am suggesting that "overlooked" means not so much that no one has paid any attention at all. Today, you can find varying degrees of attention for pretty much any wine zone in the world. There's always someone posting a tasting note somewhere."

Matt Kramer tends to tell it like it is. He draws the line and often creates debate though he backs it up with facts. Matt is not afraid to bring up unpopular topics at Wine Spectator in a forum often filled with conforming ideas.

We'd like to think Margaret River has been overlooked but often when wines are poured for the public the response is very favorable. VISIT WEBSITE »

Vine Street Imports is dedicated to bringing the most exciting boutique and artisan wines from around the globe to the US market. Our wines garner critical acclaim from major wine reviewers and can be found in prestigious retail shops and restaurants around the country. In addition to our national portfolio, Vine Street Imports represents many of the world’s great wineries for exclusive distribution in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Like a truffle hunting dog, VSI founder Ronnie Sanders continues to scour the planet in search of booze that shows distinctiveness and a story. It all started with a relationship back in the latter part of the 20th century with a prominent Aussie winery. That association has developed and redeveloped over the years to metamorphose into what VSI represents today. While Australia is the feng shui of the portfolio, the evolution of our global selections continues.

Vine Street Imports represents many of the most talented winemakers and their craft from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Germany. Personality and open-mindedness are at the core of our mantra, this is expressed with the labels, styles and varietals that we work with. In the words of Italian Renaissance man Gabriele D’Anuzzio, “Memento Audere Semper” (Remember to Always Dare).

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Fact One: 'Teinturier' refers to very uncommon grape varieties with red skin, flesh and juice.The most famous one is Alicante Bouschet.  Fact Two: Alicante Bouschet also is known by the moniker, Garnacha Tintorerra.  Fact Three: Cien y Pico (translation is 'hundred and something') produces high elevation, estate grown Garnacha Tintorerra from 100+ year old vines! Fact Four: Zar Brooks is the legend behind Cien y Pico and who doesn't love Zar? Fact Five: You need Cien y Pico.

48 different grape varieties are permitted for Port wine production. Justin Lane of Alpha Box & Dice has figured out how to incorporate 2 of them in 'Mistress.'  TOURIGA NACIONAL & TINTA NEGRA MOLLE

Did you know only 20 of the 400 species of oak is used to make oak barrels for aging wine, the average tree age being 170 years?

Parcels of Le Ragnaie's vineyard extend over the maximum 600 meters elevation placed by the DOCG of Rosso & Brunello di Montalcino therefore providing the fruit for the 'declassified' Chianti Colli Senesi (too high of altitude Rosso di Montalcino)!

The name Barossa means Hill of Roses. It was applied to the region by Col. William Light in the 1820’s after the site of a battle fought in the Peninsular War between England’s allies and Napoleon in 1811. (Col. Light participated in the battle.) Someone, misspelled the word and the valley ended up Barossa instead of the correct Barosa.

Piedmont was originally settled by the Celts. It was conquered by Hannibal and reconquered by the Ancient Romans. Piedmont was ruled by the French Savoy family for almost five hundred years. It was a center in the fight to unify Italy. Victor Emmanuel II, the king of Piedmont and Sardinia, became the first king of modern Italy in 1861.