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The Next Chapter of Australian Wine is Discovered by the NY Times' Eric Asimov

The Next Chapter of Australian Wine is Discovered by the NY Times' Eric Asimov

Eric Asimov is one of the most celebrated writers in wine journalism. For years he has covered cru Beaujolais, 'new' California, Alto Piedmont, Champagne, high altitude Grenache in Spain and plenty of other regions.

Today he has put his thoughts after a recent trip to Australia to paper. It is an honor for Vine Street Imports to be mentioned by the NY Times as one of the 'good guys' in this business and one that has never abandoned the 'category.'

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Wine Spectator's '7 Exciting Styles of Australian Wine'

Wine Spectator's '7 Exciting Styles of Australian Wine'

Couldn't be more happy to have two of the seven from Vine Street Imports' portfolio. Wine Spectator highlights a lot of value to be had from Oz. VISIT WEBSITE »

Wine & Spirits Magazine Delves Into Aussie Shiraz

You, like many people, may have preconceived notions of what 'Aussie Shiraz' smells, looks and tastes like. Allison Bart of Wine & Spirits is 'just young enough' to have not been exposed to a lot of that preconception. Instead her first foray into the category was via one of Manhattan's most forward thinking wine shops, Frankly Wines in TriBeCa. VISIT WEBSITE »
Vine Street Imports Named One of the 'Cool Kids' of Importing

Vine Street Imports Named One of the 'Cool Kids' of Importing

Let's face it - shopping for wine can be a confusing and humbling experience. Certified sommelier, Chris Poldoian, explains an effective, and relatively underutilized approach to selecting a wine off the retail shelf. Hint: pay attention to the back of the label! 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, New Jersey and Delaware.

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, South Africa, Italy and England. 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.