A Day in the Life with Bob

Bob Bolden Omaha WineStyles

Robert (Bob) Bolden at WineStyles in Omaha

Looking into Robert (Bob) Bolden’s typical week at his WineStyles Tasting Station store in Omaha, Nebraska, you may think this man is an embodiment of the Energizer® bunny! But as you dig in you’ll see that’s because being a WineStyles business owner is, well, ENERGIZING!

Of course, Bob does go above and beyond with his typical 5:30am rise time. This businessman fits in a good workout every morning as part of a balanced lifestyle. Bob knows the balancing act of business ownership and one’s health and personal life is important to maintain.

What happens next? He’s off to networking events over coffee and breakfast. Building a business is just one part of the “job”. Building a community is another important aspect of being a business owner. Not only do you want your fellow community members to know who you are and what your business offers, but you also want to know them and how your ongoing relationship can be mutually beneficial.

“The great part about networking on behalf of WineStyles is that nearly everyone drinks wine!” says Bob, enthusiastic about getting out and networking in his community.

Bob behind the counter at WineStyles

Bob behind his “Chocolate Station”  at WineStyles Tasting Station, Omaha



Handmade Chocolate Truffles at WineStyles Tasting Station, Omaha


WineStyles in Omaha

Bob Bolden’s WineStyles store front in Omaha

When working at his WineStyles Tasting Station store, Bob enjoys the many aspects of putting together a well-rounded wine shop – including tasting new wines and craft beers with local distributors, choosing accessories from catalogs to sell in the store, prepping his gift basket station with goodies, and furthering his own personal wine and craft beer knowledge.

It doesn’t stop there though – Bob manages a staff of about 13 part-time workers, all thirsty for continuing their own education in wine and craft beer. When something new comes in, or Bob gains a bit of new info, he gladly shares his findings with his staff. Education is a huge part of what makes WineStyles customers enjoy their experience with his shop so much. They know that Bob and his staff will point them in the right direction depending on their own personal tastes.

Engaging with his customers is Bob’s favorite part of his business, “just outside of being my own boss, which comes in a strong first place” he affirms. Bob enjoys adding value to his customers’ lives by means of helping them find the perfect wine, craft beer, or gift, yes, but also by way of being a positive community member whom they can rely on.

Through his WineStyles store, Bob finds countless ways to give back to his community. He sponsors wine tastings at various events, holds free-will offerings for national causes, hosts events for charity, and more.

“When you put your mind to it, and you have fellow community members working on the same project, there are so many different ways we can all help our community prosper. This is just another side-benefit of being your own boss – you can decide which causes are important to you and really make a difference in your own community. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.”

Venturing outside his community to wine attractions around the country is yet another side-benefit of being a WineStyles franchisee.

“I love working with like-minded wine-o’s!” Bob jests.

The WineStyles Corporate Team puts on an Annual Franchisee Convention, which is held in a different wine, craft beer, or “foodie”-centric location each year. Bob’s favorite Convention locations so far have been Woodinville, Washington and Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Bob signing the annual Convention poster

Bob signing the annual Convention poster

“Convention gives us the opportunity to meet up with fellow WineStyles business owners, learn from the Corporate Team, and bounce ideas off one another. I always walk away jazzed for my business and excited to implement new ideas in my store.”

Learn more about Bob’s journey at his next Open House, the event is free to attend.

Franchising Open House Event:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

WineStyles – Pacific
1006 S. 74th Plaza
Omaha, NE 68114

Please call Bob at (402) 884-6696 to RSVP.

Hope to see you there!


Bob Bolden,
Area Developer for Nebraska market and Proprietor of WineStyles in Omaha.



Peterson Winery

March Winery Spotlight

Peterson winery logoJoin us for a Winery Spotlight tasting event, featuring Peterson wines from Sonoma California.

Peterson Vineyard

Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for 30 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end.

Fred Peterson and familyOwner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul. The evolution of Peterson wines and winemaking accelerated when Fred’s son Jamie became assistant winemaker in the summer of 2002. In 2006, after moving from the tiny red barn on Lytton Springs to Timber Crest Farms, Jamie was given the overall responsibilities as winemaker.


Fred camePeterson winery team to Dry Creek Valley in 1983, working to find and develop world-class vineyard properties. It was an exciting time for Fred, being able to select ideal vineyard locations and then plant the appropriate grape variety and clone for each site. The vineyards Fred developed in Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County), including on Bradford Mountain, began producing amazing fruit. The next step was a natural one; Fred wanted to make wine from the fruits of his labor (sorry about the pun, it was too good to pass up).

In 1987, all the pieces fell into place for Fred, and he launched Peterson Winery. For nearly twenty years, the winery was located in an old, red barn tucked away in the vineyards off of Lytton Springs Road. It was beautiful place to make wine, but the antique structure began to show its age. In late 2005, Fred seized an opportunity to move into a newer facility on Dry Creek Road, at Timber Crest Farms. This new, more convenient location offers more offices and space, plus a room for visitors to taste the wines.

Peterson wine labelsOver the years, Fred has befriended grape growers who share his goals and values; to grow grapes that reflect a sense of place. The Dry Creek Valley encompasses one of the greatest ranges of microclimates for such a small area in the world, making it possible to grow many grape varieties, with world-class quality. Peterson Winery now makes an average of 8000 cases annually, all in many small lots from the like-minded growers he now calls his friends.

We bring wine country to you!

Peterson red barn Sonoma

Attend our Winery Spotlight, and experience a Sonoma winery!

Winery Spotlight Tasting

Please join us as we Taste, Learn and Enjoy®
Limited Seating Available

Power Couple = Wine Couple

Allan and Gina Graham

Allan and Gina Graham, proprietors of WineStyles in Johnston, IA

The Graham’s both come from corporate backgrounds – Allan in IT and Gina in Accounting. They had always appreciated wine, learning about the agriculture behind it (both having grown up on Iowa farms), learning about different varietals and regions, and developing their palates. Owning a boutique wine shop by day, wine bar by night hadn’t occurred to them.

As wine connoisseurs, they had frequented many different wine shops locally, but the couple was first exposed to WineStyles as customers of the West Des Moines, Iowa location. The concept really resonated with them and helped in their growing appreciation and knowledge of wine.

“I had always warded off drinking Chardonnay until I learned how it can range from lighter and silkier to richer and more buttery in flavor through experiencing different styles of the grape”, mentioned Gina. (For the record, she prefers SILKY style of Chardonnay.)

They were hooked and quickly became Wine Club members, participating in the many wine tastings and education events  available at the West Des Moines WineStyles store.

All of these experiences led Allan and Gina to opening their own WineStyles store in January of 2010. The couple continued working their corporate jobs for three years before deciding that Allan would focus 100% of his time on their WineStyles store.

This decision has helped them to grow their store even further, and even branch out to having a role in area development on behalf of the franchise. Gina continues to work at her corporate job full-time, but is an active partner in the store.

Johnston, Iowa WineStyles Store

Johnston, Iowa WineStyles Store

Today, Allan and Gina continue to enjoy learning about wine and craft beer, and love having the frequent opportunity to share that knowledge with others, whether during an individual retail experience or through one of their portfolio tastings or education classes.

“Owning our WineStyles store has provided us with the opportunity to meet so many new people and friends, including other industry professionals, our fellow WineStyles store owners, and our customers.”
Johnston, Iowa WineStyles Store

Wine bar at Johnston, Iowa WineStyles Store

WineStyles is more than just wine on the shelves – it’s about building a community, a true “Clubhouse” experience. Allan and Gina have a few touching stories of community development due to their involvement with WineStyles:

Expanding their customers’ palates can be very interesting to watch. “We had customer who was ‘nothing but Chardonnay’.   He ended up joining our Wine Club, and over time, he evolved into a ‘big red’ wine drinker” noted Allan.

“Once, a couple that had been dating for a while, joined our Wine Club and regularly frequented the Friday night tastings. When he was ready to propose, he chose our store because this was a favorite date night and they enjoyed the store and our company” added Gina. “Amazingly, they also decided to hold the actual wedding at our store, one year later, on December 23, 2017.  What a blessing to be part of their new lives together!”

As a valued member of the Johnston community, Allan was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Johnston Chamber of Commerce and served as President in 2016.

“It has been fun to see the many friendships form among our customers over the years and the small-world connections when they engage in conversation”, remarked Allan.

Learn more about Allan and Gina’s journey at the Open House on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:00pm. Discover the world of franchising and learn about WineStyles business opportunities in Iowa. The event is free to attend. Please call to RSVP.

WineStyles Open House Event:

Monday, March 5, 2018

WineStyles at Iowa River Landing
920 East 2nd Avenue, Suite 115
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Phone Allan to RSVP: 515-334-9463

Hope to see you on March 5th!


Allan and Gina Graham,
Area Developers for Iowa market and Proprietors of WineStyles in Johnston.

Tale of Two Family Businesses

Arthur and Mike Lampros

Brothers, Arthur Lampros (left) and Mike Lampros (right)

After opening their first business in 1999, Arthur and Mike had settled into their routines of running their family restaurant. Along with their father George, Mike was the Chef, and Arthur was the Front of the House (General Manager).  Arthur had a lifelong interest in fine wine and had a long background in fine dining, and had always dreamed of being in the wine business as an entrepreneur.

When the landlord of the shopping center approached the guys with an offer to take over the space immediately next to the restaurant, they did not hesitate to take the offer. Their restaurant was at capacity every weekend, and there was no separate bar area for guests to enjoy while waiting for a table. They considered a variety of different expansion ideas that would incorporate a “bar” element , but weren’t happy with the idea of another typical, run of the mill, restaurant bar.

They had toyed with the idea of looking into any number of franchises, specifically with the notion of not having to start from scratch. While attending a Franchise show in Washington, DC, the guys discovered and met with representatives with WineStyles. They were intrigued with the concept and were quick to recognize that it just might be what they were looking for.

What made you buy into the WineStyles concept?

wine bar ordering “The WineStyles concept gave us an opportunity to relatively easily add a distinct yet complementary brand into our existing operations. With consent of the corporate team, we were the first to open a WineStyles franchise attached to an already functioning restaurant.” said Arthur Lampros.  “Considered a test-case, our new store would be one of the first hybrid concepts as a wine retailer and a wine bar.   Aside from retailing packaged wines, we also served wine by the glass, on premise bottle service, an extensive food menu and hosted many special events.”

“By teaming up with a franchise, it was like a business-in-a-box”, commented Lampros.   “From marketing, to product knowledge, business advisory support, and best practice experience, the choice was simple. Running a very busy restaurant is hard enough. Opening up an independent retail and on-premise establishment from scratch at the same time is just nuts.”

Girls Night at WineStylesWhat are some of your favorite things about being in beverage industry?

“Beyond the love of wine and beer, the ability to offer guests a venue that incorporates so many different elements is very special”, explained Lampros.  “Guests come to experience our weekly tastings, join the wine club, and connect with fellow customers every day. Looking across the store when everyone is smiling, laughing, and simply enjoying themselves with great food and drinks makes it all worthwhile…..and making a nice living at the same time….well that’s even better.”

Why would this business be different than any other?

“What’s amazing, is how we connected with the community.” remarked Lampros.  “We’ve been involved in various fundraisers and enjoy being a venue for connecting wine connoisseurs together.”

  • Wine tasting with coupleWe’ve had numerous couples meet each other at WineStyles and eventually get married.
  • Several wedding proposals.
  • Countless retirement celebrations.
  • The Babies of Winestyles! Guests bring in their newborns and we get to see them grow-up.
  • Our partnership with local charities (Azalea Charities, Aid for Wounded Warriors, Purple Heart Wines) and most recently one of our staff members running the Marine Corp Marathon as a member of Team Azalea.
  • Aside from our guests who visit almost every day, there are groups of customers that visit several times a week to attend our tasting events and socialize.
  • Over the years we’ve seen customers have “Wine Moments”, when they taste and discover a specific wine that has a real memorable impact on them.
  • We have a number of customers that have Service Dogs, who become mascots for the store.
  • Over a glass of wine, guests have experienced significant Pop Culture moments together, whether its major sporting events, elections, national or local events, wine is the perfect conversation starter.
  • Our Wine Club members enjoy meeting up with fellow wine lovers, reminiscing about their wine travel experiences, opening special bottles for special occasions or discussing this month’s selection of membership wines.
  • In essence….we’re a true “clubhouse” for our Wine Club members and guests.

Don’t be shy,  stop by and see us sometime! We’d love to share our story with you!

Arthur Lampros


Arthur Lampros / Mike Lampros, Proprietors
WineStyles Tasting Station
4394 Kevin Walker Drive
Montclair, VA 22025




Elderton Winery

January Winery Spotlight
Tasting Event
>> RSVP at your local WineStyles <<

Join us for a Winery Spotlight tasting event, featuring Elderton wines from Australia.


The Barossa Valley is Australia’s most famous wine region. Comprising of the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, it is home to some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world, acclaimed Rieslings and iconic wine brands.

Elderton is one of those Barossa Valley Wineries, whose philosophy has not changed significantly since its inception. Cameron & Allister strongly believe that great wine begins in the vineyard like all of the world’s great estates. From the high quality, low yielding fruit that is grown on the three vineyard sites, Elderton’s aim is to make balanced wines that will stand the test of time with the overall arching vision of excellence in mind.


The overall vision of Elderton is excellence from distinguished vineyard sites. Today Elderton runs three vineyards that highlight the individual terriors of the region. Its original vineyard in Nuriootpa on the Barossa Valley floor that provides most of flagship wines; Greenock that is in the north western quadrant provides the power and has vines dating back to 1915 and finally its vineyard in Eden Valley ranges in Craneford that provides elegance. Today Elderton works with Barossa Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Carignan, Mouvedre, Riesling, Chardonnay and Semillon.

The winery features an actual cellar door and is a stunning 1918 homestead surrounded by iconic old vineyards. It offers a beautiful setting with incredible views to enjoy and learn about the region, the wines and its people. It has been awarded one of South Australia’s best cellar doors (SATC 2015 & 2016) because of its knowledgeable staff, multitude of private tasting rooms, barista tea & coffee, as well as gourmet platter food offerings.

Not enough frequent flyer miles to visit Australia?

Attend our Winery Spotlight, and experience Elderton wines without the jet lag! 


Winery Spotlight Tasting

Please join us as we Taste, Learn and Enjoy®
Limited Seating Available – Reserve your seat ASAP!

Will 2018 Be Your Year?

With the holidays wrapping up, many people take the last few days of the year to contemplate where they’d like to be in the New Year.

As 2018 looms in the near distance, do you feel thrilled at the opportunities before you? Or, are you less than thrilled at what lies ahead for you professionally?

You may have a good job, even a great job, but is it fulfilling in all the ways you’d like?

With a career as a WineStyles Tasting Station franchise owner, here’s a little preview of what your 2018 could look like…

wine business owner picture

You start the year with a phone call to the WineStyles Corporate Office (1-866-424-9463), and speak with franchisor and store owner, Andrea McGinness. You’re delighted to hear all about the WineStyles opportunity from Andrea.

After due diligence and your attendance to a WineStyles Discovery Day, you’ve decided to go for it and open your own WineStyles Tasting Station franchise in your home town. The fun begins as you start imagining what your storefront would look like as you pass by the shopping and dining areas in your neighborhood.

Finally, you find the perfect spot. You park your car and just have to get out and look. Yep, this is it!

Your training with the WineStyles Corporate Staff has you feeling confident to begin your new adventure as a small business owner, in business for yourself, but as they say, not by yourself.

Before you know it – wine, craft beer, delicious gourmet foods and fun gifts and accessories are lining your shelves. You think to yourself, now this is a place I would shop!

Your first customers are raving about your new business, and can’t wait to bring in their friends, family, and coworkers.

open for business wine shop

You sit back after a successful Grand Opening, and thank your lucky stars.

But, don’t take it from us, here are a few reasons you may consider opening a franchise location:

When you hear the word “franchise” what do you think of? I’m guessing fast-food, cleaning services, etc.  What we hear is “small business owner”, “in business for yourself, but not by yourself”, “proven system”, “kinks worked out”, “training and marketing support”, “team of assistance at every corner”, “help in your back pocket”, etc.

2018 could be the year you uncork your dream business, and open your own boutique business.

As someone much greater than me once said, “just take the first step”. So give us a call, talk with Andrea, and let’s see if opening a WineStyles Tasting Station in your neighborhood would be a good fit.

Visit www.WineFranchise.com for more information and to request a meeting.

We look forward to making your 2018 the best year yet.

Thanks for reading,

Ashleigh Rader
Director of Marketing & Social Media
WineStyles Tasting Station

WANTED: WINEntrepreneur

Become a Wine entrepreneur

Ever Consider Starting a Wine Business?

With your love of fine wine, craft beer and the gourmet lifestyle, WineStyles Tasting Station could be a great fit.

As a franchised organization, you’ll work for yourself, but not by yourself!

Each location is locally owned and operated, with support from our corporate team and fellow business owners.

We are currently expanding our marketplace and looking for new franchise owners across the country.

To learn more about franchising opportunities, please visit our website www.WineFranchise.com and request more information.Learn more button

Start your New Year with a New Business in 2018!

Uncork your dream business in 2018

December Wine Club pairing recipe

Roast Pork Loin with Rosemary & Garlic

roast pork loin rosemary with garlic imageINGREDIENTS:
• 8 garlic cloves
• ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves
• ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 four-pound boneless pork loin
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cups dry white wine

• Preheat oven to 400° F. Finely chop garlic and rosemary with ½ teaspoon salt on a cutting board. Holding knife at an angle, drag blade over mixture until a coarse paste forms. Transfer paste to a small bowl and mix in oil.
• Place pork, fat side down, on another cutting board with a short end toward you. Holding a sharp knife parallel to board and about ½ inch up side of loin, make an incision along entire length of one side. Continue cutting, lifting meat with your free hand as you go, until loin is open and flat (or ask butcher for butterfly cut). Spread garlic mixture over inside of loin and season with salt and pepper. Roll pork tightly; using kitchen twine, tie at 1 inch intervals.
•Season pork with salt and pepper; place, fat side up, in a large shallow baking dish. Add wine; roast pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of loin registers 145° F, 1 ½ –2 hours. Transfer to a carving board; let rest at least 10 minutes.
• Spoon fat from surface of pan juices; discard. Slice pork; serve with pan juices.
PREPARE AHEAD: Pork can be stuffed and tied 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before roasting. Recipe courtesy of Brunello Cucinelli Canteen in Solomeo, Italy via Bonappétit.com. © Photo by Julian Broad.

Santa Venere Speziale Rosso bottle wineMellow style logoSanta Venere
Speziale Rosso
Calabria, Italy

The site of the Santa Venere estate is a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, and it is named after the stream of the same name that flows through the estate. Grapes here have always been cultivated in accordance with the strict dictates of organic agriculture, respecting the soil’s natural resources, characteristics and biodiversity. In the past, Marsigliana Nera grapes were frequently confused with Greco Nero (Black Greek), which is also harvested in Calabria. Grapes grown from the vineyard Speziale were harvested within the first ten days of September. Maturation was in stainless steel tanks for five months and in the bottle for two months.

Riccaro Cotarella winemaker“This purplish red wine is made from an ancient Calabria grape variety, Marsigliana Nera, and its crisp mouthfeel makes it ideal with shellfish and seafood, and also as a pre-dinner drink. Drink cold at a temperature of 55 degrees”. – Riccardo Cotarella, winemaker

Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Appellation: Calabria, Italy
Varietal Blend:  100% Marsigliana Nera
Analysis: 12.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Pumpkin, Ricotta and Arugula Bruschetta

pumpkin bruschetta imagePerfect Thanksgiving appetizer to pair with Maison Bourgogne Blanc.

• Baguette
• Ricotta
• Arugula
• Roasted pumpkin (feel free to roast your own, or use your favorite pre-packed pumpkin cubes from the store)
• Honey
• Roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
• Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper (optional)


• Preheat oven to 350°F, grease a baking pan, and roast your pumpkin squares according to the package directions. Once done, pull out and set aside.
• OPTIONAL: If you want to add roasted pumpkin seeds to your bruschetta, spread the seeds in a single layer on a greased baking pan and roast for 30 minutes (or until dried out). Pull out, toss on a little more olive oil, some salt and pepper, or whatever spices you are feeling, and put back in for an additional 20 minutes.
• Turn the oven to broil and while you wait for it to pre-heat, cut your baguette into 1 – 1.5 inch slices. Drizzle a little olive oil or butter on each side and place on a sheet pan. When the oven is ready, place the sheet pan on the top rack of the oven, closest to the broiler, and keep an eye on the toast as it can brown quickly. Depending on your oven, 2 minutes on each side should do it, but it is totally up to preference.
• Cover toasted bread with roughly 2 tablespoons of ricotta. Top with roasted pumpkin and arugula. Drizzle with honey and finish with a small handful of roasted pumpkin seeds, a pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  © Photo and recipe courtesy of Lauren Kelp at KJ.com

Burgundy Blanc wineSilky styleMasion L’Envoyé
Bourgogne Blanc
Burgundy, France

While Mâcon is known for its fresh, simple whites, recent investments by top Burgundian producers have resulted in more conscientious winemaking. The Mâconnais district’s 21 mile stretch boasts a geology not dissimilar to the famed Côte de Beaune to its north. Mâcon’s epicenter, Mont de Pouilly, rises gently with alkaline clay covering a stark limestone base, a nirvana for the Chardonnay vines that laze smugly along the river Saône. The grapes were hand-picked on September 7th then pressed direct, settled overnight, and fermented with indigenous yeast in seasoned barriques. The wine matured for 12-14 months prior to bottling.

Mark Tarlov - Co Founder“From two mature vineyards in La Roche Vineuse, this is a classic Chardonnay with a nose of citrus fruits and lemon zest. The weighty, textured mid-palate boasts flavors of grilled nuts and stone fruit, while a long line of vibrant acidity enlivens the finish.” – Mark Tarlov, Co-Founder

Appellation: Burgundy, France
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 12.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 88 pts. Wine & Spirits Best Buy/Year’s Best White Burgundy List; Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

November Wine Club pairing recipe

Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs

Roasted MushroomsNice side dish with Thanksgiving turkey and the perfect pairing for Bourgogne Rouge.

• ¾ pound cremini mushrooms, washed and sliced
• ¼ pound shiitake mushrooms, washed and sliced
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• ¼ cup olive oil
• ½ cup loosely packed fresh herbs such as chives, thyme, marjoram, and flat-leaf parsley, minced
• Sour cream, for garnish

• Heat the oven to 475°F.
• Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Toss the mushrooms in a large bowl with a generous amount of salt and pepper and the olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, then toss the mushrooms once, and return to the oven. Roast for an additional 10 minutes, or until they are dark and slightly shrunken.
• Return the roasted mushrooms to the bowl. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Toss with the herbs, then transfer to a serving dish and top with a dollop of sour cream. Serve immediately.  © Photo and recipe courtesy of Faith Durand at TheKitchn.com

November Wine Club bottle imageMellow style logoMasion L’Envoyé
Bourgogne Rouge
Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France

Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of terroir and winemaking styles. Côte d’Or is Burgundy’s ‘golden slope’ that is a south-east facing escarpment with an essential aspect in this continental climate. A cold, wet summer provided a slow start to the season. Grapes were hand-picked in mid-September and matured in neutral French oak for 12 months to meld flavors and preserve fresh aromatics without imparting dominant oak.

Mark Tarlov - Co Founder“Sourced from three growers situated around Beaune and the Hautes Cote plus a component of 1’er Cru Savigny ‘les Marconnects’. Raspberry aromas, hints of clove, and classic floral perfumes lead, followed by crunchy red fruits, silky grape tannins and a nervy, acid backbone. Begs for charcuterie.” – Mark Tarvlo, Co-Founder

Appellation: Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France
Varietal Blend:  100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.0% alcohol / volume; 3.3 pH; 5.4 g/l Total Acidity
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine