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On September 26th, 2022, Empire Distributors, Inc. of North Carolina customers and trade members were invited to our annual Trade Tasting for the Asheville area! The 2022 Asheville Trade Tasting brought together many of Empire’s suppliers with retail & on-premise beverage buyers from across the Asheville, NC area. Read on to get a recap at some of the suppliers & brands that attended the event and their featured items available in the Asheville, North Carolina market.
About Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits: Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits was founded in 1981 by Chairman Bill Deutsch to market quality wines produced by prestigious families from major Appellations of the world.
Products at Trade Tasting: Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio, Fleurs de Prairie Rosé, Josh Cellars Prosecco, Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast Reserve, Josh Cellars Buttery Chardonnay Reserve, The Calling Cabernet, The Calling Chardonnay Dutton Ranch, The Calling Pinot Noir Reserve, Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon Bourbon Barrel Aged
About Delicato Family Vineyards: Delicato Family Wines is one of the fastest growing wine companies in the U.S., and a family-owned winery with nearly a century of history of farming grapes in California and crafting superior quality wines. Anchored by a long-term focus, the Indelicato family has infused their culture of integrity, hard work, and high standards into the fabric of the dynamic wine company they’ve built.
Products at Trade Tasting: Coppola Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, Coppola Diamond Chardonnay Pavilion, Coppola Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon Claret Black Label, Coppola Diamond Pinot Noir, Coppola Diamond Prosecco, Coppola Diamond Prosecco Rose, Bota Box Bota’Rita Classic Margarita, Bota Box Bota’Rita Strawberry Margarita, Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc Malborough
About Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards: Situated among 110 planted acres of estate vineyard on the beautiful Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard was established in 1989 and specializes in estate grown Syrah, Riesling, and Viognier as well as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVA’s.
Products at Trade Tasting: Addendum Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Ashley’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ashley’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Epiphany Grenache Blanc, Epiphany Inspiration White, Epiphany Inspiration Red, SBC Riesling, Fess Parker The Big Easy Red Wine
About Duplin Winery: Duplin Winery is the oldest and largest winery in the south. When you walk in the door you will be greeted by a staff well versed in southern hospitality.
Products at Taste Tasting: Duplin Cotton Candy Original, Duplin Cotton Candy Peach, Duplin Cotton Candy Blue Blueberry, Duplin Cotton Candy Lime, Duplin Christmas Red, Duplin Naughty & Nice, Duplin Carolina Red, Duplin Sweet Muscadine, Duplin Black River Red, Duplin Scuppernong Blush
About Jackson Family Classics: The Jackson Estate wines have their own individual style and are far from main-stream. The goal of the viticulture and winemaking teams is to embrace Old-World winemaking practices using New-World technology. Stylistically, Jackson Estate practices Old-World, hands-off winemaking techniques that enable expression of site and true to varietal with purity and depth of aromatics, flavour and profile.
Products at Trade Tasting: La Crèma Sauvignon Blanc, La Crèma Brut Rose, La Crema Monterey Chardonnay, La Crèma Still Rose, Las Monterey Pinot Noir, JEA Alexander Cabernet Sauvignon, Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, KJ Low Calorie Chardonnay, KJ SS VR Chardonnay, Arrowood Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
About JUSTIN, Landmark Vine: Justin Baldwin purchases 160 acres in Paso Robles, with the aim of crafting wines that belong in the company of the finest in the world. Rich in limestone, the soil of Paso Robles produces grapes with intense flavor and great structure, making it a perfect location for JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery.
Products at Trade Tasting: JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon, JUSTIN ISOSCELES, JUSTIN ISOSCELES Reserve, JUSTIN Justification, Paso Robles, JUSTIN Rose, JNSQ Rose, JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc, Landmark Overlook Chardonnay, Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir, Fuji Water
About McPrice Myers Winery: McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers has been crafting high-expression wines of balance, value, and place since 2002. A lifelong, self-proclaimed “food and wine geek,” Mac was a quick study and almost immediately had the press lauding his wines from near and far. His passion for unique sites in Paso Robles and California’s Central Coast, combined with his meticulous attention to detail in the cellar, results in stunning wines that more than live up to the hype.
Products at Trade Tasting: Bull by the Horns Cabernet Sauvignon, High on the Hog Red Blend, Pound for Pound Zinfandel, McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah
About Palm Bay Imports: Palm Bay International, a dynamic family-owned company, offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive portfolios of imported wines and spirits, including over 50 producers from four continents. Among Palm Bay’s most valued assets is its remarkable network of long-term partnerships with the foremost wholesale companies in all 50 states, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.
Products at Trade Tasting: High Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon, High Heaven Merlot, High Heaven Red Blend, Vanderpump Cabernet Sauvignon, Vanderpump Chardonnay, Vanderpump Rose, Vollereaux Brut, Vollereaux Rose De Saignee
About Ste. Michelle Wine Estates: Michelle Wine Estates is a collection of distinctive wine estates, each allowed to explore the fullest extent of the unique growing conditions and individual wine-making practices that give these estates their extraordinary character.
Products at Trade Tasting: Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve NV, Eroica Riesling, Erath Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Tormaresca Calafuria Rose, Erath Resplendent Pinot Noir, Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, SLWC Hands of Time Red Blend, Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.
About Treasury Wine Estates: As one of the world’s largest wine companies, everything Treasury Wine Estates does is dedicated to realising their ambition of becoming the world’s most admired premium wine company.
Products at Trade Tasting: 19 Crimes Cali Gold, Matua Sauvignon Blanc, St. Huberts The Stag North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, Sterling Vintners Collection Chardonnay, Beringer Brothers Red Blend, Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve Red Blend, St. Huberts Pinot Noir
About Trinchero Family Estates: Family owned and operated in the heart of Napa Valley since 1948, Trinchero Family Estates is a worldwide leader in the wine industry, with more than 50 acclaimed wine and spirits brands and a global presence in nearly 50 countries. Ours is a story of modest beginnings, steadfast perseverance and enduring passion—for the land, for the community, for world-class wine.
Products at Trade Tasting: Bravium Chardonnay, Taken Chardonnay, Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc, Avissi Sparkling Rose, Terra o’Oro Zinfandel, Folie a Deux Merlot, Taken Red Blend, Folie a Deaux Cabernet Sauvignon, Folie a Deaux Pinot Noir, Complicated Pinot Noir
About The Wine Group: It takes passion—for the land, for the product—plus an entire team united together, to become one of the largest and most respected producers of wine in the world. The Wine Group continually improves their industry status as a world-wide leader by honoring the land and vines they care for and investing in technology, innovation, and the people who make The Wine Group what it is today.
Products at Trade Tasting: Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon, Chloe Pinot Grigio, Chloe Sauvignon Blanc, Chloe Prosecco Rose, Imagery Pinot Noir, Benziger Chardonnay, Silver Gate Bubby Brut, Silver Gate Merlot, Rancho La Gloria Lime, Cupcake Signature Sweets Red