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Recap: 2022 Charlotte Trade Tasting

On September 27th, 2022, Empire Distributors, Inc. of North Carolina customers and trade members were invited to our annual Trade Tasting for the Charlotte area!  The 2022 Charlotte Trade Tasting brought together many of Empire’s suppliers with retail & on-premise beverage buyers from across the Charlotte, 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 Charlotte, North Carolina market.

DAOU Vineyard

About DAOU Vineyard:As young men, brothers Georges and Daniel Daou shared the same dream: to live a life in wine. Their dream prevailed years later when they discovered what would become known as DAOU Mountain, an untapped world-class terroir in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles.
Products at Trade Tasting: Sequentis Reserve Merlot, Soul of a Lion Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Chardonnay, Estates Rose, Estates Sauvignon Blanc, The Bodyguard by DAOU Chardonnay, The Pessimist by DAOU Red Blend

Delicato Family Vineyards

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 Prosecco, Coppola Diamond Prosecco Rose, Diora Chardonnay, Diora Pinot Noir, Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc, Three Finger Jack Cabernet Sauvignon

Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits

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: Beau Joie Brut Special Cuvee, Beau Joie Demi Sec Sugar King, Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon, Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon Bourbon Barrel, Layer Cake Malbec, Layer Cake Pinot Noir

Fess Parker Winery

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard celebrates 30 years in Santa Barbara County

About Fess Parker Winery: 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, Ashely’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ashley’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Epiphany Grenache Blanc, Epiphany Inspiration White, Epiphany Inspiration Red, SBC Riesling


About Freixenet /Mionetto: Our Freixenet family history goes back to 1861, when Francesc Sala Ferrés started a business making and exporting wine to America. His original winery is still here today, lovingly restored by the current family, and it still makes small quantities of Cava – handmade in an original way.
Products at Trade Tasting: Freixenet Prosecco, Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire Brut, Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire Brut Rose, Mionetto Brut Prestige Prosecco, Mionetto Prosecco Organic, Mionetto Prosecco Rose, Segura Viudas Brut, Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva

Jackson Family Classics

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: Arrowood Knights Valley, Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, Edmeades Zinfandel, Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay, La Crema Brut Rose, La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir, La Crema Sauvignon Blanc, La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

JUSTIN, Landmark Vine

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, CA, JUSTIN Rose, JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast, CA

McPrice Myers Winery

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

Palm Bay Imports

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

MPL Brands

About MPL Brands: MPL Brands is a family-owned and operated beverage manufacturing company headquartered in Sausalito, CA. MPL is able to leverage our multi-year raw material, production contracts, and in-house R&D resources to deliver innovative forward thinking products for the evolving beverage alcohol industry.
Products at Trade Tasting: Rancho La Gloria Chocolate Martini, Rancho La Gloria Espresso Martini, Rancho La Gloria Lime Margarita “Day of the Dead”, Rancho La Gloria Mango Margarita “Day of the Dead”, Rancho La Gloria Spiked Horchata, Rancho La Gloria Strawberry Margarita “Day of the Dead”

St. Michelle Wines Estates

About St. Michelle Wines Estates: St. Michelle Wine Estates is a collection of distinctive wine estates, each allowed to explore to the fullest extent 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, CSM Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, CSM Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Earth Resplendent Pinot Noir, Erath Pinot Gris, Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Trinchero Family Estates

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: Avissi Sparkling Rose, Bravium Chardonnay, Taken Chardonnay, Taken Red Blend, Terra d’Oro Zinfandel, Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc Mary’s

Treasury Wines Estates

About Treasury Wines Estates: When you open a bottle of TWG wine, you open a story of passion—from the way we care for the land and vines, to the creative blending and caretaking by the winemakers and cellar teams, and to all of those who tend to the wine along the way. For nearly forty years, we have led with passion. A passion for the company (privately held and management-owned) and for our more than 60 award-winning brands.
Products at Trade Tasting: 19 Crimes Martha Chardonnay, Caviellere D Oro Chianti Classico, Matua Sauvignon Blanc, St. Huberts The Stag Cabernet Sauvignon

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