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Twisted Roots Wine offers Custom Labeling Program for Bottles of its Award-Winning Wines

Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines — that’s 264 bottles! — and they take care of the rest.

Carmel Valley, CA, November 06, 2018 — If you’ve ever wished you had your own personal wine label but didn’t want the hassle of actually owning a vineyard, winery and bottling and labeling facility, Carmel Valley and Lodi-based Twisted Roots has the perfect answer for you.

Twisted Roots has launched a unique new custom labeling program in which you can buy a whole barrel of one of its award-winning wines — that’s 264 bottles! — and they take care of the rest.

“It’s all inclusive, we provide the wine, bottling, custom labeling, and help with artwork as needed,” said Matt Pridey, partner in Twisted Roots Wine. “It’s really a hands-off process for them, we even handle all the legalities. It’s a really cool product for companies or individuals, like client gifts, employee gifts, special events, parties and weddings.”

Pridey said the custom labeling program is based on the winemakers’ available product. Twisted Roots produces about 1,000 cases a year, or about 35 barrels, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and Twisted Roots’ signature “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel. In addition, they need a lead time of three to six months, to allow for bottling and design decisions.

Twisted Roots has already completed several projects and is ready to take on orders. Cost varies according to what varietal is selected.

“We’re ready to rock!” he said. “It’s a really cool product and is a really great deal if you want volume. It looks like they made the wine themselves!”

To order your own custom-labeled bottles of Twisted Roots wine, go to twistedrootsvineyard.com or call (831) 594-8282.

About Twisted Roots

Centered in the heart of the Lodi appellation, Twisted Roots Vineyard is the work of three generations of family members dedicated to the practice of growing great wine grapes following sustainable growing practices. While the family established the vineyard in 1918, it wasn’t until recently that they began producing their own wines.

The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 produced by Ross Schmiedt, as a result of an overabundance of Petite Sirah on the vineyard. In 2009, production was expanded to include other varietals grown on the estate, while the wine making was moved from the old farmhouse, to their partners at Estate Crush in Lodi. Even though their famous Petite Sirah will always continue to be their flagship variety, Twisted Roots also offers a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Zinfandel.

Twisted Roots Wine LLC, was incorporated in 2010 by partners Josh Ruiz, Mike Hodge and Ross Schmiedt. Ross passed away in March of 2014 and will always be remembered for his contributions to making Twisted Roots what it is today.

In January of 2016, Josh and Julie bought Twisted Roots from the family. A few months later, the Twisted Roots partnership took on a new look as college friends Andy Gulley (wife Laura) of Fresno, Matt Brem (wife Laura) of Salinas, and Neil Amarante of Paso Robles joined Josh and Julie in an effort to help grow the business.

Also joining the partnership is Whitney Pridey (husband Matt) of Salinas who is the current wine club manager and also the sister of Matt Brem.

Each partner brings a unique skillset to that has proven to be invaluable in helping Twisted Roots reach its goals.

Twisted Roots has two tasting rooms, one in Lodi, where Twisted Roots Vineyards was born, and a recently renovated one in Carmel Valley.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.twistedrootsvineyard.com/

Sogu has launched its first KickStarter Campaign

SOGU COOLER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

San Antonio, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /REAL RIME PRESS RELEASE/ — The Sogu Cooler keeps liquids cold in their bottle for up to 6 hours!

Sogu (www.sogucooler.com) has launched its first KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tooling for the next version Sogu 2.0 Cooler. The patented Sogu Cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours while still in their original bottle. No ice needed!!! The Sogu Cooler prevents condensation from soaking your clothes or table cloths and is perfect for work, sports and restaurants.

“Our Sogu Cooler is a great addition to your home, restaurant or travel gear to keep your drink cold or hot!” – Michael Van Steenburg, Sogu President

While the Sogu 1.0 Cooler is ready for market now and fits most 1.0 to 1.5 liter bottles, the new Sogu 2.0 version will be even more modular and adjustable to fit an even wider variety of plastic and glass bottles. Sogu 2.0 also features additional technical features such as an optional reusable ice pack and vacuum insulation that increases the available cooling time up to 24 hours.

Keep It Cool With Sogu!

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Van Steenburg at sales@sogucooler.com.

SOURCE: EPR Network

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Announces Wine, Dine and Jazz 2015 Grand Finale Event!!

Enjoy The Grand Finale Event With Palette-Enticing Small Bites, Award Winning Local Wines, Monterey Meringues and SWINGIN’ jazz!

Monterey, CA, July 15, 2015 – “Wine, Dine and Jazz at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa” salutes the education program of the Monterey Jazz Festival – the oldest continuously running annual jazz festival in the world!

Don’t miss out on the2015 grand finale of Wine, Dine and Jazz!

• Thursday, October 22nd
• 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Sip wines from Scheid Vineyards, Twisted Roots Wines and Cima Collina Wines
• Savor small bites from the culinary team at TusCA Ristorante
• Dessert bar from Monterey Meringues.
• Listen to the sounds of “young phenoms” from the education program jamming and swinging’ together!
• Support Monterey Jazz Festival a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts education organization. We celebrate the legacy of jazz and expand the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. To learn more about Monterey Jazz Festival please visit montereyjazzfestival.org.
• Event to take place at TusCA Ristorante at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey.
• Cost is $55.00 per person inclusive
• 100% of everything raised that evening will benefit the Monterey Jazz Festival

Tickets are available on https://hyattmontereywinedinejazz2015.eventbrite.com

Background on the weekly jazz program at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa:
Our newly designed Fireplace Lounge features live jazz every weekend, with many of the finest jazz musicians from far and wide. Bar menu, signature cocktails, drink and dinner specials, free parking, never a cover, adjacent TusCA Ristorante full menu restaurant featuring local, fresh organic produce and sustainable seafood as well as sizzling steaks; the Monterey Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has been named the number one spot on the central coast to hear live jazz! Sit by our huge indoor fireplace, with a panoramic view of the old Del Monte golf course – said to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi – and enjoy jazz standards, swing, Bossa nova, samba, and BeBop – music for drinking, dining, dancing, and just plain relaxing and listening! Our jazz director and drummer-in-residence now going on 17 years is Dr. David Morwood (yes, it’s true, our house drummer is a board certified plastic surgeon!). Morwood has been honored by the world wide jazz writers association for hosting the late night Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa jazz jam sessions after the annual Jazz Festival, and for operating on children with cleft lips and palates in developing countries every year our guests that are able to grab a seat in the Fireplace Lounge during the late night jazz jam sessions have listened up close and personal to such jazz legends as Wynton Marsalis, Percy Heath, George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Roberta Gamborini, Ray Drummond, and members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Stop by and enjoy live jazz, a glass of award winning Monterey County wine and great appetizers and wood fired pizzas. Swing, Baby Swing!! All jazz events at the Fireplace Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey are complimentary. Jazz times are 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel& Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service spa. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com/.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Announces Wine, Dine and Jazz 2015!

Enjoy Three Winemaker Dinners and One Finale Event With Palette-Enticing Small Bites, Award Winning Local Wines, Monterey Meringues and SWINGIN’ jazz!

Monterey, CA, December 28, 2015 – “Wine, Dine and Jazz at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa” salutes the education program of the Monterey Jazz Festival – the oldest continuously running annual jazz festival in the world!

Throughout 2015, enjoy local wines, tasty bites, special jazz inspired desserts from Monterey Meringues and swingin’ jazz as the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa showcases Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) traveling clinicians together with some of our “home grown” student musical protégés of all ages!

Save the dates for Wine, Dine and Jazz Winemakers Dinners:
• Wednesday, March 11th featuring Scheid Wines
• Thursday, May 14th featuring Twisted Roots Wines
• Thursday July 16th featuring Cima Collina Wines
• Support a great cause – music education for our youth – while enjoying a four course meal from our new TusCA Ristorante chef Steve Johnson paired with local wines! 20% of all ticket sales will benefit Monterey Jazz Festival a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts education organization. We celebrate the legacy of jazz and expand the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. To learn more about Monterey Jazz Festival please visit montereyjazzfestival.org.

• Join the team at the Hyatt Regency Monterey as well as our jazz director David Morwood to listen to the sounds of the best student musical protégés of all ages.
• Events begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and live jazz.
• 6:30 p.m. attendees will sit down for a four course dinner.
• Dessert is provided by Monterey Meringues and will be served during the live jazz performance. At each event meet the creators of Monterey Meringues, Leigh Zimmerman and Domenick Allen. Monterey Meringues has re-invented the Classic French Meringue and given them musically inspired names to shine a light on music education. They will be creating unique jazz inspired Meringues especially for Wine. Dine. Jazz. Monterey Meringues are hand crafted with the highest quality Natural Ingredients. They use no Additives or Preservatives, and they are Gluten, Dairy, Cholesterol, GMO, and Fat-Free.

• Events take place at TusCA Ristorante at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey.
• Cost is $85 per person inclusive.
• Space is limited to 50 attendees
Tickets are available on Eventbrite at https://hyattmontereywinedinejazz2015.eventbrite.com
Don’t miss out on our 2015 grand finale of Wine, Dine and Jazz!
• Saturday, October 22nd
• 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Sip wines from Scheid Vineyards, Twisted Roots Wines and Cima Collina Wines
• Savor small bites from the culinary team at TusCA Ristorante
• Dessert bar from Monterey Meringues.
• Listen to the sounds of the David Morwood jazz band featuring MJF clinicians, special guests, and “young phenoms” from the education program jamming and swinging’ together!
• Support Monterey Jazz Festival a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts education organization. We celebrate the legacy of jazz and expand the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. To learn more about Monterey Jazz Festival please visit montereyjazzfestival.org.
• Event to take place at TusCA Ristorante at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey.
• Cost is $55.00 per person inclusive
• A portion of everything raised that evening will benefit the Monterey Jazz Festival
Tickets are available on https://hyattmontereywinedinejazz2015.eventbrite.com

Background on the weekly jazz program at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa:
Our newly designed Fireplace Lounge features live jazz every weekend, with many of the finest jazz musicians from far and wide. Bar menu, signature cocktails, drink and dinner specials, free parking, never a cover, adjacent TusCA Ristorante full menu restaurant featuring local, fresh organic produce and sustainable seafood as well as sizzling steaks; the Monterey Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa has been named the number one spot on the central coast to hear live jazz! Sit by our huge indoor fireplace, with a panoramic view of the old Del Monte golf course – said to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi – and enjoy jazz standards, swing, Bossa nova, samba, and BeBop – music for drinking, dining, dancing, and just plain relaxing and listening! Our jazz director and drummer-in-residence now going on 17 years is Dr. David Morwood (yes, it’s true, our house drummer is a board certified plastic surgeon!). Morwood has been honored by the world wide jazz writers association for hosting the late night Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa jazz jam sessions after the annual Jazz Festival, and for operating on children with cleft lips and palates in developing countries every year our guests that are able to grab a seat in the Fireplace Lounge during the late night jazz jam sessions have listened up close and personal to such jazz legends as Wynton Marsalis, Percy Heath, George Benson, Branford Marsalis, Roberta Gamborini, Ray Drummond, and members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Stop by and enjoy live jazz, a glass of award winning Monterey County wine and great appetizers and wood fired pizzas. Swing, Baby Swing!! All jazz events at the Fireplace Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey are complimentary. Jazz times are 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel& Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, personalized concierge service at the Regency Club, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service spa. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com/.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com/

Holman Ranch Launches its Inaugural Sip n Chat Series For 2015 at Holman Ranch Tasting Room

Do you love wine? Do you love learning new things? What would you think about learning more about wine? Holman Ranch Tasting Room launches its Inagural Sip n Chat Series for 2015.

Carmel Valley, CA, December 24, 2014 — Do you love wine? Do you love learning new things? What would you think about learning more about wine? Holman Ranch Tasting Room launches its Inagural Sip n Chat Series for 2015.

Classes are structured to allow each person an opportunity to learn, taste, and enjoy. Holman Ranch will feature a different topic for each class. At each event, every guest will be greeted with glass of wine, enjoy a tasting of three to four additional wines, educational materials, and some light snacks. The class will be taught by a Holman Ranch expert and/or wine educator. At the end of each class, you will be able to order or purchase the featured wines at a 15% discount. Registration is required for each class.

2015 Sip n Chat Dates:
• February 26th
o Balance: The Elements of Wine (Components for Making a Premium Wine)acidity, body, fruit, oak, sweetness, tannin

• May 21st
o The History of Wine – An hour long journey through the origins of our favorite beverage

• September 24th
o From Vine to Glass: Path of wine from the vineyard through production, to bottling

• November 12th
o Detecting Flawed Wines – Learn What traits make great wine great and bad wine bad.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Holman Ranch Tasting Room 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA

Reservations are required for all classes and the cost for each event is $25 per person.

Classes are $10 for wine club members. This includes the class, wine tasting, small bites, and meeting, learning from a Holman Ranch winemaker. A portion of the class proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer Association. To make reservations call 831-659-2640 or email info@holmanranch.com.

Wine Caves:
The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58°F-60 °F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed. This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50°F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background:
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

• Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain.

• The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.

• The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room:
Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove:
Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background:
Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more. www.holmanranch.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.holmanranch.com

Tasmania and China Emerging as Centres for Wine Investment, claims AAA

An international magazine has claimed that China and Tasmania top the list as the two best places to invest in wine, according to an alternative investment advocacy group AAA.

Boston, MA, USA, May 21, 2012 — An international magazine has claimed that China and Tasmania top the list as the two best places to invest in wine, according to an alternative investment advocacy group Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

The Drinks Business publication has won praise from the alternative investment industry and particularly from AAA for its Top 10 Vineyard Investments article. It found that some of the more unusual regions offer the best opportunities for investors to see decent returns from their investments in wine making.

For example, Tasmania was cited as a great option as the climate is cooler than Australia, meaning that sparkling wines and good Pinot Noirs can be produced. The land is also cheaper and there is a lack of pests and plentiful water.

China was voted the top location for similar reasons – including the low price of land – ensuring that anyone that invests in the alternative asset class there will see a larger return than those who invest in more established wine-making regions. Chinese people have become avid wine drinkers over recent year to the market is already there.

Tasmania’s minister for economic development, David Burne, said, “Our island offers water availability, soil, land affordability, branding and biosecurity advantages over many popular wine regions.”

More and more people are interested in investing in alternative asset classes as a response to the volatility of the equity markets, explained AAA. The organisation’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, claims that the move towards alternative asset classes, such as fine wine, agriculture, forestry and timber products, real estate is intended to diversify investment portfolios against risk.

He stated, “Investing in alternatives is an understandable reaction to the economic collapse and the continuing volatility within the eurozone.

“It’s difficult to product what stock and shares will be doing in a year’s time, but it’s much easier to predict that trees will grow and wine will be made, bottled, and sold on at a premium.”

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

Media Contact:
Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320
617-939-9596
info@alternativeassetanalysis.com
http://www.alternativeassetanalysis.com

Twelftree Wins New Admirers with Monday Master Class

Michael Twelftree owner of the Two Hands winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia converted a new legion of followers with his Master Class at the Lanesborough Hotel, London on Monday 7th September.

Richmond, UK, December 21, 2010 — Michael Twelftree owner of the Two Hands winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia converted a new legion of followers with his Master Class at the Lanesborough Hotel, London on Monday 7th September. Wine lovers who may have formerly been loyal to French 1st growths experienced a new source of palate satisfying liquidity with an evening dedicated to the Two Hands winery’s best produce. The evening along with Michael Twelftree’s involvement had been arranged by Cult and Boutique Wines of Richmond upon Thames who have worked very closely with the Two Hands winery since its inception in 1999.

Somewhat bizarrely for a pacesetting member of the Australian fine wine community, Michael Twelftree hails from the construction industry but was invited along to a wine tasting by a friend and fell in love with the whole essence of wine instantly. His love affair with wine gained pace over the next few years along with his knowledge of the area and also his palate became fine tuned, he says, by drinking some vastly inferior wines.

Various people advised him that he should be working in the wine industry and he opened up a company exporting Australian fine wines to virtually anywhere in the world that wished to purchase them. Michael is your typical “hands-on” entrepreneur and would co-ordinate with merchants his products were popular with and organise wine tastings. During these tastings his range would be tried where its intricacies and subtleties would be explained to a more discerning palate.

Fine wine drinkers do tend to traverse the upper slopes of the financial range and his list of colleagues and contacts grew rapidly. More expensive tastes were met and catered for and his range of contacts and customers became more elite and more extensive. Accountant Richard Mintz was introduced to him and they became ever more embroiled in the idea of growing their own wines. Each borrowed $30,000 to crush fruit they had from land they had rented in the Barossa valley. The touch paper was well and truly lit and Two Hands winery started on their way.

The winery has grown organically through focusing on quality across its entire range, attention to detail and pricing points to suit its audience. The mission statement of Twelftree and Mintz was to produce top quality shiraz based wines from fruit sourced from the best shiraz producing regions of Australia. The aim is to make the highest quality products from each particular acreage and, more than anything, show Australian wines at their best whilst retaining an inherently Australian axis through taste and texture.

Twelftree’s Single Estate series consisting of Zippy’s Block, Barney’s Block, Coach House Block and his one-off Zippy’s Amarone was very warmly received by all with special mention to the last named. Each wine is defined by its terroir and this series holds the distinction of hailing from the Roenfeldtt Road region of the Barossa Valley which yields amazing wines year after year. The Amarone is a remarkable attempt to doff the Twelftree cap to the Italian varietal and he has produced a floral scented gem of a wine. The finish is sublime and seemed to last a good twenty to thirty seconds before leaving every attendee craving more. And they got it!

Michael then unveiled his Flagship wines with the Antares gaining universal praise before the Ares 2007 was followed by the 2008 for a “contrast and compare” exercise. The density of the 2007 was structured around a complex mellowness with a gorgeous finish which drifted around the mouth. The 2008 displayed all the same characteristics of its elder whilst having the obvious benefit of youth on its side and, like a teenager of above average intelligence, it strutted around in the knowledge that, given time, it’s superiority over it’s sibling will be proven in public.

The winemaker then followed his crowd pleasers with a rarely experienced opportunity to taste his 2009 barrel samplings, procured from source an hour before he left for Melbourne airport two days before. Although allowances obviously had to be made for youth the wines drank fantastically well and Michael was blatantly very proud of the Single Estate series 2009 samples which he deservedly believes to be his best vintage yet. There didn’t seem to be anyone in attendance who would have disagreed with him on that point and this array of produce from the Barossa’s most forward thinking and entrepreneurial winery owner proved to be a very fitting ending to the evening’s alcoholic offerings.

Paul Evans, Head of Communications at Cult and Boutique Wines, ( http://www.cultandboutique.com ) was clearly impressed by the reception given to his guest of honour and the reaction of the small, but select, gathering of clients in attendance. “Everyone has made their appreciation of the evening known and also, just what a high regard they have for Michael and his whole demeanor. For a man who has achieved so much at such a level in his chosen profession he is remarkably modest and humble, something that definitely cannot be said about his wines.”

The Lanesborough provided the perfect backdrop to wine of such quality, the star of the show meant the evening would have been wonderful even without the alcohol and the next visit to our shores by this man should not be missed if at all possible.

Press & Media Contact:
Paul Evans
Cult and Boutique Wines Ltd
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1HY UK
0208 948 9433
webmaster@cultandboutique.com
http://www.cultandboutique.com

Cult & Boutique Wines Tailor to all Tastes

On the evening of Thursday 17th June an event took place at Maurice Sedwell Bespoke Tailors, 19 Saville Row which originally seemed no different to any other socially agreeable event.

Richmond, UK, December 14, 2010 — There are occasions when a perfect cohesion of two elements, or forces, seems to have been destined to come together. We have all witnessed these masterpieces of nature, technology, industry or architecture and hopefully appreciated the relationship that has existed between two normally individual components working perfectly together.

This writer sees the way Sydney opera house rises, seemingly from the ocean, at Bennelong Point as a beautiful blend of nature and the decidedly unnatural.

On the evening of Thursday 17th June an event took place at Maurice Sedwell Bespoke Tailors, 19 Saville Row which originally seemed no different to any other socially agreeable event. There would be introductions, interest, laughing, tutorials, food, wine and interaction. Some would be tentative of meeting new people in premises they hadn’t visited before whereas others would relish the very same situation. Some would hesitantly become comfortable on the edge of a group discussion whilst others would, no doubt, enjoy being the centre of attention but would the evening gel and be memorable for the right reasons?

Thirty eminent city lawyers, three of the best tailors the world has to offer, including Christopher Childs and Andrew Ramroop, and two representatives from one of the leading wine merchants in Europe, Paul Evans and Ben Austin from Cult and Boutique Wines. Who would have thought this eclectic combination of professionals could create such a warm, interesting and informative Thursday night?

Well, obviously lawyers Michael Webster, Nick Willetts and Andrew Ramroop, director of Maurice Sedwell, ( http://www.cultandboutique.com ) knew exactly what they were doing when they arranged the event. Many would believe that the addition of alcohol to any social gathering will bring a certain ambience to proceedings but the genius of adding a fine wine tasting should be duly noted and duplicated.

A “Wine and Wear” evening, just take a moment and consider the implications of both areas of commerce and the pure synergy created by allying one niche to the other.

Beautiful, classically crafted garments fit to adorn the frames of the most discerning members of society merged with wines whose makers exhibit the same burning passion for their produce and have spent just as many years of their lives learning and perfecting their skills. What more fitting, forgive the pun, marriage between two disparate fields could there possibly be? What other drink could better be served while the customer is wearing the finest apparel he could ever consider purchasing? Answer, there is nothing finer to enjoy than a wine the most revered wine critic that ever lived, Robert Parker junior, has graded to be at least 99 points out of 100.

There was more than a murmur of approval from all attendees when the Zippys Block 2005 vintage first passed their lips, as there should have been when you consider the 99 point grading Parker junior bestowed upon the wine. Considering Zippys Block starts out in life at a relatively inexpensive £40 per bottle it exudes class and affluence in abundance. The other attribute to mention when considering this particular wine is that its value can rise steeply in a relatively short space of time because of the miniscule quantities that are produced (500 cases for the 2005) and its absence from the market place within a very short period.

Wines mixed with tailoring throughout the evening to provide an excellent platform for both to be enjoyed by all in attendance. The experts on made to measure and bespoke tailoring gave their informed analysis educationally and pleasantly allowing Andrew Ramroop to fill any gaps and allow the audience a sliver of an insight into the mind and daily life of a man at the top of his profession.

All of this was interspersed with the tasting of wines so elegantly juxtaposed against the evening’s other topic of conversation it seemed only natural to sample Henschke’s Mount Edelstone after learning of the intricacies of bespoke suit manufacturing. The fluidity of the lines and stitching merging with the aroma and palate teasing density of the Eden Valley shiraz made for a perfect end to the nights activities. The participants left the premises slowly with the topics of conversation split equally between the wine and the wear.

The next similarly themed sojourn is already being eagerly awaited.

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Paul Evans
Cult and Boutique Wines Ltd
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UK wine retailer challenges Facebook fans to get creative

Naked Wines is offering a £3000 prize fund to their most creative Facebook fans, with their new ‘Consequences’ competition.

UK online wine retailer Naked Wines, which was recently named the UK Startups Business of the Year, has launched a Facebook competition offering their most imaginative customers the chance to win one of three Naked parties worth £1000 each.

Created in-house as part of their second birthday celebrations, Founder Rowan Gormley explains:

Remember the old parlour game consequences – where players take it in turns to answer a question to form a short story? Well, wave brought it online!

The idea is to start a story, pass it onto your friends to finish and the three funniest stories will each win a whole load of food and wine worth £1000.

Wave had some hilarious entries in the first couple of days, so the bars set quite high.

As well as several crates of wine, the winners will receive parcels from Thornton’s, the Well-Hung Meat Company and Ales By Mail.com – all partners of Naked Wines

The three winners will be announced just ahead of Christmas, and all entrants will receive a £40 Wine Voucher to enjoy with the retailer.

To find out more about the competition, or to kick-start an entry, visit http://apps.facebook.com/winaparty/

Naked Wine Angels to invest £10million in the great unknown

www.nakedwines.com announces a £10million investment fund to support talented winemakers looking to break into the UK.

UK online wine retailer Naked Wines , which celebrates its second birthday this week, has announced a £10million investment pot to unearth new winemaking talent in 2011 – a 50% increase on this years investment fund.

The Norwich-based company, which together with its 100,000 customers invests in independent winemakers in return for exclusive wines at preferential prices, was launched in the depth of the recession by former Virgin Money and Virgin Wines Founder Rowan Gormley.

Since launching, we’ve helped 22 winemakers set-up shop, create 85 new wines, and sell over 1million bottles of their wines and our goal for 2011 is to double this.

The majority of the money will go towards our existing winemakers who are looking to further improve the quality of their range and the rest will be used to attract new winemaking talent to the UK, who don’t have the cash-flow or support network to do so.

One couple to benefit from Angel investment is husband and wife team Felipe and Constanza Garcia of Bravado Wines, Chile. The pair raised the funds to go it alone when over 1,000 Naked Angels pre-ordered 18,000 bottles of their first solo vintage in one afternoon. They then went on to win the Best Sauvignon Blanc trophy at this year’s Wines of Chile Awards.

Naked Wines are marking their second birthday by giving away free Magnums of Felipe and Constanzas Pinot Noir, as well as launching a competition to win a Naked Christmas Party.

Winemakers looking to break into the UK, who aren’t represented by an agent, can apply for funding at www.nakedwines.com/suppliers OR get in touch at suppliers@nakedwines.com

Media Contact Information

Name: Francesca Krajewski
City: Norwich
County/State: Norfolk
Country: United Kingdom
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Phone: 01603281800