Here are three whites and three roses. All are under $20 and should make your sunny day even brighter!
Both Argentine and Spanish wines (specifically Rioja wine) are among the fastest growing "categories" of all fine wine-growing countries. France has also emerged as a growing category for their “great value” wines as well as Italy. This selection spans all four regions and have very attractive price points.
Whether you are an oenophile or a novice, five little words will be your guide to expert wine selection: Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. You’ll never be disappointed.
A little background:
Cuma is the range of organic wines produced by Michel Torino Estate. Viticulture and winemaking practices are strictly controlled and certified organic. Fertilizers used in the vineyards are sheep manure, ants are controlled with diatom earth, and weeds are cut with machetes: all natural elements. SRP $12.99
A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, this racy rosé has some serious weight on the palate. Vinified as a "vin de saignée," a short maceration with a long fermentation under controlled temperatures is employed. This wine defines the word delicious. SRP $13.99
Formed in 2002, Maison Hecht et Bannier produces wines that are reference points for the Languedoc-Roussillon, France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region. SRP $11.99
EL COTO DE RIOIA
El Cotp de Rioja, was founded in 1970 by a group of winemakers committed to creating a new type of Rioja. lts first bottling was released in 1975. Today, El Coto is the leading brand in Spain and among the top-selling Spanish wines in Europe. SRP $9.99 for both Blanco and Rosado.
Santi traces its origins to 1843, when Carlo Santi established a wine cellar in the village of lllasi, Italy. The original winery is situated in the heart of the most acclaimed wine growing zones in the Veneto near Lake Garda. SRP $16.99
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Importers of fine wines and spirits since 1934, Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., is committed to excellence, and is a major force in the world of wine in the United States. The familiar Wildman oval found on every bottle sold is recognized around the world as a symbol of quality assurance.
Following the repeal of Prohibition, Frederick S. Wildman, a Connecticut-born wine connoisseur, bought the century old Bellows and Co., a wine importer and fine-food emporium. That same year Wildman traveled to Europe’s finest vineyards to pursue suppliers and to grow his importing business. Within a short time, Wildman signed on some of France’s finest wine producers, many still in Frederick Wildman’s portfolio today.
With Wildman in charge, the company grew and prospered. Wildman himself wrote the newsletters and wine notes, always reflecting his personal commitment to the highest quality products for his discriminating clientele. The Colonel, as he was called, continued to travel to Europe to develop contacts and establish partnerships. When National Distillers decided to leave the premium wine business in 1952, the Colonel was able to create his own company, Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. Champagne Pol Roger, Domaine Armand Rousseau and Château Fuissé were mainstays of the portfolio then and remained when Colonel Wildman retired in 1971, and his company became a subsidiary of Hiram Walker. With Hiram Walker, Frederick Wildman and Sons continued to grow, and the Rhône wines of Paul Jaboulet Aîné, and several Bordeaux properties were soon added to the rich and prestigious portfolio.
1989 was a boom year for the company. Frederick Wildman and Sons added the very popular and influential wines of Italian producer, Gruppo Italiano Vini (GIV), to its range including Melini, Santi, and Folonari These additions added large volume of popular wines and propelled Wildman into the ranks of the largest importers in the United States. At that time, Richard Cacciato had just become president of the company and he began to restructure the company to allow the new growth. The national sales force doubled in size and, in turn, volume increased for all brands.
In 1993, Cacciato, along with an investment group that included six of the company’s top suppliers purchased Wildman from Hiram Walker. This was a strong vote of confidence on the part of the suppliers in Cacciato’s leadership as well as Wildman’s stability and promise for the years to come.
Over the next two and a half decades, Wildman added an assortment of legendary properties such as Chartreuse, Trapiche, Nino Negri, Seña, Christian Moreau Pere et Fils, La Scolca, Egon Müller, as well as dynamic rising stars around the world such as Nicolas Potel, Pascal Jolivet, Domaine Jacques Prieur, El Coto de Rioja, Backsberg and Churchill’s Port. The portfolio now includes over 50 brands under its umbrella, each one unique and each one prominent in its region of production.
Along with the growth, the familiar Wildman Oval — created by the Colonel and present on every bottle that the company imports — has remained constant and is still consistently recognized world-wide as a symbol of quality. Now in the 21st century, the company has become what Cacciato calls “the biggest little wine company in America” committed to maintain quality in its offerings, its service and its relationships