Thursday 2/22 - Eileen Hallmark presents Grower Wines imports by The Sorting Table
NV Borgoluce “Lampo” Prosecco Brut, Treviso: The Collaltos carry on a family legacy as owners and tenants of 3200 acres of land north of Venice given to their family over one thousand years ago. The signs of history, culture and nature co-exist with farming practices that fully respect what is a centuries-long tradition passed down by the Collalto family. 160 acres of farmland are given over to vineyards for the production of Borgoluce wines and sparkling wines. The Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. region is home to the vineyards of Borgoluce’s finest Prosecco.
NV Waris Hubert “Albescent” Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc Brut, Champagne: Stéphanie & Olivier are each the fourth generation of grape growing families in Avize, a Grand Cru-classified village of the Côte des Blancs. Thus was born the estate of Waris-Hubert, with vineyards in the villages of Avize, Oger, Cramant, Chouilly and Aÿ, all classified “Grand Cru”, along with the communes of Grauves, Bisseuil and Sézanne, terroirs of character. Together this is an exceptional collection of vineyards, in all a total of 11 hectares (26 acres).
2016 Portaz “Jacques”, Savoie: only 25 cases imported to US
2014 Jean-Baptiste Adam Pinot L’Auxerrois Vielles Vignes, Alsace: In May 2014, Jean-Baptiste Adam and his family celebrated the 400th anniversary of their family being grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr, Alsace, France. Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, Laure, is the 15th generation to participate in the family wine business. Through the centuries family members have been leaders in their community. Now, Jean-Baptiste can count himself among the leaders of biodynamic farming in Alsace. Jean-Baptiste Adam produces wines of elegance, balance, minerality and longevity.
2016 Triennes Rosé, Provence: Two of Burgundy’s greatest names – Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – are the partners behind this pioneering property in Provence, northeast of Marseille and due east of Aix-en-Provence. Over the years, they have transformed this stunning 46-hectare site into one of the top wine estates in Southern France.
2015 Dauvergne-Ravier Luberon, Rhône: Jean-François Ranvier has spent over fifteen years in oenology and wine making both in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. He has worked in the cellars of over 50 properties in the Rhone Valley consulting on viticulture and wine making.
2014 The Left Bank from Neil Ellis Wines, South Africa: Neil Ellis is a South African wine industry icon and one of the early pioneers to bring quality levels up to world class standards. The winery sits 5 miles east of the town of Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley. It was founded in 1993 with the philosophy to source grapes from the top growers of the region. Neil owns vineyards and sources grapes from the regions of Stellenbosch and Jonkershoek Valley to produce the well balanced and easy to drink wines under The Left Bank label.
2015 Trig Point “Diamond Dust” Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley: Trig Point is produced by Nick Goldschmidt and his wife Yolyn. After flying the globe for many years as the head-winemaker for the likes of Simi, Allied Domecq, and Beam Estates, Nick decided to start a family company with his wife Yolyn in 1998. The goal of the company was to focus on site specific wine making from great vineyard sites from around the world. Having produced so many world class wines from around the globe, Nick knew exactly from which vineyard sites he would choose to make his wines.
The wines Nick and Yolyn Goldschmidt produce are all single vineyard, handcrafted, small production, artisan wines.
A native of Alabama, Eileen Hallmark brings over 25 years of experience as a wine professional. She started in the wine industry in North Alabama at Quality Wines, a business started by her parents in the early 1980s. Presented with an experience of a lifetime she left Alabama to work for the largest wine distributor in the United States, Southern Wine and Spirits, and became the original Wine Director for their new Hawaii division. After several years in Hawaii she returned to the South to become part of the Vineyard Brands team where she spent almost 17 years finishing as a Senior Vice President of Sales. In her spirit of always learning and growing, Eileen accepted a position in January of 2016 with The Sorting Table, an up and coming importer based out of Napa, California. The Sorting Table represents over thirty artisanal wineries from around the globe with a core vision of representing terroir-driven estates who own and manage their vineyards. These wineries control every step of the winemaking process and are considered an archetype or benchmark for their region. Ms. Hallmark resides in Atlanta, Georgia.