Archive for the ‘Imports’ Category

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Roses to Write Home About

Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with a sweet character to “get […]

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Small Producers Don’t | Won’t Matter to Wholesalers ~ Perhaps Ever Again

Once an oligopoly is formed, like the big three car manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), it takes (and took) an outside  invasion to enter the US, offering greater value. Then, it will cycle back again…in continual consolidations. Worldwide, now, will be determined by who’s cashed out and who’s cashed into the most gold. Gold […]

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A Chance Encounter Lead to One of the Biggest New Packaging Innovations in Wine ~ Locations

The email began: “Could a chance encounter with a taxi lead to one of the biggest new things in wine?” Locations Wines Got My Attention It went on: A strange statement, I know – but true. Just after the 2010 harvest, Dave Phinney (Orin Swift fame, and the winemaker for Stanton Vineyards, for instance) was […]

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The Passion of Tom Bracamontes ~ Baja Wines, and you’d better believe it

La Competencia Imports and La Mision Associates are proud to announce several new additions to our ever expanding U.S. Distribution Network. In the first two months of 2017, distribution agreements have been reached for Las Vegas (Johnson Brothers of Nevada), North Carolina (Epiphany Wines), and New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania (VOS Selections).

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My Holidaze Wine List

Don Melchor ~ A highly performing wine from Chile First of all, this is still a young wine. I’ve gotten way past caring about young wines anymore being hard to enjoy. A friend recently told me that she gifted someone a young wine and there was paperwork that went along with the wine. The person […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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A Sicilian Thanksgiving? You Betcha with MandraRossa Nero d’Avola

Do you know that wines from Sicily are elegant and really affordable? With most of them selling for under $20, they make perfect “house wines,” too. During the holidays, especially if you’re of Italian descent, these wines will happily grace your table and heritage. Guests will be able to savor your past, while enjoying your […]

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Tasting Sicily with Allesandro

Image borrowed from the Wines of Sicily Website. I highly recommend that you visit this site for more information and beautiful images of the island. Many write about Sicily having a mosaic of flavors. In a booklet that the Wines of Sicilia DOC has distributed. It begins: If to travel through Sicily means to dive […]

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Buzet you say? Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet, okay…

SANS ~ The Wine that “respects both Man and Nature” 2015 Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet This wine is a beautifully soft and delicious wine. It’s completely food friendly, a ballet on your pallet. As I read about their wine, this indicates why I found the wine to be so alluring: The grapes were harvested at […]

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Returning From a Hiatus ~ The Wines that Awaited, while some were just handy to enjoy

This hasn’t a respite hiatus, not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s been moving from and then to a new home and new offices “time out.” It’s been 19 years since we’ve moved. I still can’t believe how much stuff (nice word for it) that we accumulated in life. Just the garage was a […]