Thursday March 2nd
Exploring California Wineries Bell And Schug
Guest Host: John Avery
Masciarelli Wine Co.
It will be a treat to feature wines from two legendary wine figures in Napa Valley history, Anthony Bell (Bell Wine Cellars) and Walter Schug (Schug Vineyard & Winery). Walter Schug grew up in Germany and his experience was sought out by Joseph Phelps in 1973. Walter made California's first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend, their well known Insignia label. However, Walter's passion was Pinot Noir and when Phelps cut their Pinot Noir program, Walter purchased land in Napa's Carneros District and Schug Vineyard and Winery was born in 1980.
Anthony Bell, came to America by the way of South Africa. He immediately made his mark on the California wine scene by taking over from legendary wine maker Andre Tchelistcheff. Anthony would now be in charge of making the Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Wines. Anthony would eventually grow his responsibilities to become BV's General Manager. However, as Napa became more corporate, Anthony wanted to return to his true passion, wine making. In 1991 Bell Wine Cellars was founded and has produced Award Winning wines on his terms.
About Bell Wine Cellars
Bell Wine Cellars was co-founded in 1991 by Anthony Bell and a local Napa Valley grower. Frequent discussions about grape growing practices and wine quality reinforced their belief that great wines are not only a product of the vineyard - the terroir - but that elegance, fruit, and balance are hallmarks of a fine wine
Bell has grown from the original 500 cases to 15,000 cases, with an ultimate goal of 16,500 cases. Today the partners pursue their dream, continuing the area's tradition of producing wonderful wines as well as limited edition, hand crafted wines - all displaying their hallmark elegance and balance
About Schug Winery
Schug Carneros Estate Winery is situated on a 50-acre site in the Carneros Appellation, south-west of the town of Sonoma. Vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay surround the winery, while other grapes are bought in from highly respected and experienced growers.
Both Walter Schug and winemaker Mike Cox have always been strong believers that the quality of the grapes on the vine is the key to making good wine. Outside of the estate, grapes are bought from growers with whom the winery has long-term contracts, thereby ensuring Schug's control over quality and supply. Mike likes to work closely with growers and prefers small production vineyards that contribute unique qualities of clonal and soil varieties to his blends.
John Avery is the New World Portfolio Wine Manager at The Masciarelli Wine Company. He has been in the wine business since 1993, when he first started working for Massachusett's own Westport Rivers Winery. He has been a wine broker, representing various wineries from around the world and has very much enjoyed his time with Masciarelli. John is a graduate of Colby College and currently resides in Tewksbury, MA with his wife and 9 year old son.
Wines From Bordeaux France
Thursday March 16th
Guest: Vincent Mareel
Wines of Bordeaux have long been a French icon.
In the wine world there is no better stories than this regions history, wines and agriculture.
Did you know there is more Merlot and Cabernet grown here than anywhere else in the world?
Vincent will be speaking about the different aspects of Bordeaux regions tasting wines from the various areas.
Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).
Wednesday March 29th
Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola
Host: Tony Apostolakos
US Director of Marketing and Sales
Tony Apostolakos comes from a family with a winemaking background, as they originally owned vineyards in Central Greece dating back to the early 1900s before emigration to Montreal in Canada. Tony himself took a degree in Economics at the University of Alberta before entering the wine trade, where he now has over 20 years of experience.
Tony first represented Masi in Canada in 1999 before he switched his attention to the United States market in 2005. He has now been appointed Director of Marketing and Sales in USA for Masi and makes regular trips to company headquarters in Valpolicella, to spend time with the Boscaini family and the Masi Technical Group and ensure he is fully up-to-date with the company's winemaking techniques and global strategy.
When not travelling inside USA for Masi, Tony resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
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