2020, september

04sep4:30 pm6:00 pmVirtual Tasting with Vineyard Brands4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Event Details

Wine from the best places on earth.

Team Vinum is bringing you the very best selection of European daily drinkers all in one virtual tasting with Team Vineyard Brands!

Vineyard Brands was founded in 1971 by Robert Haas. Bob began his career in 1950 working as the import buyer for M. Lehmann, his family’s wine shop in New York City which would later become Sherry Lehmann. As Bob became more interested in the import wine business and less interested in the retail business, he began importing and selling wine in markets other than New York through Leeds Imports Corporation, a wine import company started by Bob and his father. In 1967, Bob’s father retired from the wine business and Leeds Imports Corporation was sold.

In 1971, Bob moved to Vermont and founded Vineyard Brands with 2 employees. The company’s office was located in a remodeled barn on the Haas family farm in Chester, Vermont until 1997 when the company moved its headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama. Then in the 1980s, Bob began to explore ways to fulfill a life-long dream to start his own winery, which would mean leaving Vineyard Brands. Bob ultimately decided to create an employee stock ownership plan (an “ESOP”) to allow the employees of Vineyard Brands to purchase the business from him to allow him to start his winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard. In the late 1990s, when the ESOP completed its purchase of the business from Bob, he fully exited from Vineyard Brands.

Today, Vineyard Brands has over 65 employees located throughout the United States and 2 offices, one in Birmingham, Alabama and the other in the heart of New York City. As we are a “family” owned enterprise by virtue of our ESOP, we have chosen to represent family-owned wineries. We have a wealth of experience representing both small producers and large volume brands. We represent over 60 wineries from the major wine-growing regions throughout the world. Our portfolio includes some of the best wines available from Argentina, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Italy and France, including over 25 growers of estate-bottled wines in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, the Rhône, the Loire Valley, Alsace and Southern France.

“Our Mission is to select and offer wines of the best quality and value from the best places on Earth so that there is absolute confidence in any wine with ‘Imported by Vineyard Brands’ on the label.”


We are scheduling a Zoom with Tommy Oldre, Sales Manager of Vineyard Brands, to hear him speak about the wines in real-time.

(You may remember Tommy from our call last week with Tablas Creek!)

We’ve selected 4 wines for your enjoyment and the total cost of the pack with the Repour wine savers is $80.


Happy Hour with Tommy & Vineyard Brands –

Friday, September 4th

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Please RSVP to secure your pack and receive a link to the Zoom. 


Tasting Selections:

2018 Marques de Caceres Garnacha, SPAIN – $20

100% Garnacha

A selection of parcels between 30 and 40 years old in the DO Cariñena in the heart of the Ebro valley in central northeast Spain with reddish-brown limestone over rocky subsoils with carbonates, some alluvial, and some slate. Aged in the bottle six months prior to release, this wine has high-toned aromatics of raspberry and strawberry on the nose with a subtle, white pepper spice note. The soft palate displays a wonderful sense of freshness and tension that runs through the core of red fruits. A bright beam of acidity accentuates the finish.

2017 Famille Perrin Vinsobres “Les Cornuds”, FRANCE – $22

50% Grenache, 50% Syrah

We really like the terroir of Vinsobres, a beautiful village located near Vaison la Romaine, it is the most northern vineyard of the southern Rhône. The Perrin family owns around 60 hectares in one single plot in Vinsobres. Great elegance, it reveals all the richness of its soil, marked by beautiful Syrah on limestone. Well balanced and complex in the mouth, it offers a nice acidity, freshness, and a hint of bitterness reminiscent of limestone.

2018 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio CaSal di Serra, ITALY – $20

100% Verdicchio

Casal di Serra was one of the first truly “selected” Verdicchio made in this variety’s production area. All the values of a great indigenous variety find expression in this wine. Straw yellow color with golden hints, to the nose it shows intense and persistent perfumes of wildflowers and aromas of yellow pulp fruit such as peach, apricot and golden apple. To the palate it’s rich and velvety with a good dose of freshness and sapidity to balance the great softness. Dry finish, persistent and intensely fruity.

2018 August Kesseler “R” Riesling Kabinett, GERMANY – $19

100% Riesling

Under August’s guidance, the estate has become one of the flagship producers of the Rheingau area and has also acquired a high international reputation. A thirst-quenching, everyday wine that is fruity, mineral, and well-balanced. Typical flavors of ripe fruits, aromatic apples, and peaches. Well-structured and delightful. In the mouth, the interaction of mouth-watering fruits and minerals is positively shimmering – very delicate and refreshing on the palate.


(Friday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm