A pour for a guest ready to take notes.
Last Monday on November 12th, we hosted a private tasting event for the trade of all our new arrivals.
Frank with wines.
This is a fun time for us because it allows us to share the wines that we’ve carefully selected to import for the first time with our colleagues in the trade and the media. This event was particularly enjoyable because we had new wines from all areas that Blue Danube Wine Company imports including: Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro. The well known Bacar Restaurant and Wine Salon provided a most suitable setting for this tasting event. This restaurant in the heart of SOMA in San Francisco is hip and modern, yet at the same time inviting and warm; a perfect place for sipping exciting new wines amongst others who love wine.
Joining us for the invited tasting were the wine buyers and sommeliers of local wine shops, restaurants and wine bars as well as wine writers and critics.
Checking the list
It was great to see such a diverse crowd because everyone tasted the wines differently and they’re all looking for something unique to match whatever exciting plans they have for their wine lists or articles.
Most people started with the Austrians. Here, we poured the new vintages from Schmelz, Weinrieder, Juris and J.Heinrich. We also introduced two new estates, Bio-Weingut Geyerhof, a leading organic producer in Kremstal and Sommer, an estate from Donnerskirchen at Lake Neusiedel. For those who went to the Hungarian wines next, there was the entire Craftsman line-up from Hilltop and Szõke Mátyás as well as some great new sparkling wines from the traditional house, Törley.
From Central Europe, guests moved over to the Balkans. They were greeted by our greatly expanded portfolio of Slovenian wines.
Some wine accompaniment.
Guests enjoyed tasting many new wines from top Slovenian producers, such as those from Guerila, Santomas, and Batić. One of the biggest hits with this audience clearly was the a new Yellow Muscat from Črnko.
Lastly, it was on to the Croatian and Montenegrin wines. Several Croatian brands are becoming highly sought after brands, in particular the Kozlović Malvazija and the Marco Polo Pošip for white wines and the Pelješac Dingač and Zlatan Plavac for reds. From newly independent Montenegro, Plantaže is now shipping a “regular”, lower cost Vranac in addition to their esteemed Vranac “Pro Corde”.
Overall, it was a very successful tasting that offered a good number of guests their introductory tastes for these ancient wine regions, which is always a fun experience.