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I'm excited to announce Natalie Niscastro will be our new regional sales manager for seven Southeastern states ~ North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Maryland and Delaware. Before joining the Andis team, Natalie worked for Johnson Brothers and has many years of high-end wine expertise.
Natalie grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Always having a passion for wine, she began exploring and studying on her own during her time as a business partner at her family's small restaurant.
Natalie found opportunities within the industry, starting at country clubs and wine shops, leading seminars and tastings. This eventually led her to distribution where she received her WSET 2. The hospitality industry taught her skill sets about working with people, building community ties, and that there is no such thing as a small account.
We expect many great things from Natalie! Please welcome her!
Believe it or not, the largest crop coming out of Sacramento County last year wasn’t rice or tomatoes. It was wine grapes. And that powerhouse crop is fueling some of the most incredible wines coming out of Northern California.
I’m proud to say Andis Wines has been selected as some of the best. We’ve been invited to pour at this year’s Legends of Wine in Sacramento happening September 7th.
This is your chance to experience varietals from other regional wineries that were exclusively selected by international wine legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley. Favorite local restaurants will also be there offering selections of Sacramento’s finest farm-to-fork cuisine.
I’ll be pouring our Arinto and Schioppettino. Limited tickets are still available for $75 per person. You can purchase tickets HERE. Please join us!
This is not another blend from another winery. This is years of labor to break a curse haunting our region from bad wines of the past. As Lorenzo, our partner, so eloquently explained in the SOMM Journal...
"...it seemed as though there was a preconceived perception of our wine, and it made me feel like I had something to prove. I wondered, “Why are people so skeptical and scared to try our wines from this region?”
It took me years to understand that the answer was in the history of what we used to be. We were 'cursed by the knowledge' they had about our region, and the only way to break that spell was to make extraordinary wines. Opinions are hard to change in a short time, but it can be done."
And so it is. Taste our 2021 Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge before it sells out. Best Bordeaux Blend at Sierra Foothills Wine Fest. Rated 92 points by SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine. Click here to purchase.
Enjoy this rare opportunity as we taste our collection of single vineyard Zinfandel paired with bites prepared by the acclaimed culinary duo of Flora and Fauna Provisions. The event starts at 12:30pm on Sunday, July 23rd.
Led by our Estate Winemaker, Mark Fowler, you'll learn why these Zinfandels shine and how the farming practices and microclimates help showcase their unique qualities and differences.
The flight includes some of our most sought-after small batch Zinfandel ~ from the 104-year-old heritage vineyard, Old Massoni Ranch, to Zinfandel from Shake Ridge Ranch, meticulously tended to by legendary viticulturist, Ann Kraemer.
You'll be greeted with a delicious palate cleanser while you nibble on specialty charcuterie.
Enjoy wines only available for tasting and purchase at this event…
~ 2021 Old Massoni Ranch Zinfandel
~ 2020 Shake Ridge Ranch Zinfandel
~ 2020 DiStasio Zinfandel
~ 2019 Friedlander Block Reserve Zinfandel
~ 2020 Original Grandpere Zinfandel
~ Beef tartare on pommes gaufrettes
~ Ciccioli crostini with Dijon mustard and cornichon
~ Polenta & mushroom canapés
~ Spanish chorizo & manchego puff pastry bites
~ French Onion Soup Mini Tarts
Tickets $45 per person / $36 Club Andis Members (log into your account to receive your discount). Please purchase your tickets by Monday, July 17th. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.
Not from around here? Stay the night and explore the area with a 20% discount at HOTEL REST, just a few minutes away from our tasting room. Use code: ANDIS, when booking your stay between July 21st- July 24th to receive the discount.
Did you know cork oak forests make a significant contribution to helping our planet? A cork oak tree lives for up to 200 years and within its lifetime, it becomes a massive storehouse of CO2, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our cork supplier recently honored us with a certificate highlighting our contribution to sequestering 24.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere - equivalent to what 1,025 trees would capture in a year! The findings are the only ones to date that underwent a multi-closure comparative peer review.
At Andis, we make it a priority to be as sustainable as possible in all that we do, even with our corks. It’s not just because of how it protects the quality of our wines - and, as you now know, our planet - it is also one of nature’s most amazing raw materials that is naturally renewable.
BY ALL MEANS, PUT A CORK IN IT
Cork is an all natural raw material that comes from the bark of a Cork Oak tree. It is light, impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic, compressible, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, it is also a fire retardant and highly abrasion-resistant. Not to mention, it is completely biodegradable, renewable and recyclable.
So yes, we’re big believers in cork.
THE MIGHTY IMPACT
Every year cork oak forests absorb up to 14 million tonnes of CO2. This ability to retain carbon dioxide is passed on to manufactured cork products, including cork stoppers. What's even better, during the natural regeneration process that follows harvesting, the tree's ability to absorb CO2 increases up to five times.
In other words, the more it is harvested, the more it protects the environment.
To learn more about the sustainability of corks, including typical myths vs. facts, visit https://www.amorimcork.com/en/cork/myths-and-curiosities
You’ll never look at corks the same way again.