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Mercantile & Co – Year End Letter – 2020

To: Mercantile & Co Supporters From: Elijah Pfister Re: Year to date and 2021 planning Date: 12/13/2020 Hello Mercantile & Co Supporters, Hopefully this note finds you and everyone you know healthy and in good spirits. It’s been quite the year full of drama and heartache. And still some good things emerged. As we wrap…

Non-Profit Spotlight – Sweet Farm

Sweet Farm is the first non-profit sanctuary in the world to address the global impacts of factory farming across animals, the plants and the planet. Our food web is incredibly complicated and it’s impossible to move forward without first acknowledging how these pieces are connected. By linking veganic agriculture, farm-animal rescue, education, and the technology…

Regenerative Organics – the deep dive into what it is and why its important

Regenerative Organics – What does this mean? How is it different from organic? All of us are familiar with the term, “organic” and most of us have spent at least some time at a WholeFoods or likeminded store because we want to consume foods that are “organic” or “natural”. But you may not be familiar…

Négociants – what’s that?

A wine merchant who purchases grapes, grape juice, or wine in bulk from vineyards, and bottles the wine for sale. Some of the very largest and most well regarded wine companies in the world are négociants, like Joseph Drouhin and Louis Jadot. At Mercantile we work with one small, family owned négociant, Nine North Wine…

Domaine Rieflé – literally 100’s of years of experience

Domaine Rieflé’s vineyards are located throughout the communes of Pfaffenheim, Rouffach, Westhalten and Soultzmatt on the fracture zones of the Marbach and Ohmbach faults. They form a mosaic of highly fragmented geological compartments. Our Crémant parcels are generally situated on deep, predominantly sedimentary loess soils which produce very ripe grapes (particularly in Drotfeld). The other…

Welcome Jill & Steve Matthiasson to Mercantile & Co

We could not be more thrilled to add Jill & Steve’s wines from Matthiasson to our little portfolio. For many years they have inspired us (as well as many fans) to believe you can start with the farming. That’s where it begins and ends. Think of yourself and your actions as merely shepherding what nature…

Welcome Domaine Camille Braun – Vin Bio Dynamic

The Braun Family has been established in Alsace since 1593. Since then, generations of wine-growers have succeeded each other from father to son. In 1960, Camille Braun decided to take over the establishment, and transition the domaine into a polyculture. Camille made the decision to focus activity on vine-growing health and develop a market for…

30 Days of Service 2020

Hello Everyone! This July, we’re going to present 30 different non-profits/causes that Mercantile & Co is supporting. Join us! Every day this July, we’re going to post to Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn a new Non-Profit with a specific link to Mercantile & Co that you can follow. All purchases using this specific link will create a donation for…

Recipe & wine pairings for the week!

Killer Black Beans (Adapted from Slender Kitchen) _______________________________________________ Wine recommendations: Red – Tempranillo, like the Cune Crianza and for White – Verdejo, like the Vendimia Seleccionada we have listed on Mercantile & Co now. At Mercantile & Co we love, love, love this recipe for many reasons. First, its super simple. We just started a…

Rioja – What’s in a name? Breaking down the region(s) and quality that comes from this beautiful part of the world

My first encounter with Rioja came from reading an article written years ago about the age-worthiness of the wines from this region. Specifically, what stood out to me was the observation by the writer about how bright and full of acid and fruit flavors the wines still had, even after decades in the bottle. To…