Journal

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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 – 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…

Interview with Jules Taylor of JT Wines, New Zealand

Jules takes us through her history and the story behind the founding of Jules Taylor Wines, her time growing up in the small town of Blenheim (Marlborough) and her time spent overseas making wine in Italy and Australia. Oh! And she promises not to drop the F-bomb. PG interview – we promise. Jules Taylor Virtual…

Farming Practices At Tenuta di Aglaea – A discussion with Anne-Louise Mikkelsen (Etna, Sicily)

On April 22nd, 2020 we chatted with Anne-Louise Mikkelsen (virtually) owner, operator of Tenuta Di Aglaea in Etna, Sicily to discuss farming practices in their vineyards. Right now, you can find five of Anne-Louise Mikkelsen’s wines at Mercantile & Co: Tenuta Di Aglaea Rosato Etna ’19 $25.00 Add to cart Tenuta Di Aglaea “Aglaea” Etna…

Launching

Its been more than a year.  A year and about four months of work, analysis, reshape, refining and NOW – just gotta put the boat out in the water and find the holes.  What started to take shape over a dinner conversation is now close to reality and “live”.  Oh boy! Over the next several…