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FEATURED AMBASSADORS

One of our greatest assets at Indie Wineries are our friends and clients, who help to share and spread the wines in our portfolio far and wide. We asked our flagship Ambassadors a series of questions to allow them to tell their stories firsthand and share their personal connection with the Indie Producers.

ALESSANDRO TREZZA

HAVE & MEYER
BROOKLYN, NY

WHAT WAS THE FIRST INDIE WINE THAT OPENED YOUR EYES TO THE PORTFOLIO? AND WHY?

Le Due Terre Sacrisassi Bianco. After tasting this wine I had the feeling that we would form a long term relationship with Indie!

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

Iuli, because his wines are always different, unexpected and never
boiring. The acidity is always just right, which brings me back for more
again and again.

WHAT NEW FAVORITE WINE HAVE YOU RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN THE INDIE PORTFOLIO? WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT?

Rojac Malvazija Maceracija. We love that it is an intense orange wine, special for its tannins and aromacity. The color is beautiful! It is that kind of wine that you just can’t forget.

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

Fabrizio Iuli, Malidea: I like this wine so much for its structure and
tannins. It is fresh and fruity at the same time. It is wonderful and unique interpretation of Nebbiolo grape.

RACHEL SHULMAN

CLAVERACH FARM
EUREKA, MO

WHAT WAS THE FIRST INDIE WINE THAT OPENED YOUR EYES TO THE PORTFOLIO?

Arndorfer Strasser Weinberge Gruner Veltliner and La Collina Malvasia. My husband and I picked up both wines from a shop in Nashville while visiting family. We lost our mind over them.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

Tough question! If I have to choose, I guess the three that would first come to my mind are Arndorfer, Rojac, and Vino di Anna.

WHAT NEW FAVORITE WINE HAVE YOU
RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN THE INDIE PORTFOLIO? WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT?

Roccalini Nebbiolo 2015. I have never had a young Nebbiolo like this. It’s almost like a terroir-driven “glou-glou” wine. Dangerously delicious. And such a value! My husband won’t let me sell our allocation because he wants it all for himself!

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

Slavcek Sivi Pinot Grigio. The current vintage is killer! Indie has been my gateway into Slovenian wines and I just adore this little number.

TOM HAJDUK

CAFE NORDO
SEATTLE, WA

WHAT WAS THE FIRST INDIE WINE THAT OPENED YOUR EYES TO THE PORTFOLIO?

It was two bottles. The first was Minimus No. 5, “Reduction,” a blend of mostly Pinot Noir and a bit of Blaufrankisch. The low alcohol level for Oregon Pinot Noir caught my eye, and I brought it home to taste.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

Tom the English Teacher comes up first here and it matters: Indie Producers are always the work of more than one person, so Indie Producers are not “what” but “who.” The person and people behind the process are absolutely what makes the wines as meaningful and as high quality as they are.

WHAT NEW FAVORITE WINE HAVE YOU RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN THE INDIE PORTFOLIO? WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT?

Brian Smith’s Oyster River Wines! What a refreshing way to change people’s minds. Two great things come from me pouring his stuff. One, I get to make the joke from the fist Muppet Movie (1979), when the waiter, played by Steve Martin, presides over the table of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog on a date.

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

There is no way I am answering this with a single wine choice. It would be antithetical to me and Indie as a business.

SIMONE FINOTTO

FRANK GROUP
NEW YORK CITY

WE LOVE SIMONE AND UPON EMAILING HIM THAT WE WERE MAKING HIM AN AMBASSADOR, THIS IS WHAT HE WROTE IN RESPONSE:

So, I woke up at 6 today, trying to figure it out where I was, opening first one eye, closing it immediately ’cause the sun, putted my left hand on the other one to protect it, with the right one moving away from the bed my sight was caught on a glass on the dresser.

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