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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.

DAMIEN GRAEF

OWNER OF
BIBBER AND BELL WINE AND SPIRITS
BROOKLYN, NY

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

Le Due Terre Bianco and Il San Lorenzo, not sure of the vintages specifically. I was the wine director at Aurora in Williamsburg and I bought up all of the Le Due Terre Bianco (and later the Rosso) on closeout from the previous distributor and had been selling it by the glass for like 6 months.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

Hard to pick, but definitely Le Due Terre and Fattoria San Lorenzo, because that was my introduction and year after year the wines are just so good.

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

Well, it’s been a couple of vintages, but the Moscato Fol never disappoints.

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

Again, it’s tough, but probably the Il San Lorenzo. It’s a wine that I get excited about every time I see the bottle. It’s truly singular and feels like a quintessential Indie wine to me.

CHRIS LUST

CHOP SHOP
SEATTLE, WA

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

Rojac Royaz exploded out of the bottle the first time I tasted an Indie lineup.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

When I taste with winemakers I find that I sit a little taller and pay attention. Suddenly in that sip I taste their story, their work and love.

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

Fattoria San Lorenzo Vigna Paradiso. It’s Lacrima at its finest, full and floral with a rich history.

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

It’s so difficult to choose a favorite of anything. I generally consider the wine in my glass at any given moment to be my favorite, though this is not always true.

ANDREA DANTI

OWNER OF 100% ITALIANO
NASHVILLE, TN

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

The First IW wine I fell in love with was Barabba-Iuli. I opened the bottle for a very particular occasion.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

It is difficult to pick a favorite winemaker. They are all artists and as artists they all have different expression of their emotional experiences.

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

My new favorite wine …. Actually Three:
Rosso di Montalcino Aietta: quality
Oracolo Cordani: Uniqueness
Barbaresco Roccalini: Terroir

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

Franciacorta: Solouva & Dosaggio Zero. I love bubbles and I can drink it all the time. Perfect through the whole meal and easy to drink.
Let’s celebrate everyday.

CHIMENE MACNAUGHTON

GENERAL MANAGER OF WAINSCOTT MAIN WINE AND SPIRITS
WAINSCOTT, NY

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

When we opened Wainscott Main in January 2014, I knew we wanted to present the shop to the community as a welcoming environment full of enjoyment and discovery.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE INDIE PRODUCERS AND WHY?

Tenuta la Favola: Certified Organic ON THE LABEL, on my shelf for under $20 (Bianco & Fravolato), helps us tell our “indigenous, volcanic & delicious” story­ I could go on. Oh, yeah, and KOROS.

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

L’Aietta Brunello di Montalcino 2010.
One guy. One hectare. Because Francesco began making his wine when he was just 18.

YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE INDIE WINERY WINE? AND WHY?

Today, my answer is the Tenuta Migliavacca Vino Rosso. Generations of family farming, certified organic and farming biodynamically for fifty (that’s 5­0, folks) years. Indigenous varieties, made for their neighborhood the way the current winemaker’s great grandfather made the wine.

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