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Reflections on VinConnect’s Fifth Anniversary

By | Blog, Customer Trips, Partner Wineries | No Comments

Happy 5th Anniversary to VinConnect! In September 2011 I launched VinConnect with exactly two inaugural winery partners and a dream, and during the past five years, I have remained resolutely focused on one core vision – connecting the world’s best wineries directly with the U.S. wine consumers who love and support them.  I am excited when wineries experience for the…

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Wine Tasting in Barolo and Barbaresco — VinConnect Customer Trip 2016

By | Blog, Customer Trips, Italy, Piedmont | One Comment

As you may know, about once a year I invite several of VinConnect’s customers to join me on one of my wine tasting trips. This year the location was Italy’s great Piedmont region, home to the famous wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. I’ve described our agenda in great detail below, highlighting the top wine(s) for me from each tasting. Enjoy!…

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What You Must Know When Planning Winery Visits in Europe

By | Blog, Bordeaux, Burgundy/Chablis, Customer Trips, France, Germany, Italy, Partner Wineries, Piedmont, Rhone Valley, Spain, Tuscany | No Comments

Visiting wineries in Europe can be a very different experience from visiting them in the U.S., for a variety of reasons. Largely these reasons all relate to the fact that wineries in Europe are more generally agricultural operations, not tourist attractions — the are typically small, family run operations, and few if any have the kind of public “tasting rooms”…

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My Top 10 Wine Bars in Paris

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On my recent trips through Paris, I have been compiling a list of the Top 10 Wine Bars there and wanted to share some information about them.  In addition to writing this post, I’ve also created a Google map of my Top 10 Wine Bars in Paris — if you’re in the city, feel free to use that as a…

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VinConnect Customer Tour to Tuscany — June 2015

By | Blog, Customer Trips, Italy, Partner Wineries, Tuscany | One Comment

Earlier this month we launched another VinConnect Customer Tour, this time to visit the region of Tuscany. I was accompanied by some of VinConnect’s customers, who joined me for tours and tastings at our winery partners, some wonderful meals and visits to many beautiful places. We were able to taste wines across several recent vintages, from 2010 Brunellos in bottle to…

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VinConnect Customer Trip to Barolo and Barbaresco

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Travel Day: Sunday-Monday This year's VinConnect Customer Trip began for me in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, November 16th. Once I arrived at Dulles, I decided to indulge myself at the VinoVolo (website) outpost there to help set the mood while awaiting departure.  I really enjoy those VinoVolo locations that seem to be popping up more and more -- they have interesting,...
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VinConnect Launches Bordeaux!

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VinConnect is thrilled to finally announce our first partnerships in Bordeaux, with two absolutely fantastic wineries — Château Léoville Poyferré from Saint-Julien and Clos Dubreuil from Saint-Émilion! Ever since we launched VinConnect customers have been inquiring about Bordeaux — given that so many world-class wines are made there, why didn’t VinConnect have partnerships? The answer is that most of Bordeaux…

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