First and foremost - thank you! We are honored to be your source for great Burgundy and Grower Champagne, thrilled to be your navigator through these two complex and dynamic wine regions, and hugely thankful for your continued support. Our import operations began back in 2005, and many of you have been with us ever since. You have been our best ambassadors, spreading the word to your friends and colleagues, for which we are deeply appreciative.
2018 was a benchmark year for us in so many ways - adding exciting new producers to the portfolio, hosting our biggest and best tasting parties yet, and the release of our feature documentary Three Days of Glory (if you haven’t seen it yet, you can rent or purchase for download now at iTunes or Amazon, or purchase the Special Directors Edition of the DVD.)
We were on the road a lot this year, starting with a couple of trips to Martha’s hometown of New Orleans - first for Mardi Gras and Martha’s B-day in February, and back again for a family reunion and Easter in March.
Then I was off to Boston to run the Marathon in April - a goal I had been chasing for a few years and finally made it. Of course with my luck it turned out to be the worst weather in history - torrential freezing rain and 30-40MPH headwinds the whole way - but I survived and finished and lived, hopefully to qualify again for the 2020 race.
The World Premiere of our film happened April 29th at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Southern California, with co-director David Baker joining us for the festivities. We were honored to have leading Burgundy authority Allen Meadows join us for the premiere and a great Q&A after the screening. We went onto screen the film in France at Nice, went to the Cannes Festival, did a special event in Napa Valley, again here in Portland and at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon and then the Portland Film Festival, all prior to the theatrical release in key markets across the country.
Our annual Insiders Tours of Burgundy and Champagne happened in June, with way too much great wine and food being consumed and a very good time being had by all. (Our 2019 trips are already full - but stay tuned for info on the 2020 tours…)
2018 was the year we unveiled the existence of our micro-negotiant operation in Burgundy - which we launched in 2017 with the production of two Grand Crus - a single barrel each of Chapelle-Chamberlin and Corton-Perrières, which we offered as future in November. There will be some exciting new additions to our Caveau lineup to announce next year, so keep your eyes on your email.
In the fall Martha and I headed for France for two months, first to a film convention in Cannes, then a couple of vacation days in Nice, St. Tropez, and Lyon, and then up to Burgundy and Champagne for my fall tasting rounds, the Trois Glorieuses weekend, and the official Burgundy premiere of our film, with the movie’s featured winemakers and personalities in attendance at the screening and a great after-party at A-F Gros. On the way home we stopped through DC and NYC for more screenings and family events, and are happy to be back in Oregon to re-charge our batteries and get back in the trenches in January.
Wow - what a year! Thanks to you it’s been our best one yet. We’re looking forward to more great wines, meals and adventures in 2019, and most of all to finding more exciting bottles that will make their way on to your table and into your cellar. Again, thanks for your continued support.
Scott & Martha