Members of the wine trade gathered on December 2nd in the garden of The VillaRestaurant in Woodland Hills to sample wines from the new portfolio presented by DM Vineyards & Partners. These wines, some of which have never been previously available to retailers and restaurants in the California market, have been selected from among a hand-picked number of boutique wineries located primarily in Spain and the Bordeaux region of France. The event allowed guests the opportunity to sample the DM Vineyards & Partners portfolio accompanied by a food pairing of assorted appetizers and crudités provided by The Villa Restaurant.
Originally founded by Gabrielle de Magliane and Jorge Mendez in 2003 as Bordeaux, etc. Wine Imports, the company quickly became acknowledged internationally for the high quality and price-competitiveness of its wine portfolio, and today, renamed DM Vineyards & Partners, has expanded from being solely an importing company to also distributing its wines to wine retailers, as well as restaurants and catering companies. With the goal of discovering new wines, DM Vineyards strives to introduce classic varietals from well-known and popular regions of Bordeaux and Spain to the California market.
Because they are based in Bordeaux, DM Vineyards & Partners’ Christophe Convert explained that the company has the unique opportunity to discover boutique wines that are interesting, have history and speak to the terroir. In addition to wine makers in Bordeaux, DM Vineyards also works with selected small, family-owned boutique wineries in Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina and South Africa as well as those in other parts of France such as Champagne, Burgundy and the Loire Valley. DM Vineyards selects wines that meet the specific requirements of each client’s needs, whether they are a retailer, caterer or restaurant. In addition, DM Vineyards can offer private label wines or can guarantee that a label will remain specific to a particular client and market.
Among the wines offered by DM Vineyards are several that have received high ratings from prestigious wine publications including Decanter magazine, regarded by many to be the best wine magazine in the world and Wine Spectator, a magazine dedicated to wine and wine culture. For example, the 2011 LEIRAS Albariño D.O Rias Baixas received 93 points from Decanter and the 2010 Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine AOC Margeaux and the 2010 Petit Guiraud AOC Sauternes both received 90 points from Wine Spectator. In addition, the DM Vineyards portfolio of food friendly wines includes some varietals that may not be as familiar to the U.S. market such as the 2011 LEIRAS Albariño, which presents aromas of white flowers, anise, pear and grapefruit and the 2012 Trascampanas Seleccion D.O Rueda which contains 100% Verdejo, a grape sometimes compared to the better-known Viognier, and which carries the crisp flavors of apple, kiwi and lemon.
“As a wine industry distributor, discovering a label that has never been introduced before is a great opportunity,” noted Christophe Convert. “And because we are a small company of people who have a passion and palate for wine, we are geared to take on that challenge.”