October 28, 2019
A Note from Sergio
Farmers don't have the luxury of being annoyed by weather. We might find ourselves cheering at a warm winter or an early spring, but while these conditions make us happy, they make farmers really nervous. A warm, dry winter means that the vines weren't adequately rested, that there might not be enough water in reserve for summer, and that the buds may break too early. A hot summer means more than just higher air conditioning bills to a farmer; it means fruit that may ripen too fast, too unevenly, too completely.Today's Featured Sections Include:
In the wet, hot, and stormy 2014 growing season, Spain's premier winemaker Vega-Sicilia did what excellent winemakers do in years of duress: the estate's team kept watch in the vineyards, and, after harvest, they held their breath and waited to be rewarded for all their hard work. I can tell you that Vega Sicilia was rewarded; the 2014 Valbuena 5º is a remarkably smooth, polished, and intense bottling, and I'm very excited to debut it today!
I've always said that any worthy winemaker can make a great wine in a great vintage, but it takes a great winemaker to make a great wine from a challenging vintage--today's '14 Valbuena 5º is outstanding.
Finally, don't miss Maculan's delightful 2018 Chardonnay--it's a wine to enjoy early and often!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have 2014 Valbuena 5º from Iconic Vega Sicilia
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Maculan's Lush, Affordable 2018 Chardonnay
3. Anniversary Event: IWM's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events