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Hurricane Relief - We can help make a difference.


Help Contribute to the Hurricane Relief Efforts

Good afternoon,
We have all been impacted by the devasation caused by Hurricane Sandy.  We have lost our homes, our cars and have been without heat and power.  We have walked over bridges, driven to work at 4:00 AM, and waited in lines to enter subway stations.  We have had to clean out our walk-ins, throw out our produce, and do inventory by candlight.  While the immediate impact may be over, the hard work is just beginning.  

We at Banville & Jones want to help make a difference.  We will donate $1.00 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts for every bottle of Tolaini wine we sell.  This campaign starts today and will last through the end of the year.  I am hoping to raise at least $12,000.  Please join us in assisting the victims of Sandy get back up on their feet.  We are all in this together.


Mike Papaleo
Three Blind Flights

New York: On September 24th at the NoMad Hotel, Fred Dexheimer, M.S. led a blind comparative tasting of 2008 vintages with nine top sommeliers.

The wines were tasted in three varietally based flights.

At the conclusion of each flight, the wines were ranked from most favorite to least favorite and were judged on balance, ageability and pleasureability.
Here is the final ranking of each flight:

2008 Sangiovese
1. Tolaini Al Passo
2.  Montevertine
3.  Ornellaia Le Volte
4.  Antinori Tignanello
2008 Merlot
1. Tolaini Picconero
2.  Ornellaia Masseto
3.  Chateau Cheval Blanc
4.  Pahlmeyer
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
1.  Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto
2.  La Sirena
3. Tolaini Valdisanti
4.  Chateau Mouton-Rothschild

We are proud that these results validate our belief in the wines of Tolaini and thank the tasting panel for their participation.

A visit with the legendary Maurizio Zanella

New York: On October 26th, the incomparable Maurizio Zanella stopped by BJWM HQ to spread the word of Franciacorta.  

His discussion centered around the 5 Elements Needed To Make Great Wine

He touched on the history of Italian wine from 1915 to the present and discussed Franciacorta's duty to the wine world.  It was an engrossing presentation before he even began discussing his own wine...and that's when things got reeally interesting.  

Ca' del Bosco has made a commitment to organic farming principles as well as lower sulphite dosages in the bottle.  It is a little known fact that copper is a lead ingredient in most organic fungicides.  The use of organic pesticides can leave the grapes with a copper residue which in turn can end up in the wine.

To combat this issue, Ca' del Bosco chills the grapes after harvest, and washes them to rid them of these impurities.  To my knowledge, this is the only winery in the world to go to these lengths.  That being said, Maurizio was quick to point out that "the wines aren't good because we wash the grapes."  The wines are good, and the grape washing process is a symptom of their meticulous quest for perfection.
They're heeerrrre!

Three new wines from Andre Mack have finally arrived.

Mouton Noir Knock On Wood Chardonnay

Mouton Noir Lieu Dit Pinot Noir

Mouton Noir Oregogne Pinot Noir

Mouton Noir Wines are unique and distinctive garage wines produced by Andre H. Mack.

Founded in 2007, Mouton Noir Wines began producing wines for New York City restaurants for which Andre was the sommelier. In 2008 they released their first label, Mouton Noir Wines' Montgomery Place, which was made in their California warehouse.

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