Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Egghead Wine Company California Portfolio to be Distributed by Liquor Group

Ormond Beach, FL

The boutique California Wine portfolio held by Egghead Wine Company has been placed for statewide Florida distribution with Liquor Group, a specialty distribution house based in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Egghead President Beth Eggleston noted that the placement of the California portfolio with Liquor group will result in wider distribution of the products throughout Florida, and will allow her to concentrate on adding more wines from additional wineries and other points of origin to the Egghead Wine Co. line. "Liquor Group has always concentrated on distribution to the Fine Restaurants and Independent Retail Stores who are the natural market for our boutique products. With their sales team handling the sales I can devote more of my time to building the portfolio. I grew up in the French and German Wine import business and I am looking forward to having the time to develop a European portfolio that matches the high quality of our California offerings." The initial California offerings available through Liquor Group include:

Elkhorn Peak Cellars. This small winery in Napa's Jamieson Canyon area produced only 471 cases of its 2005 Chardonnay and roughly 1500 cases of the highly rated 2002 Pinot Noir (90pts Wine News, 91pts Robert Whitley on Wine). Winemaker Kent Rasmussen has built a solid reputation for finely crafted wines that emphasize the fruits natural characteristics and these two are firmly based in that tradition.

Farella-Park Vineyards. Located in the cooler southern portion of Napa Valley, this family run operation produces only 1200 cases each year, with the majority of their fruit being sold to some of the most prominent wineries in the region. The splendid 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (300 cases) and the 2005 Sauvignon Blanc (207 cases) are both 100% varietal fruit from the "Combsville" estate vineyard. Additional Farella and Farella-Park wines will become available with new vintage releases.

Milano Winery. The Starr family runs this Mendocino County winery that produces high quality, easily accessible wines including Big Ass Red, a big blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah, and Sunshine, a white blend of French Colombard, Muscat and Semillion that is crisp and sweet.

Prager Winery & Port Works. St. Helena based Prager has a well deserved reputation for producing some of the finest American Ports and Dessert Wines. Their currently available products include 2002 Aria White Port (100% Napa Chardonnay, 761 cases), Lodi Petite Sirah Port (739 cases), 2003 Royal Escort Vintage Port (1100 cases, will age for decades), and 2004 Sweet Claire Late Harvest California Riesling (1398 375ml bottle cases). Additional products will become available upon release.

Tremani Vineyard. This Russian River Sonoma County vineyard was planted ten years ago by the three siblings (Tremani means "three hands" in Italian) who still run the Vineyard, Cattle Ranch and Trucking Operation. Their 2005 Pinot Gris is aged 80% in Stainless Steel and 20% in Old Oak (for 4 months).

Wing Canyon Vineyard. Located on Napa's famed Mount Veeder, this 13 acre vineyard produces some of the finest fruit in the valley. The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (600 cases) blends 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot and is aged for 40 months in a combination of New Oak (1/3) and Old Bordeaux Chateau (2/3) Barrels.

Liquor Group Product Manager Lowell Newman noted the unusually high quality of the entire Egghead Wine Co. portfolio. "With the recent launch of our Wine Division we were committed to maintaining the high quality level that is evident in our Spirits Portfolio. The early addition of the Egghead Wine Company products clearly signals that our Wine Portfolio will be comprised of high quality and unusual products. We look forward to expanding the market for these fine California wines and to the addition of more wines from Egghead in the coming months."

Initial shipments of the California wines in the Egghead Wine Company portfolio have arrived at the Liquor Group warehouse and the products will begin appearing in fine restaurants and on retail shelves in the coming weeks.

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