Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Liquor Group Adds to Illyrian Imports Portfolio in Florida

Florida based publicly owned specialty spirits and wine distributor Liquor Group Wholesale Inc. (LIQR) has added five new products to its portfolio of Southeastern European products imported by Illyrian Imports of Rochester, MI. The additions include wines from Albania, Montenegro and the Piedmont region of Italy as well as a fine aged Slivovitz from Croatia. Liquor Group's Product Manager, Lowell Newman said the firm was "pleased to add additional items from this importer whose products are of unusually high quality and have proven quite popular with ethnic populations, particularly along Florida's central west coast." Illyrian Imports President, Nua Ivezaj points out that, while the products his firm imports and mostly purchased by expatriate populations from the producing countries, their high quality level at very reasonable prices is helping to build a wider following for the products.

The Skrapari Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Albania are produced in one of the oldest wine making regions in the world. Both wines are bold and full bodied examples that pair well with richly flavored foods. Albania is more widely known for its traditional brandies such as the Skrapari Raki Rrushi grape brandy which is also distributed in Florida by Liquor Group.

Plantaze Sasso Negro is a hearty blend of Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Vranac, an indigenous grape of Montenegro. This high quality oak aged red joins the rest of the Plantaze line - Kristac, Merlot, Vranac and Vranac Pro Corde (Reserve) in the Liquor Group portfolio.

Roberto Colombi Tullio Barbera is a choice example of this classic Piedmont varietal. From the intense ruby hue and fragrant fruity nose to the refined tannins and elegant finish this is truly a wine of exceptional quality, pairing well with hearty foods, but equally enjoyable with just a wedge of aged cheese.

Croatia's Badel Slivovitz is a high quality distillation of Bistrica plums that is aged for four years in casks of Slavonian oak, resulting in an exceptionally smooth example of this traditionally fiery libation.

Liquor Group Wholesale, Inc.
Jason Bandy