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South Africa

Episode 6 – John Seccombe

In this episode, you'll hear how John came to be known for his textural whites, and how he learned to embrace a model for winemaking that fit his terroir (read: not trying to be a copy/paste version of Bordeaux or Burgundy). You'll also hear John's take on why getting South African wine to be mainstream in the US is still an uphill battle, as well as his adoration for Japan and, yes, McDonalds... 
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South Africa

The Backstory: John Seccombe

How did Thorne & Daughters enter the Vine Street Imports portfolio, you ask? Aaron Meeker, our National Sales Manager/ South African wine aficionado, is here to tell you (and wax poetic about his winemaker man crush, John Seccombe).
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South Africa

‘How does South African Chardonnay stack up? Pretty damn well’

Alder Yarrow recently published a piece for Vinography called “Putting South African Chardonnay in a Global Context,” in which he positioned South Africa against some of the world’s great Chardonnay regions (Chablis, Sonoma, etc.). Among those reviewed was the 2020 Van Loggerenberg “Break a Leg” Chardonnay, which Yarrow calls “bright and delicious.” Read more here.
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Australia

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Episode 5 – Alastair Reed

Today's episode is with Alastair Reed of Konpira Maru, which is based in the Whitlands subregion of the King Valley in Victoria, Australia. In this episode you’ll hear what Konpira Maru really means (no, it’s not a Japanese whaling vessel) and how owner Alastair Reed and his former student-turned-business partner Sam Cook almost turned Konpira Maru into a Sherry company. We’ll talk a bit about the grapes and the geography of Australia, and why “diner pepper shaker” is the only kind of pepper aroma Alastair and Sam ever seek to extract from their grapes.
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Australia

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The Backstory: Konpira Maru

Hear the story of how Konpira Maru came to be in the Vine Street Imports portfolio by way of another Aussie winemaker, as told by Ronnie Sanders, CEO, and Aaron Meeker, National Sales Manager.
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Australia

‘Seductive and memorable’ Shiraz from Sami-Odi

James Suckling recently compiled a list of his top Australian wines in his 2022 Annual Report, highlighting Sami-Odi’s Shirazes as some of the “most exciting wines we tasted, with their fresh and structured palates and hemmed-in alcohol.” Suckling continues, “The texture and clarity of Sami-Odi shiraz, vintage-dated and blended, are seductive and memorable. You really […]
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South Africa

‘You can’t really go wrong with Thorne & Daughters whites’

Tim James, one of South Africa’s most lauded wine writers, details a few older-vintage wines he recently opened. Thorne & Daughters was in the line-up; of the 2017 Rocking Horse Cape White Blend, he writes that it “didn’t seem “older” at all; it’s developing nicely, with a good few years to go. Always one of […]
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England

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Episode 4 – Tim Wildman

Today's episode is with Tim Wildman of Wildman Wines​. At Vine Street Imports, we import his two "sibling" pét-nats to the US. In this episode, you’ll hear about Tim’s experience becoming a Master of Wine and why he chose to build his business around pét-nat. You’ll hear some hot takes on how he thinks Australia has yet to make its best wine, and you'll hear why he doesn’t think the wine industry should waste its time "demystifying" wine. 
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England

Podcast

The Backstory: Wildman Wines

Ronnie Sanders, Vine Street Imports' CEO, and Aaron Meeker, National Sales Manager, recount their first time meeting of at a lunch with Zar and Elena Brooks of Dandelion Vineyards in McLaren Vale. 
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