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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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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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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

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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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Podcast

South Africa

Episode 3 – Banele Vakele

Banele Vakele of Tembela Wines is the newest South African producer to join the Vine Street Imports portfolio. He makes a Chenin Blanc and a Syrah, sourced from regions you wouldn’t necessarily expect (Durbanville for the Chenin, an area better known for Sauvignon Blanc, and a nice yin-yang mix for the Syrah from Constantia and the Swartland). In the words of wine critic Tim Atkin, “Banele Vakele is an exciting young winemaker who is rapidly making a name for himself.”
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South Africa

The Backstory: Tembela Wines

Hear Ronnie Sanders, CEO, and Aaron Meeker, National Sales Manager, recount their first time meeting Banele Vakele, the owner and head winemaker of Tembela Wines, in South Africa. Plus, hear what profession Ronnie thinks Banele is equally suited for...
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South Africa

Episode 2 – Trizanne Barnard

Trizanne Barnard from Trizanne Signature Wines is a force of nature. She's an avid surfer, rock climber, and acclaimed South African winemaker. In her earlier years, she worked as the assistant winemaker for Klein Constantia, and then she helped...
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