South Africa

The Wines and Story of the Lily of Saron: Natasha Williams of Lelie van Saron

Tim James of WineMag profiles the inspiring and beautiful story of Natasha’s rise from growing up in a small town in the Swartland without any exposure to alcohol, least of all wine, to becoming the lead winemaker for Bosman Family Vineyards and establishing her own brand.  Tim quotes British biologist Richard Dawkins’s autobiography An Appetite […]
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Australia

Belgian Sommelier Turned Winemaker Nominated for Young Gun of Wine

Koen Janssens took the path less travelled for many European sommeliers seeing his journey go from Belgium to France to Australia.  After settling into the natural wine world of Australia he found his own path and now being recognized for his commitment to fresh, fun wines that reflect the more serious northern European personality still […]
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Australia

Sommelier Turned Sommelier/Winemaker: Young Gun Louis Schofield of Worlds Apart

Louis took the road of many before…left the floor for another career in wine, winemaking in this case.  Unlike many of those that went on this path, Louis never left the floor and in fact devotes a great deal of time to his wine bar, Hellbound in Adelaide.  He remains the assistant winemaker at Ochota […]
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Australia

The Unlikely Duo: Somos Wines

Ben Caldwell and Mauricio Ruiz Cantú are the brains, faces, brawn, and creativity behind one of Australia’s most successful next-gen wine brands of the past decade.  Somos Wines pushes boundaries with the duo’s love of Mediterranean varieties, namely Italian grapes.  The colorful packaging is inspired by Aboriginal and Mexican art, both referencing the history of […]
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South Africa

Trailblazing Natasha Williams of Lelie Van Saron

Malu Lambert sat down with Natasha and was able to get the soft-spoken ‘Lily of Saron’ to open up on her past, present and very bright future.  While not overseeing winemaking for two estates for one of the most respected large growers in South Africa (Bosman Family Vineyards), Natasha produces some really stunning wine under […]
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Australia

More Than a Funny Name: Bloomberg’s Elin McCoy on the Serious Juice with Not-So-Serious Labels

Eye-catching packaging has always been a thing and many brands really push the envelope here, often to be shot down by the US Government.  There really is only one chance to make that first impression and Vine Street Imports has always been known for having many of these art/cultural labels represented in our book. Elin […]
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Australia

Young Gun: Top 50 Winemakers of 2019

Alastair Reed and Sam Cooke of Konpira Maru wines were recognized as being a ‘Young Gun’ Top 50 finalist in 2019.  See the full list here.
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South Africa

Wine Press

A Wildling Out in the Berry Fields…Mother Rock

We didn’t call Stompie a wildling as that was the quote from Wine & Spirits Magazine!  His new outpost is definitely beyond The Wall metaphorically speaking as the new Platteklip Vineyard is truly in a world of its own.  Under the Mother Rock, Stompie continues to produce some of the natural wine world’s great values […]
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Australia

Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year: Joshua Cooper

While Joshua is a young guy, he is not in experience as he has been making wine for the majority of his life.  His quick rise to the top of his craft, while continuing learning more each day, has been rewarded by being named the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gourmet Traveller, the most respected […]
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