Announcements

Beaujolais Nouveau day is November 19, 2020!

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day is the third Thursday in November. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. France celebrates the occasion with fireworks, music and festivals. Parties are held throughout the country and other parts of the world to celebrate the first wine of the season.

The wine originated about a century ago as a 'vin de l'année' - a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The Beaujolais AOC was established in 1937, and after WWII the wine was sold outside of the area. By the 1970's, Beaujolais Nouveau day was a national event. 

The region of Beaujolais is 34 miles long from north to south, and 7 to 9 miles wide. There are nearly 4,000 grape growers who make their living in this picturesque region just north of France's third largest city, Lyon. 

carra grapesThe Gamay grapes that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked, as are all the grapes in the Beaujolais. Beaujolais & Champagne are the only vineyards where hand harvesting is mandatory. Gamay (Gamay noir Jus Blanc) is the only grape permitted for Beaujolais. 

Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be made from grapes grown in the 10 crus (great growths) of Beaujolais; only from grapes coming from the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages. Approximately 1/3 of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.

Nouveau is made with carbonic maceration, or whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins. The result is an easy-drinking, cherry-red, tasty, clean wine that is best served chilled. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be consumed young, within 5-7 months.  

Beaujolais Nouveau Day for 2020 is Thursday, November 19th. Kysela is proud to offer Beaujolais Nouveau from Manoir du Carra and Domaine Descroix. Nouveau sells out on the release day, so contact your KPF representative, state distributor or local retailer to place a pre-order now!

Mondovino 2021

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Mondovino 2021 is scheduled for:

 Monday, February 22nd

Monday, March 1st

 

Download the event flyer here:

 

More information on the event format and social distancing requirements will be provided soon.

 

You can download the 2020 Tasting Book here:

 

 

Please contact your sales representative for more information. 

Mondovino is a trade tasting for licensed trade members only. This event is not open to the public.

Wildfire Destroys Lismore Estate Vineyards

On Tuesday, December 17th, we received news that Lismore Estate Vineyards, owned by renowned winemaker Samantha O'Keefe, suffered a devastating loss from a wildfire in the Greyton area of South Africa. The raging fire has destroyed their home, winery & vineyards, and claimed the life of one of Samantha's dogs.

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Our deepest condolences go out to Samantha, her family & her team. Samantha, originally from Los Angeles, began building her winery and home in the early 2000's. After years of hard work developing her estate, Samantha completed her first harvest in 2008. The next few years proved difficult, with a sudden divorce and global recession, but in 2012, her wines garnered the attention of Neal Martin & received well-deserved acclaim. In 2014, Kysela began importing & distributing Lismore wines throughout the United States, which continue to receive consistently high ratings each vintage. In 2018, Samantha was inducted into the prestigious Cape Winemaker’s Guild in 2018, becoming the 6th woman to ever be inducted into the Guild. Just last month, Lismore's 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay was named Wine Advocate's 'Top Discovery of the Year', and The Wine Advocate's Anthony Mueller praised her efforts:

samantha okeefe"Samantha O'Keefe of Lismore Estate is a trailblazer who is making some of South Africa's most focused, precise and thoughtful wines. If you are not familiar with Samantha or her wines, you need to seek some out and try them for yourself. South African wine may hold negative connotations in some people's minds, so I hope they try Samantha's wines, as every bottling from her range displayed elegance and beauty. Lismore wines are expressive with layers of complexity that shine and an honesty that over delivers for the price. I am anxious to see what she does next. Be on the lookout for an article on food and wine pairings with Lismore wines in 2020 and keep your eyes peeled on Lismore Estate wines for some truly great winemaking!" 

We invite you to offer your support for Samantha & the Lismore team by picking up some of her wines. We know Samantha to be resilient, and we will stand by her as she begins to recover from this tragedy.

 

 

 

Jeb Dunnuck - Importer Highlight: Fran Kysela

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Jeb Dunnuck recently released a report summarizing his tasting with Fran Kysela. Jeb says Fran is "unquestionably one of the top specialty importers in the US as well as an incredible taster." Jed rated over 170 wines from the tasting, stating that Fran's wines are "always impeccably made, with an emphasis on fruit and texture, yet always with classic, balanced characters." 

See the scores here, and read the full report here.