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Our Top Wine Pics for Your Sweetheart this Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re in a relationship, you may be looking for the perfect bottle of wine to share with your sweetheart tonight. If you’re single, you’re looking for a way to splash out and celebrate with your dear friends, family, and loved ones.

No matter your situation, we’ve made a few wine picks to make your Valentine’s Day a little more special, and to help you take the pressure off of one decision today. 

Every wine shop in the Western Hemisphere is stacked with cases of bubbly and rosé for Valentine’s Day, but we thought we’d go a different route.  Reds. Big Reds, baby! We hope you share them with those you love tonight and throughout this chilly winter month.  Here goes…

Steven Tanzer Review – 2014 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 POINTS

On February 7, 2017, former NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe's Walla Walla Valley winery released their 2014 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon. Soon to be available through Marram Fine Wines in British Columbia, the 2014 vintage received an impressive 93 points from Steven Tanzer in Vinous.  Tanzer's wine scoring methodology places the wine at "Outstanding".  The winery began with the planting of a single estate vineyard in 2007 and has since expanded to include three estate vineyards. Click here to read more about Steven Tanzer's detailed review and tasting notes...

Concrete Tanks and Eggs in Wine Fermentation

During the wine fermentation process, sugar from grape juice is converted into alcohol by natural occurring or added yeasts.  If you've ever tried to make bread dough, you know that when you leave it to rise, the ball of dough heats up. This is true in the wine fermentation tank, which is made often stainless steel, sometimes made of oak, and increasingly, it's made from concrete.  Read more...

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover in Your Life

There are still FIVE shipping days left until the holidays, so if you're still scouring the internet or the local mall for gift ideas, we're here to help.  Well, when it comes to gifts for the wine lover in your life, that is!  There are so many cool things on our wish list here at Marram Wines.  We've distilled it down to our top holiday gift ideas (besides wine, of course) for the wine newbie to the wine connoisseur in your life.  Click to read more!

Koloa Rums Available at Select Retailers in British Columbia

Here at Marram Wines, we are proud to represent some unique rums made with some of the purest water on the planet on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai. 

Kōloa Rum Company's Hawaii made rums are available at many fine retailers across British Columbia. Please click on this post to view a complete list of locations. 

MR de Compostella Wins Outstanding Accolades

Stellenbosch wine producer Bruwer Raats has been honoured with their third 5-Star rating from South Africa's definitive Platter's Wine Guide for their 2014 MR de Compostella Bordeaux blend. This is the third vintage to receive the coveted award, following in the footsteps of the 2009 and 2013 vintages.

The MR de Compostella, or "constellation of stars", is a joint effort that saw its first vintage in 2004, made by winemakers Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve. It is an elegant Bordeaux blend that has consistently received high praise from wine critics both in South Africa and abroad.  Other accolades for the MR de Compostella include:

MR de Compostella 2014: 

MR de Compostella 2013: 

MR de Compostella 2012:

Winemaker Bruwer Raats says that this consistent excellence is one of the benchmarks they have set for themselves.  "The MR de Compostella has gained a name for itself as being a consistently high quallity wine and having the Platter Guide confirm this with its third 5 stars makes it really special."  The Platter Guide was the first of its kind in South Africa and 36 years on, it remains very popular amongst consumers there.  Raats continues, "A five-star rating is not easily achieved, so we are very pleased." 

Domaine Serene Sets Up a Family Trust to Protect the Evenstad Family Legacy for Future Generations

Grace and Ken EvenstadIt's the way of the world these days.  Big conglomerates are buying up small businesses and with their volume, buying and pricing power, they're putting other small, family-owned businesses, well -- out of business.

And so it goes in wine industry, with small vineyards, wineries and brands being bought up by wine corporations or private equity firms. Often, these small, family-run operations began with a dream and a vision and a couple of bootstraps, some sweat equity and lots of talent and good fortune.  And all too often, that vision gets lots when the needs of corporate shareholders get involved, at the expense of the artistry and passion that made the wines so terrific in the first place. 

To avoid this happening to their lifeblood and legacy, Domaine Serene Winery, founders Grace and Ken Evenstad have committed to preserving a legacy of quality for future generations by setting up the Evenstad Family Trust. The Trust, they hope, will ensure that their commitment to producing the best quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will be supported and the family business can feasibly maintain its financial independence for many generations.  

They've also taken further measures to ensure that Domaine Serene's future is secure and that the property will never be sold, the Eventads have created a succession plan for their grandkids that has them studying in a special winery internship program.  Their grandchildren are being trained to take on key roles and maintain the brand's quality for years to come. 

Domaine Serene wines have received more that one hundred 90+ point scores on recent releases of their wines. Most notably, their 2012 Winery Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir outperformed more that 500 international Pinot Noirs, including six Grand Cru and 26 Premier Cru Burgundies to win a coveted Platinum "Best in Show" medal at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards, held by Decanter Magazine. 

 

Silver Oak Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Iconic Cabernet producer Silver Oak was recently awarded the LEED Platinum Certification, making their eco-friendly Oakville facility the first commercial winery in the world to boast this top award for green building practices.  Silver Oak joins only the UC Davis state-of-the-art teaching facility -- which boasts a winery -- in the Platinum category.  

Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council to new constructions and existing structures for their dedication to green building, the 100 point system to attain LEED Certification assesses across 6 categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design.  

LEED Certification verfiies benchmarks of green building across a spectum of eco-friendly practices that encompass energy usage and clean energy alternatives, plumbing that contributes to water conservation, recycling, waste water management, sustainable purchasing practices, and more.  Platinum Certification requires a minimum of 80 points and for Silver Oak, who earned their Platinum status in the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance category, access to the winery via public transportation contributed points to their final tally. A fire in 2006 that destroyed their historic facility gave Silver Oak the opportunity to begin with a nearly blank slate.

“The goal for our Oakville winery was both to innovate and embrace proven technologies,” says Silver Oak President and CEO David R. Duncan, who led the construction of the new winery from 2006 to 2008. “Since completion, we’ve continued fine-tuning our operations to minimize our impact on natural resources. We look forward to sharing these insights with our winemaking community to support sustainable practices for the next generation.”

In 2012, Silver Oak acquired an additional piece of historic property in the Alexander Valley and is looking to use their experience, technology and knowledge from their Oakville winery to develop a second, equally eco-friendly winery in the heart of Sonoma County. 

Soon To Arrive in Western Canada...The Newly Released, Highly Regarded 2013 PlumpJack Oakville Estate Cab

Marram Fine Wines is pleased to share with you the following new releases from PlumpJack!  They'll be arriving in Western Canada soon, so lok for them on the shelves at your local fine wine shop or at your favourite restaurant.  The highly acclaimed 2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet from Oakville scored 94 Points at Wine Spectator and was granted 96 points by Robert Parker.   If you're a restaurant, bar or retailer looking to add these wines to your wine selection, please contact us for details.

  • 2013 Oakville Estate Cabernet – NEW RELEASE 
  • 2014 PlumpJack Napa Valley Merlot – NEW RELEASE 
  • 2014 PlumpJack Syrah – NEW RELEASE 
  • 2015 PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay – NEW RELEASE 

2013 Oakville Estate Cabernet -- Wine Spectator Tasting Notes:

"Charming from the first sip, this is openly rich, dense and fruity,concentrated and focused, built on a core of

gravelly graphite, cedar and blackberry flavors. Turns creamy, with mocha-scented oak adding a tempting dimension.

Drink now through 2030."


The MR de Compostella 2014 - New Release!

June 10th marked the much anticipated release of Bruwer Raats' MR de Compostella 2014 from South Africa.

The MR de Compostella has garnered nothing but top awards since it's first vintage in 2004.  Most recently, the 2013 vintage was awarded 5 stars in the 2016 John Platter, scored 94 points by Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate, and 95 points by Tim Atkin. It was one of the Top 5 SA luxury red wines and rated in the TOP 2 performing investment wines in the Livex SA.  The previous four vintages all scored over 94 points from the Wine Advocate.  

Bruwer’s comments on the vintage: “The 2014 growing season was earmarked by unusually cooler growing conditions and a smaller crop than usual.  Due to the longer ripening period, the wine shows beautiful red and black current fruit with a complex, but extremely elegant structure.  The MR de Compostella 2014 reminds me a lot of the 2007 vintage with great freshness, purity packed in a very elegant manner. The wine has great maturation potential.”

This wine is highly allocated, so if you have an interest in carrying it in your restaurant or retail shop, be sure to reach out to our team at Marram Wines to let them know. We will try our very best to get our hands on some of this incredible vintage for you!!

 

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