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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." 

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. 

Hawaii's Koloa Rum Wins 5 Gold Medals --- and More!

Congratulations to our friends at Koloa Rum in Hawaii!

Competing against rums from 22 countries, as well as 6 states and territories, Koloa Rum was recently awarded an impressive 5 Gold Medals at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, held in April. Koloa Rum’s newest product, Kauai Coffee Rum, was singled out for the highest award offered, a “Best in Class” Gold Medal for flavored rums. 

The Festival awards are judged by a distinguished panel of RumXP judges who are sequestered for three days of blind tastings. The Renaissance Rum Festival judges granted the following awards to Koloa Rum:

Koloa Rum also won awards in the festival’s 2016 Consumer Rum Jury Awards; winning Gold Medals for both Kauai Coffee and Kauai Coconut Rums, and a Silver Medal for Kauai Dark Rum.

Earlier this year, Koloa Rum’s Kauai Coffee Rum won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. 

If you'd like to read more about Koloa Rum and their impressive list of awards this year, please visit