Fine Wine Importers and Distributors Seeking New Wines…

Romano Brands is seeking fine wine distributors/importers throughout the United States and international markets.

Romano Brands Fine Wines is an exclusive USA importer and producer of fine wines that have proven success and exceptional pedigree.

SAMPLES and pricing are available by request.

Some of the available brands via FOB Western Carriers NJ (Direct Import & Ex-cellars pricing also available) are:

  • 2 AMIGOS (SPAIN) – The finest Albariño available from Spain’s prized area of Rias Baixis
  • BIG BEAST WINES (FRANCE) – New and exciting brand featuring premium red & white wine from France.  Thought provoking, eye appealing and whimsical label for a serious BIG Red wine.

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  • CECCHERINI of Tuscany (ITALY) – Not the ordinary – from coastal Toscana, the indigenous, organic wines produced are Pugnitello, Ciliegiolo, and more.
  • GIUSTI (ITALY) – Finest Amarone and Ripasso made…PERIOD!! Prosecco of highest quality too – DOCG.

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  • LIBERTE’ (FRANCE) – famous long-time winery – Sancerre Rose’, Blanc, and Pouilly Fume too. Price aggressive Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc too – loved by so many restaurants for by-the-glass profitability.
  • MAISON BELLE CLAIRE – Cotes de Provence Rose’ – (PROVENCE, FRANCE) – famous and popular Provencal dry Rose’. Wine Spectator “Spectator Selection” and Wine&Spirits “Best Buy”.  Traditional “corset-shaped” bottle!

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  • TENUTA DE VALENTINA – (ITALY) – maybe the most aggressive priced Pinot Grigio and Montepulciano produced – 750’s and 1.5’s!

Interested Distributors and Importers should contact Michael Romano at:

(+1) 516.681.5159

Return to Sorbillo on the Bowery NYC for Pizza

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I went to Sorbillo Pizzeria on the Bowery in NYC when it first opened.  Together with a friend, Michele and I had  three different pizzas. Michele liked them better than I did, but even she did not think they were that good. Then last month I was invited by Roberto Caporusio of Keste Wall Street to celebrate Neapolitan pizza being granted World Heritage Status by the United Nations. Roberto invited pizzaioli from NYC and other parts of the country.

Pizzaioli: Pietro Nesi, Antonio Esposito and Geggè Cozzolino

I noticed that one of the pizzaioli was from Sorbillo on the Bowery in NYC. I watched him as he made a pizza and when it came out of the oven I went over and had a slice or two. It was wonderful and I asked him his name and he said it was Geggè Cozzolino and he was from Naples. I told…

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2 AMIGOS ~ Spain’s finest Albariño wine is headed to the United States!

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Romano Brands Fine Wines is proud to announce the upcoming arrival of the finest white wine offered from Spain: 2 AMIGOS Albariño D.O. Rias Baixas.

Hailing from the prized Rias Baixas area of the northwestern area of the Iberian Peninsula, 2 Amigos brand of Albariño is the story of two explorers, two world travelers and two great friends. This is the story of a journey…that thirty years of friendship made this project possible.

During all this time, these best of friends, Henri and Rob, have shared all types of personal and professional experiences, projects, successes as well as failures that have left their mark.

All of this has made them, and their friendship, what it is today. They wanted their 2 AMIGOS wine to stand out for its great quality and naturalness. They have taken advantage of the land that has been in their families for more than 300 years, remaining very conscious of the gift nature that has provided them the location of their vines, which together with the knowledge and experienced handed down, generation to generation of wine makers, has truly made 2 AMIGOS a wine treasure.

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Each bottle of 2 AMIGOS exemplifies the history of several generations – the stories, memories, anecdotes, traditions that pass from grandparents to grandchildren as well as the secrets that the wine storage  barrels maintain after the passage of time. The origins, experience and vitality with which, to this day, continues to extract the most out of the fruits of the Galician land, lending 2 AMIGOS it’s unique, delightful  flavor and character.

2 AMIGOS Albariño wine belongs to the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin, made with local indigenous grape: Albariño. A natural and young wine, 2 AMIGOS should be enjoyed 1 to 3 years from the vintage date, while the fresh aromas of white peach, apricot, citrus and jasmine still prevail in a dry, lively, fruity place with a mineral finish of firm acidity.  However, please note that the wine can age pleasantly for an additional five years thereafter with proper cellaring.

 

Fine wine connoisseurs, wine aficionados, and everyday wine enthusiasts are aware that Albariño wine comes from Spain. It is the Galician area of Spain that continues to enjoy an image of being wine producing area that exudes fun, excitement, and an innovative style that is modern and yet traditional in superior quality. This area of Spain is viewed as producing products which offer good value and high quality. Consumers are looking for a safe wine adventure when trying a new wine, especially undiscovered regions or lesser known varietals. Another strong advantage for 2 AMIGOS wine is the delightful aromatic nose, refreshing taste and bone-dry character which complements most current food trends.

Romano Brands Fine Wines will be the exclusive United States importer of 2 AMIGOS and will actively be seeking distributors for 2 AMIGOS Albariño.  Wine shops and restaurants interested in sampling 2 AMIGOS should contact Romano Brands at 516 681-5159 or email at MAR@RomanoBrands.com.  Consumers should ask their favorite wine provider for 2 AMIGOS by name, accepting NO substitutes!

Perfect pairing – Maison Belle Claire

Maison Belle Claire Cotes de Provence Rosé matches so many foods perfectly and should be considered to be the most ideal wine for everyday enjoyment.

Liberté offers two new wines.

Romano Brands Fine Wines is announcing the welcomed addition to the very successful Liberté brand with the extension to include the new Liberté Pinot Noir Reserve and Liberté Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Liberté Sauvignon Blanc Reserve displays a very light golden tone in color. Taste exhibits an intense nose with notes of citrus, fruity with great finesse. It has a nice bite and persistent aromas. It is balanced on the palate, ample and harmonious.

Liberté Pinot Noir Reserve is brick red in color and has a spicy red berry bouquet. Furthermore, the wine is soft with spicy notes, a light and fruity aroma and a long finish. In the mouth it is soft, smooth raspberry flavors with soft tannins.  Serve with a soft chill.

Upcoming for the spring season, Romano Brands Fine Wines will have an additional Liberté Pinot Noir Rosé as well to add to the repertoire.

The new wine additions will be very price approachable for the consumer, whether it be at their favorite wine shop or in their favorite restaurants.

Quality/price ratio has been designed with the consumer in mind.

The time is now to enjoy great wine.  Liberate yourself from ordinary.

Set yourself free with Liberté.

Enjoy FREEDOM!

 

Rocca Family Vineyards keeps getting the highest well deserved ratings!

 

Robert Parker’s “Wine Advocate” touts Rocca Family Vineyards and awards high scores for two outstanding Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon’s!

In 1999 the two owners Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” Napa Valley vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages.

The debut bottling was the 2000 Syrah, a varietal which to this day garners praise and awards for the Rocca family. But Rocca really got on the map in 2002, when its Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet came in #1 in a blind tasting of 12 Rising Star Cabernets.

Later, the wine was taken with a group of 12 other Cabernets to show in France’s 12 Best Cabernets from California. It came in #1 over there as well. Finally, those same 12 Cabs had another blind tasting competition in SF to see how they would rank by American consumers. It came in #1 again!

Rocca’s star was rising fast. But so far they have been much under the radar, but I have a feeling that this will change soon. The current winemaker Paul Colantuoni worked for many years under Celia Welch and has taken a few pages out of her “note book” and it shows with the new wines.

ROCCA Tesorina 2013v – 95 Pts- Robert Parker

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Rocca 2013 Tesorina is everything you’d expect from their flagship bottling – the “little treasure” – from one of the most extraordinary vintages Napa Valley has ever seen.  We consider it the most complete, profound, utterly beautiful wine we’ve produced to date.  There’s a deep, rich core of sweet black cherry and wild blackberry fruit here, with fascinating complexity that comes from prominent spice notes, hints of spring flowers and graphite and rock dust, and a significant melted chocolate component.

On the palate this is full-bodied, densely packed stuff, with serious depth and substance.  In a perfect reflection of this very special vintage, though, the wine expresses its richness and concentration with exquisite balance and elegance.  The texture of this wine is simply extraordinary.  It’s gorgeously lush and sumptuous, and it finishes with rich, beautifully polished tannins that are reminiscent of the softest cashmere.  This is an iconic expression of a truly exceptional vintage in Napa Valley, and we hope you’ll treasure it for many years to come.

ROCCA Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013-  94 Pts–Robert Parker

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The  2013 Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the deepest, richest, most complete and balanced version of this wine Rocca has ever produced.  It shows gorgeous weight and density, supported by the exquisitely resolved tannins of the extraordinary 2013 vintage.

The overall theme here is one of perfectly ripe dark red fruit, especially sweet black cherries, beautifully complemented by sophisticated spice and floral elements as well as prominent notes of vineyard dust and rock quarry dust.  The quality of the vintage is particularly evident on the mid-palate, where tremendous richness perfectly matches the luscious black cherry flavors, and on a highly polished, silky smooth finish that seems to last forever.  This is one that you can enjoy for a long, long time to come.

Robert Parker 94 Points The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grigsby Vineyard from Yountville is a softer, almost Margaux-style of wine compared to the Coombsville. The wine offers Asian plum sauce, a touch of ripe, black cherries and blackcurrants, background smoky oak and a nice fleshy full-bodied mouthfeel with velvety tannins and well-integrated acidity, wood and alcohol. This is a beauty that can be drunk now, or cellared for another 15 years.”

Both of these award winning wines are produced in very limited quantities.

Rocca wines are available in New York exclusively through Romano Brands Fine wines.

Contact Michael Romano at (646) 948-1100 for additional information.

Romano Brands Fine Wines are featured at Seatrade Cruise Ship Expo

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Romano Brands Fine Wines are featured at Seatrade Cruise Ship Expo.  Come see us in Booth L2-226

Seatrade Cruise Global is the world’s largest B2B cruise trade show, and the total epicenter of the booming multibillion cruise industry.  It is the only event that brings together every sector of the business including the cruise lines, suppliers, and relevant partners.  This expo gives us access to thousands of cruise line and decision-makers, so we hope you take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and join us! The Seatrade Cruise Expo will be taking place March 13-16  2017 at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The 2017 event is estimated to see nearly 12,000 visitors grace the show floor and 900 exhibitors from over 125 countries.

We are featuring the following award winning wines:

  • Maison Belle Claire – Cotes de Provence Rosé
  • Liberté – Sancerre (blanc); Pouilly Fumé; and (the 100% Pinot Noir) Sancerre Rosé
  • Tenuta de Valentina – Pinot Grigio

If you are affiliated with cruise lines or private yachts, or can pass this onto someone you know in the cruise industry from anywhere in the world, please pass on this information to join us.  I will get you a free pass into the show to come visit with me.  Just call Michael Romano now at +646 948-1100.

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ROSÉ ! – ROSÉ !! – ROSÉ !!!  Attention: Wine Distributors; Wine Retailers; and Restaurant Wine Buyers…

Maison Belle Claire Côtes de Provence Rosé is arriving !!

mbc-web_12x18_72dpi_belleclaire-prestige-with-mbc_8344The new vintage is arriving!  Maison Belle Claire Cotes de Provence Rose is available for your sampling.   Call us NOW to request your sample – (646) 948-1100

13532791_491742694350083_375755471917875301_nYes – Rosé is still red hot.  As a matter of fact, it remains the fastest growing sales category in the alcohol beverage industry. stop-smell-the-rose

Another great vintage was had in Provence and the Rose’ is nothing short of spectacular!  But seeing (I mean…TASTING) is believing; so call me now at (646) 948-1100 to request your sample.fun-fact-picture

So ask yourself if you have the “right” Rose?  If your Rose sales are sluggish, you don’t have the right one!  Get Maison Belle Claire now – it’s the proven leader –                             call NOW (646) 948-1100

Cheers!!

www.MaisonBelleClaire.com

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Liberté – a new wine brand from old vines of the Loire Valley.

Michael Romano and Romano Brands Fine Wines have ventured into a new line of fine wines from the Loire Valley of France named Liberté.

Liberté translates into English as FREEDOM.

The collaboration and wine-design along with the world-famous Mellot family of Loire Valley wines is proving to be a much sought after world-wide wine brand.

loire-valleyThe historic 500 year old family owned estate of Joseph Mellot, has become the world renowned specialist in the production of great wines from Centre Loire Valley thanks to their unrivaled know how. Mellot wines express the quintessence of each of their terroirs especially Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Known for and distinguished by superior high quality in more than 40 countries world-wide, Joseph Mellot wines are the Ambassador for the Loire’s finest vintages and representative of the highest of quality. Under the leadership of Catherine Corbeau Mellot, the Mellot Estate is now committed to sustainable development using Sustainable Agricultural methods to cultivate its vines.

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The symbol on the label for Liberté is the famous Fleurs-de-lis which is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means “flower”, and lis means “lily”) that is used as a decorative design or symbol. Many of the saints are often depicted with a lily, most prominently St. Joseph.  The Fleur-de-lis symbol represents royalty, strength, and loyalty.  The Fleur-de-lis epitomizes the high quality which is the noble characteristic of the entire Liberté brand of fine wines.

The area around Sancerre was likely first cultivated by the Romans, perhaps in the 1st century AD, though the exact date is unknown. The foundations of two separate Roman bridges across the Loire can be seen at the river village of St-Satur, the port for Sancerre, marking its ancient position along a major Roman route. The chalk hill outcrop was not only a distinctive landmark known in Roman times but it also fit the profile of the type of areas that was usually the first to be cultivated-it was near an important town and had easy access to a navigable river. Most importantly, however, the steep sloping hills could provide the grapes with enough direct sunlight and warmth to fully ripen while allowing cold air to flow off the slope and pool into the valleys below.

The region was historically linked to the Duchy of Burgundy, which may have played a role in the introduction of Pinot Noir vines to this area. Sancerre’s position as an administrative center, and the large nearby cities of Orléans and Bourges ensured healthy local markets for the Pinot Noir and Gamay wines traditional in the area. Demand further increased with the coming of the railway from Paris. In the late 19th century the phylloxera epidemic devastated the area wiping out the majority of the region’s vines. While some Pinot Noir vines were retained, most of the Gamay was lost. They were replanted with Sauvignon Blanc, partly because it grafted better onto the American rootstocks. After World War II, the wines gained a reputation in the Paris bistro scene as an easy drinking white wine equivalent to Beaujolais. In the late 1970s and 1980s, a wave of quality consciousness helped elevate the reputation of Sancerre as an elegant and food friendly white wine that became a popular feature on restaurant lists across the globe.

Pouilly-Fumé is an appellation d’origine contrôlée for the dry Sauvignon Blanc white wine produced around Pouilly-sur-Loire, in the Nièvre area.  This area is approximately half the size of nearby Sancerre and tightly-focused around the villages of St. Andelain and Les Loges on a south-west facing slope.

Liberté Pouilly-Fumé displays light flint smokiness, and is a brilliant example of the prized Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. The soft color matches the clarity of the citrus and white stone fruits which create a harmony with the mineral notes.

Liberté Sancerre Rosé – Sancerre Rose is a pale salmon pink in color with a subtly nose of fresh berries. On the palate the wine is delicate and elegant with layers of herb, strawberry and a clean, crisp finish. Some peach and ripe red berry fruit here, but it seems a more serious, less fruit-driven style than some, with a distinctive mineral character. The appetizing, fresh, leafy acidity adds to the elegance and delicacy, finishing very clean and fresh.”  Produced of 100% Pinot Noir.

Liberte Sancerre is known for its flinty, savory Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. Sancerre is the most recognizable appellation for French Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley. The region’s rolling limestone hills and semi-continental climate deliver richly textured Sauvignon Blanc wines with ripe gooseberry aromas, bracing acidity, and flinty-smoke flavors.

The wines will be available to restaurants and fine wine shops March 2017.

Wine wholesalers seeking Liberté for your market should contact Romano Brands. For information please contact Michael Romano by calling him now at (646) 948-1100.

Romano Brands & Sevenfifty.com – making it easy to order wine!

rbi-logoRomano Brands & www.Sevenfifty.com – are making it easy to order wine!
479402_409955319030465_1923802836_oSevenfifty.com is a state-of-the-art, modern platform for the beverage alcohol trade.

Restaurants, bars, and fine wine retailers can easily search for our products and easily view our wholesale pricing.

Romano Brands Fine Wine customers can discover a trove of educational material about our products, including labels, tasting notes, and detailed pricing information that helps you learn more about our wines.

We understand how annoying it is to deal with applications and resale certificates when trying to set up a new account. We’ve rebuilt this process, and you’ll start working with Romano Brands Fine Wines easily.

Buyers will now be able to fill out all the information needed for an account application and resale certificate just once, then submit your application to any distributor with a single click. You’ll receive completed, electronically signed forms, with no scanning or faxing required.

This service is free but not available to the public – it is exclusive to the trade only.

For the public & trade: please see us at www.RomanoBrands.com

Exclusive for the Trade: join us at Sevenfifty at www.Sevenfifty.com