Tomorrow morning Lot18 is launching its first wine from outside the US. To help us understand the significance of International Wine, our VP of Procurement and wine super-expert, Dini Rao, send around the following email. Reprinted with her permission:
The world of wine is split up into New World countries like the US, Australia, or Argentina and Old World like France, Spain, or Italy.
The Old World names wines by the places (or appellations) known to make wines of a certain style (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chianti are all names of places) and many are blends of several grape varieties. Want to learn international wine? Learn geography. Because many small producers won’t have famous names, this geography can become a brand used to market the wine. See tomorrow’s Margaux offer.
The New World names wines by grape variety since the places weren’t so famous to begin. Only 75-85% need be that grape variety to label it a “Chardonnay” so many are still blends.
And because this is the complex world of wines there are many exceptions. Old World countries are starting to cater to countries like the US where customers know grapes.
Basic principle of pricing = specificity.
One of the coolest things about wine is that you can actually taste the difference if the same grape variety made by the same winemaker is grown on two different vineyards, even if side by side.
Soils, aspect to the sun and specific microclimates all play a role. People pay a premium to “taste” that place, esp bc the named places are deemed quality ones.
Tomorrow’s wine is a Bourgogne (aka Burgundy), so the grapes can come from anywhere in that region.
Within Burgundy, a wine that comes from a specific village such as Chambolle Musigny usually sells for more and is known for its floral character.
Some individual vineyard sites then have a designation as Premier Cru or the highest level, Grand Cru and sell for the highest prices. The highest: Romanée-Conti.
Vintage: Particularly in French regions, vintage (the year the grapes were ripened and usually harvested) does matter because there are greater fluctuations in the weather from year to year that influence the resulting wine. Customers will care more about getting a different vintage, a different wine substituted.
More to come soon!
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New Eddie Vedder Album “Ukulele Songs” + Live Concert Film “Water on the Road” to be Released on Tuesday, May 31st
Digital single “Longing to Belong” available digitally starting today
Eddie Vedder will release a solo album, Ukulele Songs, on Tuesday, May 31st (May 30th internationally) through Pearl Jam’s Monkeywrench Records. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. The first single from the album, “Longing to Belong,” will be available for sale through digital retailers on Tuesday, March 22nd (March 21st internationally).
Also released on May 31st is Water on the Road, a live-concert DVD directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green featuring performances from Vedder’s August 16th and 17th 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre. The DVD features a live performance of “You’re True” from Ukulele Songs as well as a mix of Pearl Jam catalog, covers and songs from Vedder’s critically acclaimed, award-winning solo record, Into The Wild.
Ten Club pre-sale info will be announced at a later date, stay tuned!
Ukulele Songs Album Tracklisting:
1. Can’t Keep 2. Sleeping by Myself 3. Without You 4. More Than You Know 5. Goodbye 6. Broken Heart 7. Satellite 8. Longing to Belong 9. Hey Fahkah 10. You’re True 11. Light Today 12. Sleepless Nights (featuring Glen Hansard) 13. Once in Awhile 14. Waving Palms 15. Tonight You Belong to Me (featuring Cat Power) 16. Dream a Little Dream
Water on the Road Live Concert DVD Tracklisting:
1. The Canyon 2. Sometimes 3. Trouble 4. Around the Bend 5. Girl From the North Country 6. Guaranteed 7. Setting Forth 8. Far Behind 9. No Ceiling 10. Rise 11. Golden State 12. Society 13. Forever Young 14. Ed Piano (Instrumental) 15. I’m Open 16. Man of the Hour 17. Driftin’ 18. No More 19. You’re True 20. Ukulele Interlude (Instrumental) 21. Unthought Known 22. Arc 23. Hard Sun 24. The Canyon (reprise)
Tomorrow I am joining Six13 at the 27th Annual Harmony Sweepstakes for the New York Region. We’re competing against a handful of awesome secular groups. I’m really looking forward to it. You can learn more here.
Featuring Amish Jani, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 pm. Price: $10. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
GramercyLabs (Lot18, Snooth, Popdust, and Fameball) and General Assembly are excited to present a new speaker series showcasing the latest in New York technology and entrepreneurship, conceived to introduce new concepts and inspire great discussion.
We are looking for a new customer service rep over here. Additional requirements not listed: patience, ok at ping pong, sense of humor (just kidding), detail oriented, pop culture knowledge, the desire to hate Christmas, and the ability to shoot lazers out of your fingers.
You can apply be using the contact in the job post above or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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