Tag: Chardonnay

Four Silvers for SoloContigo at Vegas Wholesalers Show

Four varietals from the SoloContigo collection left the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Annual Expo in Las Vegas in early April with silver medals around their slim necks.

The four vintages — the Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chardonnay 2012, Reserva 2010 and Premium Malbec 2011 — were part of the inventory that SoloContigo showcased to wholesale buyers at the show.

A record number of suppliers, service providers and wholesalers came to the WSWA exposition and conference, April 8 to 10 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. There were, for instance, 60 to 70 Malbecs from Argentina alone. The WSWA is the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry in the U.S., with member firms totalling 80% of the wine/spirits market in the country.

The four SoloContigo wines earned their honours at the show’s Wine & Spirits Tasting Competition. Judging for the competition was managed by The Tasting Panel magazine, one of the most widely circulated trade publications in the beverage industry.

“It was a great show, we made a lot of contacts, and we’re moving the brand across the country,” said Chris Ladas, national sales and marketing director for SoloContigo.

2013 Harvest Report

Mendoza Saludos


2013 HarvestThe harvest season is underway in Mendoza, and the work continues as the Argentine fall serves up a mixture of cool and warm days.

Week two focused on the harvest of Torrontes, Chardonnay and Pinor Noir grapes. Cooler weather prevailed through much of the week, but by the weekend sunny days had arrived, bringing temperatures close to 27°C in the daytime.

Week three was dedicated to the harvest of Merlot grapes, and the workers were able to bring in nearly all of those grapes from the vineyard. Francisco and his team are really happy with the Merlot this year, and they say the number of kilos being harvested is slightly more than originally forecast.

2013 HarvestThe week ended with cloudy, cool days and some rain, which has delayed the harvest in week four. However, Pablo says the cloudy days help the grapes retain a nice freshness and fruit expression. These conditions are all very normal for this time of the year.