Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wine Tasting with Patrick Allen of United Estates

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Meet Importer Patrick Allen of United Estates Wines.
This Friday and Saturday
  • Friday December 2nd at our Forsyth Location from 4pm-6:30pm
  • Saturday, December 3rd at our New Ballas Location from 12-3pm

Reservations are not required, open house. 
Please invite your friends and share it on facebook for us.  This is his first visit to St. Louis.

Let us know on facebook if you are attending.  

Wines: TBA 
We will taste a wide variety of wines from his portfolio and you will a chance to meet the man that can tell you everything you want to know about them.

We will taste these two for sure....

  • Joel Falmet Brut Champagne...$39.99 
  • Joel Falmet Brut Rose Champagne...$49.99

We will taste a large selection of these also, final lineup still to be determined

  • 2014 Domaine Roche Audran Côtes du Rhône Rouge...$14.99 
  • 2014 Domaine Roche Audran Côtes du Rhône “Cuvée César” Rouge...$22.99
  • 2004 Domaine de Trevallon Bouches du Rhone...$59.99 (94/100 Robert Parker)
  • 2015 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rouge...$11.99
  • 2015 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Blanc...$11.99
  • 2013 Chateau Virgile Cuvee L'Eneide...$16.99
  • 2011 Solence Les Trois Pers Cotes du Ventoux...$14.99
  • 2012 Clos del Rey L'Aragone Cotes du Roussilon Villages...$39.99
  • 2015 La Rousse Malbec...$9.99
  • 2014 Longefay Brouilly....$19.99
  • NV Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose...$19.99
  • 2011 Mas des Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales” Côtes de Thongue...$16.99
  • 2015 Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker....$13.99 
  • 2014 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet....$9.99

As I have stated many times, many of the best products in our stores did not find us, we found them. Don't get me wrong, we are presented 100s of wines each week and we find some very good wines through this "normal" method.   This is the "easy" method and these are the same wines that are presented to every shop in St. Louis.  We are not satisfied with the "easy" method.  We go out and aggressively find wines that are not currently sold in Missouri.   Think about it, the best products don't have to be sold to you or pushed on to you, they are desired and sell themselves--you have to find them.
That brings to this small high quality wine importer -- 
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We found United Estates, they did not find us.  When I first talked to Patrick Allen (founder and owner of UE along with his wife) back in January of 2012, he said that he had not planned any expansion and had no plans to come to Missouri since most of his wines are small production.   We asked him to send us some samples and samples he did send.    The quality of the wines was amazing.  Four years later, the wines are going strong in our stores.
UNITED ESTATES WINE IMPORTS Ltd. is a company dedicated to importing handcrafted, high-quality wines, from artisan estates in France.
Before starting their business, the husband and wife team of Patrick and Connie Allen spent many years living in France and New York. During that time they worked for many major players in the wine business including Becky Wasserman, Neal Rosenthal, William Deutsch, and Michael Skurnik.
After crafting a business plan over many long walks through Central Park they “took the plunge” and in the spring of 2002 moved to France. Their goal was to establish an importing company dedicated to promoting French country wines from villages far off the beaten track.
In France they researched and tasted wines from hundreds of wineries, ultimately creating a unique portfolio of exceptional, handcrafted, artisan wines. Upon return to their home state of Ohio, they took the steps necessary to create the independent importing company that they had dreamed of during their walks in the park. In January of 2004, the first wines imported by United Estates landed in New York.

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