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Sep 13, 2007 11:25 AM

Seeking out wines by a particular distributor

We recently spent a year in New York City and came love many of the wines from Louis/Dressner, a distributor who as I understand it, unfortunately only distributes around the NYC area and is no longer so accessible since we are now in Texas. I've also heard of loyal fans of Kermit Lynch.

My question is whether there are other distributors who are very selective with their wines that a consumer, such as myself, might want to learn about and "follow" so to speak. Do any of you have favorites?

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  1. Absolutely. Besides Kermit:

    Beaune Imports
    Blue Danube
    Charles Neal
    Eric Stauffenegger
    Grape Expectations
    Oliver McCrum

    I'll basically buy anything from Oliver McCrum.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Ditto on Lynch.

      For Spanish, anything from Jorge Ordonez and Eric Solomon has a sharp eye as well.

    2. Direct shipping is allowed in Texas. Contact the wine shop in NY and see if they will ship to you.

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      1. re: chickstein

        Yeah, I know. And we'll probably order a case now and then. It's just so fun to look at wine. Also, we are headed to Walla Walla soon and are saving our $$ for those bottles at present. Thanks though for the reminder.

      2. OK, stop.

        First of all, Joe Dressner's wines -- -- area vailable across the country. Not in every market, true, but sending a simple email to will tell you for sure what wholesaler in Texas represents his wines.

        Ditto Kerlit Lynch --

        * * * * *
        Importers (alphabetically):

        Beaune Imports ****
        Broadbent Selections ****
        Charles Neal ****
        Eric Solomon ****
        Eric Stauffenegger ****
        Hand Picked Selections ****
        Jorge Ordonez *****
        Kermit Lynch *****
        Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd. ****
        Louis/Dressner *****
        Oliver McCrum ****
        Terry Theisse ****

        Just my 2ยข

        1. Welcome to Texas. Unlike some states who have dozens of distributors, there are really two Huge distributors here (Glazers & Republic Beverage) and then there are a couple of smaller distributors that may have some of the more obscure wineries. Horizon, Ambiente just to name a few. The best thing for you to do is contact the wineries or importers that you have enjoyed over the years and ask them who their distributor is in this state. Also, depending on where you live, there are certain retailers who deal a lot with the smaller distributors (Spec's, Central Market, Whole Foods etc).

          1. peter weygandt always semms to have excellent wines, many from smaller lessr known vintners