The Mark Wine News Spring '18 Volume 8.2 - Page 4

e 2 TWO IN A ROW! F or the second year, The Mark Wine Group was recognized by VIBE with the “Small Wine Supplier of the Year” trophy. Fellow finalists included Francis Ford Coppola and Palm Bay International. Last year’s finalists were Kobrand and Terlato. For the past seven years, the VIBE Supplier awards has invited beverage operators to rate their respective supplier companies on key attributes including business-building support as well as service and support. The VIBE conference is the premier on- premise beverage conference for chain beverage executives. It was held in San Diego again this year. We thank all our supplier partners and of course, all our wonderful buyers for your support and votes. DEPARTMENT -66- D ave Phinney has done it again! The creator of Orin Swift and Locations found a new home to make wine. Deep in the Southwest corner of France in Maury, France, lies Swift’s newest project - Department 66 winery and vineyards, just two hours east of Barcelona, Spain. Discovered on a trip to France about ten years ago, the property is home to some very old Grenache vines. in Dave’s words, “perhaps the most amazing confluence of vineyards I’ve ever been exposed to.” He spent days driving around with his jaw agape, stunned by the raw beauty of this truly unique place. Phinney originally bought just under forty NEW acres and wished he had bought more. He got the opportunity to do that later. He began construction of the winery in 2009 and now has over three hundred acres of vineyards. The winery is just 30 minutes inland from the ancient Roman Port city of Perpignan. The terroir is dominated by black schist with small deposits of granite and limestone in red, rocky soils. Along with Grenache is planted Syrah and Carignan. The region is known as “Cotes Catalanes” and is a sub-appellation of the Roussillon. The wines made under this portfolio are D66, Others, Fragile Rosé and his tête de cuvée, Pharaon. P H A N T O M NEW L aunching to national accounts this summer, Phantom from Bogle. For many years Phantom has been an allocated wine with not enough production to support national placements. Well that is about to change. Wondering where the name comes from? A mysterious apparition and unexplained sightings have come to be known as the Phantom at Bogle Winery and are the inspiration for the brand. The luscious white is a barrel fermented Chardonnay, and there is a rich and exotic Red Blend, made from Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. “I saw a glimpse of muddy boots and blue jeans and I knew I wasn’t alone,” said one winery worker. And from the cellar, “you know that feeling of someone watching from the shadows,” about the frequent and unexplainable sightings at the winery. Even office per