“Kravitz still has a knack for finding good wines at great prices” – Robert Parker, Parker on Wine, BusinessWeek, 8/20 & 27, 2007
Character Counts was conceived as a tool for the Hand Picked Selections sales force and our distributors. It has proved to be not only an effective marketing tool but a sought-after introduction to the variety of wines we sell.
The 1st Edition went fast! Besides sales people, retailers, restaurateurs and consumers also wanted copies and many were willing to pay for them. Sales people who asked for 10 wanted 100 more. The 2nd edition print run was larger. We ran out a year ago and hoped to have the 3rd Edition ready by the end of 2008, but the combination of a heavy workload and a lazy author delayed it until now.
The new edition features new producers. We have worked hard to rationalize our portfolio. Argentina and Spain are the sources for the greatest values. Both nations make great wines; we leave others to import these and focus our efforts on good wines available in significant quantities at very modest prices. From France we also import values available in volume, but search selectively for producers of great wines at reasonable prices from lesser-known regions. We have added some new estates. In most cases wines from these producers are available only in limited quantities.
One new addition is particularly noteworthy, at least to me. After 27 years in the wine business, I purchased a vineyard in 2007. It’s in Roussillon (French Catalonia). The name is Domaine Cabirau. The first wines are Vin de Pays Grenaches; in ’08 there is Côtes du Roussillon as well.
We represent several growers in each of France’s greatest regions, but limit our presentation of these regions to save space for wines from the lesser-known regions. At the suggestion of our designer, this edition has a slightly larger page size. Formatting and subjects are slightly changed. I am grateful for your interest in this book, even more so for your interest in the wines of the growers whose work enhances our everyday lives.
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