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Farmstead begins search for North American Vinaroons- please help.

February 4, 2009

If you know any farmers in North America making great wine, please let us know. We have begun our search for authentic wine in the U.S. and Canada. If one of your suggestions meets our criteria and we start working with the farm you recommend, we will hook you up with some cool stuff. The basic criteria for Farmstead Wines are simple, yet very difficult to meet when a farmer must meet all of them. * Small, family farm—We know each farmer personally and have inspected... more


Why do rare, artisan wines of worldclass quality cost more?

January 26, 2009

There is a lot of marketing bs in the world and the wine world in particular. It is how someone can sell a "wine" for under $10, when the packaging and shipping of an empty bottle would cost nearly that much. If you don't wonder what is actually in the bottle, best of luck to you. Eric Asimov, of the New York Times, describes a different process in the world of quality wine, "What separates these winemakers from the vast majority is an utter dedication to the rigors of making... more


Renato Fenocchio Olive Oil- a customers experience

January 23, 2009

A couple of weeks ago we messed up. A shipment of Renato Fenocchio's Olive Oil arrived broken. I did what I would expect any company to do to fix it. I just hoped that the customer wouldn't be too upset anymore, but she was actually happy and wrote me a nice email. Thank you very much for the feedback, Cathy. "Hi Anthony, In case you want to add a customer comment to your web page, I’ll start with how great the olive oil is. I highly recommend it and I am an olive oil fanatic.... more


Inauguration Wine Ideas

January 19, 2009

Are you planning a celebration tomorrow? You will surely need wine, but what to drink to mark the historic inauguration of Barack Obama? Whatever you decide on, please film a little video of your party and share it with us. In my mind, there are two options for a wine to mark the Inauguration. The first is bubbles, and it has to be Champagne from Francoise Bedel. This farmer is not someone we represent, but she does a fantastic job. The other recommendation is an aged... more


Twitter taste live, with Renato Fenocchio Olive oil and Amelia oil

January 17, 2009

Tomorrow at 4pm EST we will be tasting Renato Fenocchio's Olive Oil in conjunction with ILoveOliveOil. Tune in at 4pm to taste an oil from Umbria with Rachel Black of Amelia Oil. Then arund 4:30pm EST, we'll switch to Farmstead's Ustream channel and taste Renato's oil. If you have a bottle, please join us and share your thoughts. Webcam chat at Ustream more


Farmstead Wines celebrates the historic 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama

January 15, 2009

To submit your own video, please visit memelabs. From the press release: Farmstead Wines Hosts Inaugural Reception The Farmstead Wines Inaugural Reception on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in Washington DC, marks the historic 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Farmstead Wines has partnered with Nadia Nascimento and memelabs to allow attendees to film short videos, sharing their story of the Inauguration. Washington, DC (PRWEB)... more