Spanish-Wine-Exclusives is all about finding very special, low production wines and bringing them to wine lovers in America. We have immersed ourselves in the world of Spanish wine for more than a dozen years. Our passion has led us from the great classics to the on-going explosion of new and exciting wines emerging from across Spain in the last 20 years. Spain has been swept up in a wine revolution and become a hotbed of innovation, discovery and quite frankly a lot of fascinating and delicious wine.
Sadly, too many great wines have simply not made it to our shores. Mostly because they are too small in production, relatively unknown or lack the critical fanfare needed for traditional importers to take a chance on them—especially considering how high prices can get by the time wines like these reach your local merchants' shelves or restaurants' lists. Some have made it to the US through the hard work and excellent palates of better boutique importers. But many outstanding wines languish, even in Spain, as wine consumers there tend to be less adventurous than here in the US.
Each winery we work with offers excellent quality and has its own story, personalities, passions, vineyards, techniques, and motivations behind it. We bring their stories and their wines to you. Not only are we constantly searching for exciting new wines that meet our high standards, but we are also continually on the lookout for small caches of mature classics from top vintages. We stand behind each and every wine we offer.
Little gives us more pleasure than sharing our appreciation of these special wines with wine lovers who have not yet had a chance to discover their secrets. Being able to do so at prices lower than typically offered at US retail makes it even more enjoyable. Salud!
How do we keep our prices so low for high-quality imported wines?
Instead, our wines go efficiently through the three tier system straightaway to our merchants without the extra overhead. The result is our wines are typically 20 to 25% lower priced than wines of the same cost when distributed in a more conventional manner.
Another benefit is that because our distibution route is relatively short, we are better able to control temperature and wine condition. Starting with refrigerated trucks en route to port, our wines have fewer stops than usual along the way to get into trouble. There is minimal movement between winery and wine shop, and no shifting from warehouse to warehouse across the country.
An added bonus is that because our featured merchants work closely with us, they really know and understand our wines. Their staff is your personal connection to the wines and wineries and we look forward to conveying your comments and interests directly to the wineries we work with. Few wine merchants can offer such a direct link between winery and wine lover.
Spanish-Wine-Exclusives is the creation of María Alvarez and Justin Berlin, both veterans of the Spanish wine trade, It grew out of our love for the ever expanding world of Spanish wine and our desire to see the many wonderful wines that formerly did not make it to the US finally reach US wine lovers. Pey-Wen Ting, a fellow Spanish wine lover and veteran of the wine trade, has since joined the SWE team.
María is the Spanish half of Spanish-Wine-Exclusives and lives in La Rioja. Her many years of experience managing Spanish fine wine exports combined with her extensive network of winery and winemaker connections across Spain are critical to finding great new wineries and discoveries and also working out the logistics to get them here to the US.
Justin heads up the American half of Spanish-Wine-Exclusives and lives in New York City. His years of experience were first as a Spanish wine collector and eventually as the marketing director and then head wine buyer at a major US retailer of Spanish wine. His incisive knowledge of the Spanish wine scene is critical to making sure our selections stand out for their quality and also that their stories reach both consumer and trade enthusiasts eager for these special wines.
Pey-Wen is our Media Director & Writer. She holds the Diploma in Wines and Spirits (DWS) from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators. She has 10 years experience in wine retail, and has been a Spanish wine enthusiast and collector for over 15 years. She is also an avid chef and baker, and is especially interested in the art of food and wine pairing.
Our Featured Merchants
Despaña Vinos y Mas, a compact but well stocked Spanish wine shop in New York City's fashionable Soho district that offers over 450 of Spain's best wines. Their next door gourmet shop and cafe showcases high quality food products from Spain, and together they open a delicious window on Spanish food and wine culture in lower Manhattan.
Flatiron — Wines & Spirits, Tradition and terroir in the heart of Manhattan.
Vintry Fine Wines, owned and run by true wine lovers, Vintry Fine Wines offers over 2,500 hand-picked bottles of both new and rare wines from all regions and within all price ranges. Stop by our location in downtown Manhattan and our friendly staff will recommend the perfect bottle for any occasion.West Coast:
K&L Wine Merchants, since 1976 has been proud to offer the world's finest wines, great service and competitive prices. They offer thousands of wines on their website with inventory updates happening in real time. In addition they operate three retail stores, in San Francisco, Redwood City and Hollywood, California.
The Beagle, an elegant and intimate bar that features an ambitious and much lauded mixed drink and cocktail program as well as one of the city’s most in-depth selections of Sherry by the glass, and a menu of simple, good fare.Boulud Sud, chef Daniel Boulud’s vibrant Mediterranean-inspired restaurant featuring flavors that travel the entire Mediterranean region from the shores of Southern France to the coast of North Africa and beyond. The highly regarded wine program is helmed by the nationally acclaimed sommelier Michael Madrigale. The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, a gastropub that is the joint project of restaurateur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield. The Breslin offers stellar Anglophile fare that has garnered the coveted Michelin star since 2011. Casa Mono, located just east of Union Square, features raciones of Catalan specialties and serves dishes from all corners of the Iberian Peninsula. Casa Mono was awarded two stars from The New York Times shortly after its opening and a Michelin Star in 2009. Despaña Tapas Café is located in lower Manhattan on the border of SoHo and Little Italy within their gourmet Spanish food shop. They believe the essence of wonderful tasting foods is in great part a reflection of the quality of the main ingredients used in preparations. Stop by for a tasty bocadillo, a warm caldo gallego and more while you browse the many delicacies they have on offer. Hearth Restaurant, located in Manhattan's east village, is the collaboration of Marco Canora, Executive Chef, and Paul Grieco, General Manager and nationally acclaimed sommelier. The focus at Restaurant Hearth is on superior ingredients prepared with subtle complexity, but without the pretense typically associated with such a culinary experience. Manzanilla Spanish Brasserie, located in the heart of New York's Gramercy neighborhood, by restauranteur Yann de Rochefort (Boqueria; NYC and Washington) and Michelin starred chef Dani García (Calima; Spain) serves dishes rooted in the ingredients and culture of Andalucia and other Spanish regions. The wine list, curated by General Manager and Wine Director Rick Pitcher, presents an international selection with a strong focus on Spain and an extensive list of Sherries. Terroir Wine Bar, with multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, offers a wine program that has no equal in terms of size and eclecticism. Terroir Wine Bar serves food that was designed to stand on its own, but streamlined to not get in the way of the aggressive wine list. Spanish Wine Exclusives' "I Think" Manzanilla is featured in four of Terroir's locations - Terroir E.Vil, Terroir Tribeca, Terroir Murray Hill, and Terroir Park Slope. Tía Pol, an authentic tapas restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Tía Pol serves food from the richly varied regional cuisines of Spain from Galicia to Andalucía, the Basque Country to Cataluña, and offers an all-Spanish wine list as diverse as Spain's viticultural heritage.
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