Celebrate the States

16 May, 2008

Big brands will be rubbing shoulders with boutique wineries in California's

offering this year. As well as a significant presence from the Golden State, wineries from Oregon and Washington will be showing their portfolios on stand F50. With the pound's current strength against the dollar, has there ever been a better time to stock up on US wines?

Blossom Hill is showing off new-look packaging for its varietal range, designed to give the brand a bright, contemporary appearance. The varietal portfolio has become the first Blossom Hill range to move to screwcap. Blossom Hill is also unveiling its international range, which includes Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, South African Chenin Blanc and Shiraz and Italian Pinot Grigio and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - all of which will be on taste at the fair. Winemaker Carol Thorup will be at Percy Fox's stand to show 2006 and 2007 ­vintages in the varietal range, Winemaker's Selection and international range. Stand D62

Constellation Europe is officially unveiling its Premium Wine Estates portfolio - previously known as Cellar Door - at the fair, and ­Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson will be among a number of leading winemakers from around the world representing their wineries as part of the collection. He will be available for one-to-one chats and will also take part in a panel debate hosted by TV's Olly Smith, where visitors can put questions to the winemakers in an open discussion, at the ­Brintex seminar stand from 12.45-1.45 on May 20 and 1.20-2.15pm on May 21. Mark DeVere MW, Robert Mondavi Winery's resident master of wine, will also be at the fair, as will Bruce Nicholson from Canadian sweet wine specialist Inniskillin. Constellation is also showing its newly-launched Echo Falls PET wineglass. In the pack, two single-serve 18.7cl glasses are sealed with foil and designed to be easily transportable, versatile and more environmentally friendly than glass bottles. The PET is shatterproof and recyclable and is heat-sealed to keep the wine fresh. The packs will be available in Chardonnay, Merlot and rosé. Stand F40

Sovio Wines is showing its reduced alcohol wines made using controversial spinning cone technology, and at 11am every day winemaking partners Scott Burr and David Stevens will be describing the technology behind the spinning cone column and their experience of blending reduced alcohol wines . Sovio wines were originally going to be sourced from Spain, but are now from California thanks to a change in EU regulations that bans the use of spinning cones in European winemaking - but doesn't ban the sale of wines made using the technology in other parts of the world. The range will now be distributed by PLB and has been listed in some Waitrose stores. Lightly sparkling white and rosé variants of the 8% abv wine retail at £2.49 for a single-serve 20cl frosted glass bottle, each of which contains 1.6 units of alcohol. Sovio is also launching a premium range of lighter-style Californian wines under the Touchstone Eight Label, including Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, Chardonnay/Viognier and Rosé (£6.99). Stand F60

Beringer Vineyards is showcasing its ­premium Stone Cellars range (£6.99) for the first time. The range - Chardonnay, Zinfandel/Chardonnay rosé and Cabernet Sauvignon - is bottled under screwcap and has been specifically tailored to the European palate. Beringer will also be showing the California Collection range, the Founder's Estate range, the premium Appellation Collection and the renowned Private Reserve wines. Foster's will run a series of seminars on the stand, including the Beringer Premium Range and Future Trends of Winemaking. Managing ­director Peter Jackson will be on the stand for ­

pre-booked one-on-one meetings.

Stand D40

Gallo is celebrating its 75th anniversary and Gina Gallo will be hosting a number of high-profile winemakers and experts on the company's stand to mark the ­occasion. The winery will be showcasing Gallo Family Vineyards' sponsorship of Channel 4's The F Word and introducing several new wines, including Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio and the Winemakers Seal Dual Varietals range. Stand C50

Cecchetti Wine Company is introducing Line 39, a selection of good value wines from Lake County AVA in the Napa Valley, and the California-designated Redtree brand. Founder Roy Cecchetti and winemaker Bob Broman will be at the fair. Stand T30

Lodi Valley winery Ironstone Vineyards will be showing new vintages from its Ironstone and Sonoma Creek ranges, plus its "crown jewel" - Reserve Meritage Calaveras County 2004, a Bordeaux blend hand-selected from vineyards in the Sierra Foothills town of Murphy's, California. Stand T30

Crush Wines is showing the wines of Napa Valley-based Don Sebastiani & Sons, one of the fastest-growing US wine companies, including brands Pepperwood Grove, Smoking Loon, Aquinas, Screw Kappa Nappa and Hey Mambo. Varietal wines include Viognier, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir.

Stand R42

Delicato Family Vineyards, named American Winery of the Year 2007, will be showing Loredana Pinot Grigio, Syrah Rosé and Pinot Noir - all new to the UK - on Bibendum's stand. Marmesa will be among the international wineries showing as part of Bibendum's Ventures range. Stand D30

Sonoma County's Alexander Valley Vineyards' portfolio will be shown by owner and export sales manager John Wentzel. Stand T30

Hallgarten Druitt will be showing wines from Heller Estate in Carmel Valley and Parducci in Mendocino. Stand J11

Seckford Agencies is launching Lodi-based Scotto Family Wines. Stand I19

Napa Valley Vintners will be showing wines from Corison Winery, Farella Vineyards and more. Stand T30

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