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    AGAVE WEEK: April 10th - 13th

    Some how, some way, we’ve managed to convince most of our agave book to come to Chicago, together, during the same week. Get ready for the agave invasion! Click the heading to find out about the events!

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    Conca State of Mind

    15 years ago we started a partnership with the Raventós family. Cava was just cava back then: a Spanish sparkling wine defined by method, production and marketing instead of place, farming and grape varieties. Three years ago, visionary Pepe Raventós sought to change this conversation by leaving the Cava DO. Conca is where his family’s estate is located. Conca is where his family’s vineyards are located. Conca is in Pepe’s past, present and future. Conca is a state of mind and resistance to convention.

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    Yann Vadin is the new face of grower champagne.

    Yann Vadin is relatively unknown. While his family has owned their estate since 1785, they have only recently started exporting their wines outside of France. A chance encounter at the champagne fair Des Pieds et Des Vins earlier this year in France introduced us to Yann and the wines of Champagne Vadin-Plateau. The wines are simply stunning natural expressions with fierce minerality and brilliant freshness. It is only a matter of time before Champagne Vadin-Plateau is revered as one of the top grower champagnes.

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    Not Enough Thank-Yous

    This October, we celebrate our 15th year of business.

    A letter to you from Cream.

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    Made in Michigan

    Rifino Valentine is on a mission to bring back quality American manufacturing. While working in New York City on Wall Street, he saw first hand what he calls the “corporatization” of America. Giant companies are beholden to profits, and therefore try to do everything the fastest and cheapest way in an attempt to maximize shareholder earnings. What is lost is the quality in goods. What is lost is the handmade aspect. With only a dozen or so micro-distilleries in the country in 2007 (now there are over 400), Valentine opened his Detroit-based, artisan distilling company (the area’s first since Prohibition) as a fight back against mass-produced spirits.