Monday, March 5, 2012

3/05-Michael Horn talks with Stepan Baghdassarian & Peter Cargasacchi

Stepan Baghdassarian - Pres & CEO Rio Joe's Brands Inc.

Rio Joe’s Brands, Inc., established in 2005, is an importer and distributor of fine wines.
Based in Valley Village, CA, with distribution centers in North Hollywood, CA and Napa, CA, we distribute
our wines to fine wine retailers and restaurants throughout California.
We are always looking to talk with reputable distributors throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Our portfolio of wines includes the following:
  • Cas’Almare™ - is our global brand of wines from South America and Europe. Cas’Almare wines are
    made from the finest winemaking appellations in the world. Cas’Almare brings together luxurious and affordable wines under one brand that people will recognize and enjoy. Whether it is a Malbec from Argentina, a Carmenère from Chile, a Grenache from Spain, or for that matter, a Pinot Grigio from Italy; these are all wines of impeccable pedigree that people enjoy every day and on special occasions. Each of our hand crafted wines are true expressions of their appellations and meet the standards of the increasingly discriminating public who are demanding wines that are not only easily drinkable but also make great accompaniments to food around the table with family and friends.

    Peter Cargasacchi  -  Cargasacchi Wines

    Peter Angelo Cargasacchi is the fifth generation of his family in California, but the first born in California. His great, great grandfather came from Italy to California, but then disappeared. His Great Grandfather founded a restaurant and hotel in San Francisco the Saint Gotthard, which was destroyed in the fire and earthquake of 1906. Subsequent generations, though born in Italy, lived and farmed in the California Central Coast since the early 1900’s.
    Peter planted Cargasacchi vineyard in 1998 in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, and began planting the subsequent Jalama vineyard in 1999.
    Julia Manuela Cargasacchi is also the first generation of her mother’s family to be born in California. She has fond memories of helping her grandmother with the vendemmia (grape harvest) in Italy, where she spent many summers. It was from her grandmother that she developed an interest in cooking, wine and a love for Italy.
    The roots of the Cargasacchi winemaking philosophy are found in the Italian traditional pairing of food and wine at mealtime. Both Peter’s and Julia’s families have been making wine for consumption with food for many generations. This tradition continues in California.
    Using estate fruit, Peter and Julia produce two Pinot Noirs under the Cargasacchi label and one late harvest Pinot Grigio. They also produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Syrah under the Point Concepción label from estate and purchased fruit.

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