Kirk Ermisch - Monday, November 07, 2016
On this day ahead of the election, I wanted to make a statement about diversity. I have devoted a good deal of time towards the study of this subject. I have made it a cornerstone of my thinking for as long as I have been in business and I think that it has been something that has given back in an exponential way for every dollar that I have ever invested. More...
Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, December 27, 2014
I have just returned from Argentina and was fortunate to be able to sit in on a round table discussion that is currently setting the viticultural agenda for the presidencial candidacy of Mauricio Macri in 2015. More...
Kirk Ermisch - Monday, June 02, 2014
Imports and Southern Wine Group, (SWG) announced Monday, June 2nd that
it has adopted Elixir Wine Group as its new company name. SWG has been
importing high quality wines from Latin America since 2001. Over the
last 18 months, the company expanded its European Elixir portfolio to
include select wines from Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. C. Kirk
Ermisch, President of Elixir Wine Group says, "the transition to Elixir
Wine Group is much more than a simple logo refresh. It represents our
commitment to the lasting success of our company, customers and partners
throughout the U.S. and a dedication to offering a wider selection of
iconic wines to consumers. The decision to rebrand as Elixir Wine Group
is a proactive move to reflect the exciting changes that we are
undergoing as a company with the expansion of our top shelf portfolio
and the increased sales growth we are seeing across the United States.
Key to this development will include recognizing the long term efforts
of two company veterans. Jeff Miller is promoted to V.P. National Sales
and Jenny Long becomes V.P. Finance & Operations." More...
Kirk Ermisch - Sunday, May 18, 2014
April 15, 2013. Tax Day in the US – Sure glad I am not stuffing envelopes today, but sent money to the IRS all the same. Nothing can or should be done to end that, it is one of our fundamental obligations I believe.
Kirk Ermisch - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Something about 2012. Is it just me or are things so much more ominous this year? As I sit in Bodega Calle with a bottle of Ca de Calle nearby, I contemplate on the few short days since my arrival this harvest season. A couple weeks before my arrival, one winery employee leaves after 10 years with us, dissatisfied that he is no longer the only “key” employee in the company, that he in short has to respect reporting requirements on inventory movements, while at the same time he leaves under vague staff accusations that he may have stolen a pallet of Torrontés from a shipment made to a nearby cold storage facility. Unprovable of course, primarily because he did not prepare the correct documents required for the inventory transfer of this fateful shipment. Ironic. If “angel’s share” is wine lost to evaporation, what do you call this? More...
Kirk Ermisch - Thursday, May 15, 2014
I don't consider myself a "blogger" so I don't update this very often. Nor, does there seem to be enough time in the day to allow to get to this as much as I'd like. However from time to time the need does seem to arise. Either someone surprises me by saying "hey you haven't written anything for a while, why not?" or something happens that tends to grind in the back of my mind until I attempt to express it here or in private email form. So here goes, what's on my mind, North American Summer 2011.
Kirk Ermisch - Monday, May 05, 2014
Kirk Ermisch - Monday, February 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bend, Oregon (September 29, 2011) – Southern Wine Group, (SWG) “Importers of Latin America’s Finest Wines” is pleased to announce the world premiere of Boom Varietal, a full-length documentary about Argentina’s Malbec wine, on October 7th, 2011 as an official selection at the 8th annual Bend Film Festival.
Kirk Ermisch - Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Malbec begins with “M”
Kirk Ermisch - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
This is an excellent full day hike for those that want some physical activity but don't want to conquer Aconcagua or El Plata between asados and wine tasting. It is usually guided for tourists and therefore has little public information available, so I decided to provide some information on the hike because I couldn't find any on the internet the first time I went. This is for the "adventurous", but there is little risk of injury or getting "lost" there, (though it is quite high altitude so keep this in mind). To keep things simple, the best return is along the way you came. Also, remember to leave Mendoza early in the am so you have time to do the whole hike and be down before dark and bring plenty of water.