Elixir Wine Group Blog

What's Wrong with Argentina's Wine Industry

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...

SWG Imports & Southern Wine Group announce unification under Elixir Wine Group

Kirk Ermisch - Monday, June 02, 2014

SWG 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...

2012: Looking towards the end of the world

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...

2011 Mendoza Harvest and Reflections on the State of the Industry

Kirk Ermisch - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hello everyone, 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.  More...

Southern Wine Group & Rage Productions announce world premiere of Boom Varietal, a documentary on the rise of Argentine Malbec

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.  More...

South American Harvest Notes 2010

Kirk Ermisch - Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Hi all,  More...

Mendoza Harvest 2009

Kirk Ermisch - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 harvest in Mendoza, Argentina is looking good so far. Flower set had some isolated issues with frost and winds earlier in the year, but it hasn't made much of a difference except for lowering final harvest yields. A hot February pushed sugars to early heights, but things have thus far mellowed and overall tannic ripeness is coming along quickly now. In some cases, some vineyards are about a week early compared to average, in other cases, harvest dates will be about even with average. Colors are showing in the winery to be intense and dark, early on in the ferments. With yields down, we are hoping that concentrations in fruit flavors will be even more intense than last year. Luckily, the harvest has been great with no rain and with warm days and cool nights.  Higher altitudes may prove to be the winners this year as they were less affected by the warm summer.  More...

Ca de Calle 2007 Gran Reserva

Kirk Ermisch - Thursday, November 27, 2008

By now you have likely tasted through the 2007 vintage Albert 154 wines. If sales are any indication, they are by far the best wines we have ever produced in our small Lujan de Cuyo based winery. In early 2007 we separated out and fermented a small selection of our best grapes from that harvest, aging the microcuvees with a combination of new and used French oak. Luis Barraud (of Vina Cobos fame) went on to finish the project, assembling the final blend this summer. Now that the wine has had some time to settle in bottle, this blend of 32% Malbec, 23% Bonarda, 21% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Merlot is drinking fabulously, filled with the dense rustic flavors of dark fruits and berries that typify this region.  More...