I’ve been in this business for quite a while now, longer than many give me credit for, and I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. I’ve had the good fortune to work with some pretty incredible individuals over my time in this industry, and for good or bad (or sometimes both), I count myself blessed. As an industry vet, I talk a lot about the big wholesalers, big suppliers, and big wineries, yet often it’s the “little guys” that move me the most.
Case in point, Martin & Company is a growing wholesaler that operates in both Ohio and Kentucky, and our sales rep, Diane Knueven, is moving on to new opportunities. She dropped in last week one last time with a couple of wines from Kimmel Vineyards:
Kimmel Chardonnay Mendocino County 2010. Grade=Good. Opened the day before, it’s waned a bit, yet still shows some nice stone fruit, oak spice and a touch of crème brulee.
Kimmel Redessence Mendocino County 2012. Grade=Very Good. Predominantly Merlot, with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% Petite Verdot, this Meritage-inspired red from Mendocino County shows off nice black fruits, dark spices, sage and leather. One of the more reasonably priced from Kimmel.
Lady Diane, as she’s come to be known here at UTGT, will truly be missed. She was easy to work with, possessed a quite attack to her job, and was a realist at heart. She’s headed to run the tasting room at the new Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant and Winery location opening soon in Cincinnati, and we at TPS wish her well.