01 Cal Vin & Hocks Launches New Spanish Artisanal Cava Import Company for the American Consumer – Pere Canals

Kara Dunn has been wearing many hats these days: working at Dunn Vineyards while her sister-in-law is on maternity leave, managing Retro Cellars business, and as Logistics Manager for Cal Vin & Hocks, a St. Helena-based company importing small batch Cava (sparkling wine) from Spain. Kara spent her junior year of college in Barcelona, and has since had a passion for Spanish wines. Order your Cava today! Castell Sant Antoni, Sant Sadurni d’Anoia was founded in 1999 by Pere Canals. Gran Barrica 2006 D.O. Cava is a Gran Reserva priced at $38 (limited production) and is aged en tirage for six years; Primvs Primvm NV is a Reserva D.O. Cava priced at $16.



02 Cal Vin & Hocks Go-To-Sourcer & Importer of Small-Batch Boutique Penedés Cava – Helena Yglesias

Cal Vin & Hocks Founder and principal, Kimberley Hocker, brings hand-selected Cavas to the American consumer after scouring the Catalonian countryside. Today, we meet Helena Yglesias from Capita Vidal, founded in 1985 from her Catalan step-father Captain Enrique Vidal and Swiss mother Senorita Montserrat Fuchs. Capita Vidal D.O. Cavas are dedicated to a longer aging period than required by denomination law. Brut Nature 2010 and 2010 Fuchs de Vidal D.O. Cavas are both classified at Reserva status, they receive no dosage, and are priced at $16 from Cal Vin & Hocks. Limited production.



03 “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert” – Richard Betts MS

Richard Betts Master Sommelier, winemaker, author, firmly believes that “wine is a grocery, not a luxury!” He wrote a “kid-style book about an adult topic.” His aim is to make you smile, a-la scratch and sniff, without the wine-speak. He is co-founder of another terroir-driven alcohol beverage, Sombra Mezcal, and produces wines from around the world under the label “My Essential Wine.” You’re going love his visual approach to wine-learning using “The Whole Wine World” map of red, white (and rose) using color, fruit, oak, and personal preference.


04 Carrickmacross, Ireland… Home For The Holidays – Mary Boylan Cordova

Mary Boylan Cordova returns home to her mother’s home in Carrickmacross, Ireland, with her children to visit her nine siblings and their families for the 2013 Christmas and 2014 New Year Irish traditions. Christmas dinner includes turkey and all the trimmings after which families gather at grandmother’s house to exchange gifts and share stories old and new. New Year is always reserved for catching up with friends at the local pub.


Cal Vin & Hocks Launches New Spanish Artisanal Cava Import Company for the American Consumer
Cal Vin & Hocks Go-To-Sourcer & Importer of Small-Batch Boutique Pened

Carrickmacross, Ireland