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WHAT OUR TEAM RECOMMENDS THIS MONTH 

Patricia Patton | Cleveland Sales Representative


As Americans continue to limit travel and avoid large-scale gatherings, Thanksgiving will look and feel different this year as people plan for more intimate celebrations. This is the ideal opportunity to have something on the table that becomes a conversation piece.

One of my favorites is Champagne — specifically artisan growers Agrapart & Fils; a well-known and sought-after producer because of their quality, Agrapart offers an interesting study of the chalky limestone terroir in France’s Avize, Cramant, Oiry, and Oger:

  • Mineral Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, priced at $125.99, will be a memorable accompaniment to your customer’s holiday table

  • NV Les 7 Crus, an exceptional value at $69.99, is a beautiful wine


Naturally, customers tend to ask for more of the mass-produced recognizable Champagne brands when ordering, but you can taste the difference with Agrapart because it’s much smaller production. The house is detailed and unique. And I find that wine shops are eager to offer distinctive — more special, if you will — suggestions this time of year.


Right now, customers are also walking in or calling for advice on gift giving. We offer varietals across price points; Washington’s Latta Wines’ makes enjoyable bottles for under $20, like Kind Stranger Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. And interestingly, owner and winemaker, Andrew Latta, was born and raised in the Cincinnati area!


What brought you to Vanguard Wines?

I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary with Vanguard Wines after stops in Toronto, Chicago, and Hawaii. I previously worked for a smaller wine distributor and achieved the first level of the Court of Master Sommeliers and jumped from hospitality back into wine. I was attracted to their portfolio and the opportunity to serve customers who have similar desires to seek out small-to-medium sized producers.


What is the best part of your job?

I love building close relationships with my customers. I get to know them, their tastes, and their preferences. I have a background in design and truly attempt to design a wine program that sets their business apart.


What is your favorite Varietal?

Barolo, which is made from the Nebbiolo grape, hands down!

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