Let’s Raise a Toast to Charles Communications Associates’ 11th Year Anniversary!
Today, May 8th on our 11th year anniversary (and our founder’s 30th year in the industry!), and with this being the month of memories with Memorial Day, we can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic. In the face of major industry transformations, we stay true to our roots: representing wineries with a commitment to quality and a respect for the environment. CCA prides itself on a portfolio full of clients steeped in history, from Napa Valley’s first winery, Charles Krug, to Casey Flat Ranch, established on a land grant from the original parceling of the pioneering AVA of Capay Valley.
At the same time, we keep an eye to the future by staying attuned to where the industry is headed. CCA believes in healthy reinvention, leading the way in the digital sphere with our Brandlive virtual tastings, documenting our escapades on our new Instagram page AlltheSwirl, and the brand-new design of the CCA blog.
Our likeminded clients, while always mindful of tradition, are innovators. Purple Wine Company consistently releases products on the cutting edge of evolving consumer taste, such as their unoaked Naked Chardonnay and Cryptic California Red Wine. SakéOne is revolutionizing how consumers view the traditional Japanese beverage with their Oregon craft sake Momokawa label and recently nationally launched keg program, which debuted at Outside Lands last summer (read about it here!) And Emeritus Vineyards leads the way in western Sonoma dry farming – a venture (once hailed as risky) that continues to pay off in spades during this year’s historic drought.
We consider wine inseparable from the company and conversation paired with it. We’ve gathered a cellar of memories, and want to share with you the bottles that are most memorable to us.
My rosé fascination was ignited in the South of France, specifically in St. Raphael, the local's version of Nice: a lovely low key town on the beach where I'd summer with my French beau at the time. We would swim in the Mediterranean first thing in the morning, then go to the market for fresh fish, exquisite white peaches, plump cherries and any manner of great greens to go with our dejeuner. Sitting on the patio overlooking the Mediterranean with a glass of dry local rosé in hand with a delectable homemade meal made for memories that linger till today. I drink rosé of all grape varieties year round, but always dry!
When I was a junior in college, I didn't know much about wine, other than the fact that I liked it more than my wallet could support. I was living in London and my dad came to visit. He took me to a lovely Chinese restaurant along the river in Regent's Park and ordered a 1999 red Burgundy to go with our Peking duck. I don't even remember the producer or the subregion, but I remember it was my first real 'wow' wine moment. My wallet has never quite forgiven my dad for instigating such an inconveniently expensive (and never-ending) quest to recreate that experience.
I’m fascinated with the way a foreign wine can preserve memories from past travels. Whether it’s a dry Entre-Deux Mers Sauvignon Blanc reminiscent of seaside oysters in Arcachon or a flute of Cava transporting me to a sweltering Barcelona La Rambla, one sip is enough to bring carefree moments from abroad rushing back to life.
My grandparents purchased a case of the 1989 Jordan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (my birth year) to open on my 21st birthday. After so many years in the cellar, each bottle is unique. I’m always excited to open a new bottle and experience the surprising flavors it has to offer.
Visiting my friend last year in Santiago de Compostela, Spain was an experience in itself – but drinking the Spanish wines from Rioja just a short way away was incredibly refreshing and enlightening to my then “new world” palate. Nothing truly beats drinking wine from a particular region in the very place it was crafted!
As we celebrate the past, we hope you’ll join us in embracing what’s next. Cheers to making new memories!
The Team at Charles Communications