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Barry Manilow and La Luz Release

Written by Administrator Wednesday, 09 June 2010 23:49

 

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Mid-State pours its heart out 
selling cases for causes


Houston, Texas June 15, 2010 -It may sound strange that cases of wine can help a woman get a kidney transplant or put instruments in underprivileged children's hands, but that’s exactly what is happening.  Mid-State wine and liquor distributor in Texas has partnered with vineyards that are bottling wine to help such causes.  Brands such as Barry Manilow out of Italy and Eyrie vineyards out of Oregon have created special labels to help worthy causes such as these.  Mid-State wine was at the forefront to sell and distribute as many cases as possible to make dreams a reality.

The wife of an employee of Eyrie vineyards needed a kidney transplant.  After the healthcare program failed her his employer took his reserve prized wine and mixed it with his 2008 vintage and created "La Luz" Spanish for “The Light” and retailed it for $35 per bottle which normally would sell for $65 per bottle, with most of the proceeds going for the transplant.  316 cases of wine later Guadalupe Hernandez got her much needed transplant.  "I was overwhelmed with the cause and offered by staff additional incentives to help sell “La Luz" said Leon Sierra, CEO of Mid-State.   “My staff was very eager to help it was not a hard sell.  The juice is as good as the cause.”   said Sierra.  

Another great charity Mid-state involved itself with is The Manilow Music Project formed in 2008 by music icon Barry Manilow.  The Manilow Music Project was formed in an effort to help meet the needs of massively depleted public school music programs. The Project has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of instruments and materials to school music programs across the country. Manilow created his own label of wine and all proceeds from his brand of wine go directly to The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope and The Manilow Music Project for use in the state in which the money was raised.  Mid-State has been the major distributor of the wine in Texas helping our school music programs stay alive.    “Music helps our kids stay focused, it brings joy to their lives and helps them stay in school.  I grew up with music and want our kids to have these same wonderful experiences”, said Sierra. 

Mid-State Wine and Liquor knows that giving back to the community is essential.  They strive to give more than what they take. Anytime they see an opportunity to help with a worthy cause they make it their priority.    An accomplishment worthy of cheering, Mid-State will continue to seek other opportunities to help great causes such as these.   “We can’t stop now there is a lot of work to do and I want to do as much as I can to help.”  said Sierra.  The wines can be found in Texas at Spec’s Liquor StoreRichards Liquors and Houston Wine Merchant.  For more information on Mid-State Wines and its products, please visit our web-site www.mid-statewine.com. 

About Mid-State:


Mid-State wine and liquor has been in business for over 10 years owned and operate by Leon D. Sierra.

Leon left the world of engineering, twelve years ago, just after visiting one of the vineyards in Italy.  The trip left him with a great love and passion for the world of wine.  

Mid-State has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and the Headquarters in Houston, Texas. Mid-State’s portfolio includes wines from around the world including, Argentina, Australia, USA, Chile, France, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain. 

Owner Leon Sierra has taken his love and passion for the business to a new level introducing his own private label to the market place “Sierra Estate Private Selection”. Currently featuring a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  There are plans to expand his Private Selection to include other countries.  

Mid-State's objectives are to continue to carry and wholesale innovative, exciting and exclusive wines.  For more information on Mid-Sate Wine & Liquor visit www.mid-statewine.com.

 

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SPAIN’S BODEGAS LAN CAPTURE TOP AWARDS

Bodega Lan

Awards in PDF Format

NEW YORK, NY—LAN Crianza, a seductive $12 red wine from Spain's Rioja region, has been named Wine of the Year in THE WINE TRIALS 2010 (Fearless Critic Media, paperback, 240 p., $14.95, Nov. 2009, press kit at http://www.thewinetrials.com/press-release-press-kit-images), beating out much more expensive wines in blind tastings with its deep, intriguing flavors of earth, mulch, and sour cherry.

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SPAIN'S BODEGAS LAN CAPTURE TOP AWARDS IN THE WINE TRIALS 2010

BRAND-New edition of the world's bestselling guide to inexpensive wines reveals the 150 WINNING BOTTLES UNDER $15 FROM this year's ALL-NEW BROWN-BAG BLIND TASTINGS

NEW YORK, NY—LAN Crianza, a seductive $12 red wine from Spain's Rioja region, has been named Wine of the Year in THE WINE TRIALS 2010 (Fearless Critic Media, paperback, 240 p., $14.95, Nov. 2009, press kit at http://www.thewinetrials.com/press-release-press-kit-images), beating out much more expensive wines in blind tastings with its deep, intriguing flavors of earth, mulch, and sour cherry.

The LAN was tops among the 150 winning wines under $15 revealed in the new book, which is 50% longer than last year's edition. Each winning wine gets a full-page review and a bottle photo in the book.

Forty-eight of the 150 winning wines in The Wine Trials 2010 represent new vintages of winners from the first edition of The Wine Trials. Previous winners got no special treatment, and competed in a pool of more than 450 wines nominated by wine industry experts and blind-tasted by the panel.

You won't find esoteric words like "elderflower" or "pencil lead" in THE WINE TRIALS 2010. The book is written in an unpretentious, conversational style that's just as accessible to everyday wine drinkers as it is to wine experts. Each review includes the panel's blind tasting notes, discusses each wine's provenance and style, and even includes a cheeky discussion of the bottle and label design.

The book also includes an updated version of author Robin Goldstein's "blind tasting manifesto," which explains how the power of price-based expectations dominates our experiences of wine, and explains how to beat the placebo effect and unlock our palates. In the words of the New York Daily News, Goldstein's essay is "a powerful piece of advice to consumers: like what you like, not what you think you should like."

New in the "blind tasting manifesto" for 2010 is an engaging discussion on the latest research in the field of wine perception, and a strong argument against the validity of 100-point numerical wine ratings from magazines and medals from competitions. Goldstein also discusses his "Osteria L'Intrepido" exposé, which revealed the Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence program to be functioning largely as a mere advertising scheme.

THE WINE TRIALS 2010 concludes with a detailed, step-by-step guide to blind tasting at home.

The book is now available at local and national bookstores, food and wine stores, amazon.com, powells.com, bn.com, and everywhere else books are sold.

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The Wine Trials 2010

Fearless Critic Media / November 2009

ISBN 978-1608160-7-5 / US$14.95

Distributed by Workman Publishing Company

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Argentina's 1150 Wines Now Available in Texas

Written by Administrator Wednesday, 31 March 2010 11:11

Ikal Wines

Mid-State Wine & Liquors http://www.mid-statewine.com a boutique distributor based in Houston, Texas has a portfolio of wines worthy of toasting. The proof was in the glass as Mid-State roped in 35 medals at the 2010 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition on November 14-15, 2009. Medals won included two Reserve Champion and three class champions, of which one was named top value.

 

  

  

 

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Argentina's 1150 Wines Now Available in Texas

Argentinean Vineyard 1150 chooses Mid-State Wine & Liquors, LP as statewide distributor

 

Argentinean vineyard 1150 pronounced “eleven fifty” partners with Houston-based Mid-State Wine to distribute its five vintages to accounts across Texas.

 

The exclusive winery roared onto the U.S. wine scene last year by winning a Critics Gold Award at the 2008 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego, followed by two bronze medals at the 2009 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's International Wine Competition.

 

The 1150 vineyard is located in the hills of Mendoza, Argentina, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The name comes from the altitude of the grape fields, in meters. The winery produces five distinctive vintages: a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a Torrontes.

 

The grapes are grown in sandy, rocky soil bathed with lots of sunshine by day and bright stars and cool dry air at night. The challenging soil conditions and temperature variance make the vines struggle and the fruit ripens slowly, giving the wines their signature body and distinct flavor.    “This makes it an old world style wine, bringing with it sophistication, great balance and lingering fruit”, says Leon Sierra, owner of Mid-State Wine in Houston, Texas.

 

Mid-State Wine & liquors, LP is a state wide wholesaler that has collected over the last nine years an exclusive portfolio of small-batch handcrafted wines and spirits. Owner Leon Sierra was a successful oilfield Electrical engineer and has personally selected the company's products from sources in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and others.

 

"We're very selective in the wines we choose to represent and the 1150 vintages are an ideal addition to our portfolio," said Sierra. "The 1150 wines complement a wide range of Texas foods—from spicy barbecue and juicy steaks to hearty pasta dishes and fresh seafood, making them a perfect match for wine drinkers across the state."

 

"Texans are known for living large and enjoying the finer things in life. That's why we're thrilled to make our wines available here and we're confident that Texans will appreciate the unique flavor and nose of our wines," said Sandra Beltran of 1150.

 

The story behind 1150 began in 1998, when a young group of friends came together to build a new hotel to serve the ripening tourist market in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Conventional wisdom suggested they build a 200-room commercial resort, but the team bucked the trend and instead created the 29-room boutique hotel surrounded by jungle and a powdery white-sand beach, with individual thatch-roofed rooms, private pools and VIP service. That hotel, Ikal del Mar, has since been sold, but it remains a testament to the group's passion, good taste and business acumen.

 

That same group of entrepreneurs took a hiking trip to Argentina's Aconcagua Mountain, near where the winery stands today, and was amazed by the region's natural beauty and fantastic wines. That trip led to the creation of the 1150 vineyard and has also inspired the development of the Ikal Mendoza luxury hotel, which will sit next to the grape fields and treat guests to the finest accommodations, food and – of course – wines.

 

Other holdings for the group include the popular Hotel Esencia, an upscale hotel occupying the former estate of an Italian duchess in Mexico's Riviera Maya. This hotel was one of the first places in the world to serve the 1150 wines and the warm reception there led the winery to seek distribution in more locations.

 

"We can now offer our customers in Texas the rare opportunity to enjoy a taste of Argentina and memories of their Mexico vacation when they purchase our wines," said Sandra Beltran. "It's all about creating experiences and reliving them with family and friends and great wines are definitely a part of that tradition."

 

More information about 1150 wines and the group's other ventures, visit www.1150wine.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houston, Texas (February 20, 2011)- Mid-State Wine & Liquors a boutique distributor and importer based in Houston, Texas has a portfolio of wines worthy of toasting.  The proof was in the glass as Mid-State roped in 36 medals at the 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition on November 14-15, 2010.  Medals won included three Reserve Champion and two class champions, of which Riesling from Germany was named Class Champion.   You can see the Mid-State’s medal awards listing on their website www.mid-statewine.com under the Houston Live stock rodeo tab.

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Mid-State Wine & Liquors Ropes AGAIN THIS YEAR in over 36 medals

During the Houston Rodeo Bites and Bite competition

The eight annual “Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo” International Wine Competition included over 1,800 entries from 500+ wineries and about 20 countries.  Judges tasted through the wines blindfolded in search of the Grand Champion.  Winning winners are to be showcased during the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition held on February 20, 2011.  Wines will be poured with like cuisine for more than 4,000 food and wine enthusiast to indulge on, as medals, chaps and buckles are awarded to the winning Reserve Champions.

Mid-State wines came into the competition with 64 wines and came out with 36 medals including 3 Reserve and 2 Class Champions.  Mid-States portfolio includes wines from around the world.  Wines are hand selected and only introduced in the market place after their experienced panel of winologist approves them for distribution.   “I continue to give my customers the best of the best,” said Sierra, “my portfolio is a reflection of what I believe and love and I don’t want to tarnish it by introducing wines that are not of the highest standards.”

With so many distributors in Texas, Mid-State strives to standout.  “Having over 57% of the entries medal, is a tribute to the effort Mid-State has made to compose a portfolio of wines that are unique, offering great value and great taste, said Justin Gasper, owner of the two Saints in Houston.

Mid-State has plans to grow and expand in 2011.  Going into territories such as McAllen, Lubbock, and Tyler Texas as well as venturing into other states like Louisiana, Colorado and Missouri.  The growth is meant to happen while still keeping the same philosophy of offering great service, great wines and great value.  “We don’t have representatives in the market place, said Dallas Kirkpatrick, Houston Spec’s Account Sales Manger, “we have knowledgably wine specialist that will work with each account to customize their needs, that is why we so lovingly refer to them as wineologist.”

About Mid-State:

Mid-State wine and liquor is currently celebrating its 10th year anniversary and will be hosting some portfolio tasting in each market soon.  Leon left the world of engineering, twelve years ago, just after visiting one of the vineyards in Italy.  The trip left him with a great love and passion for the world of wine.

Mid-State has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and the Headquarters in Houston, Texas. Mid-State’s portfolio includes wines from around the world including, Argentina, Australia, USA, Chile, France, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain.

Owner Leon Sierra has taken his love and passion for the business to a new level introducing his own private label to the market place “Sierra Estate Private Selection”.  Currently featuring a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  They were awarded Bronze medals on the 2009 Rodeo Competition.

However he is also proud to announce that his NEW Private label is called SENOR SIERRA.  The Senor Sierra Tempranillo from de Alicante Spain region was awarded a SILVER medal at the HLSR 2011 wine competition this year.   The SENOR SIERRA wines are 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC and some of the grapes from this private line are indigenous to the Alicante Spanish region so please visit our website for further information about the entire line.  There are plans to expand his Private Selection to include other countries.

Mid-State's objectives are to continue to carry, import and wholesale innovative, exciting and exclusive wines.  For more information on Mid-Sate Wine & Liquor visit www.mid-statewine.com.

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