Hogshead Wine Company Brings Wines of Integrity and Soul to North Shore Suppliers
Founded by Kevin Foran six years ago, Hogshead Wine Company is made up of a small team of passionate industry veterans, who work with a growing collection of global wines – wines of integrity, soul and great taste – at all price points. The founding of the company began with an appreciation of tradition in the vineyard and the quest to represent winemakers and importers who embrace this same philosophy, the encouragement of age-old techniques and minimal intervention, as well as organic practices, biodynamic and sustainable.
“We have always emphasized the neighborhood restaurant or wine shop, small local shops connected to their communities, where buyers know their customers and their regulars,” explains sales director Jen Pieters. “As a medium-sized company, we place great importance on supporting small and medium-sized businesses in turn and building a community.”
As summer draws to a close and autumn vies for our attention, we’re showcasing a selection of top picks from neighborhood retailers across the Hogshead portfolio, with plenty more to be found at other North Shore suppliers. .
Gina Agostinelli, Wine and Store Manager, Andover Classic Wines, takes a classic approach with a German Riesling from Moselle producer Max Ferdinand Richter. This single vineyard Mülheimer Sonnenlay “Zeppelin” is an enchanting and exotic mineral Riesling. A Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir, from Bearwallow Vineyard in California’s Anderson Valley, showcases the cool-climate elegance of producer Kevin Harvey, whose Pinot Noir wines have been considered “expressions of the New World, quality surprisingly close to the best red Burgundies”.
For owners Bea and Bruce of The Cellar Door in Ipswich, it’s about both discovery and what’s been proven. Catarratto, native to Italian producer Caruso & Minini, is a new addition; its vineyards bask by the ocean in western Sicily. It is a rich and grassy wine, lush with great minerality and a deep golden robe. South African producer Babylonstoren Wine Estate, in Simonsberg-Paarl in the Western Cape, is a familiar favourite. An assortment of Bordeaux varietals, along with Shiraz and Pinotage, presents a playful, juicy, red fruit palate with a hint of chocolate.
Regina Lane, of Seaview Farm and Farmstead in Rockport, includes two Portuguese beauties in her growing collection: a perfect rosé of affordable, pedigree elegance from Herdade do Rocim in the Alentejo, is a blend of native, dry and with an abundance of aromatics and a silky mouthfeel. A Vinho Verde, Azahar, a blend of native white grape varieties, comes from Gota Wine in the eponymous region, whose vines paling the Atlantic coast, ensuring a delicious salinity and the scent of orange blossoms.
Alexis Harwood from Helen’s Bottle Shop in Manchester presents an ode to Spain. Wines from producer Envínate come from vineyards grown on the mainland as well as on the arid and beautiful Canary Islands. The Palo Blanco, made from Listán Blanco, reflects the extent of the islands’ rugged terrain, with a texture of old vines, a citrus core, salinity and racy minerals. Alfredo Maestro’s ‘Lovamor’, made from Albillo in Castile and León, has an unfiltered orange hue from prolonged skin contact. It is a rich and bright wine, with a cherished label.
Wine buyer Preet Gill of One Stop Liquors in Beverly has a nearby corner in his father’s liquor store, with an entire selection devoted to natural wines. Yetti and The Kokonut B’rosé from Barossa, South Australia, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Sémillon and Gewürztraminer “pursues a fresh line of congruent acid with a hint of fresh fruit.” It has an equal affinity for Summer Water Rosé, a sustainable late summer blend of Grenache and Syrah from California’s Central Coast.
Susan and August at The Cheese Shop of Salem point to the glorious effects of high-altitude growing conditions: bright acidity and aromas. Greek producer Tetramythos works magic with the native white grape variety Roditis, sourced from plots in the mountainous northwest of the Peloponnese. Crisp green apples, white flowers and a whisper of sea salt dominate. And from the foothills of the Dolomites in the northeastern region of Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, comes the “Cimber” of Castel Noarna. A rustic, fruity and perfectly toned red made with Lagrein, from vineyards bordering the Alps.
Contact Helen’s Bottle Shop, helensbottleshop.com; Andover Classic Wines, andoverclassicwines.com; The Ipswich cellar door, cavedooripswich.com;
Salem Cheese Factory, thecheeseshopofsalem.com; One-Stop Liquors, onestopmarketbeverly.com; Farmhouse and farmhouse with sea view, seaviewfarmrockport.com