OUR GOALS: TO IMPORT THE BEST EXPRESSIONS OF ITALY'S ENORMOUS RANGE OF NATIVE GRAPE VARIETIES. TO FIND VINTNERS WHOSE WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHIES TEND TOWARD TRADITION AND MINIMAL INTERVENTION. TO DISCOVER WINES THAT ARE TRUE TO THE GRAPE, THE PEOPLE, AND THE PLACE.
After working many years in the retail and distribution sides of the business in New York, London, and San Francisco, Oliver began importing and distributing wines on his own in 1994. The portfolio had been Italian focused for many years but in 2007, he decided to focus exclusively on the importation of Italian wines. Since then the portfolio has expanded from a predominantly Northern Italian selection to include an equally powerful and fast-growing Southern Italian selection. Oliver and his team look for wines with clarity, focus, and precision made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using traditional winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak.
Additionally, we are now importing Italian craft spirits! We started with our first product in 2015, a blood orange amaro from Sicily called 'AMARA'. In 2016 we launched many new products including an Italian Gin; dry and sweet (both red and white) Vermouth di Torino; Genepy; Limoncello and Mandarincello; and a range of the popular Italian digestivo, Amaro. We are continuing to add interesting Italian Spirits to our selection with the release of an Aperitivo and Bitter Rosso (similar to Aperol & Campari) and the famous walnut based 'Nocino' in early 2017 and a range of Mirto based spirits arriving later this year.
Oliver McCrum, President
Oliver McCrum began the company in 1994 and is the mastermind behind our incredible selection of wines and spirits. In addition to searching for new wines and spirits to add to our portfolio, Oliver enjoys reading and learning about wine and teaching others about it too.
Michele Boscia , Vice President
Michele began working for the company in 2007 and along with the company, her role has grown tremendously. Today, as part owner and Vice President, she wears many hats. Michele's favorite grapes are Riesling, Nebbiolo, and Nerello Mascalese.
Marie Tyler, Operations & Distribution Manager
Marie began working for the company in 2010 and quickly became an integral part of the team. She now manages the day to day operations of the company and is in charge of our distribution outside of CA. Marie loves to drink aged Fiano, Pelaverga, and sparkling Nebbiolo.
Holly Corr, Wine Sales & Spirits Manager
Holly began working for the company in 2013 selling our wares throughout Northern CA. She now focuses her attention in the East Bay, SF, Napa, Marin, and Tahoe and is responsible for the sales and marketing of our Italian craft spirits. Holly is our resident bartender; try her latest Gin, Cynar, Amara, and Grapefruit Bitters concoction.
Karen Ruocco, Wine Sales
Karen began working for the company in 2015 peddling our wines and spirits from Carmel & Monterey up to San Francisco and Sacramento. Karen brings passion and enthusiasm to the table and greatly enjoys introducing people to good wine. The Le Fraghe Bardolino and Chiaretto are Karen's go-to wines.