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This is your ticket to a new world of wine. Tour different terroir, explore the exotic, and uncover the unique.

Every year Passport SeriesTM takes us to new countries – from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories of excellence – it is an adventure through some of the most prominent and well respected wine growing regions around the world.

From classic varietals to charismatic blends, this limited release wine series celebrates the unique, thrives on exploration, and insists on excellence. Available for just a short time and by reservation only, the exclusive Passport SeriesTM takes you on a new, exhilarating journey every year, making this collection a highly sought-after one of a kind wine experience.

Reservations for all five styles must be made by November 18, 2014.


PassportBottle_Washington RGB_90x210PETIT VERDOT – Yakima Valley, Washingtonpv-avail-en

Sweetness: Dry  |  Alcohol: 13.5%  |  Body: Full  |  $137/kit

THE WINE
Traditionally used in Bordeaux blends to give colour and aromatics, Petit Verdot produces a bold, well structured wine on its own. Expect intense colour and aromas of vanilla, cedar and smoke, followed by ripe cherry and blackberry flavours. This full bodied wine has warm undertones of mocha, firm tannins, and a rich and robust finish.

THE REGION
Located in the southern centre of the state, just across from the Cascade Mountains, Yakima Valley is home to some of Washington’s oldest vineyards. With a balance of warm days, cool nights, and controlled water, the Yakima Valley produces fully mature fruit. The valley receives less than 150mm of rain per year so the vines rely on irrigation which growers can control, resulting in fruit with great concentration and flavour.

THE FOOD
Experiment with barbequed lamb chops, pork spare ribs, duck, filet mignon and other rich meats. Hearty casseroles and mature hard cheeses such as Parmigiano, Grana Padano and Pecorino Romano also pair well.


PassportBottle_Oregon RGB_90x210Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley, Oregonavail-jan---en

Sweetness: Off-dry Alcohol: 12.5% Body: Medium  |  $128/kit

THE WINE
Look for aromatics of lemon, green apple and subtle floral notes with flavours of fresh-cut pear, mango and tropical fruits. Medium body with a pale straw colour, Oregon’s Pinot Gris boasts zesty acidity balanced by a slight sweetness and lingering finish.

THE REGION
Willamette Valley is the largest wine growing region in Oregon and is surrounded by the Columbia River, the Oregon Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains. The valley is mild year-round and has the perfect climate for this delicate cool-weather white, the most popular white varietal grown in the valley. Winters are typically cool and wet, summers are dry and warm. There is enough sunlight and warmth for ripening, but the cool evenings help prevent over-ripening, keeping the fruit fresh and true to style.

THE FOOD
Opt for fresh salmon, halibut steaks or shrimp with your Oregon Pinot Gris. A more adventurous match would be spicy curry or Thai noodle dishes or enjoy on its own lightly chilled.


PassportBottle_Italy RGB_90x210Brunello Style – Montalcino, Italyavail-jan---en

Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 13.5% Body: Full  |  $159/kit

THE WINE
An elegant wine made from Sangiovese grapes with a deep garnet hue, full body and velvety texture. Aromas of leather, cranberry, tobacco, and rich flavours of ripe cherry with a hint of earthiness define this classic Italian wine style. Smooth
tannins and ripe fruit driven characteristics make this well balanced with a silky finish.

THE REGION
Located 120km south of Florence, Montalcino is one of the warmest and driest regions within Tuscany, receiving just 700mm of rain on average per year. Montalcino is a small medieval village in the Province of Siena, with the wine district centred to the northeast of the village in wooded and hilly terrain. Vineyards are planted on both the north and south facing slopes: vines on the northern slopes ripen slower, producing racier and more aromatic fruit, while the increased sun
exposure on the southern slopes lends more power and complexity to the fruit. Together this yields fruit unique to the region.

THE FOOD
Enjoy with Tuscany’s famous grilled steak Florentine, marinated and grilled portobello mushrooms or a rich beef ragu over pappardelle pasta. A charcuterie platter of cured meats and a mix of hard cheeses is also a perfect match.


PassportBottle_California RGB_90x210Pinot Noir – Sonoma Valley, Californiaavail-feb---en

Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 13% Body: Light  |  $137/kit

THE WINE
Light bodied with soft aromas of cherry, vanilla, and earthy undertones. On the palate bold flavours of red and black cherry and strawberry are balanced by a touch of mellow spice. This fruity and bright wine is ruby in colour with a smooth, satisfying finish.

THE REGION
Sonoma Valley is the largest wine growing region in Sonoma County. Bordered to the west by the Sonoma Mountains and the Mayacamas Mountains on the east, the valley is open from north to south, allowing cool air to flow down from the Pacific Ocean and up from the San Pablo Bay. Sonoma Valley is a diverse region with steep mountains, rolling bench lands, fertile plains, cool coastal fog and an abundance of warm California sunshine. It is known for its Pinot Noir which ripens to delicate perfection in the cooler areas close to the San Francisco Bay.

THE FOOD
Light enough to pair with salmon but complex enough to pair with meats such as duck. Enjoy with pizza, any mushroom based dishes or with cheeses such as Camembert or Gruyère.


PassportBottle_Chile RGB_90x210Volcanic Red – Curicó Valley, Chileavail-march---en

Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 14% Body: Full  |  $159/kit

THE WINE
Three classic Chilean varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot make this bold, full bodied blend erupting with sweet fruit flavours from the Cabernet Sauvignon, spicy and earthy notes from the Carménère, rounded out with soft fruit and chocolate notes from the Merlot. Deep red, smooth and balanced, with a lingering finish.

THE REGION
The Curicó Valley is located in the Central Valley, south of Chile’s capital Santiago. The Mediterranean climate of hot days and cool humid nights is very beneficial for the development of flavour and aroma in the wines. The region’s soil is composed of limestone and volcanic rock from the Andes, deposited in the valley over time by the rivers. The combination of the climate and soil are ideal for growing all three varieties found in the Volcanic Red.

THE FOOD
Serve with roasted or grilled meats such as lamb, beef or chicken. Indian curry, mushroom risotto, or Spanish Paella are also great matches. Try cheeses like blue or other hard cheeses such as Asiago with this bold Chilean blend.


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