Jameswine.fr was formed in 2009 by James Ryland as a Bordeaux based brand development company, with the objective of creating and marketing new wine brands from classic regions for international importers and distributers.
James's previous experience as both an importer based in Dubai covering Middle Eastern and Asian markets and then as sales and marketing director with leading Bordeaux producer André Lurton enabled him to develop an insider's understanding of both importer's and producer's requirements. Jameswine has close associations in Middle Eastern, Nordic and North American markets where we work to develop sales of our own brands and also in close collaboration with our clients to develop importer-owned blends and labels.
Long-standing relations with growers in the classic regions of France – Champagne, Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, the Loire and the Rhône, and also in Northern Spain and South Africa – and a very close association with a dedicated wine industry design house mean we are well-placed to develop new blends, brand concepts, labels and communication materials. A partnership with a qualitative and cost-effective bottling operation allows us to take blending and branding exercises through to competitively-positioned finished product, be it standard 75cl glass or PET, 3L BIB or quarter bottles for airline business.
This is top quality Sauvignon Blanc from a producer in the Côtes de Gascogne who has both the ambition and the technical wherewithal to deliver an excellent and fantastically consistent product.
There is volume too, the producer has access to over 500 Ha. The wines are currently supplied to some of the top quality players in the region. I have developed this label concept and have access to the best qualities.
From the 2011 vintage we will be producing a Low Alcohol/Low Calorie Sauvignon Blanc responding to consumer concerns about allergens and calories in their diet.
This is top quality Rosé from a domaine on the slopes of the Montagne Noir in the Languedoc which has both the ambition and the technical wherewithal to deliver an excellent and fantastically consistent product.
The domaine is over 100 Ha and the wines are currently supplied to some of the top quality players in the region; the proprietor is of course much more interested in developing sales in bottle.
Early-harvest Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%) grown on clay-limestone soils in this temperate mountain-influenced climate deliver a precise, nervy rosé with bags of intriguing fruit character.
Sauvignon Blanc from these appellations is probably the ‘purest’ expression of this variety anywhere.
This wine has been sourced and blended from the wines of a small number of selected grower partners. The aim being to produce really fine, aromatic, mineral expression yet a wine that shows the complexity that can be achieved through well-judged blending across the diverse terroirs of these appellations – wines from the Terres Blanches give ripeness, those from the Silex contribute an intense minerality. This is a classic French brand with real consumer recognition. My aim has been to offer character and intensity – not bland generics – yet remain really competitive.
Every June in the Rioja town of Haro, on the feast day of San Pedro, the Batalla del Vino is held. The event is a mix of religious ceremony and high spirited hedonism. It begins early in the morning with a procession to the nearby hills where at a small hillside chapel a religeous service is held. Afterwards, let battle commence – everyone, from child to grandparent, using everything from goatskin to agricultural crop sprayer, from super-soaker waterpistol to buckets, soaks everyone else with wine – the once white-clad citizens of the procession transformed to purple hues. An unforgettable experience. Batalla Rioja rejoices in the spirit of this annual fiesta.
Youthful, bright garnet colour. Ripe blackberry and wild strawberries on the nose, the subtlest of vanilla notes from a brief passage in French and American oak. This clean, bright fruit is confirmed on the palate, soft and ripe but with a sharp, lactic, almost yogurt-like character to the fruit adding texture, acidity and balance. A lovely, delicate wine that you’ll enjoy with Spanish tapas and especially, given the bright clean acidity, with grilled lamb chops – the classic meat dish of La Rioja.
Tokolosh – named for the mischievous spirit of African mythology – is a new take on South Africa at this price point with innovative, eye-catching labeling.
The wines are made on the estate of our partner, Kosie Möller at the Klein Parys in Paarl. We love the ripeness of this warm climate vineyard but also the structure and minerality that the terroir here gives, and the fact that the wine retains a certain freshness and elegance in the finish. Careful handling of the fruit – hand-picked early in the day – then rapid cooling of the musts and temperature-controlled fermentations help us achieve these goals. The Merlot is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels to add spice and complexity to the lush fruit.