Combined are proud to be part of the newest venture involving Matt Wenk, who has always been renowned for his winemaking skills.
(PRWEB) December 18, 2014
Smidge Wines is pleased to announce a new distribution agreement with Combined Wines and Foods of New South Wales.
Founded in 1972 by Ninel Molinari, the company has become one of the largest distributors of Italian wines and liqueurs in Australia. It expanded into food in 1992, Australian wines in 1994 and expanded its spirit range in 2010. Combined Wines and Foods has an Australia-wide distribution network and has a customer base of most major wholesalers and retailers, as well as direct distribution to restaurants, liquor stores, clubs, food service companies, delicatessens, supermarkets and function centres. Now it represents key international brands such as Crystal Head Vodka, Singha and Menabrea beers.
Joe Molinari, general manager at Combined, said, ‘Combined are proud to be part of the newest venture involving Matt Wenk, who has always been renowned for his winemaking skills. Smidge Wines fit nicely into our philosophy of expanding our portfolio with only quality, money-for-value wines that help improve the landscape of wine retailing in Australia.’
Combined have listed the full Smidge and Houdini range, providing Smidge much needed reach throughout the region.
‘Finding the right partner for NSW has been a major objective for us, and after spending a week with the Combined team, it further re-enforced the quality of their operation and the bright future for our partnership.’
This is the third recent distribution arrangement announced by Smidge in the past few months. The first two were with Santé, for distribution in Victoria and Tasmania, and Smashing Bottles, for distribution in Queensland.
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Australia's most well known wine publication - James Halliday's 2015 Australian Wine Companion - has awarded Smidge Wines a 5 Star Winery Rating, with some highlights including 96 Points for Smidge’s 2010 Barossa Valley 'S', 94 Points for its 2012 Adamo, and 94 Points for its 2013 Pedra Branca Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc.
Matt Wenk has become recognised as one of Australia’s foremost winemaking talents. He came to prominence as the chief winemaker at Two Hands Wines. Over the past dozen years, Wenk has gone on to become internationally celebrated in winemaking, with a globally-unmatched achievement of 10 consecutive spots in Wine Spectator’s top 100, including five positions in the top 11 and a number two position. He has had more than 300 wines rating greater than 90 points in esteemed publications such as the Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellar, Wine Spectator and Halliday’s Wine Companion.
Since July 2013, Matt has focussed on his label, Smidge Wines, (http://smidgewines.com) where he creates original, small batch, barrel-selected wines. "I think we just row our own boat, really. We never want to emulate anyone else, or do what they're doing. We have our own philosophies," Wenk said.