We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with Latitude Beverage to develop our first Vaillancourt Christmas wine. We began the endeavor of developing a wine that follows the guiding principles of our business: superior quality, quintessential embodiment of the spirit of the holidays, limited in quantity, uses Judi Vaillancourt’s artistic eye (the label features a painting by Judi), and tells a story. With that, and after months of preparations, we’ve released the first Vaillancourt Christmas Wine.
Hand numbered, the Vaillancourt Christmas Wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a winery in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley—and is a limited edition of 672 bottles. The coveted #1 was sold to a collector from Virginia for $315 while higher numbered bottles are available for $30. Online sales during the kick-off weekend included collectors buying from as far away as California and Florida, as well as many East Coast destinations.
The quality of wine stands on its own legs as a gift or simply to drink at home. The fact that it’s associated with the Vaillancourt’s brand makes it that much more special for the holidays. So, if you’re looking for a creative stocking stuffer or host present, the Vaillancourt Wine will appeal to both Christmas collectors and wine enthusiasts alike.
Created as a way to celebrate Christmas year-round, the inaugural Vaillancourt Wine is meant to instill the warm feelings of the holidays.
Where to Buy Vaillancourt Wine
If you’re visiting the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery in Sutton, MA, you’ll be able to purchase bottles directly from our store. Those who are outside of the area can purchase online through Latitude Beverages’ website, 90+ Cellars. Bottles are also available at several regional restaurants that are recognized for their food and wine programs: Nuovo Restaurant; VIA Italian Table; and Lock 50; as well as The UXLocale in Uxbridge. Limited cases will also be available from Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.
About The Wine
The wine inside the bottle is a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. It comes to us from a highly-regarded producer who has been growing grapes in Sonoma since the mid 1800s. Like Vaillancourt, this winery is a family business that has a long history of tradition. It’s the perfect fit for this first edition celebratory release.
The grapes that went into this wine come from low-yielding vines grown in gravel and clay soils on land that slopes gradually from the hills to the Russian River. The Mediterranean climate of California’s Alexander Valley, combined with the marine air from the Pacific that flows through the Russian Valley by way of the Petaluma Gap, the warm sun, and cool air allows the grapes to fully ripen with a balanced acidity.
Harvested in the fall, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel and matured for 10-12 months in casks, allowing the wine to deliver a full-bodied, lip-smacking affection.
The Story Behind…
Why is a Christmas company selling wine? The video below was taken from “The Story Behind…” lecture presentation where Luke explains choosing the wine, designing the label, creating the hanging wine bottle Christmas tree as the retail display, and more… including “hedging our bets” with the Vaillancourt Wine Santa.
Unfortunately, due to state laws, there are a handful of states that we are unable to ship wine to, these states include: AL, AK, AZ, AR, DE, HI, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, NB, NJ, ND, OH, RI, SD, UT, WV. While we are unable to ship to these states, it does offer a great excuse to visit our Sutton, MA gallery this Christmas!