The SOMM Journal

April / May 2016

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first press CHAMPIONING INDIGENOUS VARIETIES AND LESSER-KNOWN APPELLATIONS, THE GIL FAMILY ESTATES PORTFOLIO OFFERS VALIDITY AND VALUE FROM SPAIN A sense of place is more important than ever in the world of wine. Wine consumers are increasingly looking for something beyond standardized, "international" offerings. Sommeliers are leading the charge by educating their guests on wines that express equal parts terroir and talent, and by scouring distributors' and bro- kers' books for varietals and blends that offer character over conformity, while over-delivering on value. Enter the wines of the Juan Gil Estates portfolio—a rich collection of wines from properties scattered across Spain in which heritage local grapes are the stars. Miguel and Angel Gil in the vineyards. PHOTO COURTESY OF GIL FAMILY ESTATES Preserve and PROTECT

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