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Martellotto Winery Newly Released: NV Martellotto Semi-Secco Bianco Vermouth

Martellotto Winery Newly Released: NV Martellotto Semi-Secco Bianco Vermouth

Martellotto Winery, in Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara County, releases a new NV Martellotto Semi-Secco Bianco Vermouth. Not every winery offers something so unique. This ideal aperitif wine awakens your senses just as the Brazilian-commissioned label dazzles your eye with the beautiful floral design. 

“This is my second release of this wine,” says Greg Martellotto. “My first foray into the growing Vermouth category was in 2018. The base wine of both is a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Happy Canyon and Chardonnay from a single vineyard in Santa Maria. Then I add a proprietary blend of botanicals in high-proof grape distilled spirit. It’s really refreshing and delicious.”

Vermouth is defined as a red or white fortified wine infused with aromatic botanicals. Popular in France, Spain and Italy, it is also used in cocktails. Not well-known in the U.S. as an aperitif or digestif, mixologists use it primarily as a cocktail mixer, especially in Martinis.

NV Martellotto Semi-Secco Bianco Vermouth second release

Martellotto’s vermouth has no added sugar, includes over 20 botanical ingredients and features mandarin peel as an additional flavor and aroma component. The alcohol is 19%. Refrigerate up to 3 months after opening.

The wine is Semi-Secco which means half-dry. Since Vermouth ranges from dry to sweet, this one sits in the middle of the range. 

Aromas express toasted bitter almond, sherry-like flor, vanilla, a touch of sweetness, and candied mandarin orange peel. The flavor on the palate is refreshing with a hint of vanilla, some nuttiness, a subtle bitterness, with a viscous mouthfeel.

Serving suggestions include:

    • Over ice
    • Over ice with tonic or soda water and a twist (lemon or lime)
    • Mixed in cocktails in place of any other vermouth
    • Paired with nuts, olives, dried cheeses or fresh seafood
    • Savored at sunset (it’s the perfect little sunset drink)

NV Martellotto Semi-Secco Bianco Vermouth pairs with most anything. If you taste it, you will want to drink it. 

“Americans are just beginning to appreciate the joys of vermouth,” Greg adds. “Enjoy (it) with John Coltrane performing "My Favorite Things." At sunset!

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About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:


Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

100 Los Padres Way #7

Buellton, CA  93427

(619) 567-9244

https://martellotto.com/

Martellotto Winery Insider Wine Series: Santa Barbara County Wine

Martellotto Winery Insider Wine Series: Santa Barbara County Wine

Want to know more about wine? 

Join Greg Martellotto as he reveals wine insider details in this new video series. Greg brings you inside the Santa Barbara County wine world.  He shares his deep experience in all aspects of the wine business. 

“My goal with the Martellotto Winery video series is to connect with everyone from the novice wine drinker to the educated and discerning oenophile. I want people to understand and appreciate my wines and the wines from Santa Barbara County in general through this series. Videos are a natural way to communicate why we are unique,” says Greg Martellotto. 

Learn what wine terms mean, such as battonage, organic or biodynamic. Find out if Santa Barbara wines go with Japanese food or why Santa Barbara Pinot Noir is so good. Connect with Santa Barbara County tourism officials. 

Greg’s interviews with industry leaders shed light on many aspects of the wine industry. By including diverse experts in tourism, food, agriculture and more, wine lovers can learn about wine holistically.  

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For example, in an interview with consulting winemaker and owner of Lo-Fi Wines, Mike Roth, Greg and Mike discuss the future of Santa Barbara County wine. In Santa Barbara County, young people are coming into the business with new ideas and planting different grape varieties. 

The best wines are the ones with a sense of place. Santa Barbara County is a special place producing unique wines and Greg wants wine drinkers to appreciate why. 

These videos will help anyone expand their wine knowledge. Each one is interesting and enjoyable on their own but together they provide insight into Santa Barbara wines and winemaking.  Short videos are posted regularly. 

Greg is committed to crafting quality wine. He is also committed to sharing relevant information for the benefit of anyone wanting to learn more about wine. Through this series, consumers will be able to make better decisions about the wines they buy. 

Greg Martellotto invites you to enjoy the video series with a bottle of Martellotto wine from Santa Barbara County.

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About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            
Martellotto Winery
(619) 567-9244
https://martellotto.com/

How to Make Insanely Delicious Private Label Wine for LESS Money!

How to Make Insanely Delicious Private Label Wine for LESS Money!

You CAN make your own private label, insanely delicious wine, and spend less than you would for the same wine at retail. 

AND you have a wine that no one else has!

Why Make Your Own Private Label Wine?

Many people want to make wine today. But instead of commercializing wine, why not make your own wine for personal consumption? Some reasons you might want to make your own private label wine include:

  1. It’s easy and it reduces your cost per bottle versus retail.
  2. You’ll have your favorite wine on-hand all the time.
  3. You can drink better wine for less.
  4. Friends and family will be impressed.
  5. You can give it away to clients or for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.
  6. Someone is getting married and you need a lot of wine.
  7. It is the ultimate in personalization.
  8. You can share a barrel among friends.
  9. Because you can.

In short: Better Wine, Less Money! You can be the pioneer among your friends.

What are the Benefits to Contracting with a Winery?

It’s no secret creating wine is an expensive proposition. The joke goes: to build a fortune in the wine business, start with a larger fortune. 

If you want to enjoy the benefits of having a premium custom wine with your own label, then contracting out with a winery makes sense. 

The winery does all the work, including licensing and compliance, such as label approvals, reducing most of the risk.

You can choose one of their existing wines or you can create your own custom blend. 

It costs MUCH less than if you bought the same wine at a retail store, so you save money.

You’ll learn a lot about wine depending on your involvement in the process.  According to Wine Spectator, an average wine barrel contains roughly 60 gallons of wine. This represents about 25 cases or 300 bottles.

You can arrange for one barrel of wine and have 25 cases sent to your home.  Each one of the 300 bottles could show your face, or your dog’s. At one bottle a week, the wine would last for six months. The cost runs about half that of buying the very same wine off a retail shelf. 

It’s Easy to Get Started

Find a winery partner.

For the wine, determine the quantity, the type and style, and the bottle and label you want. 

Cost depends on the quantity, the wine, the bottle size and style and the label. Delivery costs are additional. 

The winery will craft your wine, bottle and label it and deliver it depending on your needs. 

Too Good to be True?

In the past, bulk wine producers made most private label wines of low quality and low price. Many still do but other producers have entered the market. You find more higher-quality private label wines now.

But not many individuals have a private label wine to serve in their homes. Custom private label wines for personal use have not yet caught on in the market.

Producers haven’t really considered reaching out to those consumers who might be interested.

Therefore, it can be difficult to find the right winery that offers what you want, when you want it and at the price point and quality level you want. 

Not every winery has access to premium grapes or equipment to make and age such wines. And not every winery is interested in making wine at smaller quantities.

Drink Better Private Label Wine for Less Money 

If you are serious about having your own private label wine, and you love Santa Barbara County wines, contact Martellotto WInery.

Martellotto Winery offers a unique opportunity to have your own top-quality wine. Choose one of our wines or work with our winemakers to create a custom wine. 

With access to the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Martellotto will make your premium quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay at a fraction of the retail price.

Minimum quantities run around 336 cases. Cost can run anywhere from $10 to $30 per bottle for wine retailing from $20 - $60 per bottle.

We do the work, so you don’t have to. Call to schedule a private tasting and quote. Contact Greg at (619) 567-9244.