Boutinot Signs Sonoma’s Cline Cellars

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Boutinot Signs Sonoma’s Cline Cellars

Boutinot has signed Cline Cellars - a family-owned vineyard and winery with 460 hectares under vine in Contra Costa County and Sonoma County, California.

Cline Cellars was established in 1982 by Fred Cline, a descendant of Italian US settlers, who originally founded his winery in Oakley, Contra Costa County, cultivating Rhône varieties and Zinfandel on vines dating back to 1906.  In the 1990s, the family moved their winemaking operation to a 350 acre ranch in Carneros Valley, adopting sustainable farming in 2000, and building the largest solar panelled winery in California.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing Cline Cellars, already well established in the UK, into our portfolio,” comments Boutinot’s Alex Gittins.  “While others in California were focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the ‘80s, Fred Cline saw the potential of Rhône varieties and Zinfandel in his vineyards.  He’s always worked to tread a tricky, but highly rewarding line - producing wines which have all the appealing, ripe fruit you might expect from California but in an authentic, terroir-driven style.  Today his range runs the full gamut from full, blood thirsty fruit bombs to the finer, oak influenced examples which combine power, finesse and class.”

Boutinot will now offer the following wines to the Independent and Restaurant sectors:

  • Cline Cellars Lodi Zinfandel RRP £  99 - 12.49
  • Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier RRP £11.99 - 13.99
  • Cline Cellars Nancy’s Vines Zinfandel RRP £17.99 - 19.99
  • Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Mourvèdre RRP £17.99 - 19.99
  • Cline Cellars Live Oak Zinfandel RRP £24.99 - 28.99

Since its inception in 1980, Boutinot has grown to become one of the UK’s leading wine companies, both distributing and producing ranges from around the world.  Its comprehensive ‘Made by Boutinot’ portfolio sits alongside and complements the 100 plus agencies that the company is proud to represent in the UK.

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Date of issue:                                    9 March 2016

Further information - emma wellings pr:  t 020 8996 5168  e alison@ew-pr.co.uk