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03.02.17 Cooperatives & Import Focus: Bodegas Rauda
As many of you know, Portalis owners, Jens Strecker and Julie Howe, expanded their business in 2011 to including importing. As the liquor laws in Washington State transformed, so did the ability for smaller producers- cooperatives and families- to have a chance at fair representation in Washington. As Jens watched some of his favorite producers move to the side lines or away from the market all together, it created an impetus to support them.
What is a cooperative? In this world of mass production, a cooperative can seem like bulk production plunk like basket Chianti from the 70's or box wine... but in truth, it is a foundation for small producers to bring their product to the market. It is not a new concept at all. Many Old World communities bring their product to market and have it crafted into the local wine or their own label. It provides an infrastructure that many do not have the means to create. Cooperatives were an imperative choice for the Spanish when they transitioned out of the Civil War in 1939 and the financial consequences thereof which lasted decades. If cooperatives were not instituted, most of these small producers would have given up their vines- which today we relish!
Bodegas y Viñedos Rauda Tinto Roble -- Reg.$15.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | Mixed Case $12.79 -- "Roble" 4 months in oak-