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03/20 DAVID ORGANISAK, VERITAS IMPORTS, KATRINA FREY, FREY VINEYARDS

March 20, 201752 min
DAVID ORGANISAK - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, VERITAS IMPORTS Veritas Imports fine and rare wines and spirits from exclusive sources all over the world. Specializing in the classic and mature vintages of Europe’s most elite regions, the company maintains vertical selections of most cru classe Bordeaux, including all of the First Growths, ‘Super-Seconds,” and most other well-known chateaux. Veritas also participates actively in the annual en primeur offerings to the trade, and acquires current vintages directly from chateaux through negociants in Bordeaux. In addition, Veritas represents on an exclusive basis a select number of producers, importing and distributing their products into one or more markets that Veritas serves. Included among such producers are Americans Ann Colgin and Mike Bonaccorsi: Burgundians J-F Mugnier, Sominiqu Lafon, Etienne de Montille Giroud, Gerard Mugneret, Alain Burguet, Rene Engel and Bonoit EnteL and Bas Armagnac Laberdolive, Cognac Jean Fillioux, and the Poire, Dranboise and Prune of Etienne Brana. Veritas also serves as a wholesale dealer in the wines and spirits and currently distributes all or a portion of its portfolio into New York, California, Illinois, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Ceritas principally services the restaurant and hotel industry, together with highly-selective specialty retailers. The company carefully ships its wines in refrigerated containers and maintains its stocks in temperature and humidity controlled warehouses. Current inventory exceeds 120,000 bottles from over five hundred distinguished producers. Veritas is fully licensed by all federal and state authorities having jurisdiction over the conduct of its business and it compliant with all relevant laws, ordinances and rules. Under applicable law, Veritas is not permitted to sell to consumers, although retailers can be recommended in many markets. VERITASWINE.COM KATRINA FREY - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FREY VINEYARDS        America’s first organic and Biodynamic winery - Producing award-winning vegan, gluten free wines with no added sulfites since 1980 We are a third-generation family-owned and operated winery located at the pristine headwaters of the Russian River in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California. At Frey Vineyards we combine the best of modern and traditional winemaking methods to showcase distinctive varietal flavors. Through minimal manipulation in the cellar, we allow the wines to express the authentic character of our soils and climate. For over three decades we have been vanguards in crafting wine without added sulfites, a synthetic preservative added to most other wines (even wines made with organically grown grapes!) that can cause adverse allergic reactions in some people. Our organic and Biodynamic farming methods encourage care for the soil, groundwater, and wildlife, promoting rich biodiversity in the vineyard. Ninety percent of our land is held as unspoiled natural habitat with a diverse mix of native plants and animals. As stewards of the land, we emphasize producing organic and Biodynamic wine of the highest quality while caring for planet and palate alike. FREY VINEYARDS – A HISTORY OF AMERICA'S FIRST ORGANIC WINERY Paul Sr. and Beba Frey grew up a few blocks apart in the gritty New York City of the 1930's and 40's. Paul relished his summer escapes to the Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania. And Beba found bliss each summer on a Catskill Mountains dairy farm (see photo above). Each vowed to escape the city permanently. They later met and married in medical school. While their family grew, they longed for a life closer to nature and finally settled down in Northern California in the early 1960's on their ranch in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County. The 12 children grew up instilled with love and respect for the natural environment, and picked up gardening, farming, and agricultural skills, as their parents had dreamed.  Paul Sr. and Beba rounded out their child

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