Importers:

Eric Solomon (European Cellars)

Goodbye corporate life, hello entrepreneurialism. In 1989 Eric quit his job and opened European Cellars. For the first five years he imported exclusively French wines, with an emphasis on the south. “A 35-year-old man is not in a position to walk into the office of a Grand Cru burgundy producer and say ‘Hi, I’m Eric Solomon, sign me up,’” he says. “At the time Rhones such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape were still largely unknown. Now, thanks to Robert Parker and Kermit Lynch, they’re powerhouse wines, but back then nobody was paying attention to them. It was a good place to start.”

Eric almost immediately drew the journalistic attention of venerable wine writer Robert Parker, whom he calls “Bob” “He is one of the most ethical and giving people in the business,” says Eric. “When we first met I didn’t know he loved Rhone wines but I happened to send him a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that he’d never tried. He called me and said ‘Tell me about this producer, and by the way, who are you?’ Bob likes the worthy underdog and here I was a kid with no real presence in the wine world exploring uncharted territory. He became my advocate.”

The next truly pivotal moment in Eric Solomon’s life came five years later. “What changed my life was meeting Daphne,” says Eric, referring to his wife, winemaker Daphne Glorian. “It sounds like a soap opera, but it’s true. By that time I had this little office in Chelsea where the rents were low but you had to literally step over the junkies lying on the steps every morning. If you stuck your head out the window and turned it perfectly you could get a glimpse of the Empire State Building. I was inundated with unsolicited samples from small vineyards in Europe, so many that one whole wall of my office was wine. I was feeling guilty - these people had gone to the trouble of boxing and sending these bottles overseas and I owed them some sort of response, so one spring day I sat down and started tasting.” He tried 80 wines that day but one stopped him in his tracks. It was called Clos Erasmus and because of the name, and the fact the other wines were all French, Eric assumed he was tasting a French wine. “When I looked at the label and saw it was from the Priorat region in Spain I was floored,” he says. “I had never even heard of the Priorat and, as it turns out, no one else had either.”

Daphne Glorian had sent Eric that bottle so many months earlier she’d forgotten about it. She was traveling in South America and it took days for him to catch up with her. “When I looked at the label it had such an absurdly low number that I knew she wasn’t producing much,” says Eric. “I wrote her saying ‘I’ll take every bottle you have.’” Daphne still recalls how she felt when she finally read his fax. It was her first vintage. She had never sold a bottle of wine before in her whole life. And now this guy in America wanted it all.
It was a life-altering moment for both of them - Daphne took Eric into the world of Spanish wines, Eric took Daphne into the American market. They didn’t actually meet for two years, but when they did, it was “at first sight” and an intercontinental romance began. “We had a modern relationship,” he laughs. “A new vineyard is a sieve of time and money and Daphne and I were building our businesses on different continents at the same time.”

 


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Number of wines found: 39

 

Bodegas Mas Alta imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
638892012 Black Slate La Vilella Alta Priorat750ml26.9921.99Add to Cart.

 

Chateaux Pesquie imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
569802010 Quintessence Cotes du Ventoux90 WS750ml26.9921.99Add to Cart.
613862012 Les Terrasses Cotes du Ventoux92 WA750ml16.9913.99Add to Cart.

 

Clos Erasmus imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
570062010 Clos Erasmus (92-94) WA750ml245.00210.00Add to Cart.

 

Clos St. Jean imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
632662012 Combe des Fous Chateauneuf du Pape96 WS
96 WA
750ml179.00139.00Add to Cart.
633922012 Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf du Pape98 WA750ml220.00199.00Add to Cart.
633942012 VV Chateauneuf du Pape94 WA750ml64.9954.99Add to Cart.

 

Domaine Giachino imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
575742011 Abymes Monfarina Savoie750ml17.9915.99Add to Cart.

 

Domaine la Garrigue imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
616562012 Cuvee Romaine Cotes du Rhone91 WA750ml17.9915.99Add to Cart.

 

Equipo Navazos imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
62139 NV Fino En Rama Saca de July 2013 Sherry Jerez375ml17.9915.99Add to Cart.
621412010 La Bota de Vino Blanco #44 Florpower Sanlucar750ml38.9934.99Add to Cart.
621402011 Pedro Ximenez Casa del Inca Sherry Montilla Moriles750ml59.9952.99Add to Cart.
627532012 OVNI Blanco Montilla Moriles750ml21.9918.99Add to Cart.

 

Familia Nin-Ortiz imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
570082010 Planetes de Nin Crianza 750ml51.9945.99Add to Cart.

 

Finca Villacreces imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
632642007 Villacreces Ribera del Duero750ml41.9935.99Add to Cart.
625912012 Pruno Ribera del Duero

"This blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a vineyard situated adjacent to one of the famous vineyards utilized to produce Spains greatest red wine, Vega Sicilia. Made from relatively old vines, the 2012 Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured effort that spent 12 months in two-year-old French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a baby Vega Sicilia, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as notes of high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and spice box. Full-bodied, deep, velvety textured, lush and heady, at $20 a bottle, it is another sensational bargain from Eric Solomon. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. " Robert Parker
- Wine Advocate

93 WA750ml20.9918.99Add to Cart.

 

Gassier, Michel imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
560432011 Cercius Cotes du Rhone750ml16.9914.99Add to Cart.

 

Gramona imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
634212007 Imperial Cava91 WA750ml34.9929.99Add to Cart.

 

Herencia Altes imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
590242012 91 WA750ml12.999.99Add to Cart.

 

Janasse imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
578162009 Les Garrigues Cotes du Rhone93 WA750ml47.9941.99Add to Cart.
589622011 Chaupin Chateauneuf du Pape95 WA750ml99.9979.99Add to Cart.
589612011 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape96 WA750ml139.00108.00Add to Cart.
588002011 Reserve Cotes du Rhone750ml19.9914.99Add to Cart.
611862012 Chaupin Chateauneuf du Pape

"Building nicely on the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, has tons of sweet fruit and solid, if not firm, tannin that come out on the finish." Jeb Dunnuck
- Wine Advocate

94 WA750ml89.9979.99Add to Cart.
632422012 Chaupin Chateauneuf du Pape1.5L199.00179.00Add to Cart.
611872012 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape

"Up in the top handful of wines in the vintage...it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin." Jeb Dunnuck
- Wine Advocate

96 WA750ml139.00109.00Add to Cart.
611852012 Chateauneuf du Pape

"The 2012 Chateauneuf is beautiful, with medium to full-bodied richness. It shows the purity and balance of the vintage, and will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming decade or more. " Jeb Dunnuck
- Wine Advocate

92 WA750ml69.9954.99Add to Cart.
632432012 Terre d'Argile Cotes du Rhone750ml25.9922.99Add to Cart.
632412013 Blanc Chateauneuf du Pape94 WA750ml65.9957.99Add to Cart.
632282013 Blanc Cotes du Rhone90 WA750ml24.9919.99Add to Cart.

 

La Peira imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
626462010 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira Coteaux du Languedoc97 WA750ml99.9989.99Add to Cart.

 

Marcoux imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
514332009 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape94 WA
96 WS
750ml209.00179.00Add to Cart.
610852012 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape

"The wine possesses a perfumed, complex profile...followed by a full-bodied, voluptuously textured wine that has layers of sweet fruit, fine tannin and terrific length. This cuvee is once again one of the top wines in 2012." Jeb Dunnuck
- Wine Advocate

95 WA750ml199.00169.00Add to Cart.
610842012 Chateauneuf du Pape

"Offers a range of pure red fruit, seamlessly layered with graphite, red licorice and apple wood accents. Polished around the edges, but with a tug of earth lurking in the background."
- Wine Spectator

93 WS750ml74.9964.99Add to Cart.
608832012 Cotes du Rhone750ml21.9918.99Add to Cart.

 

Mas Alta Romani imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
413152005 La Basseta 91 ST750ml84.9959.99Add to Cart.
413142005 La Creu Alta 93 ST750ml134.0099.99Add to Cart.

 

Mas d'En Compte imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
627202012 Blanco Priorato750ml31.9925.99Add to Cart.

 

Vindemio imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
571682010 Amadeus Cotes du Ventoux750ml31.9926.99Add to Cart.

 

*Our listed price is our lowest price. We take great care to make our prices very competitive and are often the lowest price in the country. We have over 50 years in the business, building relationships that ensure we get low prices and pass them on to you. We no longer have a list and sale price, or case/quantity discounts, just one low price.