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: 40

 

Bodegas Aalto imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
569782009 Aalto 91 WA750ml51.9945.99Add to Cart.
569792009 PS 93 WA750ml125.00105.00Add to Cart.

 

Chateau la Casenove imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
593172009 La Garrigue VDP des Cotes Catalanes

"The stunning 2009 La Garrigue (40% Carignan, 40% Syrah and 20% Grenache aged 7 months in tank) is a terrific example of how much wine one can buy for under $20 a bottle. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by notes of cassis, blackberries, lavender, licorice, pepper and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and heady, this beauty is capable of drinking well for 5-6 more years. However, as with most of these wines, whats the point of waiting? " Robert Parker
- Wine Advocate

92 WA750ml21.9915.99Add to Cart.

 

Chateau St. Roch imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
601392011 Kerbuccio Cotes du Roussillon Villages95 WA750ml24.9919.99Add 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.
570072010 Laurel 90 WA750ml63.9954.99Add to Cart.

 

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

 

Domaine la Garrigue imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
582152010 La Cantarelle Vacqueyras93 WA750ml29.9926.99Add to Cart.
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.

 

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

 

Finca Villacreces imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
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 
569322010 Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes90 WA750ml18.9916.99Add to Cart.
560432011 Cercius Cotes du Rhone750ml16.9914.99Add to Cart.

 

Janasse imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
284052001 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape98 WA750ml199.00139.00Add to Cart.
578162009 Les Garrigues Cotes du Rhone93 WA750ml47.9941.99Add to Cart.
551472010 Chateauneuf du Pape94 WA750ml59.9949.99Add 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 (pre arrival) Chateauneuf du Pape(94-96) WA750ml89.9979.99Add to Cart.
611872012 V.V. (pre arrival) Chateauneuf du Pape(95-98) WA750ml139.00109.00Add to Cart.
611852012 (pre arrival) Chateauneuf du Pape(92-94) WA750ml69.9954.99Add to Cart.

 

Jean Paul & Benoit Droin imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
616452012 Montmains Chablis750ml39.9934.99Add to Cart.

 

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

 

Lafage imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
590372011 Tessellae Cotes du Roussillon VV

"The least expensive offering is the 2011 Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon, an intriguing blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Gris, a rare white grape. It was aged 12 months in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. It boasts an expansive, intense, complex bouquet of garrigue, strawberries and black cherries intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, a velvety texture and a voluptuous mouthfeel. It made me write in my tasting notes that it was a $12 Cote Rotie of the south, although $12 Cote Roties went out of existence about 50 years ago. This beautiful, soft, round, seductive red should drink well for 4-5 years. " Robert Parker
- Wine Advocate

93 WA750ml16.9914.99Add to Cart.

 

Marcoux imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
514332009 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape94 WA
96 WS
750ml209.00179.00Add to Cart.
565232010 Chateauneuf du Pape93 WA750ml69.9959.99Add to Cart.
610852012 V.V. (pre arrival) Chateauneuf du Pape(95-97) WA750ml199.00169.00Add to Cart.
610842012 (pre arrival) Chateauneuf du Pape(92-94) WA750ml74.9964.99Add 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.

 

Tikves Winery imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
572242010 Barovo Red Tikves750ml20.9917.99Add to Cart.
608212011 Vranec Special Selection Tikves750ml11.999.99Add 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.