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: 41

 

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.

 

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.
569832011 Cuvee Romaine Cotes du Rhone750ml16.9914.99Add to Cart.
616562012 Cuvee Romaine Cotes du Rhone91 WA750ml17.9915.99Add to Cart.

 

Familia Nin-Ortiz imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
570082010 Planetes de Nin Crianza 750ml51.9945.99Add 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.
607092012 Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes Blanc91 WA750ml19.9917.99Add to Cart.

 

Hacienda Monasterio imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
578172009 Crianza 93 ST750ml51.9945.99Add to Cart.

 

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

 

Janasse imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
510932009 V.V. Chateauneuf du Pape

"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is considered by many observers in Chateauneuf du Pape to be the wine of the vintage, and it can most certainly be counted among the finest. The layered, full-bodied mouthfeel displays no heat, but the wine has massive concentration and a silky, smooth finish. Because of the low acidity in the 2009s, and sweet tannins, this has turned out to be a glorious example of Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next two decades. 99 points-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate"
- Wine Advocate

99 WA
95 WS
750ml149.00125.00Add to Cart.
578162009 Les Garrigues Cotes du Rhone93 WA750ml47.9941.99Add to Cart.
570552010 Chaupin Chateauneuf du Pape98 WA1.5L299.00239.00Add 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.

 

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.

 

Mas Doix imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
618552001 V.V Mas Doix750ml110.0089.99Add to Cart.

 

Rafael Palacios imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
586802011 Sabrego Godello88 WA750ml16.9914.99Add to Cart.

 

Tikves Winery imported by Eric SolomonScoreSizeListSale 
572242010 Barovo Red Tikves750ml20.9917.99Add to Cart.
574952011 Rkaciteli Special Selection Tikves750ml11.999.99Add 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.