Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Friday, May 30, 2008

He stole my dream job

SC Biz is reporting that on a new Columbia businesses that is expanding...

Spanish Vines Inc., a Columbia-based importer and provider of authentic Spanish wine and food products in the nation, has announced a new product line and a new distribution deal that will allow the company to sell its wines throughout the Carolinas.

The company’s 2006 Tempranillo and 2006 Macabeo wines will be carried at retailers throughout the states of North and South Carolina including Earth Fare, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods, as well as several restaurants. The new product line includes a 2007 ‘La Loca’ Moscatel de Espumoso sparkling wine that will debut this summer at retailers and restaurants carrying Spanish Vine wines.

“Our new distribution agreements are the first steps in what we hope will be a temperate yet steady expansion throughout the United States,” said Josh Hackler, founder, president and chairman of Spanish Vines. “We are excited by this opportunity to establish new distribution and retail partnerships and to further our mission of spreading the enjoyment of Spanish wines and culture among U.S. consumers.”

Spanish Vines received critical acclaim for its 2006 Tempranillo red, which received a Silver Medal at the Madrid International Wine Fair 2006, a “Best Buy” among Spanish wines from Wine Enthusiast magazine and an 87 point rating from the Daily Wine Guide. Spanish Vines’ 2006 Macabeo white was recognized in the 2006 Bacchus Wine Competition.

But it's not just the local Business-zine that's taken notice, Spanish Vines, has acheived national recognition beyond the awards. They were featured in a Yahoo article, yesterday that detailed not only their geographic expansion but also their product expansion as well with a new label, 'La Loca' Moscatel de Espumoso, made from 100 percent Moscatel grapes.

That "critical acclaim" for their wine is all the more impressive when you consider Spanish Vines "come from a vineyard in Spain that Spanish Vines has an exclusive contract with. These wines are bottled exclusively for Spanish Vines and are available nowhere else. " (The Daily Gamecock) But even more so than that when you look at who's running the company, a fourth year International Business student named Josh Hackler, who came up with the notion after returning from Studying Abroad in Spain.

Keeping that "critically acclaimed wine" in mind what makes this story even more incredible is the fact that this company started in USC's student business incubator, which gave him a furnished office downtown and $1000 seed capital.
What an incredible life, to go around, have wine and cheese tastings, to sell your wine, and it is your wine and for it to be such a great wine. I do believe Mr. Hackler, has stolen my dream job. Oh well, I hope his business is successful and I can't wait to enjoy a nice glass of Spanish Vines Tempranillo, in the meantime I'll continue to follow their wine blog.

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