Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio Named 'Hot Brand' of 2007

Luxury Wine Also Named #1 Import in Top Restaurants

Mar 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

    LAKE BLUFF, Ill., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Margherita Pinot
 Grigio, the Italian wine that revolutionized the American market more than
 a quarter century ago, has been recognized yet again by two of the
 country's leading wine publications.
     For the fourth time, Impact magazine has awarded Santa Margherita "Hot
 Brand" status, based on 2007 case sales. The refreshing, food-friendly
 white wine also continues to dominate Wine & Spirits magazine's annual
 poll, as the leading imported wine in America's top restaurants.
     Imported by Terlato Wines International, Santa Margherita first
 received "Hot Brand" status in 2000. The Impact distinction came again in
 2005, 2006 and now in 2007, further confirming the brand's iconic standing
 in the wine world.
     For the 13th consecutive year, Wine & Spirits named Santa Margherita
 the No. 1 imported wine sold in the nation's leading restaurants. Wine &
 Spirits also ranked the wine eighth overall in its "Restaurant Top 50,"
 which includes both domestic and imported wines.
     The "Hot Brands" honor roll, to be published in upcoming issues of
 Impact and Market Watch by publisher Marvin Shanken, provides wine trade
 professionals, retailers and restaurateurs a snapshot of the hottest brands
 and other trends in the wine industry. Terlato Wines President Bill Terlato
 and Santa Margherita will also be honored at a "Hot Brands" reception in
 April, at the annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association convention in
 Las Vegas.
     "It's exciting for us to once again receive 'Hot Brand' status from
 Impact and such outstanding acclaim from restaurateurs in Wine & Spirits,"
 said Terlato. "Our company was founded on the principle that quality is the
 only thing that endures. As one of our flagship brands, Santa Margherita
 embodies our family's quality philosophy. Wine lovers here in the U.S. can
 truly taste the difference."
     Pinot Grigio was an unknown varietal in the United States in the late
 1970s, when Terlato's father, Anthony J. Terlato was in Italy, searching
 for the "next great Italian wine."
     In the small town of Portoguaro in the Alto Adige region, Terlato
 visited a restaurant in a local inn and ordered all 18 bottles of Pinot
 Grigio on the wine list.
     Interested in what Terlato was up to, the Inn's proprietor joined him.
 Together, they tasted the wines with a variety of foods and agreed the best
 wine at the table was Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. As is the nature of
 small-town life in Italy, the inn's proprietor knew the owners of Santa
 Margherita. The next day Terlato met with Santa Margherita President Count
     By the end of dinner that evening, Terlato Wines (then known as Paterno
 Imports) was the sole importer for Santa Margherita. Back in the United
 States and over the course of the last 26 years, Terlato built Santa
 Margherita into a mainstay on wine lists in the nation's finest restaurants
 and earned the title "Father of Pinot Grigio."
     Terlato Wines International has a global portfolio of more than 40
 brands from a host of world-class wine producers and presently markets more
 than one out of eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America. Terlato,
 with more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world, is the flagship
 company of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company of several
 independent businesses specializing in the marketing and production of
 exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family, the Group also
 includes the family's winery investments and partnerships in some of the
 world's most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County;
 Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; France's Rhone Valley; and
 Somontano in Spain.
     The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes: Napa
 Valley: Brandlin, Chimney Rock, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Markham Vineyards,
 Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks and Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County:
 Alderbrook, Hanna, Rochioli and Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara
 County: Sanford and Tangley Oaks; California Appellation: Glass Mountain
 and Seven Daughters; Oregon: Argyle and Sokol Blosser; Italy: Baglio di
 Pianetto, Ca' del Bosco, Ca' Marcanda (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez
 Marsala, Gaja, Il Poggione, Kettmeir, Santa Margherita, Tiramisu,
 Torresella and Distillatori Nonino (Grappa); France: Champagne Bollinger,
 M. Chapoutier, Chateau des Laurets (Rothschild), Domaine Chanson, Domaine
 Louis Moreau, Josmeyer and Langlois-Chateau; Australia: Branson Coach
 House, Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Tournon and Two Hands;
 Argentina: Tamari; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine; Greece: Boutari; New
 Zealand: Wairau River; South Africa: Cirrus, Guardian Peak,
 Engelbrecht-Els, Ernie Els Signature and Rust En Vrede; Spain: Olvena;
 Switzerland: Xellent. For more information, visit

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