Terlato Family Introduces 'Luke Donald Collection' Wines

Friendship with World-Ranked Golfer Inspires New Napa Valley Classics

Apr 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

    LAKE BLUFF, Ill., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Terlato Wines International
 President William A. Terlato today launched a new California wine in
 partnership with top ranked professional golfer Luke Donald. The new brand,
 named Luke Donald Collection, includes a Claret-style red wine blend from
 Napa Valley to release in April 2008 and a Chardonnay that will be released
 in March of 2009.
     The creation of Luke Donald Collection wines has its origins in the
 longstanding friendship between top-ranked PGA Tour player Luke Donald and
 fine wine professional Bill Terlato of the family-owned Terlato Wines, one
 of the nation's leading marketers and producers of luxury wine in the
 United States. Whether on the golf course or in the vineyard, both men
 share a passion for excellence, which ultimately led to the creation of
 this new wine brand.
     The two met while Donald attended Northwestern University, near
 Chicago, on a golf scholarship. They began playing golf together and
 eventually a friendship developed over their shared love of golf and
 ultimately, wine.
     "We considered the possibility of making a wine together several years
 back," said Terlato. "Luke was always interested in fine wine and food, and
 expressed his interest in learning more about the winemaking process. This
 led us to consider the potential for a partnership. We weren't interested
 in a celebrity endorser. We wanted Luke to be involved in the development
 of the wine from start to finish. It's a great opportunity for him and for
 us to produce an original wine that best reflects his unique personality."
     Donald plays an active role in crafting the wines that bear his name.
 His personal involvement in the blending sessions in Napa makes the wines
 original and unique; and reflects his own personality and style. Luke's
 personal style is also reflected in the distinctive and striking packaging
 and label, which connects with today's luxury wine consumers.
     "This has been a great, hands-on learning experience for me, working
 with the Terlato family on developing these wines from start to finish,"
 said Donald. "It is about expressing our shared passion for quality and
 putting it into the bottle. When I tell people about the wine and my being
 involved with the Terlatos in the winemaking process, they are very
 enthusiastic and eager to try it."
     The two men gathered in Napa -- along with the winemaking team at the
 Terlato family-owned Rutherford Hill Winery -- to painstakingly craft the
 first wine, a Claret-style red blend. After tasting through more than two
 dozen individual vineyard lots, representing four different Bordeaux
 varieties, six different lots of wine from grapes harvested in 2005 were
 crafted to achieve the final blend.
     The grapes used in crafting the Luke Donald Claret are 100% Napa Valley
 fruit, sourced primarily from renowned Napa Valley vineyards, including the
 Rutherford and Stags Leap District appellations, known for consistently
 delivering wines of exceptional quality year after year. The end result is
 the 2005 Napa Valley Claret-style wine, handcrafted using the traditional
 Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit
 Verdot. The tannins are well-structured, mixed with vibrant flavors of
 blackberries and subtle spice notes, producing a wine ripe with flavor and
 supple texture.
     The blend is a full-bodied wine that has layers of complex flavors and
 a long finish balanced by smooth tannins. It's a young wine that will
 benefit from time in the bottle. Suggested retail price is $40. A Luke
 Donald Collection Chardonnay from Carneros is scheduled to be released in
 spring 2009.
     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, Luke Donald
 Collection, 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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