M*E Fine Wines

Las Vegas. Los Angeles. NYC. Tampa. Hong Kong

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Who we are

M*E Fine Wines

With over 50 years’ experience between them in the F&B industry, Paul Ellis and Joe Muscaglione are not merely wine “brokers.” They are well-traveled wine experts, authorities, and passionate wine lovers who bring storied experiences on all levels both in Las Vegas and around the world to every label they offer.

Perhaps best known locally as Wine Director for MGM Grand Resort, Charlie Palmer Steak and Aquaknox, Paul R Ellis has also served as the South West Regional Manager for Champagne Roederer/Cristal and instructed at Le Cordon Bleu; The Art Institute and CSN, Las Vegas.

Previously, Paul spent a dozen years as Wine Instructor at UCLA (helping to develop the certification course) while serving as consultant to Christies Auction House, Beverly Hills. During this time he topped three separate Sommelier competitions. He’s also served as Wine Director at the Claremont Resort, Berkeley, California and the Fairmont Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

Visits to wine making regions in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and South Africa have brought Paul close relationships with myriad legendary winemakers, such as Ernie Loosen,Steve Clifton, Alex Gambal, Valter Scarbolo to name a few.

Serving as one of the first Beverage Directors for Babbo NYC and developing the country’s best Italian wine lists is hard to top, but Joe Muscaglione seems to add to that experience with every new chapter. In Las Vegas, he was the opening Beverage Director at TAO Las Vegas, developing and overseeing a program renowned both for its depth and groundbreaking volume. More recently, he’s served as Nevada State Sales and Marketing Manager for the Global Beer Network.

Previously, Joe has also served as marketing and training Consultant for premier Italian importers Winebow and as founder of Syrah Enterprise PR and Marketing. His former restaurant Trattoria Mezzojuso (Joe was Chef/Owner) was voted Best New Restaurant, New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Joe learned cooking and wine in Sicily, and also traveled wine regions throughout Western Europe. And yes, Batali and Bastianich are still good friends.

As a team, Joe and Paul have built or introduced brands into Nevada- leaders such as the Jewel of Russia vodka, Hitachino, St Bernardus beer, the majority of Italian craft beers in the market in addition to over fifty-five 95 plus point fine wines and craft beers

Only these two men with their estimable backgrounds could represent the elite, handpicked M*E portfolio of Wine, Beer and Spirits for the J & P division of SWS in Nevada.

The bottles represented by M*E are not just product. They are opportunities.


Our beers are distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits in Nevada and our wine is distributed by J and P – an elite fine wine division of SWS

For a list of distributors we work with in other US States please contact us

Collesi

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FEATURED WINE: Scarbolo Pinot Grigio "Ramato" XL


PINOT GRIGIO RAMATO




Varietial
Pinot Grigio 100%.

Vineyard
Single vineyard site, “Mattia”.

Average Age
14 years.

Soil Type
The soil is a dark red clay consisting of alluvial deposits, minerals, and calcare.

Vine Training System

Guyot/5,500 vines per hectare.

Harvest
Hand selected in three separate harvests.

Vinification
We start by carefully selecting fruit from our oldest vineyard site. 50% of the fruit is destemmed, and then left with the skins for 4 days at a controlled temperature of 17-19°C. After separating juice from skins, half completes its fermentation in 500 Lt oak tonneaux and the remaining half in stainless steel tanks. The other half of the fruit undergoes a brief cold maceration and is transferred in stainless steel tanks for fermentation.

Aging
Aged on the lees in stainless steel and in oak tonneaux for 14 months with frequent batonnages. Bottle aged for 6 months.

Tasting Notes
A wine of Friulian tradition, Pinot Grigio ramato distinguishes itself by its luminous copper color. The nose exhibits wild strawberry, carob and nuances of rose petals. Expanding on the palate with generous body, revealing mature fruit and a kick of spice and personality. Perfect as an aperitif or alongside baked scallops, grilled scampi…or at the end of a meal paired with fresh cheeses. Serve at 12-14°C.

Accolades:

 91 POINTS - (2008) The first thing readers will notice about the 2008 Pinot Grigio Ramato XL is the rich, amber color that is the result of contact with the skins during vinification. The Ramato offers up gorgeous layers of perfumed fruit and flowers in a soft, totally style. The precise, crystalline finish rounds things out nicely.  – Wine Advocate, Feb ‘11

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