Inman Family Wines Announces Partnership with Broadbent Selections
Inman Family Wines is excited to announce its new partnership with Broadbent Selections Inc. As of January 2011, Broadbent Selections is the exclusive nationwide distributor of Inman Family’s Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay, making the brand available in 47 states. While primarily an importer, Broadbent Selections, led by Bartholomew Broadbent, has chosen Inman Family Wines as its very first California wine brand. “I am thrilled with this new partnership," says Kathleen Inman, Inman Family winemaker and co-owner. "Broadbent’s passion for food-friendly wines mirrors our own, and their focus on family-owned wineries making wines with a sense of place is a perfect fit for my brand."
Broadbent Selections was established in 1996; just one year later, Bartholomew Broadbent was named one of the “fifty most influential people in the wine world" by Decanter Magazine. Broadbent Selections, Inc. was nominated for Importer of the Year 2005 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and in 1998 was named one of the 100 fastest-growing companies by Entrepreneur Magazine and Dun & Bradstreet. Inman Family Wines was established in 2000 by Kathleen Inman and her husband Simon, with the planting of their organically-farmed Olivet Grange Vineyard; since then she has developed a reputation for elegant Pinot Noirs which uniquely express the Russian River Valley.
“I am very excited to be working with Inman Family Wines,” says Broadbent. "Inman is the first California winery that we’ve ever represented, and we share the same philosophy concerning wine as part of a healthy lifestyle, suitability as a compliment to food, made naturally, without over ripeness or excessive alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, I love many wines from California, but I am also outspoken about those that are over the top. Inman is a barometer for what can and should be done in the Russian River Valley.”
As grape grower and winemaker, Inman employs winemaking techniques that preserve nuance and highlight the unique qualities of her source vineyards. Harvesting fruit weeks before her neighbors and, more often than not, relying on the naturally-occurring yeasts from the vineyard for fermentations, Inman believes that making world-class wine is a full-circle process that relies equally on healthy soil, natural winemaking and sustainable business practices. Most recently, Inman has extended her eco-ethics to the building of her new winery and tasting room located at 3900 Piner Road in Santa Rosa. The new building features a legion of recycled materials such as steel from recycled automobiles, countertops made from locally recycled glass bottles and fly ash from coal power stations, and reclaimed wood from the barn that previously occupied the same foot print as the new winery. For visitors with electric automobiles, Inman has installed Sonoma County's first privately-owned public level 2 charging station. Drawing from the electricity produced by their solar panels, visitors fill up their vehicles on sunshine while tasting wines or touring the organically-farmed vineyard. For her efforts, Inman has recently been awarded the Sonoma Business Environmental Alliance “Best Practice Award.”
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