The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas recently caught up with Fouad Alameddin (above), co-owner and founder of Alarich Wines, an importing business devoted to bringing fine wines from Italy and Spain to the United States, although the greater part of their portfolio is dedicated to Italian wine. The company also brings some Californian wine to Texas.
The occasion was a wine tasting organized by Veritas Steak and Seafood in Sugar Land (just outside of Houston to the southwest) where owner and wine buyer Kevin Rios features mostly high-end and rare California wine but also has a superb list of premium Italian wines.
Alameddin and Chris Goodrich launched their company back in 2012 when the two longtime friends’ passion for wine inspired them to get into the trade (the name of the company is a portmanteau of their last names).
Today, the offer their clients — mostly Houston-area restaurants — an impressive range of Italian wines that range from classic and traditional to modern and fruit forward.
On the occasion of Monday’s tasting at Veritas, Alameddin was pouring a couple of fantastic selections from Bellaria, a winery located in Campania (Naples is the capital of the Campania region, which forms the “shin” of Italy’s boot).
The Bellaria Aglianico, in particular, was one of the guests’ favorites. Aglianico is a rich red grape that is grown exclusively in southern Italy where it can be used in fresh, youthful wines like this or in long-term aging wines, like the Taurasi, also made by Bellaria. The wine is currently being poured by-the-glass at one of Houston’s leading Italian restaurants, Divino in the Montrose/Upper Kirby district, said Alameddin.
Alameddin and his partner source all of their wines themselves and travel regularly to the Italian wine trade fairs to discover new wines and to visit with the wineries they represent.
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