Last Monday I received a call, “Hey Ben, it’s Seth. I’ve got a new business.” This was news that I knew would send a little ripple throughout the Chicago wine community. Seth founded Vin Divino in 1991. After a few years Vin Divino had been called Importer of the Year by Food and Wine magazine and Seth was labeled a wine hero by Robert Parker. Vin Divino helped to create, or created, the buzz around Austrian wine and was the first importer to offer a comprehensive selection of highest quality.
I met up with Seth to taste some of his new wines and hear about the company. It’s called Simple Farmer Wines. The title is an homage to Seth’s good friend, Austrian sweet wine maker Alois Kracher, who proclaimed himself ‘just a simple farmer.’ As expected the wines are great. All honest expressions of the regions in Italy that they’re from. I will do a more focused tasting and offer a selection when the wines are available (hopefully last week of September). Until then, make some room for some wonderful Italian wines.