What’s a Negociant

Eye of The Needle crushes two tons of grapes, comprising 200 cases of wine but we sell 4,000+ cases. How do we do this? We acquire other wineries’ finished wine and then further age, blend, barrel or filter the wine. This is not as easy as it sounds. We scour the Washington wine scene looking for that right wine that meets our standards (must taste delicious!). We are very picky. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack (are you getting it, now?)

All in the Family

We’ve established personal relationships with top wineries and vineyards. We help them by taking inventory they can’t use and they help us by reducing production costs. It’s like la familia! (That’s Italian for family). Once we found the essential wines, we experiment with blending in extensive trials. It’s alchemy trying to find what grapes complement each other. We know we have a winner when it tastes good! That is the Eye of the Needle.

We are following in a time-honored tradition with a negociant-driven winery. Some of the more famous negociants include Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy and Quattro Mani in Italy.

The “Eye“ of the Needle

The Fine Art of Blending

Our Team