James Hocking Wine’s focus will be on small, boutique producers from California and selection of other North American regions.
The portfolio ranges from entry-level labels to fit the by-the-glass price point, up to more niche, boutique producers such as Kistler, Dana Estates, Occidental, Ovid and Scarecrow.
Lodi-based Oak Farm Vineyards is one of the James Hocking Wine’s highlights. Making its UK debut, Oak Farm’s range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, a Zinfandel, a Cabernet Sauvignon and 'Tievoli', a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Barbera.
Hocking’s portfolio also includesLarkin Wines, a boutique Napa winery that returns to the British market after more than 10 years of absence. Larkin’s flagship label is a Cabernet Franc, but the winery produces classic Napa varietals too, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot and a Chardonnay.
Other names currently featured in the portfolio are: Amala Springs, Benovia, Ferrari-Carano, Mandolin, Moone-Tsai, Silenus, Talley, Waterstone and Whitehall Lane.
A selection of James Hocking Wine’s range will be available to taste at the upcoming California Wine Institute’s Essential California tasting on 12 March at The Yard Shoreditch, London.