The idea behind angelica cellars first surfaced many years ago in the overarching daydreams of two young wine aficionados. Hypothetical scenarios of owning a winery emerged more and more on lazy Sundays over chess matches and good doses of Pastis. Old souls yearning for a part in the world of fine wine, two good friends took the plunge in the fall of 2005 and never looked back.
Having been friends since high school and having had the opportunity to drink together throughout college, Ben and Eduardo were poised to share with others their regard for what great wine does for the soul.
After downing myriad bottles and different styles of wine, these guys were confounded with the conclusion that the Rhone Valley and its varietals day-in and day-out struck them with a distinct and unknown nostalgia.
Well, the nostalgia wasn’t quite unknown… It turns out that Ben’s mom lives in the south of France and Eduardo’s dad used to live in Paris. The opportunities these two had to explore France have been paramount in shaping their shared perspective of wine as a pivotal component of life and not merely as an afterthought.
The philosophy of working to live rather than living to work has always rung loud and true with the guys. They have made it their mission to enrich those that they come across with much merriment and a great way to get a good buzz going.
Oh, and why call it angelica cellars, you ask? And, what's with the flower on the label you may want to know? Well, not only are Ben and Eduardo two handsome, funny, and terrifically charming young men, they also love their moms.
Angelica is Eduardo’s mother's name, and the flower on the label is Ben's pseudo-scientifically accurate depiction of a coquelicot*, similar to those that blanket the fields surrounding Ben's mom's house in Provence. So with the inaugural release of angelica cellars back in the Fall of 2007, the guys were paying homage to the women that made them the great catches they are today.
It is their hope that with every bottle of angelica cellars opened, a great feeling of nostalgia will either be evoked or perpetuated. Cheers!
*Coquelicot [KOH-klee-koh] is the French word for the wild poppy flower and also refers to the color of the wild poppy: nearly red or orange mixed with scarlet. The significance of the wild poppy varies from Greco-Roman pagan roots depicting the poppy as an offering to the dead for eternal peaceful sleep to the more contemporary imagery of Dorothy crossing magical fields of poppies on her way to Oz. In addition to the myriad recorded symbolisms for poppies, we most regard them as tokens of renaissance and new beginnings.