December 2, 2014 – Sting and Trudie Styler Release Message in a Bottle with Maritime

Sting and Trudie Styler add Message in a Bottle to their line of acclaimed wines from Tuscany – Noted boutique importer Maritime Wine Trading Collective appointed sole North American Agent


Trudie Styler and Sting in the barrel room at Il Palagio.

San Francisco, December 2, 2014- Internationally-renown musician and philanthropists Sting and Trudie Styler announce that the inaugural vintage of their Tuscan red, Message in a Bottle 2011, launched in September in the US is now available in all major markets and via

Sting explains, “In addition to our small production of Il Palagio wines that have been available in the United States for the past decade and always sell out quickly, we wanted to produce one in greater quantities that more of our fans could enjoy.”

“Two of the three wines are named after Sting’s songs: Sister Moon and When We Dance. Since Message in a Bottle is one of his most iconic, it’s fitting that we can produce it in greater quantities,” Trudie further explains.

Message in a Bottle is the culmination of a collaboration between Sting and Trudie, viticulturalist Dan O’Donnell, winemaker Paolo Caciorgna and vintner/importer Maritime Wine Trading Collective’s CEO, Christopher Nickolopoulos. Throughout his career, Chris has led “first to market” US brand launches for renowned family estate wine producers from New Zealand, South Africa, Sicily, Tuscany, Alsace, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Canada. “It is a pleasure to be part of this project,” comments Chris. “Paolo and Dan, both amazing winemakers, have transformed the spectacular fruit from Firenze and Siena into another blockbuster wine from Il Palagio.”

“We really need to pay tribute to Chris,” adds Trudie. “His expertise with the international wine market has been a tremendous help in taking our wine business to the next level.”

Casino Delle Vie, Sister Moon and When We Dance have consistently received 90+ scores since their initial release and noted critic, James Suckling, recently awarded 91 points to Message in a Bottle. The wine retails at $19.99.

message in a bottle

About Maritime Wine Trading Collective

Maritime Wine Trading Collective is a San Francisco based fine wine importation, production and distribution company, national in scope, dedicated to bringing to market a unique collection of critically acclaimed, artisanal and value-oriented fine wines from around the world. The company’s portfolio includes offerings from diverse destinations such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, Sicily, & Canada, as well as small production sub-appellation offerings from California & Oregon. The company was founded by Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister in 2009. Maritime is a Bacchus portfolio company.

About Bacchus Capital Management

Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.

Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.
Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé.
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