In Search of a Wine With Star Quality

February 7, 2015 12:13 AM

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In Search of a Wine With Star Quality

WINE IMPORTER Eric Solomon lives in Charlotte, N.C. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that Mr. Solomon owns a house in Charlotte, since he spends over two-thirds of his time on the road, traveling by plane or train or car. The landscape varies—from large cities to small villages—as does the setting: restaurants, bars, hotel lobbies, vineyards and wine cellars. They’re all places where Mr. Solomon, founder of European Cellars, has located some of the world’s top winemaking talent, and where he still searches for more.

Driven by curiosity, passion and a competitive spirit, Mr. Solomon is among an elite cadre of Americans who have made it their life’s work to locate and nurture producers from places near and far whose wines will not only win high scores from the critics but serve as a benchmark for a region and a r...

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