Stuart Timmons joined the crew from New England Cooks end of January for a wine pairing segment to showcase some offerings from our portfolio. New England Cooks is a unique combination of broadcast and web media, along with live appearances and special events throughout New England, designed to make the pursuit of the best things in life in New England easy and entertaining. With a flair for the novel and undiscovered, New England Cooks paints a picture of a region alive with culture and diversity, offering something for all ages and interests.


Featured Wines

Decoy, Merlot (2014)
Region California, United States

Since the inaugural vintage of our Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine almost a quarter century ago, Decoy has taken an important
place in the Duckhorn Wine Company family of wines. With a reputation for delivering great quality at a remarkable price,
Decoy has established a loyal following for its distinctive style, which emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable
of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth. Fruit for the Decoy program comes from a mix of Estate vineyards and top grower vineyards. “It starts with our Sonoma
County focus,” says Dana. “Whether it’s Pinot and Chardonnay from Carneros, Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley or Bordeaux
varieties from our own Ridgeline and Brownell vineyards in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County offers a range of world-class
grapes.” To benefit from the diversity of Decoy’s great fruit sources, Dana and her team do as many as 150 individual
fermentations each vintage with many lots as small as 5 tons. From there, hands on practices like open-top punch downs
and lees stirring are applied. “There is an incredible amount of care that goes into these wines,” says Dana. “If you want to
achieve small-lot quality in your wines, you have to apply the same small-lot attention to detail, including hand-sorting, the
use of the finest coopers and French oak, and a commitment to artful blending.

Conundrum, 25th Anniversary Red (2014)

Region California, United States

Grapes Zinfandel, Petite Sirah

From our first vintage in 1989, we were determined to make a dramatically different white-wine blend that would surpass the
scope of single-varietal wines. Conundrum White has tantalized palates and turned traditional winemaking on its head for
over twenty years, and we are excited to be launching new Conundrum Red; yet another puzzling blend of varietals, coming together to form a harmonious, complex and delicious wine.


Bodega Catena Zapata, Catena Mendoza Chardonnay (2014)

Region Mendoza, Argentina
Grape Chardonnay
Appellation Mendoza

Laura Catena, great-granddaughter of winery founder Nicola Catena, has created a richly textured Chardonnay sourced and
blended from the family´s high-altitude vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and Tupungato. Each vineyard is specifically
farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. From the Agrelo (Lujan de Cuyo) Vineyard, the wine receives flavors of
ripe, honeyed tropical fruits while the cooler temperatures of high-altitude Villa Bastias (Tupungato) Vineyard contribute pear
and floral notes with racy acidity. The extreme climate and shallow, sandy soils with rocky sub-layer in Gualtallary
(Tupungato) Vineyard provides citrus flavors and flinty minerality. This combination of different vineyard components results
in a wine with heightened complexities and unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Monterey County Brut Blanc de Blancs Sofia

Region California, United States
Grapes Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat

Mellow flavors of apples and pears are topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. Elegant in character, this wine is lightly
textured and vibrant through the finish.


Rogue Ales, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Stout/Porter – Oatmeal Stout

Region Oregon, United States

Ebony in color with a rich creamy head, earthy flavor and a mellow, chocolate finish.
To brew the finest varietal ales & spirits in the world with an uncompromising devotion to Quality and the Art of Brewing.
To present the finished work with a touch of educational, entertaining mischief.
To be dedicated to the Rogue in each of us.
To remember it is not simply a matter of profit but a highly personal work of art.
To build relationships, not just ales.
To be like great friends and remember it’s what’s inside that counts.


Little about Stuart Timmons

  • Graduate of Johnson & Wales Charleston, SC campus with an associates in culinary arts. Worked at the Charleston Grill a four star five diamond restaurant in Charleston, SC under Chef Bob Waggoner after moving to Vermont to begin working at Wyndham Hotel in Burlington, VT as their Food and Beverage Director.  Has been employed by Farrell Distributing for the last ten years where he manages a team of four sales professionals while playing a vital role within our fine wine and craft beer program/portfolio team.  During this time he has completed level 3 of the WSET exam and is currently enrolled in the WSET diploma program. He also has completed the Certified Specialist of Wine program with the Society of Wine Educators and is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.