Posted on | October 20, 2011
Written by | BevNetwork
Along with their garlic-cheese biscuits, guests at Ruby Tuesday restaurants can sip on VeeV cocktails. The açai spirit finds its way into creations like a Pomegranate Martini with Cuervo Gold Tequila and the “Superfruit Cooler” with Absolut Berri Açai and St-Germain.
Renwood Winery, a member of the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance, has been purchased by Ren Acquisition, Inc., a privately owned company chaired by Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni. Acting as primary wine consultant is Carlos Pulenta, who along with partner Bulgheroni, has helped elevate Argentina’s position in the premium wine market with Vistalba and Tomero wines. A revered Amador County Zinfandel producer, Renwood represents a significant international move for the company.
Maggie Harrison, former winemaker at Sine Qua Non, presides over the vineyard at Antica Terra, set on 40 acres of rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Her collection of naturally fermented wines includes the 2009 Estate Grown Pinot Noir. Lush and flaunting cinnamon-stick aromatics, it debuts in November.
|GARDEN VS. MINIBAR
Guests of the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME, can now unwind with libations featuring freshplucked herbs from the hotel’s Cocktail Garden and juices from RIPE. At La Bella Vita, the Samoset’s new Italian trattoria and enoteca, the “San Marzano Tomato Bloody Mary,” “Snipped Basil Lime Rickey” and “Italian Grapefruit Gimlet” are all on the menu.
|THE FAMILY GOES GREEN
Argentina’s Familia Zuccardi recently introduced Santa Julia [+] Wines, a new line made with organic estategrown grapes. The varietals include Torrontes, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, all packaged in lightweight glass bottles that reflect the brand’s ‘Sustainable By Nature’ identity.
|EASY TO DRINK
Wine on tap may no longer be novel, but leave it to the Tippling Bros., Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay, to up the ante. At Tavernita—the new Spanish inspired restaurant from Mercadito Hospitality Group opening in Chicago this fall—the duo will unveil vermouth on tap and eco-friendly kegged cocktails overseen by “batchologists.”