Posted on | October 25, 2011
Written by | BevNetwork
|ALL ABOARD THE FRENCH AOC LINE
In a stroke of head-smacking ingenuity, historian and wine buff Dr. David Gissen has created a wine map of France that emulates a subway map. While not to scale, the map faithfully depicts major regions and subappellations in their relative positions, plus major grapes shown in geographical context, and even architectural landmarks. Printed on acid-free matte paper, suitable for framing; $24.95 from delongwine.com.
LIGHTER BUBBLIES FROM OZ
Australia’s De Bortoli Wines is toasting 2012 with a quartet of new bubblies under the Emeri label. Priced at $12.99, the Moscato, Pink Moscato, Sparkling Pinot Grigio and Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc are lower in alcohol content, ranging from 8% to 12%. Emeri wines offer exactly what many Americans are looking for, according to Craig Orchard, U.S. De Bortoli’s VP of sales: “They are sweeter, effervescent and classy, while not breaking the bank.”
|NEW LITER IN TOWN
Medinet, the #1 selling French red wine in Germany’s food retail segment is entering the U.S., along with a white sibling, in eye-catching bulbous bottles. Sourced from Mediterranean vineyards of France, the Rouge is a blend of Rhône grapes Grenache, Carignan and Syrah; the Blanc mixes Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Chardonnay and Colombard. Both are demi-sec (the red is 12% ABV, white 10.5%) and will retail for $9.99-$10.99. Niche Import Co.
|GNARLY HEAD AUTHENTIC RED
Gnarly Head has a new blend, Authentic Red, based on Zinfandel and aiming to showcase its origin in Lodi, CA. Vintners have been making robust reds in Lodi since the Gold Rush, and Lodi’s gnarled vines, especially Zinfandel, are often up to a century old. For Authentic Red, Gnarly Head’s director of viticulture Bud Bradley worked with growers in Lodi’s Mokelumne River sub-disctrict to source prime Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. SRP: $11.99
|WILD WEST GOES COAST TO COAST
Mercer Estates’ new Wine Out West series honors the pioneering spirit of the Mercer Estates families, who have lived and worked in Washington State for more than 125 years. The 2009 Dead Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $16.99) from Horse Heaven Hills and 2010 Gone Fishin’ Riesling (semi-dry, SRP $11.99) from Columbia Valley are out now; two more wines will come in 2012. The labels were designed by Washington native Diane Whitehead.
|RARE VIETTI “VILLERO” HOPS TO MARKET
Dalla Terra Winery Direct founder Brian Larky and Luca Currado, fifth-generation enologist of Vietti, have released the 2004 Villero Riserva Barolo DOCG (SRP $300). Only produced in outstanding vintages (the previous release was the 2001), this wine hails from Piedmont’s celebrated Castiglione Falletto. Just over 3,700 750ml bottles, 100 magnums and a handful of larger-format bottles were produced. Continuing a tradition of labels designed by local artists, Russian-born Leonid Sokov was tapped for the 2004 Villero.