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Wine Buzz: December 2011 Edition

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Earlier this season, the New York Jets beat the San Diego Chargers, but whose wine rules? The J-E-T-S partnered with Napa Valley’s Marco DiGuilio, producing Jets Uncorked 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $27.99), 2010 Chardonnay ($19.99) and 2009 red blend ($19.99); distribution by Winebow ensures a full-out market blitz as well. For Chargers Legacy 2008 Cabernet ($30), the Chargers partnered with another Napa Valley vet, Anthony Bell. Behind blocking (OK, distribution) by Classic Wines of California, Legacy is available in the San Diego metro area and at Qualcomm Stadium. If the teams meet again in the playoffs, perhaps a tailgate tasting will be in order.




Will 2012 prove to be the breakout year for box wine? It could be if more premium California producers keep bag-in-boxing juice that could easily be in bottles. Two new entries from McManis Family Vineyards make a strong case. Interestingly, their Jack Tone Red and White are non-vintage blends, which Ron McManis explains “allows our winemakers to choose from different harvests, selecting grape varieties and optimum flavors to consistently produce wines of good taste vintage to vintage.” Jack Tone Red is a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah; Jack Tone White blends Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Muscat Canelli. SRP $20-$23.



Champagne as a category has luxury coded into its DNA, and three new releases under the Barons de Rothschild aegis are sure to add shine to the iconic region’s image. The trio includes a Brut (60% Chardonnay; SRP $100), Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay; $125) and Rosé (made with 5% red wine rather than skin contact; $125). Packaging sports the family shield, and each wine, in addition to being Chardonnay-driven, features low-sugar dosage, an unusually high percentage (40%) of reserve wines and long aging after disgorgement to achieve the standard of quality established by other Barons de Rothschild wines.


This reusable rodlike device aims to provide an easier way to keep white wines optimally chilled and even bring reds up to a more suitable “cellar” temperature. Simply keep the Corkcicle in the freezer for at least two hours, then insert into the wine bottle after opening. With SRP of $22.95 and a 16-unit POP display, the gadget makes a novel and functional gift/impulse item.



The Moscato wave continues apace. The Ricossa Moscato D’Asti has launched across the U.S., appealing to a whole new generation of wine drinkers who embrace “sweet” like it’s the latest pop (or hip hop) tune. Imported exclusively by Touchstone Wines, LLC, the Ricossa is a top Moscato from the distinguished Moscato d’Asti DOCG region in Italy, where the wines adhere to a strict set of quality measures to ensure that nly the best grapes are selected. Made from 100% Moscato Bianco. SRP: $14.99



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