Posted on | January 3, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|PACIFIC RIM ANCHORS NEW PORTFOLIO
The creators of Pacific Rim have introduced VinMotion, a portfolio focused exclusively on the Pacific Northwest. In addition to Pacific Rim—the regional leader in Riesling—the VinMotion portfolio includes Sweet Bliss and Rainstorm. Sweet Bliss makes only sweet blends (red, white and pink, line-priced at $10 SRP) from vinifera grapes; the brand already has distribution in 6,000 accounts. Rainstorm launches in January 2012 with an Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, priced at $15.99 and $12.99 respectively. This brand is dedicated to making the two Oregon varieties accessible to a national audience, highlighting the state’s eclectic food scene, indie music subculture, hip coffee houses and natural beauty.
Two Oceans Winery—located near South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet to form a temperate climate—has released a nifty new Moscato. Delicately fruity, lightly sparkling and low in alcohol (7.5%), the predominant Moscato grapes are enhanced with dollops of Chenin Blanc and Colombard. The character is fresh and sweet (not syrupy), with just a touch of muskiness and a ripe pear aftertaste. It’s a no-brainer for sipping; sweet-tooths might also steep it with fruit, and mixologists can use it as a base for playful cocktails. SRP: $9.99
|CONCANNON UNCORKS A PETITE BLEND?
A tribute to the “Father of America’s First Petite Sirah,” Jim Concannon, from his son John, the 2009 Crimson & Clover is a velvety blend that epitomizes the innovative direction of Concannon Vineyard. This wine is 50% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Zinfandel. While these varieties alone are all capable of producing powerful wines, the blend is impressively supple, with rich berry flavors and surprising complexity. Crimson & Clover is part of the winery’s Conservancy portfolio, sourced 100% from grapes grown in Livermore vineyards that are protected from urban encroachment. SRP: $15
|IT’S A BOX… & A BUCKET… & PINK!
Timed perfectly for Valentine’s Day, Veuve Clicquot has released its latest upscale package: Clicq’Up Rosé—a package that is as functional as it is festive and romantic. Inspired by the concept of origami on ice, and decorated with an interpretation of a chrysanthemum flower, the special box by Belgian designer Mathias Van de Walle doubles as a foldable, watertight chilling bucket. Cliq’Up Rosé is available in January for retail sale in February.
|WANT COOKIES WITH THAT CAB?
Pairing wine and food is more about complementary flavors and textures than about the type of food. Cookies & Corks pushes this concept into new territory with its line of sweet and savory cookies. For red wine, cookie flavors include: Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter; White Cheddar Rosemary; and Shortbread. For white: Ginger Molasses; Peanut Chocolate; and Apricot Sage. For sparkling: Zesty Lemon; Parmesan Thyme; and Sea Salt Chocolate Oatmeal. All three sets (15 cookies/box; six-month shelf life) have friendly packaging, primed for re-sale, and a detailed “wheel” diagram on their website pairs specific cookies with specific wines. SRP: $7.95