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Wine Buzz: August 2012 Edition

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AC/DC WINES SET TO ROCK AMERICA

Get your heavy-metal corkscrews ready: AC/DC The Wine is hitting the U.S. market with a selection of four wines, named after four of the classic rock band’s biggest hits: Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to  Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Thunderstruck Chardonnay and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc. The wines were sourced in Australia (the band’s native country) and New Zealand; label graphics echo AC/DC album art. Released last fall in Australia and launched in the U.S. at the flash-sale site vinport.com in July, the wines begin a national roll-out in August, line-priced at $17.99. A fifth wine —You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato—is expected to join the original four soon.

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TURNING OVER A NEW TURNING LEAF

It’s not often that a wine’s name captures its style. Turning Leaf has done just that, though, with it’s new Refresh line, rolling out nationally after test-market success. Its signature fizz and lighter style position it as a go-to option for light-wine lovers, while the screwcap closure reinforces the wine’s casual appeal. Available in three versions: Crisp White, Moscato and Red Moscato.

SRP: $8

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CHARONGE: THE FLAVOR WAVE COMES TO WINE

Why should vodka, rum and bourbon have all the fun? Coastal Wine Brands (a division of DFV) has just released Charonge, an orange-infused Chardonnay that could be a real game-changer. The trade materials describe Charonge as “sun kissed with a twist.” Indeed, the natural orange flavor is gentle, not overpowering the wine while giving it a bright, citrusy edge. Perfect for summer, and for flavor lovers, likely well beyond. Striking packaging and high-gloss cartons, too.

SRP $10.99

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RIEDEL REFINES THE ART/SCIENCE OF DOUBLE DECANTING

Latest in a line of stunning Riedel decanters is the Mamba decanter, designed by the Riedel CEO, Maximilian Riedel, himself. This decanter is modeled after the sleek, venomous mamba snake found only in exotic jungle settings. It is designed to facilitate the “double decanting” process which makes a big red wine ready to enjoy sooner, strategically using aeration to open up its aromatics and soften its tannins. As the wine flows through every bend, it is double decanted, speedily, achieving what would take hours of decanting in a typical bowl-shaped carafe.

Like the Riedel Eve decanter unveiled in 2009, the Mamba contains a series of air pockets that interact with wine as it moves through the neck of the decanter. The Mamba is poised upright (like a snake) with a coiled base, and as the wine moves through the glass, it makes a gentle “gurgling” sound. The Mamba decanter’s “free-blown” nature means that no two decanters are ever alike. “I create my decanters to have equal parts grace and command, while being functional tools that enhance the experience of enjoying wine,” says Maximilian Riedel.

SRP: $495

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