Posted on | September 5, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|PICTURE THIS: NEW CHEHALEM LABELS SHOW WINES’ ROOTS
Quipping that “every 20 years or so you change things,” Chehalem founder Harry Peterson-Nedry recently unveiled a series of new labels for the Willamette Valley winery. Starting with the 2010 reds and ’11 whites, Chehalem wines will feature vivid color photos by Shawn Linehan. Not only are the images beautifully composed, but they each relate to the origins of the respective wines—a simple concept, executed stunningly.
|SIP PLANS TO BRING ON SOME MOSCATO MAYHEM
Another Moscato? Before you shrug, SIP Moscato, founded by a quartet of wine-trade veterans and marketed by California-based Vintage Point (Layer Cake, et al), has a few real points of distinction. Orange Muscat grapes from Clarksburg are whole-cluster-pressed and fermented in cement tanks, for one, and sweetened via arrested fermentation (rather than added sugar). The wine is lightly effervescent, with fullish (for Moscato) 11% alcohol. Most distinctive of all, SIP is actively targeting the audience of Mixed Martial Arts; it’s not the typical wine-sipping crowd, but hey, MMA fans should appreciate a sweet alternative to beer and the hard stuff.
EPPA: SANGRIA GETS JUICED UP WITH ‘SUPERFRUITS’
Sangria has always been more about the fruit than the wine. In Eppa “SupraFruta” Sangria—the first organic entry in the sangria category—both of those aspects have been kicked up a notch. The base of organic Mendocino Cabernet and Syrah is blended with antioxidant-rich “superfruit” juices including pomegranate, blueberry, açai and blood orange. ABV is 8.5%, keeping the focus squarely on the fruit. Eppa launched last year in Florida but is now in 20 states.
|JADOT TURNS 150, RELEASES SPECIAL BLEND
American wineries tend to whoop it up when they turn 25 or 30. So what do really old European wineries do when they turn, say, 150? In the case of Louis Jadot, winemaker Jacques Lardière and his team at the renowned Burgundy house have crafted a commemorative cuvée. Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 150 Ans 2009 is a blend of 17 of the producer’s best Pinot Noir parcels in the Côte de Beaune. Kobrand will release the wine nationally in September.
|SPODEE: WINE WITH A HOOCHY, CHOCOLATEY KICK
Steven Grasse (whose spirits efforts include Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum as) has taken aim at wine with Spodee, a fortified, chocolate-infused red wine. Historically, Spodee harkens back to the Depression era, when moonshine was prettied up with whatever fruits, herbs or spices were lying around the farm. Modern Spodee checks in at 36 proof and comes in an old-timey 500ml milk bottle. Straight up and lightly chilled, it tastes like a chocolate liqueur; but it can also mix with cola, OJ or tonic. Currently in NJ and PA.