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Wine Buzz: November 2012 Edition

Posted on  | November 5, 2012   Bookmark and Share
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RED BLENDS KEEP ON COMING…

At the risk of sounding like the Blend of the Month Club, brace your shelves for yet more Splendid Blended mixed-grape reds. The fact that they are coming from big players suggest this trend has not crested yet. From Pernod Ricard: Deadbolt, $14. From Geyser Peak: Uncensored, $14. From E.&.J. Gallo: The Naked Grape Harvest Red Blend, $9. And from Purple Wine Company: Cryptic (whose varietal mix is revealed when the eye-catching bottle is held up to a mirror), SRP: $16-$20.

MIMOSA TO GO-GO

Soleil Mimosa, the RTD blend of premium sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed orange juice from Southwest Wines, is now available in slim 187ml aluminum cans. The refreshing low-alcohol (8%) bubbly is now light, recyclable, convenient and primed for impulse buys in grab-and-go four-packs. The cans can be enjoyed where glass bottles are discouraged (sporting events, beaches, in airplanes); great for picnics—or stocking stuffers, too.

SRP: $10.99

fresh-mimosa.com

 

 

 

 

MAKING A CASE FOR ORNELLAIA

One of Italy’s most collectible wines just got more giftable. A wooden box, handcrafted in solid oak by a Bolgheri artisan and varnished in a rich red lacquer, encases the Ornellaia Collezione. This limited edition (500 collections for the entire world; 50 for the U.S.) contains six individually numbered bottles, two each from 2006, 2007 and 2008, all aged in Ornellaia’s wine library.

SRP: $10.99

foliowine.com

 

 

 

 

AUSTRIA SHINES SOME LIGHT ON RED

It’s becoming well-known that Austria’s Gruner Veltliner is happening white wine, but the Austrian Wine Marketing Board—taking advantage of Zweigelt’s 90th birthday—is hoping to spread draw some fresh attention to the county’s reds. Fall is featuring a variety of tasting events, dinners, seminars and more across the country—plus a “where to buy/taste” map at AustrianWineUSA.com. About a third of Austria’s grape production is red, comprised mostly of the indigenous grapes Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent (the latter two grapes were actually crossed to create Zweigelt). Generally fruity and smooth, Austrian reds make a nice fit for palates that lean toward light-bodied wines like Beaujolais, Pinot Noir and Bardolino.

 AustrianWineUSA.com/austrian-reds


Comments

  1. wine storage
    November 9th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Keep the blends coming! I love them!

 
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