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Wine Buzz: December 2012 Edition

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PROWEIN SET FOR MARCH, GERMANY

Slated next year for March 24-26 in Düsseldorf, ProWein has quietly become one of the most important international wine and spirits trade fairs in the world. Held in Germany, but with English the primary language, it has become a showcase for new products—both wine and spirits—and members of the trade oriented to the global market (no consumers allowed). Düsseldorf rolls out the red carpet to welcome the 40,000 visitors and 4,000 exhibitors, in a space about four times the size of NYC’s Javits Center. And it is run with German efficiency complemented with the gemütlichkeit (“hospitality/coziness”) of a city whose primary business is promoting international trade.

Details at prowein.com

AFFORDABLE + COLLECTIBLE FROM CHILE

Lapostolle has been busy. Just launched: Canto de Apalta, a blend in the spirit of the winery’s luxury red, Clos Apalta, at a more accessible price point (SRP $19.99). The inaugural 2010 vintage is a grilled-meat-friendly blend of Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Meanwhile, the new Lapostolle Collection has also been released to showcase Chile’s diversity of terroirs. Collection Syrah (six wines) charts a journey from north (Elqui) to south (San Jose de Apalta); Collection Carmenère (two each of three wines) takes drinkers from the Andes west to Marchigue. SRP $199.99 per set.

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PROTEA: CUTTING EDGE, INSIDE & OUT

Terlato Wines and Anthonij Rupert Wines have introduced Protea, a South African brand whose packaging takes aim at fashionminded wine consumers. The wines represent two of the nation’s signatures: a 2012 Chenin Blanc and a 2011 red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz), both fruit-driven and balanced, from the Coastal Region. Branded minimally by a necker, Protea stands out thanks to an advanced screen application that covers the entire bottle, encouraging buyers to reuse it—for flowers, olive oil or beverages. January release.

SRP: $18.99

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AND RED MAKES THREE FOR NEW AGE

In 2006, importer Quintessential introduced New Age, an effervescent white blend of Torrontes and Sauvignon Blanc, and gave it a cocktailian twist (over ice with a squeeze of lime). “The Tincho” was born, helping the Bianchi family’s New Age become the best-selling white wine from Argentina. An off-dry fizzy rosé followed. And now comes red—an effervescent blend of Bonarda with Malbec that has floral aromas and a just-picked cherry and raspberry flavor. Meant to be served well-chilled, it pairs with spicy, savory and sweet foods.

SRP $11.99

quintessentialwines.com


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