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Wine Buzz: February 2013

Posted on  | January 28, 2013   Bookmark and Share
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NEW FROM FETZER… BLENDS HAVE MORE FUN?

California benchmark winery Fetzer has entered the “Splendid Blended” arena with two new wines: Crimson and Quartz. Sub-dubbed “the winemaker’s favorite” and designed with Millennials in mind, both deliver ripe fruit and smooth texture. Crimson (a quintessential Valentine hue) is primarily Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with toasty oak (ABV 13.5%). Quartz (hey, it ain’t diamonds, but it sure beats Cubic Zirconia) melds Chardonnay Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Grigio (ABV 12%).

SRP $9.99

fetzer.com

SANGRIA IS EASY ON THE PALATE & WALLET

For those who like their red wines a little sweet and spicy, Vision Wine & Spirits is now bringing in Sangria Térreo. Developed in 2009 in Almendralejo, Spain, Sangria Térreo is based on a proprietary family recipe of Tempranillo wine and all natural flavorings including fruit juices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Available in both red and white, both in date size (1L bottle, SRP $7.99) and party size (4L bag-in-box, SRP $24.99). Currently in 19 states and Washington, DC.

visionwineandspirits.com | sangriaterreo.com

 

 

SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR STEPS UP

With its silky texture, exotic aromas, provocative fruit and mouthwatering acidity, Pinot Noir has long been considered the sexiest of table wines. It’s no surprise that Folie à Deux is joining the Pinot parade, but the AVA suggests that Sonoma Coast is ready for prime-time awareness. Said winemaker Joe Shirley: “When sourcing grapes for our Pinot Noir, we naturally turned to vineyards along the Sonoma Coast where growing conditions are so ideal for producing delicious, approachable Pinot Noir.”

SRP $20

tfewines.com

 

SEDUCTIVE NEW VINTAGE OF MARILYN MERLOT

The 2010 vintage of Marilyn Merlot debuted recently, promising to command attention not only for its striking label but also its sensuous character. The label portrait is from the legendary “Red Sitting” series shot by photographer Milton Greene in 1957. It was their last collaboration; the resulting images capture Marilyn at her most flirtatiously alluring.

SRP $29

marilynwines.com

MOËT & CHANDON: PRETTY IN PINK

Never underestimate the romance of Champagne, the power of pink, and the allure of easy gifting. Moët & Chandon just launched its “Declare Your Love” limited edition, which allows consumers to personalize a bottle of Moët Rosé Impérial with multiple peel-and-stick messages such as “I ❤ You” and “Happy Valentine!” The classic bubbly inside offers an intricate bouquet of red fruits and juicy, full-flavored palate.

SRP $52.99

moet.com


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