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Wine Buzz: March 2013

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FRESH FROM THE SOUTHERN RHÔNE

Made with grapes from Provence and the Southern Rhône, the wines of Marrenon are now available stateside. Winemaker Philippe Tolleret works with 1,200 different growers in both the Luberon and Ventoux regions to craft Grand Marrenon white (Vermentino/Grenache Blanc/Roussane), red (Syrah/Grenache) and Orca Ventoux red (mostly old-vine Grenache). Well made and handsomely packaged, the wines far exceed their humble appellations. 

SRP $17-$20

marrenon.com

BRAZILIAN BUBBLY CELEBRATES ‘CARNAVAL’

Brazil sits behind Chile and Argentina in terms of South American wine production, but interest is certain to grow with the country hosting soccer’s World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016. Here is a bubbly to get folks in the mood. Carnaval Brazilian Brut, handcrafted in partnership with Cooperativa Vinícola Aurora, the most awarded winery in Brazil, is a crisp, aromatic blend of Riesling and Semillon, with 11.8% alcohol. The $14.99 bubbly joins Carnaval’s sparkling Moscatos, and will be in 12 states plus DC this spring.

islandclubbrands.com

 

 

WINE FIT FOR AN AUSTERITY BUDGET

Cecchetti Wine Company, source of such brands as Redtree and Line 39, has tapped into the nation’s economic instability to create a new label: Austerity. Inspired by a Wall Street meets Main Street notion, the wine takes aim at America’s budget-conscious wine lovers. And while $16.99 is not everyone’s idea of cheap, there is no doubt that many drinkers of $20-and-up wine have found pleasure pocketing change from a Jackson for a bottle. Getting a kick out of the label won’t hurt either. Austerity Proprietary Red is blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The white is a merger of Riesling and Chardonnay.

SRP $20

cecchettiwineco.com

 

CONCHA Y TORO BLENDS INTO THE CROWD

Chilean stalwart Concha y Toro has always had a good feel for everyday wines that Americans love. Their latest launches under the Casillero del Diablo label play right to the current dual trends of nifty blends and popular sweeties. The Winemaker’s Red Blend (60% Syrah, 20% Carmenere) is smooth and fruity, with chocolate and spice notes from oak. The Coastal White (70% Chardonnay, 30% Moscato) leans toward pineapple, peach and pear.

SRP $12

chileanlegend.com

THIS DECK IS STACKED WITH GRAPES

As long as wine is complicated, there will be a need for basic education. And education is always more palatable with a dose of fun. This deck of 52 cards from Ghigo Press features color photos, descriptions, history, pairing tips and lore of the world’s most significant wine grapes, from Aglianico to Zinfandel (and even Verdejo to Verdelho). Great gift item or impulse buy. SRP $15.95; wholesale pricing available, as well as countertop display.

SRP $52.99

ghigopress.com


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