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Wine Buzz: April 2013

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Leaders don’t stay on top by sitting pat. So it should come as little surprise that Yellow Tail has tapped into not one but three current trends with recent launches. Sweet White Roo is a blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. Big Bold Red takes aim at the super-hot category of red blends—but at a more modest price point than most recent entries. Finally, Pink Moscato, with bright strawberry and floral notes, saw a limited release in February and will roll nationwide in August. Following the successful debuts of Yellow Tail Moscato (2011) and Sweet Red Roo (2012), Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has high hopes for the new trio.

SRP $7.99/750ml | $12.99/1.5 deutschfamily.com | yellowtailwine.com



O Wines of Woodinville, WA, will be available nationwide for the first time starting in April with the release of a 2011 Columbia Valley Chardonnay (SRP $14) and 2010 red blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah ($16). The brand was founded in 2006 by Stacy Lill and Kathy Johanson with a mission to fund scholarships for low-income young women. Ste. Michelle Wines Estates acquired O Wines in September 2012 with a desire to grow the brand nationally and raise more money for the O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship Fund. The brand has raised $125,000 and funded more than 40 student scholarships in four years. Most of the recipients were the first members of their families to attend college.





America’s comfort zone for wines from Spain has expanded considerably in recent years. The next breakout region could be Jumilla, where the signature Monastrell grape (known as Mourvèdre in France) is capable of making refreshing rosés as well as reds that range from ripe and ready to big and strapping (and even fortified-sweet). Bodegas Bleda, family-owned and founded in 1915, appears poised to lead the way, with an ultra-modern facility and portfolio that overdelivers in quality based on price. Of special note: Bleda’s generous Castillo de Jumilla Crianza (SRP $16), powerful old-vine “Divus” ($36) and a rosado ($12) that could just about stop traffic.

roadhousewine.com | bodegasbleda.es/en



Caposaldo means benchmark in Italian, but in the case of this line developed and imported by Kobrand, the wines are mold-busters as well. Now complementing the initial releases of Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Moscato and Chianti are three new $15.99-SRP bubblies: Sweet Moscato (7% ABV, 90 g/L residual sugar); Sweet Pink Merlot Moscato (9.5%, 75 g/L); and Sweet Red Sparkling (Malvasia Nera & Merlot; 9.5%, 75 g/L). With colorful packaging and flavor profiles that refresh even while delivering ample sweet fruit, they are built for warm weather fun and entertaining.



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