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Wine Buzz: June 2013

Posted on  | May 30, 2013   Bookmark and Share
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KIM CRAWFORD: CHILLIN WITH NEW WINE SLEEVE

Constellation’s New Zealand wine, Kim Crawford, puts a real premium on cool wine. The customized Kim Crawford Cooling Sleeve, designed by Martin Kastner of Chicago-based Crucial Detail, is both striking and functional. The freezable metal chain-link sleeve fits snugly on a bottle, keeping the wine chilled while tastefully displaying the Kim Crawford logo. The eye-catching look makes this unique sleeve an interesting option for on-premise service. The limited edition of 400, priced at $149, is available at ExperienceKimCrawford.com.

 

 

ROSCATO BIANCO JOINS THE SWEET PARTY

If at first you succeed, well, why not do it again? The sweet red sparkler Roscato Rosso Dolce proved such a hit that Palm Bay has introduced Roscato Bianco Dolce. The lightly sweet, frizzante wine taps into Americans’ ongoing demand for sweet, gently effervescent wines. Bianco Dolce is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Moscato grapes grown in the northern Italian regions of Trentino and Lombardy. The wine is 8% ABV and its balance of sparkle and sweet make it a pleasant solo sipper or versatile choice for a variety of cuisines. SRP $12.99

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VERDI’S NEW AÇAÍ SPARKLER SHINES FOR A CAUSE

For years now, word has been out about the “superfruit” açaí. High in antioxidants and packing distinctive berry flavor, açaí is gaining in popularity across the food and beverage industries. Brand new on the scene is Verdi Açaí Sparkletini, an Italian açaí-infused sparkling malt beverage with a fruity taste profile, low 5% ABV and lovely purple-pink hue. Açaí joins Raspberry, Green Apple and Peach in the line; $1 from every case of the new Sparkletini will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now available in 40+ states at SRP of $5.99.

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PINK BUSTING OUT ALL OVER

Americans are catching on to the seasonal delights of dry rosé, and suppliers are finding new ways to grab their attention this summer. From Provence, the spiritual homeland of rosé, comes Vie Vité in a sleek mod package (SRP $30); their Extraordinaire bottling lives up to its name in large formats, too (magnum $65, 3L $135). From Tuscany, Opici is importing the could-not-be-cuter—and very tasty—375ml by Luiano ($15; format also available for the Luiano Chianti Classico). And don’t count out California; even red specialists are bottling pitch-perfect dry pink. Made entirely from Cabernet, Justin 2012 Rosé ($20) is bright and crisp (not heavy or dark, like many New World examples) and evokes classic flavors of crushed strawberries and light herbs.

 


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