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Wine Buzz: November 2013

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he American food and beverage industries are well known for designing products to fit (or foster) our on-the-go lifestyle. This has led to some criticism of our “disposable society,” but it’s easy to see that single-serve packaging has indeed captured our affection, from snacks and sodas to lunch-sized gourmet items. Wine has long been on the sidelines of the single-serve action, but it looks like that is changing quickly.

Riondo USA, known primarily for Prosecco, is pushing the wine envelope into pouch territory. Oneglass, a 4 oz. wine brand in a pouch, is rolling out in 30 states, priced for retail at $2.99 and sporting flashy graphics, including a countertop display that declares “Less is MORE.” Four varieties are already in production—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and Sangria; a Chardonnay and chocolate wine are planned for 2014. Lightweight and just the right size for pocket, picnic basket or purse, they easily go where 750ml bottles don’t. riondousa.com

And from Germany, leading producer Schmitt Söhne is extending its successful Fünf line with 187ml plastic screwtop bottles. The brand name is derived from the German word for “five”—a nod to the classic notion of enjoying a drink at quitting time. Available in Moscato, German Riesling, Sweet Red and Red Sangria, the new Fünf offerings stand out in satin-white bottles and jewel-tone accents, each with the friendly smiling Ü. Available in 36 states with more to come. SRP $7.99. Easy on the eye, the wallet and the palate—that’s a winning combination. schmittsohneusa.com



The expansive line of whimsical wine holders from H & K Recycled Metal Art do double duty in a wine shop: they make eye-catching displays and you can sell the caddy while showing off wine. Made from recycled steel and copper, each piece is individually bent, cut and welded. Characters represent a wide array of professions, sports and hobbies. SRPs range from $29- $119; minimum initial wholesale order is ten pieces.





In the soccer world, Lionel (Leo) Messi, the Argentine-born superstar, is a living legend. His reputation off the field is s tellar as well, thanks to the Leo Messi Foundation, whose mission is to help at-risk children and adolescents. In cooperation with Messi, Bodega Valentin Bianchi, one of Argentina’s best-known family-owned wine producers, is launching LEO wines in the U.S.; profits will go to the foundation. A Malbec (SRP $16.99) and a premium Malbec ($29.99), replete with soccer-inspired graphics, are now available wherever Bianchi wines are sold; a Torrontes ($16.99) will follow in early 2014.



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