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Wine Buzz: March 2014

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LOS VASCOS GETS A TOUCH-UP

Chilean winemaking is unquestionably modern, so why not its packaging? Pasternak Wine Imports has announced that starting with the 2013 vintage, Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rosé will be sealed with screwtops. Besides enhanced practicality, screwtops are particularly well suited for fresh, aromatic wines with good acidity. The winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, long known for its quality-price proposition, is also getting adjusted, albeit inside the bottle. Still 100% Cab and all estate-grown, the wine’s fruit-forward character and modest tannins have benefited from improved irrigation techniques, more rigorous selection in the blending process and gentler vinification techniques. The Cabernet features a cork, but all of the Los Vascos varietal wines now feature QR codes; linepriced at SRP $13.99.

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FRESH TAKE ON WINE GLASS MARKERS

Somewhere in every wine-loving home there is a drawer with a bunch of “wine glass charms” jangling around. While no longer the rage, a couple new versions from Bella Vita are promising to inject fresh appeal into this accessory. The colorful flexible silicone “Hugs” and “Frenemies” are ideal for not just wine glasses but also for beer bottles/cans and may even be used as napkin rings. Packaged for resale in sets of four, with SRP $13.99; wholesale pricing available.

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GEKKEIKAN LAUNCHES HOUSE’S FIRST GINJO SAKÉ IN U.S.

Sidney Frank Importing Co., importer of sakés from the House of Gekkeikan, has introduced Suzaku to the U.S. Suzaku is the first-ever Junmai Ginjo-Shu or “Ginjo” to be introduced to Gekkeikan’s portfolio in the U.S. Made from a combination of fresh spring water, yeast, koji and the finest rice, Suzaku (15.5% ABV) is carefully fermented at a low temperature to produce fruity aromatic notes of pear, honeydew and pineapple. The character is remarkably smooth and creamy, with a light fruit finish, and complements an array of foods ranging from light fare such as grilled fish to meats such as BBQ pork and beef ribs. The new offering brings to 15 the number of sakés and plum wines in Sidney Frank’s Gekkeikan portfolio.

SRP $24.99/720ml

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BRANCOTT AIMS HIGH WITH NEW LOW-CAL ‘FLIGHT SONG’

The “tastes great, less filling” heyday of light beer never transitioned over to wine, but that may be changing. New Zealand’s Brancott Estate has just released Flight Song nationwide—crafted to deliver authentic wine character while being 20% lighter in calories. The inaugural two Flight Song wines—2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Pinot Grigio—are both from Marlborough and display fresh fruit and acidity in line with their NZ peers. Both wines are under 90 calories per 5 oz. serving. The technique is nothing too high-tech: the grapes are harvested earlier, when sugar levels are naturally lower. In turn, the alcohol is lower—9% for both. “Consumers have told us that they are looking for a wine style that is lighter in calories but doesn’t compromise on the taste and flavor complexity of the wine,” says Matt Foley, Brancott Estate Brand Director.

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