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Wine Buzz: May 2014

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GEYSER PEAK RELEASES ‘GROUNDBREAKING’ RED TRIO

Applying a semantic twist to the notion that great wine is grounded in terroir, Geyser Peak’s latest high-end releases express a literal connection to the earth. Each is named to honor formations related to the geologic upheaval that created the Sonoma County winery’s namesake mountain. The stylish wines include two 2011 Alexander Valley blends—Tectonic Red Blend (69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 16% other red; SRP $28) and Devil’s Inkstand (Cabernet with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Petite Syrah; $50)—and Pluto’s Fury, a 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($28). The trio, as well as a premium Sauvignon Blanc, are the result of winemaker Ondine Chattan being given a green light by winery owner Accolade Wines to make a series of limited-production wines from Geyser Peak’s finest vineyard resources.

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TINY BUBBLES: LA MARCA PROSECCO ‘DOWNSIZES’

If the Prosecco wave has taught us anything, it’s that Americans are indeed capable of finding their own taste preferences. The easy-drinking bubbly is essentially a household word now, with no signs of slowing down. La Marca Prosecco, under the watch of winemaker Fabrizio Gatto, has proven to be a benchmark of consistent quality and value, working with about 7,000 growers and 10 cooperatives. Now La Marca is giving fans a new way to enjoy Prosecco: in cute 187ml bottles. And for good measure, look for La Marca magnums this fall. SRP: $5/187ml.

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LONG ISLAND’S LIEB CELLARS REGROUPS, EXPANDS

Eyeing a bigger foothold in the Northeast, North Fork-based Lieb Cellars is repositioning its estate wines as Lieb Reserve and applying a fresh look and formats to its Bridge Lane line. The graphics for the Bridge Lane makeover are catchy and demonstrative: the labels portray a bottle, a box and a keg—the wines are available in all three formats. Lieb’s estate wines (4,000 cases, SRP $22-$40)—particularly Pinot Blanc, both still and sparkling—have earned a strong following in the New York metro area. As of May, both lines will have a chance to impress wine lovers in NJ, CT and MA as well. 

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KATHIE LEE GETS HER WINE ON

Morning TV’s most famous wine cheerleader, Kathie Lee Gifford, has a wine of her own now, called Gifft. The three-time Emmy-winning television personality teamed up with Scheid Family Wines of Monterey to produce a 2012 Estate Chardonnay and 2011 Estate Red Blend (mostly Merlot and Petite Sirah). Both sport screwtops and will retail for $20. The classically-styled package depicts Kathie Lee’s favorite place to enjoy wine with friends—her garden gazebo—and the Gifft name derives from her last name and her belief that friendship, love and laughter are gifts to be cherished.

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