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Wine Buzz: June 2014

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Think “Barcelona in a bottle.” That spirit is at the core of Mia, a new line of wines arriving from Spain this month. Mia is the dream of Barcelona winemaker Gloria Collell, who for the past 20 years has worked with the Ferrer family of sparkling Freixenet. After proposing a line of young, fresh wines, she was given the freedom to develop her vision. “This is a very personal project for me. Hence the name ‘Mia’ which means ‘mine’ in Spanish,” notes Collell, whose photo appears on the back labels. The line consists of three $10 table wines: Mia Red 2012, a fruity, unoaked Tempranillo; Mia White 2013, a young, aromatic and tropical-leaning blend of Cava grapes and Moscatel; and Mia Rosé 2013, a delicate and floral dry rosé based on Bobal and Sumoll. On the bubbly side are a Mia Moscato and Moscato Rosé (both $12). Packaging for the easy-drinking wines recall the colorful mosaics of another city native, Antoni Gaudí.

Mia by Freixenet wines arrive in CA, CO, TX, FL and MA in June, and will roll out nationwide by September. Considering the new brand has already sold 7 million bottles in 44 countries, Mia’s future here appears bright.
miawines.com | freixenetusatrade.com

This summer, Riunite Lambrusco bottles will be wearing red, white, and blue to raise awareness for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit organization assisting families of fallen military service members. Additionally, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, $1 from every bottle sold will go toward the cause. The eye-catching bottle will be complemented by in-store displays and advertising, and enhanced through social media. TAPS volunteers will be in stores across the country, and a special Riunite RV will visit military bases. Finally, consumers will have the opportunity to use smartphones to donate directly. banfiwines.com | taps.org

The qualities of stone have long made the material a popular pick for keeping chilled wine cool. Now, Angle 33 Wine Thermals are making a case for concrete. Even more efficiently than terra cotta, concrete maintains temperatures by utilizing laws of thermal mass. The multi-use design allows for stacking/storing as well as presenting/chilling wine. Angle 33 Wine Thermals are available in 12 colors and can be imprinted with logos or wording. Early adopters include prominent Napa Valley tasting rooms and Hillstone Restaurant Group. Wholesale pricing is $30 each, plus flat $5/item shipping. angle33.com


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