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Wine Buzz: July 2014

Posted on  | July 3, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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At Salvation Taco, New York City, NY

RIESLING ROLLING, ROLLING, ROLLING…

Reprising last year’s successful road trip, Riesling guru Paul Grieco and Wines of Germany traveled from Key West to New York City recently on a one-of-a-kind truck container retrofitted as a wine tasting room, spreading the gospel of Riesling. Grieco, partner at the James Beard-nominated restaurant Hearth and Terroir wine bars in NYC, was joined by author and wine expert Stuart Piggott to host trade tastings and consumer dinners in several cities along the way. Sure, there was a social media element to the trip, but face-to-face uncorking time time was key to getting the Riesling message out. germanwineusa.com

MIONETTO NUDGES PROSECCO TOWARD LUXURY

Prosecco is red hot in America; is it cool enough to move upscale? Mionetto has just debuted a strategic realignment of three top-tier sparklers: Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Cuvée Sergio 1887 and Cuvée Sergio 1887 Rosé. All three Luxury Collection wines have undergone an eye-catching makeover, their custom-mold bottles adorned with embossed neck capsules. Booklets on each bottle detail sourcing from Italy’s Veneto and Valdobbiadene DOCG zones. Impressively, the trio still checks in under $20 retail. A fourth, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG ($40 SRP), is slated for the 2014 holidays.

WITH LAUNCH OF GIA, COPPOLA ADDS NEW BRAND & NEXT GENERATION

In the Coppola family, apples don’t far fall from the trees—those trees representing both film and wine. Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis and Eleanor Coppola, recently made her directorial film debut with Palo Alto. But since she was a teenager, Gia has also been active in the Francis Ford Coppola Presents wine, food and resort business. The idea to make her own wine began in 2012. She worked alongside Francis and the winemaking team to create three wines in a style that reflects her personality. Gia by Gia Coppola features a Frizzante Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir, crafted to be light, unpretentious and inspiring. SRP $14.99 francisfordcoppolawinery.com


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