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Wine Buzz: December 2014

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NEW AUTOMATIC RABBIT WINE OPENER IS BUZZ-WORTHY

The wine gadget culture has a hot new tool. Er, make that toy? Just remove the foil and pop the Rabbit automatic electric corkscrew on top of a bottle of wine and hold in place… it pulls the cork out and ejects it. The new Rabbit also has a built-in foil cutter; opens 30+ bottles per charge; and comes in red, black and silver. SRP is $50; wholesale price is $25 with minimum order of 8 units.

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PENFOLDS UNLEASHES NEW 100-POINT GRANGE VINTAGE

Penfolds Grange, no stranger to the perfect score, has already notched two 100-point ratings for the 2010 vintage, which made its U.S. debut in October. Here is Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor’s personal tasting note: “The 2010 is a wine of beautiful depth and focused concentration. It waxes of floral baking spices as well as currants, savory bay leaf, toasted oak and thyme. The palate immediately grabs the senses and showcases ripe black fruits, dark bakers chocolate, and a wave of nervous acidity, dancing around the cashmere-like tannins. The wine is Old World and New World all in the same breath. Looking forward to seeing it at 15 and 45 years old.” SRP $850.

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BUBBLIES ON THE EDGE GRAB ATTENTION

Not since the Millennium has sparkling wine been grabbing so much attention. Perhaps credit should go to Prosecco mostly, but it also seems that brand new bubblies are taking advantage of the market’s upswing to gain traction quickly.

Consider Luc Belaire, following on the heels of the Luc Belaire Provence Rosé that launched in 2013. The sophisticated all-Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs and Brut Rosé, which holds thier own against similarly priced Champagnes, is produced in the heart of Burgundy by 5th and 6th generation father-and-son winemakers. The brand has distribution in ten markets already—including some eye-catching and (profitable) case stacks.
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XXIV Karat Sparkling Wine, which launched in 2012 in AZ, MI, NC and SC, just added California to its distribution ranks. True to its name, the California Coastal bubbly, available in both a brut Grand Cuvée (SRP $37) and Rosé ($42), is infused with 24-karat gold flakes—and the bottle is illuiminated by an LED light.
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And from Spain, a tiny-production wine is making a big statement. In honor of the 100th anniversary of their first Cava bottling, Freixenet has released a luxury cuvée, Casa Sala 2006 Brut Gran Reserva. Completely hand-crafted, using the same manual and gravity-flow techniques employed a century ago, the Cava spent 50 months on the lees under a cork closure, resulting in an exotic character. SRP of $60 is a steal, especially given that only 450 bottles are earmarked for the U.S.
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