Posted on | January 22, 2015
Written by | BevNetwork
KAHLÚA ADDS SALTED CARAMEL LIMITED EDITION
Kahlúa announces the debut of Kahlúa Salted Caramel, the latest of the brand’s delicious limited edition flavors. Set to hit retail outlets mid-February, Kahlúa Salted Caramel delivers sweet caramel, a hint of salt and of course the brand’s signature flavor of 100% Arabica coffee blended with sugarcane rum. It is a tasty addition to coffee and the perfect foray into frozen cocktails. 40 proof.
WEST CORK IRISH 10 YO SINGLE MALT SCORES BIG IN GLOBAL COMPETITION
M.S. Walker’s portfolio continues to shine as it expands. Their West Cork 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey earned a Platinum medal and “Best of Show” honors at the recent 2014-’15 World Spirit competition (whose entrants came from 27 countries). West Cork is a non-chill filtered whiskey matured in first-fill, flame-charred bourbon barrels for 10 years, giving it a real point of distinction among Irish whiskies.
THE RED BLEND PARADE CONTINUES WITH NEW ENTRY FROM SUTTER HOME
The latest innovation from Sutter Home Family Vineyards is a California Red Blend that combines Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. This well-balanced wine fits right into the red-hot blend category, displaying juicy red fruit, soft tannins and a lush, velvety finish. Its accessible price point continues in Sutter Home’s tradition of offering consumers what they want at a great value.
SRP: $6.99/750mL (also in 187mL, 1.5L)
TWO NEW GOULART BLENDS ARRIVING IN U.S. VIA OPICI
Opici Wines is launching two new wines from Argentina producer Goulart. The limited-production Goulart Black Legion (60% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Franc) honors the volunteer soldiers who fought under military Marshall Gastao Goulart during the Brazilian Revolution of 1932. Goulart Reserva is 50/50 Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines are dark, rich and savory expressions of Mendoza terroir, and each spent 12 months in French oak barrels, gaining further depth and dimension.
SRP: $19.99 each
GARNET VINEYARDS: SETS THE STANDARD FOR STYLE & VALUE IN ‘NEW WORLD’ PINOT NOIR
Now on the fast track of critical acclaim, Garnet Vineyards 201 2 Monterey County Pinot Noir recently earned the #11 spot in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buys of 2014. Sourced from select blocks of small, premier vineyards, Garnet wines are nurtured to reflect their cool-climate sites. The 2012 Monterey Pinot Noir presents a perfect combination of elegance, silky texture and vibrant flavors. Marketed by Bronco Wine Co.
SRP: $17.99 each
CHATEAU LA PAWS: WINES FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE DOGS
The folks at Chateau La Paws are crazy about two things: dogs that inspire and delight them every day and delicious wines that do the same. These three new wines are the natural result of those interests. The delicious, affordable Chardonnay, Red Blend and Pinot Noir each have four different labels featuring real rescue dogs from the North Shore Animal League, and the sales help support no-kill animal shelters.
SRP: $12.99 each
AVIATION AMERICAN GIN JOINS DAVOS BRANDS PORTFOLIO
Davos Brands, an importer and national marketer of luxury sakés, wines and spirits, welcomes Aviation American Gin into their portfolio, joining premium brands such as Ty Ku Saké and The Real McCoy Rum. Long a mixologist favorite, Aviation American Gin brings together traditional craft distilling with a unique blend of exotic spices and botanicals, making it extremely flavorful and versatile. 84 proof.
DIAGEO RELEASES HAIG CLUB: SINGLE GRAIN WHISKY WITH STAR POWER
Following a successful debut overseas, Diageo has announced the U.S. launch of Haig Club, a Single Grain Scotch whisky developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. The square bottle draws on the tradition of blenders using blue glasses to focus their senses of taste and smell. The whisky itself is fresh and clean, showcasing butterscotch, tropical fruit and harmonious spice. 80 proof.
Segura Viudas is making 2015 a statement year, with the launch of a brand new Gran Cuvée Reserva, and a sharp upgrade to its line packaging. The Gran Cuvée Reserva is a blend of Cava’s traditional Macabeo and Parellada grapes, with a touch of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The modernized packaging creates a unified family of wines that celebrates the winery’s history while appealing to an audience that values authenticity and adventure.
TERLATO BRINGS DON PANCHO ORIGENES RUM TO THE UNITED STATES
Terlato Wines has announced the debut of Don Pancho Origenes, a new line of super-premium aged rums, in the U.S. Don Pancho Origenes is produced in Panama by the legendary Cuban master rum blender Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. A connoisseur’s rum, Don Pancho Origenes is designed to appeal to whisky aficionados. The line includes three expressions: an 8-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 30-year-old.
SRP: $40/8YO, $90/19YO, $425/30YO
NEW BELGIUM ‘PORTAGE’ PORTER HERALDS SPRING SEASONALS
Celebrating the tradition of readying canoes along Colorado riverbanks to take advantage of snowmelt, New Belgium Brewing’s Portage Porter is a true spring seasonal. The easy-to-drink, medium-bodied traditional American porter features dark, roasted malts with almond notes and coffee and chocolate aromas. Added American-style hops enhance the roasty complexity while keeping the hop bitterness in balance. 6% ABV; 12oz bottles. Available in 37 states.
NEW FROM GASSIER WINERY: L’AMPHORE DE PROVENCE ROSÉ
In ancient times, the amphore was a popular container for important liquids, including wine. An original creation, this bottle was designed to accommodate the clean, fruity and generous rosé made by the Gassier winery in Provence, the spiritual homeland of dry rosé. The Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes are completely destemmed before direct pressing and fermented at low temperature to maintain flavor. Marketed by Bronco Wine Co.