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November 2015 – Wine Buzz

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Forget Boughs of Holly— ‘Light My Bottle’ Turns Empty Bottles into Art

This nifty new product—enjoying its first holiday season on the market—has “impulse buy” written all over it. Light My Bottle’s string of micro LED lights turns empty wine/liquor bottles into homey works of art. The string inserts easily into the bottle and a push-button with battery holder fits right on top. It takes three AAA batteries (not included). Perfect for the holidays, Light My Bottle is packed on a hanging card, with SRP $9.99. Wholesale pricing: $5.55; $4.95 each for 12 pieces, or $4.50 each for 48+ pieces. lightmybottle.net



McWilliam’s Captures Complexity with New ‘Cool Climate’ Range

McWilliam’s Wine Group Ltd., a sixth-generation family owned company and makers of the highly awarded McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate range, has just announced the U.S. introduction of a new line of high-altitude, cool-climate wines. Grown at elevations between 650 and 1,700 feet in the region of New South Wales, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Shiraz and 2014 Chardonnay have been produced from vines with reduced yields that translate into excellent flavor intensity. SRP $14.99. totalbeveragesolution.com





Moët Hennessy Boosts Wine Portfolio with Smoke Tree Wines from Sonoma 

Smoke Tree Wines is the first brand to be launched by Moët Hennessy this century (the last being Terrazas de los Andes). Bearing a Sonoma County appellation, the wines are made from Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Carneros fruit and are overseen by Joel Burt, the winemaker responsible for Chandon’s still wine program. He has been very involved in production at Newton Vineyard as well. Smoke Tree will be available initially in NY, MA, PA, DC, TX, IL, FL and CA; there are 15,000 cases each of 2014 Pinot Noir (SRP $24.99) and 2014 Chardonnay ($19.99). mhusa.com




Dark Horse Extends Line with two new Varietal Wines

When E. & J. Gallo launched Dark Horse in 2014, the anchor Big Red Blend combined grape varieties from not just different regions but three continents (Malbec from Argentina, Tempranillo from Spain; Cabernet from California). Winemaker Beth Liston’s penchant for unconventional blending continues with the release of two new Dark Horse varietal wines, both from California. The 2014 Pinot Noir is 81% Pinot, plus Grenache, other reds and 3% Gewürztraminer. The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc includes 16% Semillon, 3% Albariño and 4% select white varieties. Dark Horse is line-priced at $9.99. darkhorsewine.com


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