WINE
BUZZ
WINE
BUZZ
INDABA:
ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE NEW YEAR
Like an old friend who suddenly knocks on your door and
looks like a million bucks, the 2012 vintages of
Indaba
are set to hit the U.S. sporting a new look. The makeover
was inspired by the idea that South Africa is an especially
“green” wine region, as well as home to the most diverse
plant kingdom in the world. One other new twist: Indaba
is now making a Bordeaux-style red blend, Mosaic, in
place of Shiraz. All wines in the range carry the SWSA
seal of sustainability and SRP of $11.99.
capeclassics.com
CREATIVE BLENDING
TAKING OFF IN ITALY
The trend of offbeat red blends continues apace,
as seen in two new Italian offerings, each with a
message that goes beyond “kitchen sink.”
Tenute Piccini
—based in Tuscany since 1882 and
imported by Aveníu Brands—has released
Memðro. This multi-region, multi-vintage
blend melds Primitivo from Puglia,
Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Nero d’Avola
from Sicily and Merlot from Veneto. Modern
and generous yet distinctly Italian, it has a
bright fruity core and long finish; the name,
Memoro, is Latin for “remember.”
SRP $9.99 aveniubrands.com
Tuscan winery Carpineto is ruffling
some feathers with Spolverino, a
velvety, full-bodied Toscana IGT blend
of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Canaiolo grapes.
Spolverino is bottled with the top-of-the-line
Stelvin Lux+ screwcap—an enclosure that is
prohibited under DOCG regulations. But centuries
of tradition couldn’t stop Carpineto from offering
this innovative convenience. Literally translating
to “feather duster,” Spolverino features a front
label with a playful rooster dusting away “old-
fashioned” corks. Imported by Opici Wines.
SRP $15.99 opiciwines.com
WINE AERATION
GOES ADJUSTABLE
While sacrilege to wine purists, aeration devices—which basically accelerate the air contact a
wine receives when being poured—have found a following among consumers. The latest on
the scene, the patent-pending
Twist
, made by Seattle-based Host Studios, differs in that it
uses six different settings to control the rate of aeration (settings correspond to the equivalent
number of hours of “breathing”). Mature reds would call for a lower setting; tough young ones
can use more. Packaged for resale; no minimum order. SRP $40 truefabrications.com
IT’SSWEET, FIZZY, FRENCH
…AND NOT EVEN NEW
Moscato is now practically a household
name. Muscat is the same grape, of course,
albeit less frequently seen on labels. All
the more reason to share news of this
French version—
Jaillance Clairette
de Die
. The wine is gently effervescent,
fruity, refreshing, off-dry and low in
alcohol (7%)—though not exactly new.
Jaillance has been making Clairette
de Die since the 1950s, using the,
wherein a natural fermentation begins in
temperature-controlled steel tanks and
the wine is bottled while fermentation is
still occurring, capturing the bubbles. Most
Americans would not even recognize Die as a region
of southern France. In 1950 Henri Bonner inspired 266
of his neighbors and fellow growers to join together
as a cooperative. Now imported by Baron François,
the Jaillance brand was created in 2001, allowing the
cooperative to offer different AOC sparkling wines
under one brand name. Jaillance “Cuvée de l’Abbaye”
Crémant de Bordeaux, made from 60% Semillon and
40% Cabernet Franc, for example, is a 12% ABV Brut.
Both bubblies retail for $15.99; currently in NY, NJ, WA,
OR, MD, DE, DC and WI. jaillance.com
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