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BEVERAGE mEDIA
March 2013
WINE
BUZZ
WINE
BUZZ
CONCHA Y TORO
BLENDS INTO
THE CROWD
Chilean stalwart Concha y
Toro has always had a good
feel for everyday wines that
Americans love. Their latest
launches under the
Casillero
del Diablo
label play right to
the current dual trends of nifty
blends and popular sweeties.
The Winemaker’s Red Blend
(60% Syrah, 20% Carmenere)
is smooth and fruity, with
chocolate and spice notes from oak. The Coastal White
(70% Chardonnay, 30% Moscato) leans toward pineapple,
peach and pear. SRP $12
chileanlegend.com
BRAZILIAN BUBBLY
CELEBRATES
‘CARNAVAL’
Brazil sits behind Chile and
Argentina in terms of South
American wine production,
but interest is certain to
grow with the country
hosting soccer’s World Cup
in 2014 and the Summer
Olympics in 2016. Here is a
bubbly to get folks in the mood.
Carnaval Brazilian Brut
,
handcrafted in partnership with Cooperativa Vinícola Aurora,
the most awarded winery in Brazil, is a crisp, aromatic blend
of Riesling and Semillon, with 11.8% alcohol. The $14.99
bubbly joins Carnaval’s sparkling Moscatos, and will be in
12 states plus DC this spring.
islandclubbrands.com
WINE FIT FOR AN
AUSTERITY BUDGET
Cecchetti Wine Company
, source of such
brands as Redtree and Line 39, has tapped
into the nation’s economic instability to create
a new label:
Austerity
. Inspired by a Wall
Street meets Main Street notion, the wine
takes aim at America’s budget-conscious wine
lovers. And while $16.99 is not everyone’s idea
of cheap, there is no doubt that many drinkers
of $20-and-up wine have found pleasure
pocketing change from a Jackson for a bottle.
Getting a kick out of the label won’t hurt either.
Austerity Proprietary Red is blend of Syrah,
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Merlot. The white is a merger of Riesling and
Chardonnay.
cecchettiwineco.com
THIS DECK IS STACKED
WITH GRAPES
As long as wine is
complicated, there will be a
need for basic education.
And education is always
more palatable with a
dose of fun. This deck of
52 cards from
Ghigo Press
features color photos, descriptions,
history, pairing tips and lore of the
world’s most significant wine grapes,
from Aglianico to Zinfandel (and
even Verdejo to Verdelho). Great gift
item or impulse buy. SRP $15.95;
wholesale pricing available, as well as
countertop display.
ghigopress.com
FRESH FROM
THE SOUTHERN RHÔNE
Made with grapes from Provence and the
Southern Rhône, the wines of
Marrenon
are now available stateside. Winemaker
Philippe Tolleret works with 1,200 different
growers in both the Luberon and Ventoux
regions to craft Grand Marrenon white
(Vermentino/Grenache Blanc/Roussane),
red (Syrah/Grenache) and Orca Ventoux
red (mostly old-vine Grenache). Well
made and handsomely packaged,
the wines far exceed their humble
appellations. SRP $17-$20
marrenon.com
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