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BEVERAGE MEDIA
April 2013
NEWS
FRONT
the group comprises roughly 150 winer-
ies dedicated to making wines from the
22 grape varieties originally made famous
in France’s Rhône Valley. These varieties
range from the better-known Syrah and
Viognier to the up-and-coming Mourvè-
dre, Grenache and Roussanne to obscure
(but delicious) grapes like Counoise
and Picpoul.
2013 ARGENTINE WINE
AWARD WINNERS
Wines of Argentina recently announced
the 2013 Argentine Wine Award (AWA)
winners at a reception held in Mendoza.
A total of 24 Trophies and 49 Gold Med-
als were awarded at a ceremony attended
by 250 guests, including winery owners,
winemakers, local authorities, wine in-
dustry executives, judges and journalists.
Organized by Wines of Argentina
and the Argentine Wine Corpora-
tion (COVIAR), the AWA recognizes
and rewards quality and advancements
made in the Argentine wine industry.
This seventh annual AWA competi-
tion, entitled “Next Generation,” was
held from February 18th–23rd and fea-
tured over 700 wines submitted by 182
wineries, evaluated in varietal and price
caegories by a panel of 12 international
and six national judges.
FIVE MALBECS EARNED TROPHIES:
• Trivento Reserve Malbec 2012 ($6.99-$12.99)
• Vida y Alma Malbec 2011 ($13-$19.99)
• DonMiguel Gascon ReservaMalbec 2011 ($20-$29.99)
• Viña Cobos Bramare Appellation Valle de Uco
Malbec 2010 ($30-$49.99)
• Terrazas de Los Andes “Las Compuertas” Malbec
2010 ($50+).
RED BLEND TROPHY WINNERS WERE:
• Santa Julia “Magna” 2011 ($13-$19.99)
• Finca Flichman “Dedicado” 2009 ($20-$29.99)
• Bodegas Salentein “Numina” 2010 ($30-$49.99)
• Bodega El Esteco “Altimus” 2010 ($50+).
OTHER TROPHY WINNERS INCLUDED:
• Amalaya White (blend) 2012 ( $6.99-$12.99)
White Blend category
• Alta Vista Premium Torrontes ($13.00-$19.99)
• Familia Bianchi Chardonnay 2012 ($13-$19.99)
• Pascual Toso Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($6.99-
$12.99)
• Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Gran Reserva Caber-
net Sauvignon 2010 ($13-$19.99)
• Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvi-
gnon ($20-$29.99)
BOLLA DEBUTS NEW BOTTLINGS
Benchmark Italian producer Bolla, cel-
ebrating its 130
th
anniversary this year,
has several new offerings reaching U.S.
shelves this month. With a Prosecco and
Extra Dry Prosecco (both SRP $12.99),
Bolla now has a stake in
the region’s flagship bub-
bly. Creso, technically a
Rosso Verona IGT, can
be considered a “Super
Venetian” blend. It is
made from 65%Corvina
and 35% Cabernet Sau-
vignon that has partially
dried for 40 days. After a
15-day fermentation the
blend is aged for about a
year in French new and once-used bar-
riques. With SRP of $25 only 6,000 bot-
tles of the limited-production initial 2010
vintage will reach the U.S.
CHAMISAL RELEASES
STAINLESS PINOT NOIR
After two vintages sold out in
the tasting room, Chamisal
Vineyards, home to the first
vineyard planted in Edna Val-
ley, is extending the distribu-
tion of its Stainless Pinot Noir
with the 2012 vintage. Con-
ceived as a companion wine
to Chamisal’s popular Stain-
less Chardonnay, the Pinot
Noir is produced without the use of any
oak or malolactic fermentation, allowing
the pure flavors and aromas of the fruit to
step to the forefront.
Winemaker Fintan du Fresne hails
from Wellington, New Zealand, and has
applied his expertise with New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc to both the Stainless
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Crafted with
little manipulation and absolutely no oak
influence, the resulting wine displays lus-
cious fruit intensity and balanced acidity.
The 2012 was sourced from meticulously
farmed vineyards throughout the Central
Coast, with a majority of the blend com-
ing from the home Chamisal Vineyard.
SRP is $24 per bottle.
SONOMA-CUTRER GARNERS TOP
HONORS IN RESTAURANT POLL
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay has once
again been named as the top wine in two
categories of
Wine & Spirits
magazine’s 24
th
Annual Restaurant Poll. Sonoma-Cutrer
took top honors as the #1 Most Popular
Wine by the Glass which encompasses
both red and white varietals, and 2013
marks the third time in five years the wine
has been named at the top of this overall
category. Sonoma-Cutrer also repeated its
award of #1 Most Popular Chardonnay—
an honor it has received for 22 of the
past 24 years.
BEER
21
ST
AMENDMENT
‘LOWERS DE BOOM’ IN CANS
21
st
Amendment Brewery has launched
Lower De Boom barleywine-style ale in
cans provided by Ball Corporation. It is be-
lieved to be the first craft beer launched in
an 8.4-oz. can. “Traditionally, due to their
higher alcohol content, barleywines were
served in small bottles,” explained Shaun
O’Sullivan, co-founder of 21
st
Amend-
ment Brewery in San Francisco. “Lower
De Boom is a powerfully balanced, Amer-
ican-style barleywine packed with citrusy
Pacific Northwest hops, making the 8.4-oz.
‘nip’ can the perfect size to pay homage to
the past.”
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