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BEVERAGE MEDIA
June 2013
PINK BUSTING
OUT ALL OVER
Americans are catching on to the seasonal
delights of dry rosé, and suppliers are finding
new ways to grab their attention this summer.
From Provence, the spiritual homeland of
rosé, comes
Vie Vité
in a sleek mod package
(SRP $30); their Extraordinaire bottling lives
up to its name in large formats, too (magnum
$65, 3L $135). From Tuscany, Opici is
importing the could-not-be-cuter—and very
tasty—375ml by
Luiano
($15; format also
available for the Luiano Chianti Classico).
And don’t count out California; even red
specialists are bottling pitch-perfect dry
pink. Made entirely from Cabernet,
Justin
2012 Rosé ($20) is bright and crisp
(not heavy or dark, like many New World
examples) and evokes classic flavors of
crushed strawberries and light herbs.
WINE
BUZZ
ROSCATO BIANCO
JOINS THE SWEET PARTY
If at first you succeed, well, why not do it again?
The sweet red sparkler Roscato Rosso Dolce
proved such a hit that Palm Bay has introduced
Roscato Bianco Dolce
. The lightly sweet,
frizzante wine taps into Americans’ ongoing
demand for sweet, gently effervescent wines.
Bianco Dolce is made from a blend of
Chardonnay and Moscato grapes grown in
the northern Italian regions of Trentino and
Lombardy. The wine is 8% ABV and its balance
of sparkle and sweet make it a pleasant solo
sipper or versatile choice for a variety of
cuisines. SRP $12.99
palmbay.com
VERDI’S NEW
AÇAÍ SPARKLER
SHINES FOR A CAUSE
For years now, word has been out about the
“superfruit” açaí. High in antioxidants and
packing distinctive berry flavor, açaí is gaining
in popularity across the food and beverage
industries. Brand new on the scene is
Verdi
Açaí Sparkletini
, an Italian açaí-infused
sparkling malt beverage with a fruity taste
profile, low 5% ABV and lovely purple-pink
hue. Açaí joins Raspberry, Green Apple and
Peach in the line; $1 from every case of the
new Sparkletini will go to the Alzheimer’s
Association. Now available in 40+ states at
SRP $5.99
verdispumante.com
KIM CRAWFORD:
CHILLIN’ WITH NEW WINE SLEEVE
Constellation’s New Zealand wine, Kim Crawford, puts a real
premium on cool wine. The customized
Kim Crawford Cooling
Sleeve
, designed by Martin Kastner of Chicago-based Crucial
Detail, is both striking and functional. The freezable metal
chain-link sleeve fits snugly on a bottle, keeping the wine
chilled while tastefully displaying the Kim Crawford logo. The
eye-catching look makes this unique sleeve an interesting
option for on-premise service. The limited edition of 400,
priced at $149, is available at
ExperienceKimCrawford.com.
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