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BEVERAGE MEDIA
June 2013
NEWS
FRONT
MontcalmWine Importers, Ltd
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 33rd Floor
NewYork, NY 10007
p: 212 602 7700 f: 212 208 0907
IMported & dIstrIbuted by
proudly presents
I LLUMINAT I
“My wines … I just let my
land do the work”
– Dino Illuminati
WINE
ROBERT MONDAVI CELEBRATES
A CENTENNIAL
Robert Mondavi passed away in 2008 at
the age of 94. To mark what would have
been his 100th birthday, Robert Mon-
davi Winery, now part of Constellation
Brands, has planned several honorary
celebrations. On June 18
th
, the winery
will host a public toast of RMW Napa
Valley Fumé Blanc, led by Margrit Mon-
davi, vice president of cultural affairs at
for the winery, and Genevieve Janssens,
director of winemaking. Following the
toast and in honor of Mr. Mondavi
and his love of the To Kalon Vineyard,
the winery will rename one of the best
blocks of the vineyard “Robert’s Block.”
SUTTER HOME GETS A NEW LOOK
Sutter Home Family Vineyards has
launched all-new packaging for its
portfolio of 20 varietal wines. The
new look was created to reflect the
core brand strengths while projecting
a more impactful contemporary look.
It begins with a refreshed, simplified
logo and typeface. Other “Home”
improvements include: brighter col-
ors, both on the
labels and cap-
sules; refined foil
borders; a clean,
geometric
pat-
tern for improved
consumer recall;
and no more Vic-
torian house, in
keeping with the
clean new look
The brand’s back labels have also
been updated, with flavor profile bars
giving consumers an at-a-glance read
on each wine’s style, from sweet to dry.
The new packaging will be promoted
through Sutter Home’s POS materials
and social media.
BARBARO COMES TO NY & NJ
Bodegas Franco Espanolas
“Barbaro” has been intro-
duced in New York and New
Jersey. Made from 100%
Tempranillo grapes grown
in the the Rioja Alavesa
and Rioja Alta zones,
Barbaro is a modern-style
young Rioja. The wine
will be sold exclusively
in New York by Empire
Merchants and in New
Jersey by Allied Bever-
age (SRP $9.99). Bode-
gas Franco Espanolas is imported by
Vision Wine & Spirits.
SPIRITS
KNAPPOGUE CASTLE INTRODUCES
16-YEAR-OLD TWINWOOD
Knappogue Castle, pro-
ducer of a super-premium
single malt Irish whiskies,
has released a 16-Year-
Old Twin Wood bot-
tling. This limited-release
small-batch Twin Wood
whiskey gains extra com-
plexity and finesse from
Sherry casks, where it’s
finished for 21 months;
and that’s after it was
aged for 14 years and three months
in bourbon barrels. The resulting
spirit is deep, complex and very
smooth, with a fruity nose and dark
chocolate and woody vanilla notes.
Only 4,500 signed and numbered
bottles of the Knappogue Castle
Twin Wood 16 Year are available,
at SRP $100.
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