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Captain Morgan Gets New Threads

September 9, 2017 – The handsome fellow who stands with his left foot defiantly on a barrel has a new look, just in time for Fall.  His redesigned bottle features updated embossing and a new cap and label with plenty of gold, - very appropriate for a pirate.   After a...
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Captain Morgan’s LocoNut for Summer

April 5, 2017 – If you loved Captain Morgan Cannon Blast last fall, get ready for Captain Morgan LocoNut – an explosively delicious coconut shot for summer. Using the same round bottle that cleverly resembled a pumpkin, LocoNut sports a coconut wrap that releases a sweet coconut aroma when you...
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Lady Gaga Wine on the Horizon

February 10, 2017 – The word is out that Lady Gaga’s latest project is to build a wine empire.  The wine will be named “Grigio Girls” which was a bonus track on the album Joanne.  The brand will include winecoolers, wine cocktails and punches according to TMZ, and her company...
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Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast a Must Have for Fall

October 20, 2016 – The latest offering from Captain Morgan, pumpkin spiced rum, captures the spirit of fall and Halloween in every way possible. Let’s start with the eye-catching packaging.  The familiar Cannon Blast bottle returns wrapped in bright orange, ribbed like a pumpkin with a gray-green neck and cap....
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Marilyn Monroe Merlot Makes 30

October 14, 2016 – Marilyn Wines has just released the 30th vintage of Marilyn Monroe Merlot, a Napa Valley classic collectible.  The sought after wine is made by Bob Pepi who himself is something of a legend in Napa’s winemaking world. Bob Pepi worked closely with great Napa Valley vineyards,...
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Hello Kitty Wine the Cat’s Meow

October 6, 2016 – Turns out that cute little cat is really a lush and she’s produced a whole litter of rosy, sparkling wines for adults that can’t get over their childhood. Made by Torti, a winery in Northern Italy, the line has Hello Kitty Sparkling Sweet Pink, Cupido Sparkling...
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Baileys Pumpkin Spice is Ready for Fall

September 9, 2016 – Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur that we all know and love has a new release combining favorite fall flavors such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar, maple, sugar, vanilla and coffee. We haven’t sampled it yet but we’re betting it will be the go to drink...
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Bacardi’s New Shades – A Fashion Must-have

June 24, 2016 – Remember the Johnnie Walker Booze-in-the-Shoe gambit? http://www.wineandspirits.com/these-shoes-are-made-for-boozing/ Well Bacardi Rum has gone one better.  Way better. They are recycling the wood from retired oak rum barrels as eyeware!  Certified craftsmen from Puerto Rico-based RAW Eyewear manually perform the painstaking process of assembling, sanding and finishing the frames...
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Jim Beam Releases First Rye Whiskey

June 3, 2016 – Booker Noe, the Beam family’s sixth generation master distiller died in 2014 but his legend lives on with the release of Booker’s Rye “Big Time Batch” produced from barrels he laid down in 2003.  It has received rave reviews for “packing dense layers of sweet and...
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Havana Club Unveils Añejo Clásico

June 3, 2016 – Havana Club’s Añejo Blanco has a new sibling – a dark rum variant Añejo Clásico.  Both bottles feature new packaging and are being rolled out this month in Florida with Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas beginning in July and August....
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Bacardi Releases Two New Flavors for Summer

May 26, 2016 — Bacardi Grapefruit and Bacardi Raspberry flavored rums are now available in markets nationally, just in time for summer entertaining. Both new flavors are available in 750ML size for a suggested retail price of $12.99, in addition to 50ML, 200ML, 375ML, 1L and 1.75L sizes. Bacardi Grapefruit...
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Appellation Wines in Cans Launched

May 13, 2016 – Yes, we can! is the motto of Seattle-based Precept Wine.  The company has just released a new line of two popular varietal wines in sleek cans through Whole Food stores and at select airport restaurants operated by global restaurateur HMSHost. Named West Side Wine Co., the...
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Barefoot Launches Refresh Spritzers in Cans

April 6, 2016 – With summer and fun on everybody’s mind, Barefoot’s launch of spritzers in a can gives consumers the freedom to enjoy wine any place any time. Barefoot Refresh Spritzers, made in the classic spritzer style, are a refreshing wine-based beverage with a signature spritz.  The 8.4 ounce...
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New Release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

September 4, 2015 – Every year for the past 14 years Old Forester releases a limited edition of a special bourbon to celebrate the birthday of George Garvin Brown, the founder of Brown-Forman.  His birthday was September 2. This collector’s item comes from the June 13, 2003 vintage.  The barrels...
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Captain Morgan Introduces Cannon Blast

September 4, 2015 – The Captain’s line extension, Cannon Blast is a Caribbean rum flavored with citrus, chipolte and jalapeno pepper.  Diageo, owners of the Captain Morgan brand, sees Cannon Blast as perfect for shots.  Recipe sounds interesting so it is sure to end up as a popular cocktail base....
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A Silky New Red Wine

September 4, 2015 –Ménage à Trois has released a new red wine blend of Pinot Noir, Malbec and Petite Syrah called Ménage à Trois Silk.  Based on the success of Ménage à Trois Midnight, a more hearty red blend, Silk will appeal to wine drinkers looking for a softer, smoother, fruity red...
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Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling’s New Release

August 5, 2015 – Bourbon is booming and enthusiasts are clamoring for unique tasting experiences worthy of discussion and debate. The release of Rhetoric 21-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will give them something to talk about. This is a great opportunity for the rest of us to explore the effects...
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Jack Daniel’s Newest Release

July 18, 2015 —  Jack Daniel’s is releasing the brand’s first-ever barrel strength offering within the coveted Single Barrel Collection, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof. The newest member of the Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands will hit shelves in August and will be available across the U.S. “As master distiller...
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Bacardi’s New Flavored Whiskey

July 18, 2015 — Bacardi isn’t just for rum.  The latest addition is Bonnie Rose, a new Tennessee white corn whiskey.  Other whiskeys in the portfolio include Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon line. Bonnie Rose features two fruit-flavored 80 percent white corn whiskeys that will launch in Tennessee followed by...
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Tanqueray Introduces Limited Edition Bloomsbury Gin

June 22, 2015 — For the newest limited edition release of Tanqueray, the juniper-forward Tanqueray Bloomsbury gin, Master Distiller Tom Nichol drew inspiration from a recipe created by Charles Tanqueray’s son, Charles Waugh Tanqueray. In 1868, when Charles senior died, his son Charles Waugh Tanqueray took over his business. He...
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Sauza Tequila’s Intriguing New Flavor

June 5, 2015 —  – Sauza Tequila is unveiling its first flavored tequila innovation, Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila combining natural cucumber flavor and a chili twist.  Sounds like the perfect tequila for a premium, slightly spicy, and refreshing margarita. “Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila offers a delicious alternative for spicing up a...
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New “Juicy” Sangria From Sutter Home

June 5, 2015 – Sangria is a hot category growing 8.5 percent in the last six months and it isn’t even summer yet.  Shanken News Daily reports that Trinchero Family Estates, owners of the Sutter Home brand, is introducing a new sangria described as “California style” being lighter and juicier...
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Mike’s Hard Lemonade Summer Pack

June 15, 2015 – What’s better than an icy cold drink from Mike’s on a hot summer day?  “Flavors of America” is their four-can pack comprising Lemonade, Peach, Black Cherry and Apple flavors.  Being in cans, you can take them places glass can’t go.  Available nationwide, the four-pack retails for...
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Cucumber Chili Rita

2 parts Sauza® Cucumber Chili Tequila 1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur 2 parts fresh lemon sour Juice of one whole lime Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a salt-rimmed cocktail or margarita glass. Garnish with a lime and float a thin slice of...
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New IPA From Left Hand Brewing

April 22, 2016 – The Longmont, Colorado brewery is releasing “Extrovert IPA” in 36 states around the country in May.  Extrovert joins “Introvert Session IPA” as a year-round offering in six-pack and draft. The press release describes Extrovert as assertive with a big personality of 75 IBUs, yet reveals layers...
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New Bourbon from Brown-Forman

April 12, 2016 – Brown-Forman, proud owners of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey will roll out a new bourbon during the summer.  Initial release will be limited to Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.  As supplies increase distribution will include other states. The new bourbon will be...
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Oculto Tequila Barrel-Aged Lager

March 27, 2015 – Anheuser-Busch’s Oculto Tequila Barrel-Aged Lager is now available across the country.  Besides aging in tequila barrels, the beer is also infused with blue agave.  The emphasis seems to be more on the packaging than the flavor.  The bottle is embedded with hidden messages and a skull...
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Burnett’s Vodka Adds Two More Flavors

March 27, 2015 – If flavored vodka is your beverage of choice, look no further than Heaven Hill Distilleries Burnett’s brand.  They have a total of 36 flavors with the addition of Cherry Limeade and Apple Berry. Both come in a choice of four sizes – 50 ml, 750 ml,...
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Old Forester Mint Julep

March 27, 2015 – When you hear “mint julep” you know the Kentucky Derby is around the corner. Old Forester Bourbon mint julep cocktail is ready to drink.  Just serve over crushed ice.  Packaged in a commemorative Kentucky Derby-inspired bottle, it is rolling out in most of the country ready...
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A Cider Called Oopsy Daisy

March 27, 2015 — Woodchuck Hard Cider of Middlebury, Vermont has a new addition to its Out on a Limb series.  Oopsy Daisy is the fourth iteration in the rotating limited release. Made from McIntosh and Cortland apples, Oopsy Daisy is described as semi-dry infused with chamomile flowers giving the...
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New Game of Thrones Beer

March 27, 2015 – Game of Thrones aficionados will have a new beer to celebrate the start of Season 5.  The fifth beer of the series in the Ommegang Game of Thrones collection is Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison.  It will be released April 6 giving you just six days to...
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I.W. Harper Bourbon Returns

March 27, 2015 – For older drinkers, this will be a trip down memory lane. After a hiatus of 20 years or so, I.W. Harper bourbon is back on the market.  It was phased out in the 90s as whiskey sales tanked, or at the very least fell flat.  The...
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Original Sin’s Limited Release Dry Cider

Feb. 13, 2015 – Original Sin, a line of dry ciders from upstate New York, has just released the latest in its series made from heirloom apples.  Northern Spy Dry Cider has shipped to the following markets: New York, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Washington, North Carolina, Florida and the District of...
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Anchor Distilling’s Old Tom Gin A Winner

November 7, 2014 – San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co. recently introduced Anchor Old Tom Gin.  This is the third product in their line of small-batch gins the other two being Junipero Gin, a classic London dry gin, and Genevieve, a Genever-style gin. Anchor’s Old Tom is delicious, smooth and silky. ...
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A Brooklyn, N.Y. Scotch Whisky

We’ll try to sort it out for you.  Whyte & Mackay is a distillery founded in 1844 in Glasgow.  It has had a number of owners, which we won’t go into here.  In 1993, Whyte & Mackay’s parent company bought the parent company of a distillery on the Isle of...
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Get Ready to Sparkle with Khloe Kardashian

“Hpnotiq Sparkle” is the name of a new, effervescent liqueur being launched for the Holidays with the help of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian. From Heaven Hill Distilleries, Hpnotiq Sparkle is a blend of exotic fruit juices, white wine, vodka and a touch of Cognac – and bubbles — making...
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Canadian Gin Now in U.S. Market

An exquisite new Gin from Québec, Canada, is now available in the U.S.A.  Ungava Canadian Premium Gin is as rare as its botanicals, hand picked on the northern Québec tundra by the ancient Inuit people.  The color of a beautiful yellow beryl or tourmaline gemstone, Ungava is an amazing gin...
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A Perfect Summer Red Wine

Summer is the season of grilled meats and casual meals that calls for a red wine that is delicious and fruity but not overpowering.  We found just such a wine from the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. Recently introduced to the U.S. market, Astoria Primo Rosso is a lovely blend...
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TV’s Star Carpenter Launches Wine

Carter Oosterhouse who has been featured on HGTV and TLC,  has launched Bonobo Winery in northern Michigan.  He will be releasing a 2012 Chardonnay Barrel Reserve and a 2012 Riesling Reserve later this year.  The wines will retail around $22 in the new tasting room.  He anticipates selling online within...
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Happenings at Heineken

Heineken USA has LDA Millennials in mind for summer 2014 with its Beers of Mexico variety pack.  (LDA stands for Legal Drinking Age)  New this year, Dos Equis Azul is a blend of signature golden wheat lager and blue agave.  Other cans or bottles in the pack feature Dos Equis...
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Captain Morgan Sails Again

Did you know that the swashbuckling figure on the Captain Morgan Rum bottle was a real, historic figure?  He was a 17th Century Welshman who was a pirate but also Governor of Jamaica.  In 1671 he raided and captured Panama City’s Fort San Lorenzo.  That was 343 years ago, not...
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New Line of Spanish Wines From Freixenet

Spanish winery Freixenet (they own Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wines in Sonoma, California, which is definitely worth a visit!) is launching a new line of Spanish wines called Mia.  The five wines comprise 2012 Mia Red; 2013 Mia White; 2013 Mia Rosé all priced at $10.  Mia Moscato and Mia Moscato...
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Wine Giant’s New Vodka Flavors

Did you know that E&J Gallo is the biggest winery in the world?  Now you do! They also produce the New Amsterdam vodka brand and have just added to the line with Pineapple and Orange flavors.  Flavors already on the market are Red Berry, Peach, Citron and Coconut.  A bottle...
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FUN WITH RUM THAT SPARKLES

Malibu has a new sparkling rum that looks like fun for $16.99 a bottle.  Pop the cork and count the bubbles!  Malibu is a blend of Caribbean rum and coconut water.  Pour it over rocks and you’ll get even more fizz....
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RUMCHATA LAUNCHES NEW PACK WITH COFFEE

A bottle of rum and a couple of cans of Casa del Sol iced coffee sounds like a delicious serving solution.  RumChata is a combo of rum, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and real cream that is made to be married with coffee.  The new RumChata Summer Iced Coffee Sampler Pack also...
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ANOTHER CIDER FLAVOR

Woodchuck brand hard cider is adding to its Cellar Series with Cellar Series Mint.  It’s a combination of Vermont McIntosh and Irish bittersweet apples and spearmint leaves.  It’s a limited edition and looks like it will be available in May only.  They also have a blueberry infused Summer Seasonal available...
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KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON TRIBUTE TO JOHN WAYNE RELEASED

Using his well-known moniker “The Duke”, Monument Valley Distillers of California has released DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  Hand-crafted to match a bottle of Wayne’s favorite bourbon from the early 60’s in his private collection, various small batches were meticulously blended to create the flavors and aromas preferred by the Duke,...
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TWO NEW SKINNYGIRLS HELP WAIST WATCHERS

Margaritas are so yummy but oh so fattening.  Help is at hand with two more choices in the Skinnygirl line of 21 cocktails, wines and vodkas.  There’s a Skinnygirl Sweet’arita and a Skinnygirl Sparkling Margarita.  The maker, Beam Inc., says they are under 100 calories per serving but that depends...
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RARE PORT FOR THE RARE BUYER

At $300 a bottle, don’t expect to see a lot of Taylor Fladgate’s newly released 1964 Single Harvest Tawny Port.  It is the first of a series of rare 50-year-old ports that will be released over the next few years.  It comes in a wooden gift box and is the...
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VODKA NEWS

Belvedere will be rolling out a new Mango Passion vodka in April.  It will retail for $34.99.  It’s meant to be mixed with some type of soda or in a cocktail. Smirnoff White will launch in July at duty free stores according to the Moodie Report.  Duty Free is now...
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CINNAMON WHISKEY WAR ABOUT TO BREAK OUT

A rival to Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is about to launch courtesy of powerhouse Jack Daniel’s.  The new product is called Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire which, at 70 proof, is a little stronger than Fireball (66% abv) and also slightly more expensive. According to Businessweek’s Devin Leonard, cinnamon flavored whisky is...
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Miller-Coors Launching New Hard Cider

Aimed squarely at the he-man, Smith & Forge hard cider is launching nationally, boldly packaged in a black, orange and antique white can featuring a blacksmith’s hammer.  The packaging delivers a message of a bygone era when toughness and hard work were celebrated values.   “There was a time when...
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Bud Light’s Rita Line Expanding

Do you know about Bud Light’s fruit flavored beers?  Two new flavors, which will be available year around are Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita.  They join the original flavors of Lime-A-Rita and Straw-Ber-Rita.  Summer can’t be far away, surely....
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Cream and Rum Make a Tippy Team

Four delicious combinations of Caribbean rum and Wisconsin cream have hit the market in 22 states under the very cute label Tippy Cow.  Packaged in old-fashioned milk bottles, the Tippy Cow flavors are Vanilla Soft Serve, Chocolate, Orange Cream and Shamrock Mint.  The product is not too high in alcohol...
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Sam Adams Seasonal Brew a Winter Escape

If ever there was perfect timing for a beer to help us escape the winter blahs it’s got to be right now.  Sam Adams is offering aptly named “Escape Route”.  The style of beer is from Cologne, Germany brewed with Strisselspalt and Aramis hops.  Among the food pairings suggested are...
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Malibu Rum Adds Sparkle

Everyone loves to celebrate with bubbles and now you can do it with rum flavored with coconut water.  Malibu has added bubbles and a cork creating a truly festive drink that will be in demand come summer.  At $16.99 a 750 ml bottle, stretch your investment by mixing the cocktails...
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A New Collectible Scotch

Glenmorangie’s Private Edition series has a new entrant – Glenmorangie Companta, the fifth in this annul special offering.  “Companta” means friendship in Scots Gaelic.  It retails for $99 a 750 ml bottle....
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Johnnie Walker Odyssey Now Available in USA

For a cool $1,100 you can now buy a bottle of Odyssey, the super-luxury blended Scotch whisky from Johnnie Walker, a major brand of global drinks giant, Diageo.   The whisky is a secret blend of three rare and unnamed single malts.  Master blender Jim Beveridge used the hand-written notes...
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Clever Wine Tote

You know she loves wine, and you know she has specific tastes, so what can you give her that she almost certainly doesn’t have and which you can afford?   A very clever new wine bag may be the answer.  It is a small handbag that hangs on the wrist...
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Bison Bags to Brag About

Halleck Vineyard, a small producer of high-end Sonoma wines, has a really hot gift suggestion for the wine enthusiast. Owner, Ross Halleck, has developed a line of wine and travel luggage made from American bison in Berkeley, CA.   Halleck, a marketer par excellence of luxury goods, was searching for...
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Wine in a Paper Bottle

Its time has come!  After all, the bag-in-the-box has been around for decades.  Tetra Pak works well.  We’re used to screw caps, plastic stoppers and even plastic bottles.  The paper bottle, made of molded recycled cardboard with a plastic liner, is the latest packing innovation to debut in the California...
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A Robotic Bartender for Every Home

Mixing cocktails can be a lot of work, especially if you are the host.  But Monsieur will solve the problem.   This futuristic robotic bartender can make 300 different cocktails and even remember your favorites, know when you’ve had a hard day or if you have company.  Plus it will...
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Bacardi Targets Upscale Drinkers

Connoisseurs of Scotch and Cognac are the targets for The Facundo Rum Collection, a limited edition of four sipping rums named for Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardi Massó.   The first level is Neo, aged for 8 years and priced at $45.00. The second is Eximo, which has been aged...
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Web Site For Winemaker Recommendations Debuts

An innovative web site where winemakers recommend wines they didn’t make launched recently. The brainchild of two men who grew up in Napa, www.WinemakersRecommend.com is the place to hear comments and recommendations from highly respected Napa Valley winemakers about wines made by their peers.   Marcus Krupp left Napa for...
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Absolut Chicago Released

Absolut Vodka has released the seventh in a series of special vodkas inspired by various cities in the US. Absolut Chicago is infused with the flavor with olive and rosemary and packaged in bottle decorated with artwork reflecting the skyline and iconic Chicago landmarks.   The city series started in...
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TV Series Inspires Flavored Bourbon

Kentucky-based Knob Creek, a member of the Jim Beam family, has introduced its first flavored bourbon. Smoked Maple Bourbon is now available across the U.S.   Interest in high proof spirits correlates with the popularity of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” series that started out pre-Prohibition and now dwells on the bootlegging...
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Budweiser’s Zip Code Beers Return

“Project 12” is the name given to beers produced by Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters scattered across the country.   Each brewmaster is charged with producing a beer that reflects his location while staying true to the company’s roots and using the same yeast strain that Budweiser has been using since 1876...
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Smirnoff Vodka Adds New Flavors

With the introduction of Wild Honey Flavored Vodka and Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka, the Smirnoff flavors now number 36. There must be something for everyone!   The Wild Honey is described as pairing well with other spirits or with mixers. The Cinna-Twist partners well with juices and sodas. Both products...
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Old Distiller’s Cool Surge

Jim Beam’s introduction of Ice Surge™ Liqueur is proof that you can be cool even if you have been around for 200 years. The new cordials available in two flavors are described as a combination of refreshing fruit flavor and an icy blast.   Ice Surge™ Tropical Freeze starts off...
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Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc Released

The 2011 vintage was a difficult one in the Napa Valley being cooler and wetter than normal resulting in smaller yields. Even so, the slow ripening of the fruit produced many special wines including the DeSante Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc. Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc is more common in France where...
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Master Distillers Tribute

Jack Daniel’s has had seven master distillers in its nearly 150 years of operation. To honor these men, the company is releasing a limited edition series of whiskeys honoring each one. Master Distiller #1 is named after founder and first distiller Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel.   The collection was originally...
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Oakville and Rutherford

Cameron Hughes Wine has just announced the release of two new merlots from two of the Napa Valley’s famed appellations – Oakville and Rutherford – both from the 2011 vintage. Both are selling for $18.00 a bottle, an amazing bargain for truly great merlot from the Napa Valley.   How...
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Svedka Vodka’s New Flavors

Two new flavors will be available nationwide in February.  Look for Mango Pineapple and Strawberry Lemonade.  They will retail for $12.99 a 750 ml bottle.   Svedka’s other flavors are Colada, Strawberry Colada, Orange Cream Pop, Cherry, Citron, Clementine, Raspberry and Vanilla....
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