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Alcohol Spotlight: Middle Sister Glamour Girl Bubbly Sweet White Wine




I'm the bubbly one. I am positively overflowing with good cheer. I turn frowns upside down. You might even call me the life of the party. Celebrations couldn't exist without me. (No bubbly to ring in the New Year? - Unthinkable!) But really, there's no need to save my amazing star qualities for a special occasion. I bring moonbeams and laughter and deliciousness wherever I go. So whether it's black tie or blue jeans, sandwiches or steak, bubble baths or bridal showers, add me to your guest list. Promise we'll have the most sparkling time ever!


what’s in it?
Bubbly blend of sweet white wine.

tastes like…
…honeyed citrus, peaches and apricots.

yummy with…
Fried chicken, sushi, herb and cheese frittatas.


About MiddleSister
Erin Wassum is one of the inspirations for Middle Sister Wines. Sandwiched between an older sister and younger brother, and therefore sheltered from the demands of either role, Erin was free to re-invent herself on a regular basis. From fashionista to social butterfly to flower child to happy rebel, Erin loves trying things on for size (especially vintage stuff from the thrift shop).

For Erin, pink is really magenta...why have just one hair color when you can have three or four thrown in…short girls belong in stilettos…and wine makes life more delicious! The self-described heart of her family, Erin is independent, loyal, feisty, original and endlessly amusing—everybody has an Erin in their life. Middle Sister is dedicated to your "Erin"- and the Middle Sister attitude in all of us.


Company: Middle Sister Wines
Brand: Middle Sister Wines
Slogan:  There's a little Middle Sister in Everyone
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Alcohol Volume: 11%
Packaging: 750ml
Price: $11.99 USD per bottle
Where to Buy: Direct on Website






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Wine Spotlight: Let’s go Brusco



Brusco is a fresh, sparkling red Lambrusco, which is drunk cold. The wine comes from the Lambrusco Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. Brusco is a product of Frank Raw and Lard Breebaart of Natwerk advertising.


The two friends in Amsterdam thought it was time for Lambrusco to make a comeback because the drink has lost its popularity in the last decade due to overproduction and has disappeared to the bottom shelf at most liquor stores. The boys found this to be unfair because Lambrusco is very good quality in comparison to most wines


Made from grapes
That's why they went in search of the best Lambrusco in the world. After a long search they found in Italy the Grasparossa grape, a Lambrusco grape with guts, spunk and character. They loaded their car full and made ​​with 100 pounds of grapes and made their first batch of Brusco.

Company: Brusco Lambrusco
Brand: Brusco
Origin: Amsterdam
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon





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Drink Review: MAENAD – Wine in a Can



Harlem Vintners is liberating wine from the glass bottle

We started in the living room of our Harlem apartment with the intention to make a wine for our generation. We weren't quite sure what we were doing, but we knew where we going - it had to be approachable, convenient, and socially conscious ... what we came up with exceeded our expectations and blew away the wine critics.

Harlem Vintners is innovating the wine industry with refreshing, everyday wines that come in elegant slim cans. Available as a delicious Chenin Blanc or White Zinfandel, MAENAD™ is made from premium California grapes right here in the United States. Our wines have a refreshing and approachable palate that pairs well with almost any meal - or activity. Enjoy MAENAD™ in the park, on a hike, by the pool, at the beach, at the concert, after work, in the stadium, or wherever you want. Convenient, quickly chilled, and super-portable, MAENAD™ is always a good choice.



The Can
Beautifully designed, you will want to show off our unique can. Not only does it keep your wine fresher than a bottle, it also preserves the taste better using patented Vinsafe® technology – it's like a mini-keg for your wine. At 187ml (6.3 oz), each can is exactly one quarter the volume of a wine bottle - the equivilant of a standard glass of wine.

Environmentally friendly, aluminum is the most recyclable material in the world, and its light weight significantly cuts down on the energy needed to transport.

In Greek mythology, the Maenads were the female followers of Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy. Their name literally translates to "Raving Ones." While following Dionysus, they would have rave parties in the forest and were imbued with temporary powers of immortality, superhuman strength, and the ability to pacify wild animals.


Giving Back
We are especially proud that our company, Harlem Vintners, will donate 10% of its profit back to our community - Harlem, NY. We believe that we have succeeded only when the next generation surpasses us, and will adamantly support technology centers for children, after school programs for at-risk youth, and musical instruments and art supplies for schools. Our charitable activities will be posted right here on our website for everyone to see - complete transparency.



Company: Harlem Vintners LLC
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 187ml can
Claims: All Natural
Alcohol Volume: Coming Soon
Variants: White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio
Price: Soon
Where to Buy:  Coming Soon
Websiteharlemvintners.com, Indiegogo Crowdfunding Page










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Packaging Spotlight: OH SO TYPICAL Wines


Designed by
Micael Butial

OH SO TYPICAL wines are handcrafted from variety of fruits and grapes. From the new ways of enjoying the refreshing experience of drinking wine – our passion is to create products which are fun and unique.






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Wine Spotlight: FLASQ Wines

FLASQ™ wines are Great Wines.

Grown in great California regions, harvested at peak times and blended with the highest care. They are 100% American-made and bottled in eco-friendly, easy-to-handle, easy-to-chill aluminum bottles.

FLASQ™ wines are half bottles that conveniently serve two full glasses of wine. The packaging is portable and perfect Any Time for active, healthy lifestyles...like yours.


High Quality California Chardonnay and Merlot. Half Bottle. Two FULL glasses.

FLASQ™ Wines are HIGH QUALITY California varietals that appeal to both novice and sophisticated wine drinkers.

FLASQ™ bottles are specially coated to prevent contact between the wine and aluminum, thereby preserving the taste from the barrel to the glass.

Nontransparent packaging prevents light exposure, thereby eliminating “light-shock”.

Wide mouth screw cap opening allows for additional aeration when drinking straight from the container, prevents oxidation and maintains freshness.



2012 Merlot – California
100% California
13.5% Alcohol

Dark cherry aromas topped with a rich veneer of mocha and chocolate.

2010 Merlot – California
100% California
13.5% Alcohol
Cocoa, berries & spice

2009 Merlot – San Luis Obispo County
85% - 2009 San Luis Obispo County (Paso Robles)
15% - 2008 Monterey County (San Antonio Valley)
13.9% Alcohol
Ripe red berries and blackberries with a hint of spice


2012 Chardonnay – California Central Valley
100% Chardonnay
13.5% Alcohol

Smooth, ripe pineapple and hints of Bartlett pear with a long, juicy finish and crisp acidity

2010 Chardonnay – California
100% Chardonnay
13.5% Alcohol

Rich pear and ripe pineapple with a hint of butterscotch

2009 Chardonnay – Monterey County
100% Chardonnay
13.5% Alcohol
Rich pear and ripe pineapple with a hint of butterscotch



2009 Cuvée Blanc – Alexander Valley

80% - Sauvignon Blanc
20% - Viognier & Muscat Blend
13.5% Alcohol
Semi-sweet with tropical, apricot and peach notes;
slight effervescence




Company: Global Wine Concepts
Brand: FLASQ Wines
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging:  395ml 
Alcohol Volume: See Individual Bottle
Variants: Red, White, Blue
Price: Coming Soon
Where to buy: Store Locator


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Drink Review: Fünf Sangria



Fünf Sangria bursts with bright flavors of citrus and ripe summer fruits. It’s an easy-to-drink, medium-bodied wine with just the right amount of sweetness and lush flavors to suit any taste. Serve chilled or add ice and fresh fruit for a tropical experience. Perfect for picnics, backyard parties, or lazy afternoons by the pool.




Have Fün on the Run!
New Fünf Sangria 187ml PET bottles are portable and perfect for sharing. Plus, the bottles are ünbreakable — so they're safe for the beach, the park or poolside




Company:Funf Wines
Brand: Funf
Slogan: Fun Begins at 5!
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 187ml, 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 7-7.5%
Variants: Riesling, Sweet Red, Moscato, Sangria, White Sangria
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator on website
Website: funfwines.com






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Alcohol Spotlight: Nuvino Malbec Wine in a Pouch



Maipú, Mendoza 2013 – 14.5% ABV

Nestled in the eastern foothills of the majestic Andes mountains, Mendoza’s Maipú wine region features some of the highest vineyards in the world (750 meters above sea level). Our Malbec thrives in these unparalleled conditions, which yield a deep violet wine that explodes with plum, black currant and vanilla notes. You can’t go wrong pairing this bold, fruity wine with your favorite steak, barbecue ribs or spicy-sweet dishes.

Sunsets, starry nights, and secret spots are enhanced with this savory wine.


- Single Serve – 1 glass portion (187ml)
- Convenient – Light, portable, unbreakable
- Easy to Open – No corkscrew! Easy to pour
- Resealable – Sip or pour and re-close
- Great wine – from four celebrated wine regions
- Preserv Pak – Eco-friendly + preserves wines


Let’s just say this is what we call our secret weapon.

Not that we’re going into battle or anything but when you’re packing, it’s always good to know that you’re covered.

PreservPak is the technology that enables our wine to handle any adventure you throw at it. More importantly, it locks in and preserves all the nuances of our four distinct wines for up to 18 months while imparting no flavor profile of its own. All that’s left is great wine for discriminating drinkers who are thirsty for adventure.

Comparing a wine bottle next to a Nuvino pouch is like a 80s cell phone next to your smart phone – it gets the job done but you can’t fit it in your pocket. We like what technology has done with our phones. You’ll love what technology has done with our wine.



About the Company
Have wine. Will travel.

Typically, those two thoughts haven’t paired very well together. Bulky, breakable wine bottles aren’t exactly the best travel buddies. Wine is like the friend you’d invite over for dinner but never leave the house with because they’re too fragile in new environments.

It’s time for a new friend.

Nuvino is as agile, adventurous, and as adaptable as you are. In fact, not only can Nuvino go wherever your curious heart will take you, it will make new environments even more memorable as you savor both the journey and the destination.





Company: Journey Bar
Brand: Nuvino
Slogan: Have wine. Will travel.
Origin: USA
Category:  Wine
Packaging: 187ml
Claims: Eco Friendly Pack, Convenient
Alcohol Volume: 14.5%
Varieties: Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Red Blend
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy:  Coming Soon
Website: nuvino.com





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Packaging Spotlight: Bandit Wines


Designed by


When Bandit Wines approached Cue about a package redesign, their goal was to reach out to young adult wine drinkers, the fastest growing segment in the wine market. Bandit’s audience values outdoor experiences, balanced lifestyles and sustainable business practices. While some other Tetra Pak brands express faux sophistication, Bandit saw an opportunity to capture the convenience and appeal of being able to enjoy the wine you love, anywhere you go.

Bandit’s new package design is approachable, inviting and fun. While the brand still communicates quality and a social conscience, leveraging portability as a proposition allows Bandit to be appropriate in all sorts of occasions. The design solution increases shelf presence and differentiation from competitors in the Tetra Pak category, as well as from traditional wine brands.

Iconography on the package helps to communicate Bandit’s proposition and personality. Pictograms explain how the volume of each package size translates to traditional wine bottle volume, and the color palette makes
it easy to distinguish different varietals. Bandit’s portability also allows for a bit of fun with the brand’s messaging—it’s “Good To-Go Wine.”




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Tech Spotlight: The Miracle Machine Turns Water In To Wine



Bringing together Silicon Valley technology and Napa Valley wine expertise, The Miracle Machine is the world’s first affordable accelerated winemaking device for the home that reproduces great wine with minimal effort and within days. Designed as a table top appliance, and built using environmentally sustainable material, the machine has a clean and minimalist shape that will look good in any kitchen.




The Miracle Machine from The Miracle Machine on Vimeo.


Bringing together Silicon Valley technology and Napa Valley wine expertise, The Miracle Machine is the world’s first affordable accelerated winemaking device for the home that reproduces great wine with minimal effort and within days. Designed as a table top appliance, and built using environmentally sustainable material, the machine has a clean and minimalist shape that will look good in any kitchen.

Controlled by a mobile app that guides you through the winemaking process on your device whilst monitoring progress, The Miracle Machine takes just three days and just a couple of dollars to make wine that would normally cost at least $20.

The app allows you to select from a list of pre-defined wine types, each listing the grape concentrates and recommended type of yeast as well as other ingredients that are required (Note: your first batch of concentrates and yeast will ship with your Miracle Machine and will be included in the price).

Simply add the concentrate and yeast into the machine, add 600 ml of water and then use the app on your smartphone to start the process. The water, concentrate and yeast sit in the Miracle Machine’s “fermentation chamber” while the Miracle Machine app monitors progress in the background. Near completion, the app will direct you to add the small sachet of finishing powder, which contains the oak and other flavors that will allow your wine to taste as if it has been aging for several months to a year. 24 hours later, the app will then notify you through an alert letting you know that your wine is ready to drink.



At the heart of the miracle machine lies the fermentation chamber. Obviously we’re keeping the exact science under wraps, but we can tell you the chamber uses an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to provide a controlled environment for the primary and, as needed, secondary fermentation stages.

For example, while a digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process, a custom-designed ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment, aerating the wine and thus softening the tannins. Meanwhile an ultrasonic transducer, positioned directly underneath the chamber, resonates effectively speeding up the flavor development of the wine. Each of these components, and others, are connected to an Arduino microcontroller that ensures the Miracle Machine is doing its job of making a fine wine of your creation in just a matter of days.

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Wine Spotlight: Yellow Tail Sangria



Sangria is a delicious mix of citrus and red wine. The aroma is perfumed and enticing with orange rind, citrus and red berry notes that splashes onto the palate with a soft sweet-citrus flavor and hints of spirit.



Nutrition Info
1 serving = 6oz glass
Calories - 148
Fat Grams - 0
Fat % Daily Value - 0
Sodium - 6
Sodium % Daily Value - 0
Total Carbohydrates - 8
Carbohydrates % Daily Value - 3
Sugar Grams - 8
Protein Grams - .6




Company: Yellow Tail
Brand: Yellow Tail
Origin: Australia
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 11.5%
Price: $9.99 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online

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