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Alcohol Spotlight: Castaway Spritz



Castaway Spritz™ a light and deliciously refreshing fusion of lightly sparkling wine and natural fruit flavours.

We’ve created a unique blend of lightly sparkling white wine infused with tropical fruit flavours so it really is both refreshing and fruity!



About the company:

Back in the day, for the first time someone very clever decided to take a lightly sparkling wine, infuse it with tropical fruit flavours and so the fruit wine cooler, Castaway was born!

We know that women up and down the country enjoyed this tipple for many years either on it’s own, or as part of their own unique cocktail recipe and there was much sadness and regret when Castaway disappeared from our pubs and clubs back in the 1990’s. And we all shed a tear for Castaway. Read More




Company: Monuriki Drinks Ltd
Brand: Castaway Spritz
Slogan: the taste comes alive
Origin: UK
Category: Alcohol
Packaging: 75 cl
Alcohol Volume: 8%
Claims: refreshing and fruity
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: castawayspritz.com





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Alcohol Spotlight: Black Box Wines Moscato



Black Box Wines Moscato displays aromas of sweet and luscious white floral notes. The palate is smooth and medium-bodied with juicy peach and ripe apricots. This varietal has nice acidity with abundant sweetness that allows versatility in pairing with food.

Try pairing Moscato with desserts like apricot sorbet or anything that is creamy in texture.






About the comapny:

What's the most delicious way to enjoy acclaimed wines without a hefty price tag? Lose the bottle. In 2003, Black Box Wines redefined the category by becoming the first U.S. vintner to offer super-premium, appellation-specific, vintage-dated wines in a box. Since then our expanding repertoire has earned 40 gold medals in wine competitions nationwide, yet still costs 40% less than comparable* bottled wines.

Explore our rich range of reds, from a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and complex Malbec to our easy-drinking Merlot, vibrant Shiraz and velvety Red Elegance blend. Our white wines are just as tempting, offering a succulent Pinot Grigio, our refreshing Chardonnay, a vivid Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic Riesling and a luscious Moscato.



Company: Black Box Wines
Brand: Black Box Wines
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750 ml bottles
Claims: displays aromas of sweet and luscious white floral notes
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Wine Locator
Website: blackboxwines.com





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Alcohol Spotlight: Big House Pinot Evil Pinot Noir



Warden’s Comments

The Three Wise Monkeys are the mischievous deviants of the Big House. But don’t let them fool you with their playful demeanor.…They rule the prison’s vineyards. Long believed by many winemakers to be the most difficult to grape and craft into a wine, Pinot Noir often seems possessed if not downright evil. The Three Wise Monkeys prefer to view Pinot Noir as their guilty pleasure. And with that philosophy in mind, Pinot Evil dances with a lovely ripe cherry nose that cascades into a smooth, velvet finish.


Food Pairing

It would be criminal not to enjoy it with roasted duck, smoked brisket or with friends when you just monkey around.



About Big House

As The Warden, Georgetta Dane, it is one of my responsibilities to inform you about The Big House! Big House Winery in Soledad, CA (Monterey County) is a mere ankle iron’s toss from the Soledad State Correctional Facility, a.k.a. “the Big House,” “The Clink,” “The Slammer,” which explains the recurring prison theme depicted on the labels. The brand’s cornerstone is a rebellious New World winemaking style blending Mediterranean varieties. Read More



Company: Big House Wine Co.
Brand: Big House Wine
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: Three Liters
Claims: they pair well with food
Variants: View Range Here
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5 %
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Finder
Website: bighousewines.com





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Wine Spotlight: Underwood Pinot in a Can



It’s hard to keep your pinky up when you’re drinking wine from a 375 mL can. This is the most approachable and ready-to-travel anywhere wine we produce. Whether you’re sitting in a hot tub after a good day of riding or heading where other wines dare not travel, we have you covered without sacrificing the craft taste Union is known for.

Underwood Pinot Noir tasting notes: Cherry, blackberry, and cola

Underwood Pinot Gris tasting notes: Peach, grapefruit, and pear




About the Company
My name is Ryan Harms, and I founded Union Wine Company.

I moved to Oregon in 2001 and embraced wholeheartedly the region’s unique spirit and passion for craftsmanship, finally deciding in 2005 to satisfy that entrepreneurial bug that had been nagging me to start something that I could be proud of.

I’ve worked for some great Oregon wineries throughout my career. In so many cases, my friends wanted to support us, but simply couldn’t afford to. I decided that I wasn’t going to accept that wine made in Oregon had to be expensive. So, Union is about creating something that I can share with friends and family and make accessible, without sacrificing quality.. Read More





Company: Union Wine Company
Brand: Underwood
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging:  12fl oz
Claims: 13%
Variants: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
Price: $24.00 (12fl oz x 4)
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: unionwinecompany.com







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Alcohol Spotlight: The Wine Bar Woodwork Chardonnay



• Oak influence delivers flavors of caramel and butterscotch

• Striking balance of rich tropical fruit and fragrant oak spices

• Notes of juicy peach, crisp fuji apple and pear






About The Wine Bar:

We at THE WINE BAR believe:

You don’t need a master’s degree to enjoy a great glass of wine.

Picking a wine should not mean having to sift through 100 page wine lists or feeling silly because you have no idea how to pronounce Gewurztraminer. Don’t worry; neither do we half the time. Our spell check didn’t even know how to spell it!.

Just like your neighborhood wine bar, ours is designed to make learning about wine fun and approachable! Read More




Company: The Wine Bar
Brand: The Wine Bar
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Claims: Oak influence
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Find a Retailer
Website: thewinebar.com





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Alcohol Spotlilght: Frusion Wine



Our delicious new wines are infused with a splash of natural fruit essence. Seriously refreshing by the glass or mixed in a cocktail, Frusion wines are a unique experience to share and enjoy.



Juicy Orange:



Like a quick trip to the islands, a splash of natural orange essence accelerates the tropical citrus tones in this zesty, medium-bodied wine. Lemon, green apple and nectarine flavors sway like an island breeze with light tannins and a smooth finish.
Alcohol Volume: 12.5%




Crisp Pear:



Like the cool side of the pillow on a hot summer night, this wine is a heat-quencher’s dream. This white wine’s tart, clean frame is accented by natural pear essence, amplifying the stone fruit core. Layers of apricot blossoms and nectarines on the nose lead to refreshing pear crispness on the finish.
Alcohol Volume: 13%




Fresh Peach:



Pure peach essence highlights the fresh stone fruit characteristics of this light white wine, making every sip like drinking cobbler from a glass. Fragrant honeysuckle, peach and citrus blossoms on the nose precede flavors of honey-dipped melon and of course, peach.
Alcohol Volume: 12.5%





Company: The Frusion Wine Co.
Brand: Frusion Wine
Slogan: Life's A Splash!
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750 ml
Claims: Natural fruit essence
Variants: Juicy Orange, Crisp Pear, Fresh Peach
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: charongewine.com







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Tech Spotlight: WineGlass App



Just take a picture of a wine list at a bar or restaurant – WineGlass will instantly scan the image and give you an interactive version on your iPhone.

WineGlass shows you ratings, reviews, price information and food pairings for each wine, helping you make smart choices for your own taste and budget.

WineGlass removes the anxiety and confusion from reading a wine list. Build confidence and develop your own wine vocabulary, guided by millions of expert tasting notes from our partner CellarTracker, the world’s leading wine community.





About the Company
WineGlass started with a conversation between brothers Roddy and Alec Lindsay in 2012. The Brothers Lindsay were staring at a wine list in a restaurant in Moscow, eyes glazed over with anxiety and shame. Like many poor saps whose wine knowledge consisted of a preference for white, or possibly red, the natural instinct was simply to choose the second cheapest.

It dawned on us that the deck was fundamentally stacked. How are we normals ever supposed to know what the hell “Coche-Dury Auxey-Duresses, Cote de Beaune” means? Is it a red, or a white? Will I like it more than “Domaine Dujac Aux Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanee”? Instead of our decision being informed by data or a trusted recommendation, it felt more like the superstition with which one might select a horse at the race track.

Even if the list had displayed each wine’s country, region, and type of grape(s), that’s still not much to go on. There are hundreds of grape varieties and plenty of obscure regions in the world, with lots of variance in quality and taste within each. Ask for help? Unfortunately, many restaurants don’t have a sommelier on staff who can offer guidance, and often we don't even know what question to ask...

So that evening, we decided to build a wine app for the rest of us. An app that would replace our shame with confidence. A friendly, intuitive app that would tell us a thing or two about a wine before we plunk our money down, and would help us learn what “minerality” actually tastes like.

We thought the app should be simple and fast. So all you need to do is take a photo of a wine list, and WineGlass shows you helpful information about each wine: what the wine is, what the wine should cost, and what others say about it. Easy. Read More








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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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