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Wine Review: Chocolate Rouge Sweet Red Blend


Deliciously different, ChocolatRouge Sweet Red is a luscious blend of fine red wine and rich chocolate flavors reminiscent of chocolate-dipped red berries with a soft velvety finish. Enjoy this ideal combination for a smooth rich taste not to be missed.


About Us
Chocolate and red wine is a perfect pairing, and at ChocolatRouge we are dedicated to creating unique, elegant combinations from these natural partners. Blending rich chocolate flavors with fine red wine creates a decadent experience that is deliciously different.




Company: Chocolate Rouge
Brand: Chocolate Rouge
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Alcohol Volume: 12.5%
Variants: Sweet Red, Milk Chocolate, Dark Red Blend
Price: $7.99 USD
Where to Buy: Store Locator, Buy Online
Website: chocolaterouge.com





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Wine Spotlight: The Big Crush Grenache Rose




“The Big Crush” is our interpretation of a wine press crushing the perfectly ripened grapes to extract the maximum possible juiciness!

The Big Crush Grenache Rose has aromas of red summer berries with flavours of candied strawberries ending in a soft, rounded finish. Enjoy chilled.


About the Company
Juicy Grape wines bring you “sunshine in a glass” – juicy, fruity wines from select vineyards that bathe in the warm Californian sunshine to achieve optimum ripeness.

We believe that great wines are fresh, juicy and bursting with fruity flavours; uncomplicated – just premium Californian wines made for you to enjoy.




Company: Juicy Grape California Wines
Brand: The Big Crush
Origin: UK
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 13%
Variants: Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Grenache
Price: £6.00
Where to Buy: Store Locator, Buy Online
Website: juicygrapewines.co.uk




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Wine Spotlight: Rebel Coast Winery Super Fancy Pants Reserve



Yes you read that right…Super Fancy Pants Reserve. This is the grandfather of Rebel Coast Winery, made back in 2007 this 6 year old Oaky Napa blend became the foundation of the great wines that have preceded it. Naked Rebel was the wine the catapulted the Rebel Coast Winery into the wine business and without mercy started a new movement for the new generation of wine drinkers. This new generation of wine drinkers is not determined by age but by a new found perspective on wines that crush the traditional, old, and pretentious wine out there.



On first opening, it breathes of red cherry with hints of raspberry bramble, but the more it aerates, or as it’s decanted, the wine explodes with toasted oak, fresh vanilla, and freedom. With the first sips, Naked Rebel invites a velvety and smooth beginning, with hints of blackberries and dark red currants. Perfectly balanced, the wine the seamlessly transitions from fruit to balanced tannins and white pepper structure.


About the Company
These two brothers started making wine together in the dorms. They started blending in trashcans and under bridges, meaning it was barely drinkable. With each yearly batch, the wine got better, and finally it’s drinkable. A little while later these brothers tricked their buddy Doug into quitting his real job and joining the crew. Since then, it has been bunk beds and fun nights.


Company: Rebel Coast Winery
Brand: Rebel Coast Winery
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 14.5%
Variants: Super Fancy Pants, Reckless Love, Pink Panda, RCW White Blend
Price: $125.00 USD
Where to Buy: Direct on Website, Store Locator
Website: rebelcoastwinery.com




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Packaging Spotlight: OAC : Only At Christmas Wine


Designed by
Believe In

Christmas is a time for enjoying the finer things with the people we love. It’s about luxury, indulgence and laughter. We wanted to create a beautiful gift that reflected those ideas and made people smile.

OAC is a suitably festive thank you to our clients, friends and suppliers. We selected a locally produced orange and chocolate cream liqueur for its unmistakable Christmas flavour, and created a new name for the product and some special seasonal packaging for the bottles. The luxurious labels incorporate a Christmas tag that runs up the side of the bottle, for a festive message from the team.

Each special edition bottle is individually numbered, with metallic copper gold paper kindly provided by GF Smith. The labels were digitally printed with white ink and hand finished in the studio.




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Alcohol Spotlight: Lambrini Apple & Blackcurrant Fruit Wine


A fruity favourite consisting of crisp apples and juicy blackcurrants. Ideal for sharing with friends or enjoying outside in the sunshine.

ABV : 5%
3.8 units in a 75cl bottle and 0.6 units in a 125ml glass
Available in 75cl



About Lambrini
Lambrini was launched in the UK way back in 1994 and you’ve loved it ever since. Maybe it’s because our flavours are all fun and fruity or light and bubbly. Maybe it’s because we’ve always made Lambrini from all natural ingredients. Or maybe you love us because we stand for everything that is fun, fabulous and female and we always will.




Company: Lambrini
Brand: Lambrini
Origin: UK
Category: Flavored Alcohol
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 4%
Variants:  Original, Light, Cherry, Peach, Rose, Bubbly, Apple & Blackcurrant
Price: £2.50
Where to Buy: ASDA, Tesco
Website: lambrini.co.uk





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Wine Spotlight: Uproot Grenache 2012


While lesser known in the US, Grenache is a crowd-pleaser in Europe. And while we’re not necessarily into pleasing crowds, we do see what they’re saying about this varietal. Vibrant and spicy, with a ruby color that’s deepened by a splash of Petit Verdot, our debut red has a definite democratic charm. Interesting nutmeg and toasted marshmallow notes together with excellent drinkability make it the wine that pleases—from schmoozing startup investors to busting out at the dudes’ camping weekend.


Tasting Notes
Color: not dark andheavy like other reds. Notes: You know that sweet/smokiness of roasting marshmallows that lingers with you around the campfire? Take that, add in the warmth of baking spices and Tahitian vanilla with strawberry and cherry andyou’ve got an idea of what we’re talking about when we say call this Grenache spicy, warm and vibrant.

Our pairing suggestion? The universal favorite: wood-fired pizza. You pick the toppings.


Winemaking Info

Sometimes doing it right means doing it the hard way. We trucked in the best Grenache grapes we could find from Santa Ynez Valley in SoCal. Then, instead of using machines(the easy way), we treated the fruit with the respect it deserves and meticulously punched it down by hand (the pain in the ass way). We gave it a double dose of oak invigoration by processing it straight into 100% new French oak puncheons and aging it there.

To finish, we blended the Grenache with 5% of Petit Verdot for extra structure and a deeper color.



About the Company
We’re experience makers. And, yes, here in Napa, some might even say we’re trouble makers. Uproot is reimagining winemaking to create a fresh, modern, energized experience for a new generation of wine drinkers.

We’re inspired by a sense of place, not by being rooted in place. We look ahead to what’s possible, not back to what’s been done. We choose not to get stuck by the way things have always been.

We believe that opening a great bottle of wine starts by opening our minds to what it takes to make it. The best minds. The best craftspeople. The best fruit. The best oak. The best equipment. The best process. The best new technology. Going to where they are; bringing them to where we are; turning them into a new classic.

We’re renegade wine makers, here to make extraordinary wine from the ground up. How extraordinary? Make up your own mind. We’re all about that.




Company: Uproot Wines
Brand: Uproot
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml Bottle
Alcohol Volume: 14.6%
Variants: Grenache, 2011 Gray Edition Suavignon Blanc, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Grenache Blanc,
Price: $46.00 USD
Where to Buy: Direct on Website
Website: drinkuproot.com





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Wine Spotlight: W! Al Generation Rosé Wine


For those hanging in the balance, unable to decide between two extremes.

A color revealing a soft wine with a dry taste, pleasant and crisp.

Before meal times it likes to flirt and be wooed, but given the possibility of grilled fish it never backs out.

A perfect companion for Italian-type antipasti and soft cheeses.



Dry, Crisp and Pleasant Taste
Fruity and Rich Aroma
Suitable for Aperitifs and Grilled Fish
Light and Unbreakable Bottle
Screw Cap
Aluminum Recycling

About the Company
AL Generation… the new generation of aluminum wine bottles…
A possibility beyond glass.
AL, aluminum that completely respects the wine, its temperature, its flavor and its color. Aluminum that protects the wine with its unbreakable lightness on outdoor festive occasions, when ‘being ‘green’ also means being surrounded by nature on a daily basis.
AL, aluminum that respects the environment and demands respect. It means one single, dedicated, never-ending recycling chain and the possibility of limitless re-use.

AL Generation… for a generation that possesses a green spirit.
Green, as in sustainable environmental choices, as in eco-compatibility demonstrated even in the most basic day-to-day decisions that can bring about great results in life.

A green generation that asks how to reduce home waste, how to save energy, how to limit CO2 emissions even as a part of everyone’s individual microcosm. A generation that asks how things should be done and helps save whatever can still be saved. A generation that doesn’t think that behaving responsibly




Company:Al Generation
Brand: W!
Category:  Wine
Origin: Italy
Packaging: 250mlAluminum Unbreakable bottle
Alcohol Volume: 12%
Variants: Cabernet Merlot, Rose, Chardonnay



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Packaging Spotlight: 7 Deadly Sins Wine


Designed by
Carsyn Taylor McKenzie
Milwaukee, WI, USA


Utilizing hand-rendered typography, I designed a minimalistic package for the brand 7 Deadly Sins. Naming each kind of wine as a deadly sin.

Sloth, Envy and Lust would be the first set of sins to be released. Gluttony, Wrath, Pride and Greed will be coming soon.





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Wine Spotlight: Be Flirty PInk Moscato


Inspired by a perfect blend of confidence and playfulness with a delightful finish of fun, Be.
Flirty Pink Moscato beckons you to pull out the stilettos, and maybe dab a little of that expensive, special-occasion perfume on your neck as you head out the door to share some wine with the girls.

This tastefully gregarious gem is decked out and ready to get noticed
with its playfully pink color. Its sweet berry flavors allure your palate with a
friendly approach that mesmerizes as delicate notes dance to the playlist
of fun rotating ’round a shiny disco ball in your head.


About Be Winery
Welcome to the Wold of Be. Correction: Your World of Be.

That’s right. Be. wines are the first, and only wines that cater to your ever-changing world with four stylish offerings to suit your moods. (Finally, wines to pair
with your personality!)

Every day’s a new opportunity to mix, match or venture beyond your norm. Feel the fervor and taste the fun of letting your fabulous self just Be. you.

Company: Be Winery
Brand: Be Winery
Slogan: The Mood is Yours
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Alcohol Volume: 9.5%
Packaging: 750ml
Variants: Pink Moscato, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling
Price: $7.99 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator





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Wine Spotlight: Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato


This delicious wine has aromas and flavor of white peaches, citrus and honeysuckle. It’s our sweetest wine, yet it’s well-balanced and refreshing. Try with your favorite spicy dishes, a fruit and cheese plate—before, during or after a meal!



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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