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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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Product Spotlight: WineTime Bar with Resveratrol


A growing body of research is proving the benefits of Resveratrol as a heart-protective, life-extending element. Now you can ‘imbibe’ as much Resveratrol as contained in 50 glasses of red wine in one low calorie, anti-oxidant-rich, high-fiber bar. Without the alcohol. Without the hangover. Combined with dates, almonds and seven super fruits the patent-pending WINETIME bar is a unique, unparalleled healthy indulgence.

It’s time for the WINETIME bar.


INGREDIENTS: Dates, chocolate coating (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, vanilla extract), almonds, semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), brown rice syrup, chicory root extract, ground almonds, chicory fiber, cocoa powder, apple fiber, cocoa soy crisps (soy protein isolate, cocoa, tapioca starch, natural flavors, raspberry flavored fruit pieces (sugar, cranberries, citric acid, natural flavors, elderberry juice concentrate, sunflower oil), raspberries, BioVin® Advanced French Red Wine Extract (containing 5% red wine trans-Resveratrol and 30-35% red wine polyphenols), pomegranate fruit powder, goji powder, acai powder, noni powder, blueberry powder, mangosteen powder, resVida™ trans-Resveratrol.

Contains soy, tree nuts.

Manufactured in a plant that also processes milk, egg and peanuts.




What makes the Resveratrol WINETIME bar™ so special?

It’s the first—and only—gourmet nutrition bar containing Resveratrol.
More Resveratrol than 50 glasses of red wine
2 delicious flavors – Chocolate, Dates & Almonds and Chocolate-Raspberry
7 extra “super fruits”— cranberry, noni, pomegranate, goji berry, acai, mangosteen and blueberry.
2 sources of Resveratrol – 99% pure trans-Resveratrol and Premium French red grapes from the Rhône valley
High fiber—7 grams per bar
No trans fat, hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.
No artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives.
No cholesterol
No dairy
No gluten



Company: ResVez Incorporated
Brand: WineTime
Slogan: Bars for a Reason
Origin: USA
Category: Bars
Packaging: 50g bar
Claims: Age Defense
Variants: Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Dates Almonds
Price: $31.58 USD (Box of 10)
Where to Buy: Online
Website: winetimebar.com


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Product Spotlight: Skinny Girl Prosecco



This new girl’s got a little sparkle in her step! Skinnygirl™ Prosecco is far from your typical sparkling wine, ladies! She’s a bubbly mix of light and crisp, of sass and class, that’s sure to make any occasion extraordinary – whether you’re planning a night in, heading out with the girls, or making memories at a birthday bash. Wherever you’re looking to add sparkle, invite this girl along!

About Skinny Girl
What started with the Skinnygirl® Margarita from the mind of author, chef, TV star and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, has turned, quite frankly, into a cocktail revolution. Growing faster than anyone could have ever imagined (thanks in part to our incredible, loyal fans), Skinnygirl® Cocktails was acquired by premium spirits powerhouse, Beam Inc., in March 2011.

Since then, we’ve expanded our family to keep bringing you all of the cocktail options you want, without the extra calories you don’t. Now, you can enjoy Skinnygirl™ Vodka with Natural Flavors, Skinnygirl® Ready-to-Serve Cocktails, and Skinnygirl™, The Wine Collection, and know you’ll be getting a great tasting, naturally sweetened, low-calorie option with each and every sip.

But as Bethenny Frankel and Skinnygirl® Cocktails fans know, we’re so much more than cocktails. We’re a fresh, modern, new-school way for you to cocktail, socialize, and live your life. So like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest and watch us on YouTube. You know what you want out of life, ladies. We’re just here to show you how to get it.


Company: Beam Global
Brand: Skinny Girl
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Alcohol Volume: 11%
Packaging: 750ml
Claims: Only 100 Calories per 5fl oz serving
Variants: Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, California Red Blend, California White Blend, California Rosé Blend
Price: $21.99 USD
Where to Buy: Store Locator




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Wine Company Spotlight: Taken Wine Co.



On August 13, Trinchero Family Estates announced that it has added the Taken Wine Company brands to its growing portfolio. The current releases include the halo brand 2010 Taken Red Wine, the 2011 Complicated Red Blend, and the 2012 Complicated Chardonnay.

Co-owners and winemakers, Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps, both grew up in the business. Carlo Trinchero is a third generation member of the Trinchero Family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948 who changed the way Americans drink wine when they created Sutter Home White Zinfandel in the early 1970s. Josh Phelps also has roots in the business, the son of well-regarded wine maker Chris Phelps, who spent his career in the wine industry creating award-winning wines in Napa and Bordeaux.

Childhood comrades, Trinchero and Phelps created Taken Wine Company with the philosophy “to craft great wines to share with our friends.” The name was originally chosen when they were having difficulty finding a moniker for their wines that wasn’t already “taken.” They released their first wine under the Taken label in 2010, and the brand has continued to evolve. The idea for the Complicated and Available brands spun from the popularity of social media-created relationship status updates. Telling their story digitally, Taken Wine Company’s interactive, social media driven website taps into ways millennials consume and share information.

The 2010 Taken Red Blend is a Napa-appellated blend of Cabernet (60%) and Merlot (40%), and retails for $30. The 2011 Complicated Red Blend from California’s Central Coast is comprised of 50% Syrah, 43% Grenache, 7% Carignane, and retails for $20. The 2012 Complicated Chardonnay is 100% Sonoma Valley Chardonnay and sells for $18. The Available won’t be “available” until spring.



Velvety-smooth upon entry, the 2010 Taken reveals both elegance and power. Layers of ripe black fruit, graphite and licorice flavors lead into soft tannins. This is a classic 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet blend that is approachable upon release and should continue to age nicely for 5-10 years.

Look: Dark garnet red with purple hue.

Nose: Opulent, yet refined aromas of mocha, blackberry and black cherry with hints of spice and caramelized oak.

Varietal: 60% Cabernet, 40% Merlot

Appellation: Napa Valley, CA

Aged in French Oak Barrels

: 14.5%




Instantly appealing on the palate, the 2011 Complicated offers surprising complexity. Finely grained tannins and a mid-palate sweet spot result in a very soft, velvety mouthfeel. Ripe, rich black cherry and well-integrated French oak yield to a seductively long finish.

Look: Color is medium-dark burgundy.

Nose: Aromas of black fruits, smoky game, dusty cocoa powder and espresso are interwoven into layers of aromatics.

Varietal: 50% Syrah, 43% Grenache, 7% Carignane

Appellation: Central Coast, CA

Aged in French Oak Barrels

Alcohol: 14.3%




Taste: Bright stone fruit flavors showcase a classic Sonoma chardonnay. Fresh, yet balanced acidity supports the luscious mouth feel. Lingering lemon-lime zest, guava and peach notes continue throughout the long finish.

Look: Straw colored with a rich golden hue.

Nose: Aromas of Meyer lemon peel and quince with subtle hints of oak and spice.

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Appellation: Sonoma County, CA

Enhanced with French Oak

Alcohol: 13.9%

Company: Taken Wine Company
Brand: Taken Wine Company
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Packaging: 750ml
Variants: 2010 Taken Red, 2011 Taken Complicated, 2012 Taken Chardonnay
Price: 2010 Take – $30, 2011 Complicated- $20, 2012 Chardonnay – $18
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: takenwine.com


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Product Spotlight: Ménage à Trois Moscato


Not to brag, but we know a thing or two about seduction. If you want to improve your odds with your sweetie, we recommend skipping the poetry and flowers and going straight for the Ménage à Trois. A little direct, we know, but it never fails. Our Moscato is a sexy sweetie in its own right, with lip-smacking flavors and irresistible floral aromas that have been known to elicit sighs of pure pleasure. Whoever said romance was dead surely never tasted this Moscato.


Vineyard and Winemaking

This naughty, but oh-so-nice, Ménage à Trois Moscato is a delightful blend created by a trio of pleasure-seekers masquerading as winemakers. (Clearly they know how to please the palate, because after just one sip, we’re under Moscato’s spell.) Made from premium grapes sourced from three distinct growing regions in California, this wine begins its seduction with lush, alluring floral aromas, followed by luscious peach and apricot flavors that yield to a refreshing finish. Our Moscato’s sweet, fruity flavors are not permitted to run completely wanton, but instead are tempered by a clean, crisp acidity thanks to our commitment to a 100% non-malolactic process. We up the ante with cap and draining to boost intensity, and cold fermentation to preserve the delicate fragrances that make this varietal so appealing. Life is sweet indeed!


Tasting Notes

Our Moscato blends wines from three different growing areas, each crafted by a different winemaker. Lovely floral aromas and luscious peach/apricot flavors make it the perfect Mènage à Trois!


About the Company
You’re in the right place. When it comes to wine, we believe the more the merrier, so we’re delighted to invite you to indulge in an experience like no other. Our winemakers play matchmaker, bringing together ripe, luscious flavors, alluring aromas, and sensual textures to create our collection of fun, flirtatious wines. Try one, or try them all—each is a most delicious dalliance.

Company: Ménage à Trois
Brand: Ménage à Trois
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Alcohol Volume: 11.5%
Packaging: 750ml
Price: $12.00 USD
Where to Buy: Buy Online




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Product Spotlight: Fre Alcohol Removed Moscato


Fre is the leader in the alcohol-removed category and an important part of responsible alcohol service.

Fre wines have garnered a wide following for bringing the enjoyment and crisp flavors of high-quality wines to consumers who prefer alcohol-free beverages. These wines provide designated drivers, pregnant women, athletes and people who don’t drink alcohol for medical or religious reasons a more sophisticated alternative to soft drinks. The alcohol-removed category is one of the fastest-growing segments in the beverage industry. Additionally, providing Fre wines at a function or event is an integral part of thoughtful and responsible entertaining and service.

Fre offers a range of delicious wines from lighter styles, such as the fresh White Zinfandel and the dry Brut, to the award-winning Merlot and Premium Red varietals. Fre is available in White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Brut, Merlot, Red Blend and Moscato varietals.

Fre wines utilize an innovative approach to remove the natural alcohol from each barrel while preserving the integrity of every flavor. This spinning cone process is superior to all other alcohol removal processes. As a result, this method produces impeccably delicious, alcohol-free wines.


Company: Trinchero Family Estates
Brand:  Fre
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: Alcohol Removed
Varieties: White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Brut, Merlot, Red Blend and Moscato
Price: $5.99 USD
Where to Buy: Online
Website: tfewines.com, frewines.com


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