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Drink Spotlight: Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs: a Naturally Vivacious New Cuvée



TOKYO, 26. April 2017/PRNewswire/ - In a perfect illustration of the Maison's distinctive floral signature, Perrier-Jouët has created a new cuvée that pays tribute to the vibrant freshness of the Chardonnay grape.

A free spirit

Vibrant and exhilarating, Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs pays tribute to the Chardonnay grape - the iconic touchstone of the Perrier-Jouët style – bringing to life the white grape's distinctively fresh taste. Exuberant, feminine and deliciously spontaneous, the new cuvée has an impertinent charm that is completely unique. Endlessly versatile, it is the perfect partner for all the special moments that make life worth living.


Homage to Chardonnay

Vivacious and unrestrained, Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs showcases the unique freshness of the Maison's emblematic grape. To create it, Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps has personally selected an elegant blend of floral Chardonnays from the Champagne region's best vineyards. The result is a wine that epitomizes the spirit of the Maison with its mineral freshness and floral vitality. On the nose, lively wild hedgerow flower aromas of elderberry, acacia and honeysuckle tangle and twist with notes of citrus fruit.

The new cuvée embodies the pioneering spirit of Perrier-Jouët, along with its 200-year expertise with this signature grape variety. Seventh in an unbroken line of cellar masters, Hervé Deschamps blended Chardonnays from the region's finest terroirs, adding up to 15% of reserve wines and a light dosage of 8g per liter. The result is an exceptional cuvée that dances with freshness, lightness and vitality.


A wine that sets the tone

Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs is the perfect wine to accompany all the exciting pleasures of contemporary life. Produced in very limited quantities, it is in phase with the most vivacious and exclusive urban experiences - from the latest garden rooftop bar to boutique hotel lounges in the world's most happening cities. Its design is an ode to authenticity, the wine's luminescent greenish-gold hue accentuated by a unique transparent bottle with festive notes of silver and gold.

To celebrate this exuberant new wine, the Maison Perrier-Jouët has launched a first-time collaboration with the Michelin-starred chef Akrame Benallal. A leading figure in international haute cuisine - with a chain of restaurants and bistros that stretches from Paris to Hong Kong - Akrame is a perfect match for its vibrant, contemporary personality. His selection of original finger food recipes have been specially designed to complement Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs' delicate floral palette, playing on contrasts & textures between water & earth.


A distinctive signature

The new cuvée is the second Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs creation by Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps, following his mythic Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs. It is also the first addition to the Perrier-Jouët collection in 20 years. Refined and exclusive, it is a reflection of the Maison Perrier-Jouët's exceptional savoir-faire and the meticulous detail with which it selects its grapes.

Ever since its foundation in 1811, Perrier-Jouët has drawn inspiration from nature to craft intricate and distinctively floral champagnes that embrace the true essence of the Chardonnay grape. With Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs, that rich heritage has found an elegant new expression. Today, the new cuvée offers a perfect illustration of the unique style that is the Maison's signature.







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Wine Spotlight: Brandi Glanville Debuts Chardonnay In Partnership With Rippey Wine Company This Summer



Los Angeles, CA — Model turned reality star and personality, Brandi Glanville, has joined the beverage industry with the release of her first wine “Unfiltered Blonde”. The 2013 Unfiltered Blonde Chardonnay exudes the same bold and sassy personality as the popular television star with hints of spicy vanilla and oak, crisp apples and sweet melon. Alongside her partners Tyson and Jenni Rippey of the Rippey Wine Company, Brandi was highly involved in the creation of the Chardonnay from flavor to artwork with the goal of creating a quality wine for consumers at an affordable price.

“I am so proud and thrilled to finally be able to share Unfiltered Blonde with consumers,” explains Brandi Glanville. “The entire process has taken over a year to perfect but it was definitely worth the wait. Having the opportunity to create something that I truly love is a dream and to be able to share it with the world is even better.”

The grapes used for this 100% Chardonnay blend were handpicked and whole-cluster pressed from select vineyards in Sonoma County and one vineyard in the Yountville appellation of Napa Valley. The Sonoma County fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the varietal characteristics while the Yountville portion was fermented in French oak barrels to give the wine a rich mouth feel and a kiss of oak.

Unfiltered Blonde boasts of bright aromas of pear and apple mingled with sweet and toasty vanilla. The palate is bright with succulent fruit flavors and oak notes. A perfect balance of smooth and creamy texture and crisp acidity provide for a lengthy finish. This versatile Chardonnay pairs well with poultry, seafood, white meats and dishes with cream sauces.



About Brandi Glanville
Brandi Glanville is one of television’s most recognizable personalities, a bestselling author, actress, model and fashion designer. Glanville is known to millions of fans as the sassy and outspoken star of the mega-hit reality series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”


About Rippey Wine Company
Rippey Wine Company is based out of Napa Valley and was founded in 2012 by Tyson and Jenni Rippey. They, along with their family, have been making wine at their two winery locations, Carneros Vintners in Sonoma and Lodi Vintners in Woodbridge and growing premium wine grapes in California for more than thirty years. Today they are one of the largest custom wine producers in the United States and make wine for numerous brands of their own, including Unfiltered Blonde, and some of the top brands in the US.

For more information on Rippey Wine Company visit www.lodivintners.com.








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Tea Spotlight: Sonoma Chardonnay Iced Tea



This vacation in a glass has a base of Sonoma Chardonnay fine wine grape skins infused with tropical pineapple and sweet peach notes. It’s like drinking a glass of wine country sunshine!



We have replaced the tea leaves found in traditional iced tea with the next best thing – fresh harvested fine wine grape skins from beautiful Sonoma County, California. These fine wine grape skins impart nuanced, sophisticated flavors that are perfect for entertaining or to enjoy anytime. Sonoma Iced Teas also contain multiple polyphenols such as resveratrol, making it a great addition to a balanced diet. So steep a pitcher of this bright and fruity blend and sip to your heart’s content.



-Strong cheeses such as aged goat and blue
-Green salads, avocado, spinach, squash, asparagus
-White meats like roast chicken, turkey, pork
-Creamy pasta dishes like Chicken Tetrazzini
-Seafood such as smoked trout, rare salmon, crab cakes, shrimp



Chardonnay fine wine grape skins, apple bits, organic lemongrass, natural white wine flavor, organic orange peel, natural pineapple and peach flavors, sweet blackberry leaves and natural peach juice



About the company

Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution. We began by canvassing the most prized tea gardens of the world for their worthiest leaves. Our mission was—and is—to see these teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

In keeping with our identity as an independent republic, we designate our employees Ministers, our sales representatives as Ambassadors, our customers as Citizens and retail outlets as Embassies.

With supreme good fortune, we have progressed—constantly enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas, education and innovation. Our award-winning packaging includes teas and herbs available in specially designed air-tight, light-resistant tins containing either full-leaf teas and herbs or our signature round, unbleached tea bags, free of unnecessary envelopes, strings, tags or staples.Decaffeinated teas (using a natural CO2 method) varieties are also available. Most of our teas are Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

A socially and environmentally responsible business, The Republic of Tea is dedicated to sharing our prosperity by developing products to support worthy organizations, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Action Against Hunger and the Whole Planet Foundation. We are also a member of The Ethical Tea Partnership.



Company: Sonoma
Brand:  Chardonnay Iced Tea
Slogan:  Sonoma
Origin:  US
Category:  Tea
Packaging:  Coming soon
Claims:  Fresh harvested fine wine grape skins
Variants:  View product range here
Price: $7.99
Where to Buy:  US, Buy Online
Website: http://www.republicoftea.com/



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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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Wine Spotlight: Duck Commander Wood Duck Chardonnay


The Robertson’s, of TV’s DUCK DYNASTY® fame, live out the American Dream while staying true to their rugged outdoorsman lifestyle and Southern roots. This wildly successful Louisiana bayou family has remained grounded in what matters; family, friends, good food and fun.

This Red Blend exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. This medium bodied wine is fruit forward, silky and soft with smooth tannins.

Our Chardonnay offers rich tropical fruit aromas with hints of lemon and crisp apple laced around the complex nose. The palate is vibrant and full of pear, melon and apple pie with a silky, creamy finish.

Our Pink Moscato has luxurious aromas of white peaches, honeysuckle and caramel. Luscious passion fruit and honeydew melon flavors with hints of sweet vanilla are perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity.


Duck Commander Wines are currently available at WalMart in the following states:


Duck Commander Wines will be available in additional retail locations nationally
beginning in January 2014.


Company: Trinchero Family Estates
Brand:  Duck Commander
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: : 13.55%
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pink Moscato, Triple Threat Red Blend
Price: $10.00 USD
Website: tfewines.com



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Product Spotlight: Wines for Dummies Chardonnay


Wines reflect their people, and this all-American wine is bright, outgoing, and versatile. Given that we love to dress down, we don't use an oak process, but you still get great taste. This wine is fresh fruit and sunshine in a bottle, ready for cocktail hour, dinner hour, or this hour. What're you waiting for?


About the Company
It's time to change the way you look at wine. It's also time — finally — for a wine that caters to those who are not wine snobs.

Whether a classically trained sommelier or a novice in the wine world, we've all had this experience before.

You walk into a supermarket, liquor store, or wine shop and gawk at hundreds (even thousands) of bottles there in front of you. So, which wine do you choose? Do you choose based on country or varietal (type of wine)? Do you pick a color, cover your eyes, and randomly select a bottle? Perhaps you attempt to match the type of wine with your meal. Or, do you simply go with the same bottle you've been buying for years because you're afraid to try something new? You might even pull out your smartphone to quickly search the Internet for recommended bottles in your price range.
No More!

Wines For Dummies takes the headache out of choosing a wine that fits your needs. If you already know what you're having for dinner, check the back of our labels for suggestions on what pairs well with each varietal. If you're looking for a certain flavor, check the back label for a plain English explanation of what to expect inside the bottle. And, if you're struggling to pronounce the name on one of our wines, no worries! All of our wines include a phonetic pronunciation on the front label.

We want you to enjoy wine, regardless of experience or budget. So, say no to anxiety, complications, and fancy language. It's time that you spend less energy worrying about which wine to get and more energy enjoying the wines you'll love.



Company: Vision Wine & Spirits LLC
Brand: Wine for Dummies
Slogan: Making everything easier!
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750ml
Variants: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Chianti, Chardonnay
Alcohol Volume: ?
Price: $10.00 USD
Where to Buy: Click Here
Website: winesfordummies.com

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Product Spotlight: The Skinny Vine Low Calorie Wines


The Skinny Vine is a new line of low calorie wine products. The Skinny Vine wines have all the flavor at 25-35% fewer calories.  The Skinny Vine currently offers three varieties: Slim Chardonnay, Mini Moscato and Thin Zin.

Slim Chardonnay

The secret to Slim Chardonnay’s bright and airy attitude? Our Chardonnay expresses flavors of subtle ripe apricot and honeyed citrus complemented by a touch of vanilla and oak spice. Oh—and it happens to be really refreshing!

Mini Moscato
The secret to Mini Moscato’s bright and airy attitude? Our Moscato expresses flavors of juicy stone fruit, crisp Fuji apple and ripe pear blend with a hint of honeysuckle. Oh—and it happens to be really refreshing!

Thin Zin
The secret to Thin Zin’s bright and airy attitude? Our White Zinfandel expresses flavors of luscious ripe berry, honeydew and crisp citrus complemented by a touch of sweet spice. Oh—and it happens to be really refreshing!


Company: The Skinny Vine
Brand: The Skinny Vine
Slogan: Flavor that Flatters
Category: Wine
Origin: USA
Claims: Low Calorie, 25-35% fewer calories than the average glass of wine
Packaging: Bottle
Varieties: Mini Moscato, Thin Zin, Slim Chardonnay
Website: theskinnyvine.com



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Why chardonnay is back in fashion

The notoriously buxom Aussie chardonnay is now cleaner and sharper: it’s (almost) convincing the critics.

Once, Australian chardonnay was as sunny and amply buxom as Dolly Parton. Now it is more Nicole Kidman; still luminous, but lean and toned. Wines used to be rich and buttery, reminiscent of pineapple chunks or vanilla; stodgy, rich with oak, much of it showy and new, flaring with alcohol. These days they are taut, streaked with citrus, the oak gentle but firm in the background.

It’s hard to think of any other region or country that has taken its stereotype style and turned it on its head quite so effectively and in such a short space of time.

Just as well, too. “Australia was crying out for something to do with chardonnay because it was a dead dog,” says Mike Aylward, the young winemaker at Ocean Eight on the Mornington Peninsula.

Continue reading @ Telegraph

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Product Spotlight: Black Diamond Wine Cheese


Black Diamond Merlot & Cheddar Spread. Delectable wine infused gourmet cheese spread is ideal for a picnic, party appetizer or as an addition to a wine gift basket. This delicious gourmet cheese with wine is attractively packaged in a round metal tin.


Company: Paris Brothers
Brand: Black Diamond
Category: Dairy, Cheese Spread
Origin: USA
Price: ?
Packaging: 226 grams
Varieties: Merlot & Cheddar, Chardonnay &
Website: parisbrothersspecialtyfoods.com

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People Are Buying Expensive Wine Again

Perhaps I’m being overly optimistic, but here’s another sign that the bad times could be ending: sales of expensive domestic wine soared in the first three months of 2012.

Bottles priced at more than $20 saw a 24 percent increase in dollar amount from January through the end of March over the same period last year, according to a recent report by Symphony IRI, a group that monitors wine industry sales.

That growth dramatically outstripped the increase in less expensive wines, though they experienced impressive gains as well. Wines in the $15-$20 range surged 16 percent; wines priced from $11-$15 rose 9 percent.

Imported wines, though they represent only 21 percent of the total U.S. share, also enjoyed a sales uptick in the last quarter. The fastest growing segment in that category was the mid-priced product: up 22 percent year over year.

So what are people laying down the big bucks for?

No big surprise: Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of American varietals. Sales of Cab priced at $20 and more increased 28 percent.

And Americans’ love affair with Pinot Noir shows no signs of fading. That formerly cult-status varietal saw healthy sales growth in the first quarter in all price categories. The biggest jump was 32 percent in the $20-and-up segment.
Pinot Noir is now third in popularity in the U.S. behind Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

There was one segment of the domestic and foreign wine market that didn’t do well in the U.S. this year – the low end.
The $5-$8 category was anemic. Sales of domestic cheapies increased just 1 percent. Their foreign-born cousins saw a 7 percent decline in sales.

Finally, Two Buck Chuck is fading into the sunset.

Full Article @ OCR

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