Best of the Week

Bonfort’s WOW, Groth 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

It was 1981 when Dennis and Judy Groth purchased a 121-acre parcel of land in Napa and from that day to this the focus has been on producing a handful of wines but specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. Their 2015 Reserve Cabernet is such a comprehensive Cabernet, allowing the fruit to be the star power with support from 100% new French oak barrels. Harvested over a two-week period in Oakville, this lush fruit reaches out with blackberry, blueberry, cassis, black currant, plum, and cedar box with an acidity that belies the structure of the wine.

Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey Prepares Roll Out

Conecuh Brands will release Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey on September 1st of this year.  The newest addition to the Clyde May’s line up is aged a minimum of 3-years and bottled at 47% ABV. “Right now, Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey is at its peak in terms of flavor profile and taste.  Given the excellence of the product and current market trends, this is the perfect time to release this new expression,” says Roy Danis, President and CEO Conecuh Brands.

How Pernod Ricard Conceived Absolut Grapefruit

They ignited a new wave of vodka culture with their eye-popping ad campaigns in the late 1970s and ‘80s. They introduced a new spectrum of flavor possibilities to the spirit category and drove a Cosmo-ic frequency in the 1990s. They pinpointed ways to make vodka seem cool again to the hot hands of craft bartending in the early 2000s. How can Absolut Vodka drive category innovation in the second decade of the 2000s? Instead of forcing a premium upgrade…

Customized Messaging Is New Trend To Engage Customers

Foam has become a new content feed. The Ripple Maker, a Wi-Fi enabled countertop device prints content on top of a variety of foam-topped drinks. To continue providing companies new ways to engage with customers, today Ripples unveiled a new device, the Ripple Maker PM, with the capability to print personalized content onto foam-topped cocktails in addition to beer in seconds, and an upcoming Ripples ChatBot.

WoW: 2017 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc, 92 Points

It may seem innocuous but there is more Sauvignon Blanc planted in Napa than any other county in California. Historical data shows that Sauvignon Blanc was first planted in the Livermore Valley in the late 1800s in the Golden State and a comprehensive culmination of that history is exhibited in the Cliff Lede iteration. The first whiff of the nose tells you exactly what this is.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey Released Nationally

Woodford Reserve has just released Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey, a blended malt whiskey based on historical recipes and influenced by Woodford Reserve Bourbon. The Malt is the newest expression of the Woodford Reserve portfolio, which includes the original Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, and Woodford Reserve Rye. This is the fourth addition to Woodford Reserve’s 22-year-old brand.

Wine Of The Week: 2016 Shooting Star Barbera , 90 Points

Barbera has a long history in Italy’s Piedmont region with known plantings dating back to the 1200s. In California, however, Barbera has been planted for just over 100 years. For the last 50 of those years, Jed Steele has been making an incredible diversity of wine including this California iteration of Barbera. His grapes, from Lake County, were fermented in small lots and aged 10 months in a combination of both American and Hungarian oak.

This RTD Negroni Levels Field For Off-Premise

The St. Agrestis Negroni Four Pack retails for $24.99 and is currently available for distribution in NYC and Brooklyn. It has taken the Negroni to the off-premise level quite effectively with a retro-NYC bottle design, and a surprisingly high-quality liquid on the inside. The RTD market has some doozies, but this isn’t one of them, and it’s sure to roll effectively across the country over the next 12-24 months.

Bonfort’s Wine of The Week: Graham’s 20 Year-Old Tawny Port, 93 Points

The misunderstanding of Port is that it is either for the winter months or merely an after-dinner drink. Yet neither is exclusive. Graham’s 20-Year-Old Tawny bridges all the gaps. Using a variety of Ports from five different vineyard sites, this 20-Year-Old is drinking extremely well right now. Comprising various grapes including Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca, this 20 YO is full of life.