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2014 Bootleg Red Blend: Illicit Quality

Though to “bootleg” means to hide contraband, or illegally make something, the 2014Bootleg Red Wine offers nothing but transparency. A kitchen sink blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot, the fruit is mainly from Napa with about 13% of it coming from Mendocino. There’s a rustic, almost unfinished qualityto this, a sense of hand worked and not company-made. It’s full of blackberry, blueberry,cocoa powder, red raspberry, rough and tumble tannins and a slight edginess.

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Bonfort’s Wine of The Week: 2013 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 Points

Josephine Tychson became the first female winemaker on record in the Napa Valley when she established what would become Freemark Abbey in 1886. We don’t know forcertain how good the wines were then, but the 2013 Cabernet would make her proud.Pulled from five different vineyard sites, all located in Rutherford, this is a winecombining grace, structure and finesse. Comprised mainly of Cabernet, there areadditions of 8.6% Merlot, 9.7% Petit Verdot and 2.9% Cabernet Franc.

Crowns & Hops Exceeds Crowdfunding Goal

Teo Hunter and Beny Ashburn, the co-founders of Crowns & Hops Craft Beer Brand announce they have exceeded their US crowdfunding campaign goal. The 30-day campaign launched March 6, 2019 on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform included a US tour with promotional events in several key markets such as Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. The tour allowed Crowns & Hops to engage with brand ambassadors and investors alike who share a passion for authentic cultural representation in craft beer.

Livermore Valley Wine Country Defines 12 Sub-Districts

Results of two scientific studies commissioned by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (LVWA) with funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture show that there are 12 identifiable growing districts within the 260,000-acre Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). Analysis of topography, soils and micro climates across the region also showed the majority can be better classified as a warm Region III, not a hot Region IV as many wine industry experts previously believed.

Are You Bombay’s Most Imaginative Bartender?

The 2019 Most Imaginative Bartender Competition (MIB) presented by Bombay Sapphire will officially accept submissions now until June 30. Over the next three months,emerging bartenders from across North American can once again submit their most imaginative cocktail creations for the chance to compete amongst the nation’s top mixology talents.Established as one of the industry’s most prestigious bartending competitions, the MIB program, now in its 13th year, has scoured North America for the greatest undiscovered bartenders. New to this year’s competition the top 12 competitors will be

3 Pairing Tips To Upsell Your Customers

Your customers want advice. What goes with grilled meat, salads, tacos and pizza? Get-togethers mean simple foods that people can share and the summer months certainly bring out the barbeques. Zin, particularly Lodi Zin, is a great all-round wine for most summer occasions so we asked Oak Ridge Winery about its edgiest label, OZV. This is possibly the most versatile portfolio for your bbq-ing customers, so keep it handy and upsell from that $10.99 price slot to $13, $15 and even $70.

The Bourbon Cocktail Upsell

Available in the following U.S. markets: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Coopers’ Craft is presented at 82.2 proof and is available at a suggested retail price of $21.99 to $24.99 for a 750ml bottle and Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve is presented at 100 proof and is available at a suggested retail price ranging from $29.99 to $32.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Founders Brewing Announces Más Agave

Founders Brewing Co. has announced that Más Agave will be the third release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series. An imperial lime gose-style ale brewed with agave and aged in tequila barrels, Más Agave is the first tequila barrel-aged beer Founders has bottled. Más Agave (10% ABV) will be available in all markets beginning in early May in 4-packs (12oz bottles) and 750mL bottles. It will be available in both the Detroit and Grand Rapids taproom locations on May 3.

Jack Daniels Releases No.27 Gold

After its initial launch as a travel retail exclusive item and select markets in Asia, Jack Daniel’s is officially introducing Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold Tennessee Whiskey to the United States.A double-barreled and double-mellowed expression of its classic Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, the premium bottle brings a fusion between warm maple and toasted oak to create a rich and refined finish suited for today’s whiskey aficionado.

Here’s How Champagne Reduced Its Carbon Footprint

At a time when the global fight against climate change is more urgent than ever, the Champagne region of France remains committed to sustainable development in winemaking. The houses and growers of Champagne are actively engaged in innovative techniques and initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate environmental harms related to climate change. With Earth Day around the corner, I wanted to provide you with additional information about sustainability efforts in Champagne.

Dueling Pistols, Terlato’s Most Disruptive + Innovative Wine So Far

Terlato Wines debuted a new brand, Dueling Pistols, launched with a whole new approach to a campaign. Through a tension-filled label, episodic background story and through the wines themselves, The Dueling Pistol’s wine encompasses two blends from the Paso Robles and Dry Creek Valley regions of California, made of two bold, competing varietals in each bottle (thus the duel), a tension underscored by an origination story that will reveal itself over time.

With OZV, Can You Teach Consumers The ABCs of Lodi Zin?

It’s never a waste of time to educate consumers on what they’re drinking. Zinfandel is as misunderstood sometimes as the Lodi Region of California. If OZV is the ABC of Lodi Zinfandel, then these three letters which represent Old Zinfandel Vine, are pretty much the starting and ending point, for all things Zin produced in the Lodi region. The pioneering brand comes from a fifth-generation family grape-growers under the Oak Ridge umbrella.

Portugeuse Imports On The Rise

When it comes to Portugeuse wines, growth in value has grown consistently and internationally over the past couple of years; with the United States leading as major player in value exportations, as reported by ViniPortugal.In 2018, the total global exportations from Portugal grew by 3% in value, surpassing the previous €800 million barrier, achieving a sum of €803.335 million.

Bulleit Rye 12-Year Old Released In Select Markets

Bulleit announced this week the nationwide, limited availability release of Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey.Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey is the fifth addition to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey family, as well as the first extension of Bulleit Rye, a whiskey with one of the highest rye percentages on the market.

The Meaning of Sake

Did you know that in the Japanese language the word ‘sake’ merely means ‘alcohol?’ It does not necessarily mean ‘rice wine’ like Western countries have mistakenly defined in our books and our laws.  In Japan the word ‘sake’ can refer to any wine, beer, or even distilled spirit. The Japanese word ‘sake’ is kind of like the colloquial word ‘booze,’ is for Western countries. The correct word in Japanese which refers to rice wine in particular is ‘Seishu.’