Stateways Nov-Dec 2012

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PRODUCTS & PACKAGING Absolut has begun releasing a unique line extension: Absolut Tune, a sparkling fusion of a fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand and Absolut vodka. Packaged in a sparkling wine-shaped bottle, Absolut Tune is 14% ABV, and lends itself to being consumed chilled or in a variety of signature cock- tails. The new blend has suggested retail price of $31.99. Beam Inc has launched John DeKuyper & Sons Crave Chocolate Liqueurs featuring three flavors – Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Chili. Crave Chocolate Cherry Liqueur is reminiscent of classic cherry cordials accompanied by hints of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. The Mint Liqueur features chocolate and vanilla, then finishes with a cool pepper- mint taste. The Chili Liqueur features chocolate sweetness with a spicy finish. The new liqueurs are available for a suggested retail of $17.99 for a 750 ml. VNC Cocktails, a new line of RTD cocktail mixes from New Zealand, have launched in the U.S., imported by Sidney Frank Importing. The 13.9% ABV flavors include Strawberry Daiquiri, Pacific Mai Tai, Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, and Passionfruit Caprioska. Each 100 ml serving con- tains less than 150 calo- ries and contains no artificial preserva- tives, additives or colors, the company says. VNC Cocktails have a suggested retail price of $3.45 for a 200 ml mini shaker and $13.95 for a 1-liter bottle. Clod du Bois Winery has debuted a new red blend: Clos du Bois Rouge, which combines cabernet sauvignon, StateWays November/December 2012 petite sirah, merlot, petite verdot, malbec and chardono into a tasty wine featuring rich red fruit, jammy notes and aromas of blackberry, plum and chocolate. The new wine is available nationally at a suggested retail price of $11.99. Pernod Ricard USA has launched its first California still wine: Deadbolt, which is a blend of several red varietals, including cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, merlot, zinfandel, syrah and other components, the company says. At first available only in limited distribution (California, Nevada, Illinois Massachusetts and Colorado), the new brand has a suggested retail price of $15.99. The Balvenie has launched a new expres- sion: The Balvenie 17 Year Old DoubleWood to commemorate Malt Master David Stewart's 50th anniversary. Available nationwide from William Grant & Sons, this is the first 17 Year Old expression to join The Balvenie's core range of single malts, alongside the 12 Year Old DoubleWood, 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask, 15 Year Old Single Barrel and 21 Year Old PortWood. The 17 Year Old features rich vanilla oak, hon- eyed sweetness and layers of spices, according to the compa- ny. It has a suggested retail price of $129.99. Beam Inc. has added Courvoisier Gold to its portfolio. The line extension is made with blend of Moscato from the South of France and Courvoisier's signa- ture cognac. The 36-proof spirit features notes of Moscato grapes, pear, peach and florals with a touch of orange blossom, the company says. Courvoisier Gold is available nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle. 37

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