Category Archives: Red Wine

Introducing Apothic Inferno: Wine with a Whiskey Soul

Apothic Inferno
Apothic Inferno (PRNewsFoto/Apothic)

A pioneer in creating innovative blends that push the envelope of what is expected from a wine, Apothic takes its fans on a new journey to experience wine in a whole new way. By combining years of wine-making knowledge and expertise with innovative techniques inspired by the time-honored craft of whiskey-making, Apothic is bringing a masterful and unexpected taste experience to wine and whiskey fans alike with its new, small-batch, limited release red blend, Apothic Inferno.

Aged in charred, white oak whiskey barrels for 60 days, Apothic Inferno blends the red and dark fruit flavors of its wine with layers of maple and spice, giving way to a long, clean finish. “The result is a wine with rich flavor and distinctive attitude,” says Apothic Winemaker, Debbie Juergenson. “It may not have whiskey in it, but it’s wine with a whiskey soul.”

Crafted in California, each batch of Apothic Inferno undergoes a time-intensive, barrel-aging process. The unique character and flavor profiles offer wine enthusiasts the opportunity to discover a bold, new experience. The barrels – cut, shaped, and bound by steel before being charred with flames – were first used to age whiskey for years prior to becoming the home of Apothic’s new red blend.

“Those who have come to love Apothic know that we’re always looking to defy convention with unique blends and bold flavors,” said Christine Jagher, Marketing Director for Apothic Wines. “Apothic Inferno brings a rebellious attitude to the wine category – even the label’s dark colors and intertwined graphics elicit a fiery style, the perfect addition to our portfolio.”

Apothic Inferno is available on shelves wherever wine is sold, nationwide, for a limited time with a suggested retail price of $16.99. The wine has an ABV of 15.9% and is offered in 750ml bottles.

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NEW Motto wines

Motto Wines (PRNewsFoto/Motto Wines)
Motto Wines (PRNewsFoto/Motto Wines)

Everyone can now enjoy Motto wines, a collection of distinct, dark, rich wines from California that deliver a definitively bold wine experience and flavors unlike any others. Motto wines offer a new take on California winemaking from the perspective of the renowned winemaking team at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, known for producing some of the best-selling wines from Washington State. Motto wines are available in three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Red Blend.

“We wanted to put a Washington spin on California wines, so we implemented the same approach we use for our Washington wines, but with California grapes,” said Motto winemaker Reid Klei, who has worked in the Washington winemaking industry for Ste. Michelle Wines Estates for 10 years.

“I have been making wine in Washington for my entire career so I came into the Motto wines with no preconceived notions or ideas of how California wines should be made,” continued Klei. “I entered it with a blank slate and was able to sit down, taste the wines and really focus on the wines and all their characteristics and put together blends and combinations of things I thought tasted well together. I think this makes the Motto wines a little different and gives them a unique spin.”

Each of the three varietals boasts a distinct character – BACKBONE™, UNABASHED™ and GUNG HO™ – creating a bold experience with every sip.

  • The 2013 Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon has a strong, determined flavor with dark, concentrated notes of red plum, caramel and bright raspberry that explode out of the glass for a lasting finish.
  • The 2013 Unabashed Zinfandel boasts proud and striking scents of soft leather, revealing flavors of chocolate covered raspberries and a touch of spice.
  • The 2013 Gung Ho Red Blend excites the palate quickly, full of zealous and enthusiastic fruitful flavors of blueberry, pomegranate and spice.

In addition to crafting unique blends, the Motto winemaking team has thought of different ways to defy ordinary by taking a new approach to making California wine, including:

  • Keeping wine lots separate throughout fermentation and aging.
  • Determining final blends right before bottling, once the wines have evolved to reveal all their true character and complexities.
  • Fermenting at a higher temperature, 85 degrees Fahrenheit, for a shorter period of time of 6-7 days on skins. At this point the wine is moved off of the skins and the juice finishes fermenting without any skins present, therefore not extracting anything else. This helps the wines stay more balanced and lends a more elegant flavor profile.
  • Oxygen is added at various points during fermentation to help create the fresh aromas and dark, rich color of Motto wines.

The Motto collection is now available nationwide and at www.MottoWines.com

About Motto

Motto is a collection of distinct, dark, rich wines from California that offers a new take on California wine. From keeping the wine lots separate throughout fermentation and aging, to determining the final blends right before bottling, the Motto winemaking team defies ordinary and makes it their motto. The resulting wines are dark and bold, yet fruit-forward. For more information visit www.MottoWines.com or “like” us at Facebook.com/MottoWines. #WhatsYourMotto

Two New from Skinnygirl

skinnytwoTwo delicious new products from Skinnygirl® Cocktails are sure to make fans fall in love at first sip:

Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita ~ Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita is the perfect combination of heat meets sweet, offering a well-rounded balance of cool lime, spicy chili and tequila. Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita contains a light citrus aroma with spicy undertones, finishing with a bright lime flavor and lingering subtle heat. At less than 100 calories per serving, Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita is 19.9 proof and offered in 750 mL and 1.75 L bottles. (Suggested retail price is $12.99 for a 750 mL bottle, currently available nationwide; $19.99 for a 1.75 L bottle, available March 2015)

Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir ~ Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir contains aromas of dark cherry and mouthwatering flavors of dark cherry, toasted oak and vanilla. At 100 calories per 5 oz. serving, the newest girl to join Skinnygirl®, the Wine Collection offers a long and silky finish with juicy acidity. Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir is 10% ABV (alcohol by volume) and offered in a 750 mL bottle. Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir is ideal for meal pairings, well-suited to pair with a wide variety of ethnic dishes and classic cuisines due to its consistent acidity, subtle, silky tannins and lighter-bodied style. (Suggested retail price is $11.99 for a 750mL bottle, currently available nationwide)

 

Bethenny Frankel and Celeb Friends Help Debut New Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir at Event Benefiting Dress for Success®

Skinnygirl_08The newest “single girls” in town, Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir, were officially introduced last night at the Skinnygirl® Cocktails “Boy Meets Skinnygirl® Cocktails” Valentine’s Launch Party in Manhattan, and party attendees quickly fell in love! With the original Skinnygirl herself, Bethenny Frankel, behind the bar pouring cocktails, an enthusiastic group of celebrity guests, fans, friends and media kicked off their Valentine’s Day week by sipping the two newest products in Skinnygirl® Cocktail’s closet of low-calorie cocktail options.

The evening felt “romantic in red” as partygoers decked out in their Valentine’s Day finest sampled new Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita and Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir. Frankel was joined by “Real Housewives of New York City” cast mates LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Kristen Taekman and Heather Thomson, along with other celebrity guests.

Dress-For-Success-LogoAll the fun was for a good cause as the brand donated $50,000 to long-standing charity partner Dress for Success®. The funds will assist Dress for Success with their mission of helping disadvantaged women on their paths to financial independence.

“Our newest girls offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a cocktail with a little heat and a little citrus, or a delicious wine option without the guilt,” said Frankel. “We had a great time unveiling the new products all while giving back to Dress for Success, a cause that is so important to me.”

The two new products expanded Skinnygirl® Cocktails’ offerings across Skinnygirl®, the Wine Collection and its Ready-to-Serve lineup, bringing the full portfolio to 20 products.

“Skinnygirl® Cocktails continues to shake up the cocktail industry and our latest offerings are no exception,” said Megan Frank, Senior Director of Skinnygirl® Cocktails. “The spicy-sweet flavor combination is popular and Pinot Noir is one the largest wine segments right now and growing, so we feel these on-trend products are excellent additions to our great-tasting, low-calorie lineup. Regardless of how you’re celebrating, these new offerings provide the perfect companion this Valentine’s Day.”