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Rose, Rose, Rose

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Terlato Wines Expands Portfolio with Six Exceptional Rose Wines (PRNewsFoto/Terlato Wines)

Just in time for the spring / summer “rosé rush,” Terlato Wines is launching six new rosé wines. Joining Michel Chapoutier’s popular Belleruche Rosé are new rosés from Il Poggione, Bodegas Valdemar, Sanford, Protea, Lapostolle and Michel Chapoutier’s daughter’s new eponymous rosé, Mathilde.

“Rosé is what everyone looks forward to this time of year – it’s bright, fresh, fun and food-friendly,” said Bill Terlato, CEO of Terlato Wines.

“The rosé category is on fire in the U.S. We have grown Belleruche rosé to more than 60,000 cases in the last five years, and rosé sections are growing fast in retail shops and on wine lists. This year our portfolio of rosé wines will grow to more than 100,000 cases.”

Terlato feels Millennials are driving the growth. “They have no memory of the white zinfandel that their grandparents may have drunk. Millennials love dry rosé. This collection offers exceptional discoveries from six different countries. Each is unique and delicious.”

Terlato’s new rosé portfolio includes wines from six countries: Il Poggione Brancato Rosé from Toscana, Italy; Bodegas Valdemar Rosé from Rioja, Spain; Protea Rosé from South Africa; Sanford Rosé from the Sta. Rita Hills in California; Lapostolle Rosé from Colchagua, Chile and; Mathilde Rosé from Provence, France.

LVE Wine Collection by John Legend Now Exclusively Available at all 66 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Restaurants

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar today announced that it is offering the LVE Collection by John Legend for a limited time and exclusively at its 66 locations. Made in collaboration with Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winning singer/songwriter John Legend and Napa Valley’s renowned Raymond Vineyards, Fleming’s Guests can experience the 2013 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 LVE Chardonnay by the glass or bottle at each Fleming’s restaurant through March 29.

The LVE Collection by John Legend translates true love into the bold flavors and aromas we savor in each glass, and we’re delighted to share the experience these legendary labels lend with Fleming’s Guests,” said Maeve Pesquera, Fleming’s National Director of Wine. “At Fleming’s, we’re honored to partner with John Legend and Raymond Vineyards, whose shared passion for winemaking has created a complex, soulful wine we’re sure will be a timeless favorite.”

Guests can experience the complex, powerful notes found in the 2013 LVE Cabernet Sauvignon for $24 per glass or $96 per bottle, as well as the balanced, fruit-forward aromas and flavors of the 2014 LVE Chardonnay for $17 per glass or $66 per bottle both at the bar and in the main dining room as part of the Reserve Pour program.

In addition to being available a la carte, The LVE Collection wines will be featured as a complement to Fleming’s Valentine’s Day prix fix menu as well as during the National Wine Dinner that will be held on February 20th at all 66 locations. Guests can make a reservation online for both events or by calling their local restaurant.

Fleming’s offers more than 100 wines available by the glass at its 66 locations. The Fleming’s 100® encourages Guests to explore and complement their dining experience at Fleming’s through guided discovery with classic favorites, as well as emerging trend-setters. Guests can enjoy each Fleming’s 100® offering by the glass, Big Pour, bottle or as part of a customizable flight with more than 30 wines priced at $10 or under by the glass.

On Crowdfunder: Yao Family Wines

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Premium Napa Valley Wine Company, Founded by NBA Star, Yao Ming

Napa Valley winery, Yao Family Wines, has announced an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder to open tasting rooms, build its direct-to-consumer business and create new market opportunities. Perks for top investors include tickets to wine-tasting and gala events, and the grand opening of the Yao Family Wines Shanghai tasting room.

“We may all be eating different meals but we are drinking from the same bottle. That’s why I fell in love with wine. It reminded me of family-style meals in China, where everyone shares a common meal.”

Yao Family Wines, founded by NBA legend Yao Ming, bottles three ranges of wines including YAO MING Family Reserve, YAO MING Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and Napa Crest, a proprietary Napa Valley red wine blend. The wines have been remarkably well received, scoring between 90 and 98 points from acclaimed critics such as Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Seeking to raise $3 million on Crowdfunder, the company plans to build a visitor center in Napa Valley for guests to enjoy tastings and events. China, a major market for Yao Family Wines and a huge growth market for the luxury California wine industry, will also become home to a new tasting room in Shanghai.

Yao Ming launched Yao Family Wines as a result of a discovered love of wine during his time in the United States, and an admiration for the beauty of Napa Valley. “Every shared bottle of wine becomes a permanent memory – a night you share with family and friends,” said Yao. “We may all be eating different meals but we are drinking from the same bottle. That’s why I fell in love with wine. It reminded me of family-style meals in China, where everyone shares a common meal.”

“Crowdfunder is a great vehicle for entrepreneurs like Yao Ming to tell their story and connect with investors that believe in their vision,” said Chance Barnett, CEO of Crowdfunder. “Through our extensive network we will allow Yao’s fans and wine connoisseurs everywhere to be a part of Yao Family Wines.”