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Jasper’s Pick of the Week: Rombauer Chardonnay

by Jasper Russo

Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros 2011. $39.99

One of the most popular Chardonnays on the market is Kerner Rombauer’s Carneros bottling. Popularly styled, well balanced and remarkably consistent from year to year, this wine is a stalwart of restaurant wine lists and retail shelves. However when supplies run short at the end of the vintage wine list placements are protected at the expense of retailers, which has made Rombauer Chardonnay impossible to find recently.  Continue reading

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Courvoisier Gold

by Jasper Russo

Spirits marketers have no doubt noticed how Moscato has taken the wine world by storm and it seems that Courvoisier has beaten them all to the punch with the release this month of Courvoisier Gold, a Moscato and Cognac liqueur.

Rich amber in color, the nose is redolent of orange zest, lime blossom, honeysuckle, turbinado sugar and vanilla. Pleasantly sweet on the palate it features loads of fresh tropical tangerine, guava and lime fruit flavors, expressive floral notes of jasmine, citrus and ginger, rounded out with layers of crème caramel, honey and sandalwood.            Continue reading

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Box Wine in a Bag – Box Wines go Upscale

by Jasper Russo

If you are a Swedish company trying to sell French box wines you better have an ace up your sleeve. Having internationally recognized designers Takis Soldatos and Sofia Bloomberg design  award winning packaging certainly qualifies. Vernissage will soon be peddling White (Chardonnay/Viognier), Red (Cabernet/Syrah) & Rose’ (Syrah) wines from the Vin de Pays d’Oc appellation in the south of France in these upscale packages. Importer Elliot Stern tells me that the first shipments will not arrive in the US until October 25th and that puts the wine in the Dallas market around Thanksgiving.         Continue reading

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Killer Zin from Armida Cellars

by Jasper Russo

For a professional wine buyer the Trifecta for a new wine discovery is good wine at a fantastic price in a stop-you-in-your-tracks package.  Armida Cellars in Dry Creek has hit just such a home run with the first release of their Poizin Zinfandel California 2011. This Zinfandel (80%) and Petite Verdot (20%) blend sports juicy, jammy plum, bing cherry and spice aromas that jump from the glass and attack the palate with complex layers of opulent fruit, peppercorn spiciness and sweet vanilla oak.             Continue reading

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