1. Grand Marnier ‘Cuvée Louis Alexandre’
Grand Marnier is extending their Grand Cuvée Range with Cuvée Louis Alexandre. Created to honor Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, the Parisian visionary who first taught all of us to “Live Grand,” this new VSOP expression features bold citrus flavors softened by notes of oak and vanilla. Cuvée Louis Alexandre is a blend of 82% Cognac and 18% orange liqueur; 80 proof. Available in select quantities nationally, with the majority available in NY, FL, GA and Washington, DC.
2. Beringer Bros. Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc
Beringer Brothers, the most successful new wine brand by dollar sales in 2018, is adding a unique Sauvignon Blanc expression aged in tequila barrels, complementing current offerings of Chardonnay, Cabernet and Red Blend aged in bourbon barrels. A full suite of selling tools is available, including “Tavern” sampling kits with scented barrel blocks. All labels can be activated with the Living Wines Labels augmented reality app.
3. Porto Cruz ‘Finest Ruby Reserve’ Port
On the heels of the brand picking up “Best Ruby” and “Best Tawny” at the 2018 World Port Competition, Prestige Beverage Group is aiming to get Porto Cruz, already a popular brand globally, greater penetration in the U.S. market. Founded 130 years ago, the Gran Cruz house aims to balance tradition and innovation. Porto Cruz Finest Ruby Reserve displays notes of dark chocolate and dark berries, and a velvety semi-sweet finish. ABV 19%.
4. Yalumba ‘Samuel’s Collection’ Wines
A new range imported by Winebow honors Yalumba founder Samuel Smith and celebrates the legacy and estate he established 170 years ago this year. A “gateway” to Yalumba’s premium portfolio, the collection includes Eden Valley Viognier 2017, Barossa Shiraz 2017 and Barossa Bush Vine Grenache 2018. These wines showcase the varieties Barossa and Yalumba have become known for, and are produced in a youthful, generous and fresh style by winemaker Louisa Rose.
5. Hanson Of Sonoma Meyer Lemon Vodka
Hanson of Sonoma is adding a Meyer lemon-infused vodka to their line-up, using fruit sourced from orchards just 25 miles from their Sonoma distillery. The zest from fresh Meyer lemon peels is sweeter and less acidic than traditional lemons; the resulting infused vodka has notes of spicy bergamot, herbs and a kick of spice. Ideal in a fresh take on the classic Lemon Drop or a summery cocktail.
6. Stranahan’s ‘Diamond Peak’ Whiskey
Stranahan’s is refining its process of making their Diamond Peak, adding the finishing process known as solera, typically used in making Sherry. Following four years in American oak barrels, Master Distiller Rob Dietrich transfers the whiskey into a larger 620-gallon barrel; after several months, a select volume of this whiskey is bottled and newly harvested whiskey is added to the solera to replace the liquid taken.
7. 1000 Stories ‘Prospectors’ Proof’ Cabernet Sauvignon
The Spirits-Barrel-Aged wine category is for real. 1000 Stories is adding to the trend they helped create: Prospectors’ Proof Cabernet Sauvignon joins the flagship Zinfandel and red blend among bourbon-barrel-aged wines. Guided by veteran Bonterra winemaker Bob Blue, the wine offers classic Cabernet flavors of cherries and currant with the bourbon barrel aging process adding hints of burnt sugar, vanilla, herbs and a touch of smokiness.
8. Bacardí Lime
Zeroing in on warm weather months, Bacardí is rolling out a new flavor: Lime. Just like the brand’s other flavors, Bacardí Lime begins with a base of Bacardí Superior white rum and is then infused with natural lime flavors, providing an intense flavor with aromas of lime zest and bright citrus notes. Besides its natural appeal for a variety of lime-accented cocktails, Bacardí Lime, when mixed with soda, is only 74 calories. 64 proof.
9. Legent Bourbon
Beam Suntory’s newest bourbon breaks new ground in whiskey, uniting West and East—expertly distilled by Fred Noe, Master Distiller of Jim Beam, and artfully blended by Shinji Fukuyo, fifth-ever Chief Blender of Suntory. Legent (pronounced “lee-jent”) starts as a Kentucky straight bourbon then is aged in wine and Sherry casks before being blended with more Kentucky Straight Bourbon, resulting in a balanced yet complex and layered whiskey. Enjoy neat, on the rocks or in cocktails. 94 proof.
10. Cavit Sweet Red
The newest addition to the popular Cavit Collection is Cavit Sweet Red, a proprietary blend of indigenous grapes from northeast Italy that offers fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of cherries and berries and a smooth finish. Cavit Sweet Red joins Pinot Noir, Riesling, Oak Zero Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, Select Red Blend, Rosé, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio in the Cavit Collection.
SRP: $9.99/750ml | $14.99/1.5L
11. Roe & Co Irish Whiskey
Adding momentum to Irish Whiskey’s ascent, Diageo has launched Roe & Co—positioning it as a unique foundation for mixologists. Created in partnership between Diageo Master Blender Caroline Martin and five top Dublin bartenders, the project hit European bars in 2017. Its release here post-St. Patrick’s Day, and just in time for World Whiskey Day, speaks to the brand’s intent to advocate for Irish whiskey’s contribution to cocktail culture. 90 proof.
12. Watermelon Sparkletini By Verdi
Carriage House Imports, Ltd, has launched Watermelon Sparkletini by Verdi in two sizes. Made with all natural watermelon flavors, this bubbly Spumante has a light, refreshing watermelon taste, perfect for whenever and wherever people want a fun, fruity sparkling beverage. Watermelon joins the Sparkletini line-up of Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach and Green Apple, as well as Verdi Original and Rosa Spumante. ABV 5%.
SRP: $5.99/750ml | $9.99/1.5L