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Cashmere introduces a sharp new look with debut of Cashmere Rosé

(March 20, 2018; Sonoma, Calif.)—Cline Family Cellars, the Sonoma-based winery owned and operated by Fred and Nancy Cline, released a new label design for its Cashmere brand. The updated label will begin shipping nationwide this month with the introduction of the 2017 Cashmere Rosé ($12.99), a fresh new addition to the Cashmere portfolio, and the 2016 Cashmere Red ($14.99). The updated label for  2016 Cashmere White ($12.99) and 2016 Cashmere Black ($14.99) will follow in the summer. Designed in-house, the artwork is centered around the Cashmere “O” that radiates out to create a color-coded graphic bullseye which is embossed and silk-screened for dimension and sheen. The “O” refers to the original spirit of the Clines and their dedication to blends as a long-standing tradition. The closure also has a repeating ray pattern that complements the label, and the Cashmere Rosé and White feature screw cap closures. Fred and Nancy Cline are members of the original Rhone Rangers, and in 1998 they created and donated a half-barrel blend to benefit Hospice du Rhone. The blend was composed of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre with a supple, smooth style that Nancy likened to “liquid cashmere.” The barrel took top dollars at auction and formed the foundation for Cashmere wines. Nancy continues to utilize Cashmere as a platform to help call awareness to important causes. To date, the Cline family has donated over...

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Sidra: Traditional Spanish ciders are making in-roads stateside

The Asturians and Basques of northern Spain have a cider history stretching back thousands of years. Fermented unsulfited with wild yeasts and mostly local apple varieties, traditional Spanish ciders, sidras natural, are bright with acid and bottled still, dry, and unfiltered. Though production processes are largely the same, each cider house, or llagar, uses its own combination of apples—mostly sharps, with a small percentage containing higher tannin levels to give the sidra body. Malolactic fermentation is also an important component in the process, softening the acids and rounding out the flavors, which can range from fruity to funky. One...

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California Gin: A few fascinating gins that capture the magic of the Golden State

As the craft-everything movement continues to take root across the country, producers are drawing inspiration from their surroundings to create beverages that stand apart. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to focus on ingredients that reflect what’s unique about where you are. Gin, with its loose formulaic requirements, offers distillers a perfect opportunity to add local flair. In California, where “garden to glass” and “seed to sip” are hardwired mantras, this means traveling the state’s unique terrain, seeking out native spices and indigenous flora, and drawing inspiration from regional flavors. It also includes tapping into what...

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All for One: Beverage producers work together for promotional and philanthropic reasons.

The act of making a beautiful beverage—the chosen techniques and ingredients, as well as the resulting style—reflect an artist’s hand. And when beverage producers come together to create a special release, the resulting product is, invariably, more than the sum of its parts. Jim Watkins, cofounder and managing director of Sociable Cidery in Minneapolis, Minn., knows every possible problem that can crop up in a product collaboration, whether with another cidery, a brewery, or a distillery. First, of course, there are the reams of regulatory paperwork to negotiate, which are even more complicated when he and his collaborator produce...

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In Good Spirits: DISCUS Sees Growth Continuing

According to a report released in February by the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), 2017 was a record-setter for the U.S. spirits industry. Supplier sales increased 4 percent to a record high $26.2 billion, and volumes jumped 2.6 percent—that’s 5.8 million cases—for a total 226 million cases. Overall, spirits rose to 36.6 percent of the total beverage alcohol market. “The spirits sector had a banner year in 2017, driven by consumer confidence in the U.S. economy, product innovations that adult consumers want, and a fascination with premiumization across categories,” said DISCUS President/CEO Kraig R. Naasz in a prepared statement. The advocacy group also projected record exports of $1.63 billion internationally, an increase of 14.3 percent over 2016. “American spirits, particularly whiskey, are the toast of the global cocktail scene,” said DISCUS Senior Vice President for International Affairs Christine LoCascio at the time of the report’s release. “International adult consumers are exploring more expensive U.S. spirits, driven by their fascination with American whiskey’s heritage, as well as its mixability and versatility in cocktails.” For the full report, go to...

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