Riboli Family Wines has launched Highlands 41, the newest estate-based brand within the Riboli Estates Group division.
Rooted in Paso Robles, this line features three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Red Blend.
Created by fourth-generation Winemaker Anthony Riboli, Highlands 41 offerings are priced at $13-$15 per 750-ml. bottle. The brand is named after a combination of the historic Highway 41 and the rugged Creston Highlands.
“California cabernet sauvignon is a key varietal in the super-premium segment and is also one of the fastest growing varietals,” says Riboli, “with Paso Robles being one of the fastest growing AVAs, we’re thrilled to introduce this new wine. Highlands 41 is made for those who embrace the thrill of breaking out and being independent.”
Each bottle of Highlands 41 is grown from sustainably farmed estate vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey and produced, at the Riboli Family sustainably certified winery.
Vodka may be the leading spirit in terms of consumption, but vodka cocktails typically don’t get a lot of love from mixologists. We’ve seen quite a few creative vodka cocktails in recent months, and have rounded up five for National Vodka Day on Oct. 4. So raise a glass to King Vodka this Sunday—Cheers!
1 ¼ oz. Guillotine Heritage barrel-aged vodka
¼ oz. Sweet vermouth
½ oz. Ginger syrup
1 oz. Blood orange juice
¾ oz. Lemon juice
Spicy homemade tincture (clove, anise, cinnamon)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with blood orange slice and maraschino cherry.
The mixologists at Katana in West Hollywood, CA, created this recipe.
Toast to the Coast
1 ½ oz. Humboldt organic vodka
¾ oz. Chareau Aloe liqueur
½ oz. Lo-Fi dry vermouth
4 drops Alley 6 Candy Cap Bitters
Barspoon Marshall’s honey syrup
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass for 30-45 seconds, then pour in a double rocks glass over a big cube. Garnish with jasmine.
Alicia Walton, bartender at The Sea Star in San Francisco, created this recipe.
1 oz. Coconut-infused Manifest vodka
½ oz. Combier Le Bleu orange liqueur
½ oz. Velvet Falernum
1 oz. Pineapple
1 oz. Coconut water
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.
The mixologists at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, FL, created this recipe.
Arizona Sunset Cocktail
2 oz. Grey Goose L’Orange vodka
1 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Cranberry juice
1 oz. Agave syrup
1 Jalapeño slice
Muddle jalapeño in mixing tin, then fill tin with ice. Add vodka, lemon juice, cranberry juice and agave syrup. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a jalapeño slice.
The mixologists at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ, created this recipe.
2 oz. Black Infusions apricot vodka
½ oz. Busnel Calvados
1 oz. Lime
½ oz. Simple syrup
Bar spoon Apricot jam
Fill shaker with ingredients and dry shake hard. Add ice and shake again and pour into a highball. Finish with a splash of tonic water and fill with soda, garnish with a lemon twist.
The mixologists at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills created this recipe.
In our latest podcast covering the on- and off-premise alcohol industries, and where they overlap, we delve into the top whiskey trends of 2020.
What whiskey cocktails have captured the attention of the at-home mixology crowd? Are store-pick single barrels the next big thing? And why is younger whiskey suddenly tasting better? Editors Kyle Swartz and Melissa Dowling dive into these key topics and more in this recent episode.
Check out our whiskey trends podcast episode here.
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D.G. Yuengling & Son has announced the return of its beer collaboration with Hershey’s.
Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter will be available in bottles and draft throughout Yuengling’s entire 22-state footprint, beginning late-September 2020.
Originally released in draft only in 2019, Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter marked the first-ever beer collaboration between these two iconic, Pennsylvania brands.Advertisement‘Maguire to return in October’ after Greek court case – says Southgate
“Last year we were overwhelmed by the excitement and passion expressed by our fans for our first-ever collaboration beer,” says Jennifer Yuengling, VP of operations and sixth-generation brewer, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. “We heard our fans and saw consumers, near and far, scrambling to get their hands on a taste of Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter. So, in keeping with our 191-year tradition of listening to our loyal fans, we decided to release our chocolate porter across our entire footprint and in bottles for even more consumers 21+ to enjoy.”
At a 4.7% ABV, Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter combines Yuengling’s nearly 200-year old Dark Brewed Porter recipe with the taste of Hershey’s chocolate. This special-edition, seasonal beer blends Hershey’s chocolate flavor with caramel and dark roasted malts, the companies report, for a smooth, rich, chocolaty finish. The liquid pairs well with everything from barbecued and smoked meats, to cheeses and desserts.
Fans can find their nearest retailer with Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter by visiting the “Find Our Beer” link at yuengling.com.
This follows recent news that Yuengling expanded its distribution footprint westward through a partnership with Molson Coors.
In addition to face masks and social distancing, the coronavirus pandemic means life with less—or—no travel. To ease the pain and take American consumers back to their previous travels in Italy, Aperol has introduced #AperolMoments, a handful of Italian-inspired street murals.
The orange bitter liqueur brand unveiled the series of “Italian Getaway” hand-painted murals in key locations in New York and Los Angeles. Aperol invites local communities to share their favorite Italian memories tagging @AperolUSA and #AperolMoments for a chance to be featured on the brand’s Instagram account and further inspire new adventures.
If you’re in New York or LA, here’s where you can find the Aperol murals through Oct. 10:
Manhattan – Mulberry St. – Between Bleeker St and Houston St.
Manhattan – Thompson St .and Grand St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn- Wythe Ave. and 10th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Wythe Ave. and 14th St.
Los Angeles – 7449 Melrose Ave. @ N Vista St.
The 2020 Spirited Awards took place in an exclusively digital format as part of Tales of the Cocktail’s free global conference last week. This year’s conference bears the theme “catalyst,” meaning “to spark change,” and this year’s winners represent a global class of changemakers. The first round of winners were announced on Sept. 21 on the Foundation’s digital platform. The Raise a Glass: 2020 Spirited Awards Preshow were hosted by Ian Burrell and Lynnette Marrero on Sept. 24, and included discussions and live Q&As with nearly all of the Spirited Award winners. Here’s a list of those winners.
Philanthropy Recognitions (presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum)
Hope & Sesame — Guangzhou, China
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation — New York, NY
COVID19 Employee Assistance Directive — Melbourne, Australia
Best American Bar Mentor (presented by BarSmarts)
American Bartender of the Year (presented by Pernod Ricard)
Kevin Diedrich — Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
Best International Bar Mentor (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation)
International Bartender of the Year (presented by Martini & Rossi)
Kelsey Ramage — Supernova Ballroom, Toronto, Canada
Pioneer Award (presented by Diageo Bar Academy)
Timeless American (presented by Q Mixers)
Angel’s Share — New York, NY
Timeless International (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation)
Boadas Cocktails — Barcelona, Spain
Helen David Lifetime Achievement (presented by William Grant & Sons)
Dame Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees American Inductee
Famiglia Pasqua, a wine producer from Northeast Italy’s Veneto region, has introduced Hey French: You could have made this, but you didn’t.
A rule-breaking, multi-vintage Bianco Veneto IGT from the Soave Classico zone, this still white wine is now shipping. Hey French “First Edition” is a blend of four vintages — 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 — and three grape varieties: 60% garganega rounded out by pinot bianco and sauvignon blanc.
Fruit was sourced from several parcels of vineyard on the Veronese side of Monte Calvarina in the easternmost section of Soave Classico. Volcanic soil provides the potential for structured, long-lived, minerally wines.
Pasqua has made classic white wines in the Soave region since 1925, but as third-generation Alessandro Pasqua puts it with respect to the thinking behind this new disruptor: “We wanted to make a high-end super-white that would draw fresh attention to our region and, like a great multi-vintage champagne, remain consistently delicious year after year. Hey French is our interpretation of our terroir and grapes, expressed and presented in our own way.”
In a nod to the French regions and winemakers that inspire them, the Pasqua brothers have opted for humor and irony in the choice of name and packaging for this otherwise serious wine. The label is the creation of the French-based, Cuban-born artist CB Hoyo, whose work humorously pokes fun at society.
Imported by Pasqua Wines USA, Manhasset, NY.
The suggested retail price is $40 per 750-ml. bottle.
This is the newest addition to the 90+ Cellars Classic Series, and the first red wine in their collection made with 100% organic grapes.
The Montepulciano grapes are fermented under temperature control in stainless steel tanks and then matured for 6-8 months in a blend of tank and barrel before being bottled. Similar in taste profile to a chianti, this is an expressive, smooth and elegant Italian red wine, the company says.
This wine is bright ruby in color with aromas of blackberry, black currant and spice, the company says. Undertones of roasted chocolate give way to smooth tannins and a balanced finish.
This follows the brand’s recent release, 90+ Cellars Seas the Day Rosé.
RumChata has announced the launch of RumChata Peppermint Bark for this holiday season.
This rum cream liqueur has the traditional peppermint bark flavors of white chocolate, dark chocolate and candy cane, the company says. RumChata has also dressed up its traditional gold-capped bottle for Peppermint Bark with festive graphics perfect for holiday parties.
“RumChata’s family of brands will be on full display this holiday for all RumChata lovers to enjoy,” says Tom Maas, RumChata founder and master blender. “RumChata Peppermint Bark is going to be a huge hit.”
The suggested retail price for the RumChata Peppermint Bark 750-ml. bottle is $21.99.