Easter wines launches two organic serves
Family-owned Italian wine estate Pasqua Vigneti a Cantine has announced the launch of its first organic wines.
The two new serves, single vineyard expressions of the region’s iconic Amarone and Ripasso wines, represent a significant step by the premium Veneto region winery in its commitment to sustainable viticulture production, a sustainable cultivation project the estate has been developing since 2016.
Pasqua CEO Riccardo Pasqua said: “Exploring and establishing sustainable viticulture and production practices that respect the environment and enhance the wines is of paramount importance to us at Pasqua.
“After 12 years we are thrilled to be launching our first 100% certified organic wines in the UK, marking a significant step forward with our vision and commitment to sustainability.”
Offering aromas of Morello cherries, tobacco, leather, and dark chocolate with vanilla on the nose with a fresh acidity finish, the Amarone della Valpolicella Cascina San Vincenzo 2017 expression (15.5% ABV), has been made using hand-harvested grapes, dried for three months to lose 15-30% of weight, and concentrating the wines flavours, before being transferred to French oak barrels for 18-20 months of aging post fermentation.
The second variant, Valpolicella Ripasso Cascina San Vincenzo 2019 (13.5% ABV) consists of a blend of organically grown 60% Corvina, 30% Corvinone and 10% Rondinella, with the wine placed in steel tanks and left on the skins after its initial fermentation before being decanted to barriques and tonneaux for nine months prior to bottling, offering floral and vanilla notes alongside red fruits and herbs.
Pasqua’s newest serves join its award-winning portfolio of wines from vineyards and grape growers across the Veneto region, including their Pasqua’s Mai Dire Mai Amarone 2012, which was awarded 96 points in Decanter Best Wines of 2021.
Both wines are available from the Society of Vintners and Jeroboams at RRP £24 for Valpolicella Ripasso and £55 for Amarone della Valpolicella.
Bobby’s announces new RTD gin serves
Bobby’s, the Dutch-Indonesian gin and jenever company, has launched its first ever RTDs; a gin and tonic and a gin and pink lemonade pairing in 250ml formats.
Designed to capitalize on the 23% overall growth, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, of the RTD market, Bobby’s new offerings are 9% ABV each, presented in cans decorated in the traditional Indonesian ‘Ikat’ pattern.
The G&T serve contains Bobby’s gin, paired with a premium tonic and a natural orange aroma, while the Pink Lemonade format, created in partnership with handmade natural lemonade syrup company Pinkyrose, offers distinctive notes of spices lemon and rose.
Bobby’s new variants are available from Berkmann Wines, Dunn’s and HT Drinks at RPP: £3.50.
Anspach & Hobday partners with Maldon Salt
Independent London craft brewery Anspach & Hobday has partnered with Maldon Salt to create Sea Salt & Lime Gose in celebration of the salt companies 140thanniversary.
The Sea Salt & Lime Gose offer a vibrantly tart and fresh Gose infused with lime zest, lime juice and Maldon’s finest sea salt, hopped with Loral and brewed using Philly Sour yeast, resulting in a fruity and refreshing 3.5% ABV beer.
Maldon Salt innovation manager Simon James said: “We are delighted to have our sea salt flakes in this Lime Gose to add another level of freshness alongside the bright citrus fruits and floral American Hops.
“In addition to this fantastic beer, we have filmed a companion episode of Salt Stories, with some great behind the scenes footage of the brew day.”
The collaborative brew is available to the on-trade now directly from Anspach & Hobday by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anspach co-founder and head of production Paul Anspach said: “We have always enjoyed using salt in beer – whether in styles where you would typically expect it such as Goses, or in experimental and progressive styles such as chilli and chocolate Stouts.
“As well as adding salinity, salt can really enhance the other flavors of a beer, as indeed it does when used in food.
“When one thinks of high-quality sea salt only one name comes to mind, and the Maldon salt used in this beer really helps the sharp, citrusy notes of the lime to punch through.”
Drinks Kitchen announces three new serves
Drinks Kitchen Aperitif has released three new flavors of non-alcohol aperitif’s: Spiced Rhubarb, Orange Cinchona, and Herbe Verde.
The recipes use distillates and extracts from fruits, herbs, spices, and bitters, blended to create serves packed with flavor, but without the alcohol, all handmade in Weston Super Mare, Somerset, and vegan and gluten free.
All flavors are available direct from Drink Kitchen at £22 for 70cl with free UK delivery.
Offering the fragrance and flavor of Rhubarb followed by aromatic juniper and ginger with a gentle chili heat finish, the Spiced Rhubarb offering is best served with sparkling water, soda, or tonic.
Drinks Kitchen’s Herve Verde serve offers aromas of fresh mint and herbs, best served with sparkling water, soda, tonic, or chilled green tea.
With initial notes of Cinchona and fruity orange, followed by zesty peel and herbaceous notes of quassia and oregano with a bitter-sweet finish, Drinks Kitchen Orange Cinchona is best enjoyed with sparkling water or soda.
Tempus Two expands Quartz series
Premium Australian wine brand Tempus Two has expanded its Quartz-series with two new expressions, a crisp Pinot Grigio and a refreshing Rose (both 12% ABV).
The brands first ever Pinto Grigio serve offers flavors of ripe pear and notes of white pepper and citrus, while the new Rose expression contains intense flavors of strawberries and summer berries.
Both new serves, which are also vegan, are available now at RRP £8 from Asda.
Vitoria Regia launches new flavored gin
Award-winning South American gin brand, Vitoria Regia, has expanded its flavored gin portfolio with the addition of its new Organic Tropical Gin variant (38% ABV).
Featuring the brands staple base of juniper, cardamom, lime, coriander, and all spice, the new serve benefits from the addition of exotic fruits and spices.
Vitoria Regia, which launched in the UK earlier this year, spirits are handcrafted in 350L copper pot column stills using only natural ingredients, with no added sugar or artificial colouring.
Furthermore, all sugar cane used in the gin is grown in fields without the use of pesticides and is transported to the distillery via bio-fueled power collection trucks, ensuring all harvesting is 100% sustainable.
Vitoria Regia Organic Tropical, which is available at RRP £34 from Master of Malt and Nicolas, was also awarded gold in the Best Flavored Brazilian Gin in the World Gin Awards 2022 and silver in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022.
Gyre and Gimble enters vodka category
Another salty treat for this week form Norfolk based distiller Gyre & Gimble, which has entered the vodka category with the launch of its latest product, Sea-Salted Vodka (45% ABV).
The new offering joins the brands portfolio of spirits, including its award-winning Coastal Gin, offering citrus and pine notes on the nose, turning to a more herbaceous flavor with notes of lavender and seaweed on the palate once mixed with premium tonic, all enhanced by the salty tang which has been filtered through activated carbon, punctuated with a pinch of rock salt to create a smooth and creamy spirit.
Gyre & Gimble’s Sea-Salted Vodka expression is available now in 70cl bottles at RRP £33 direct from the companies webshop.
- 50ml Gyre & Gimble Sea-Salted Vodka
- 100ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 50ml soda water
- Shake all ingredients together
- Serve over ice with a dehydrated grapefruit slice to garnish
Beavertown announces first alcohol-free lager
Beavertown has launched its first ever alcohol-free lager, Astro-Nought (0.5% ABV), available now direct from the breweries webshop at RRP £18 for 8x330ml cans or £43 for 24x330ml cans
The new serve offers a clean flavor with a hint of lime freshness and light cereal notes and joins Beavertown’s collection of no/low alcoholic beers, including Lazer Crush alcohol-free IPA (0.3 ABV) and Nanobot, a low-calorie IPA with a 2.8 % ABV.
Amarula Gin wins gold ahead of official launch
Amarula African Gin from Distell International, the makers of Amarula Cream Liqueur, has been awarded gold at the global Spirits Business Gin Masters Awards ahead of its official launch in August.
The refreshing and handcrafted gin boasts juniper notes, aromatic orange blossom, subtle spicy grains, and the sweet and tart flavors of Marula, a fruit similar to plums in aesthetics and favored by elephants.
Each year, when Marula fruit is in season, the elephants play a vital role in alerting the local communities to the arrival of harvest time in sub-Saharan Africa, the only place where Marula trees grow.
Every stage of development honors the distinctive flavor of the Marula; the fruits are collected by hand, harvested, washed, destoned, pulped and cooled before being distilled into marula fruit spirit.
Amarula global brand lead Charmelle Conning said: “There could not be a better way to kick off the European launch of Amarula African Gin than with the recognition of a Gold Award from the highly regarded Spirits Business Gin Masters.
“We’re excited to encourage gin drinkers to taste something for the first time and try our refreshingly unique spirit as one of the characteristics of gin drinkers is adding to their repertoire and experiencing new flavours.
“We’re confident gin drinkers will soon understand why Elephants make their annual pilgrimage to enjoy the fruits of the Marula harvest.”
Furthermore, £1 per liter of Amarula African Gin sold has been pledged to be donated to the Amarula Trust to support Elephant Conservation, empowering people and strengthening communities.
Amarula African Gin is 43% ABV and will be available via Amazon from Mid-August at £28 for 700ml.
Greenall’s goes green
Closing this week’s round up, though not strictly a new drinks product, is a new bottle format from Greenall’s Gin.
The renowned Gin company has announced the launch of its new fully recyclable paper bottles (70cl), made from 94% recycled paperboard with a food grade pouch to contain the gin.
In comparison to standard glass bottles, the new style has a carbon footprint of 91.9kg/CO2e per bottle compared to 558.2kg/CO2e, a reduction of up to 84%.
Furthermore, as part of its Greener Greenall’s campaign, the brand has teamed up with climate action organisation, Ecologi, pledging for every 10 Greenall’s gin & tonics purchased in the on-trade, one tree will be planted in areas of the world in most need .
Greenall’s global brand lead Russell Smith said: “With climate change a continued growing threat, we recognize that we need to do our best to reduce our environmental footprint.
“This new paper bottle and partnership with Ecologi marks a significant step in Greenall’s sustainability journey. We know there is much more we need to do, so we are creating a roadmap for the brand that will lead us to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero .”
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