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New Products contain coffee, cocoa and vanilla extract and are sweetened with stevia. Each 12 oz. bottle contains 230 calories and 16 grams of sugar. The drinks are available at Whole Foods locations in the retailer’s Southern Pacific, Midwest, Rocky Mountain and North Atlantic regions. The beverage retails for $6.79 per bottle. For more information, please call Genius Juice at (818) 263-6213.

Tea Runa, a line of organic and non-GMO teas and energy drinks, has launched a new product created in partnership with actress Olivia Wilde’s Conscious Commerce, a creative company and incubator whose mission is to integrate conscious consumerism into every market and retailer. The company helped create Runa’s new Unsweetened Mint Honeysuckle Tea, a product made with guayusa tea leaves from the Ecuadorian Amazon and real honeysuckle extract. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the tea will go toward The RUNA Foundation, a U.S.-based public charity with a mission to search for new ways to create value in tropical forests that benefits local communities and forest ecosystems. The beverage is available at retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Wegman’s and Safeway for a suggested retail price of $1.99 per 14 oz. bottle. For more information, please call Runa at (401) 466-4202.

Wine Ravenswood Winery has released the 2015 vintage of its Besieged label. The founding label of Ravenswood’s Storyteller Series, Besieged is a blend of Petite Sirah, Carignan and Zinfandel grapes with notes of blackberry, black cherry, and plum spiced with cardamom. Created in limited edition by the “Godfather of Zin” and founding Ravenswood winemaker, Joel Peterson, the wine arrives in time for Halloween and features a label designed in a nod to the winery’s first harvest, when a circling flock of ravens taunted Joel from overhead. The wine has a suggested retail price of $15.99 and will available in limited release through winter of 2017. For more information, please call Ravenswood Winery at (707) 933-2332. Sonoma-Cutrer has launched the fourth release in its Winemaker’s Release series, a collection of limited-production wines, The winery’s Owsley Vineyard Single Block Pinot Noir is produced using


grapes from the Owsley Estate Vineyard, one of six owned by Sonoma-Cutrer. Fermentation involved a combination of three different methods: oak tank, stainless steel tank and new French oak barrels with the heads removed. Each was allowed to ferment separately for several weeks before being blended and aged in 16 months in the French barrels. The wine is available in select U.S. markets with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 750 mL bottle. For more information, please call Brown-Forman at (502) 585-1100.

Whiskey Jameson Irish Whiskey has released Jameson The Cooper’s Croze. A super-premium whiskey, the new expression is part of Jameson’s The Whiskey Makers Series, a range of three whiskeys, each highlighting a specific part of the whiskey making process. Using virgin American oak, seasoned bourbon and Iberian sherry barrels, the non-chill filtered whiskey carries the charred oak character with vanilla sweetness from the seasoned bourbon barrels with rich fruit flavors and a fine balance of floral and spice notes. The spirit is available at participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $69.99. For more information, please call Pernod Ricard USA at (212) 372-5400. St. Augustine Distillery has launched Florida Double Cask Bourbon, the first bourbon to be put into barrel in the state of Florida since Prohibition. The whiskey is a dark amber, malted bourbon distilled and bottled on-site using local ingredients to capture the distinctive flavors of the region. The spirits in this first bourbon release range from 16 to 28 months. The distillery’s production team utilized several industry veterans to assist in this release. Jake Norris, Founding Distiller of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, developed the mash bill. Dave Pickerell, former Master Distiller of Maker’s Mark, designed the production facility and guided the final blending. The bourbon retails for $50 and is available at select retailers. For more information, please call St. Augustine Distillery at (904) 825-4962.

Rum Mount Gay Rum has released a new small-batch release of tasting rums. Origin Series: Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection, is the latest addition to the brand’s limited-edition Origin Series. The pairing rums are identical in ingredients, fermentation and maturity, but differentiated by one thing -- distilla-

BevNET Magazine October 2016  

The October 2016 issue of BevNET Magazine.