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Wine & TurkeyActually, it"s Wines of Turkey, an interesting addition to the U.S. market. I met up with the Turkish wine exporters at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Some of the wineries with impressive production include: Kavaklidere Winery, Kayra Winery, Vinkara Winery and Prodom Winery. Prodom has created a dry table wine made with Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes. After having been rested in French oak barrels per 225 liters for 14 months, they produced 3,495 bottles and matured in bottle for 10 months. For more information, visit VENDOR LINK NO. 431Cafe d"Vine Wine-Infused Gourmet Coffee Launches in the U.S.Cafe d"Vine uses a blend of Arabica Bourbon-Caturra and distinctive old-growth Tipica coffee beans that have been hand-harvested from sustainably managed estates located in the high mountains of Peru. This ideal microclimate produces consistently perfect crops of the finest-quality coffee. The fair-trade beans are shade-grown, certified organic by Quality Assurance International and the USDA, and carry the stamp of approval from both the Rainforest Alliance and the Bird Friendly Shade Coffee organization, making the blend as environmentally conscious as it is delicious. Cafe d"Vine comes in three varietal flavors using grapes from premier vineyards in California"s Napa and Sonoma regions, including Sterling, Mondavi, Beringer, Chalk Hill, Chateau St. Jean and Gallo. Distributed by Epicurean Global Alliance; suggested retail is $12 to $16 for half-pound canisters. For more information, visit VENDOR LINK NO. 433The New Champagne Collection From La CaravelleRita Jammet"s Bouquet Ventures introduces the new line of La Caravelle Champagne, which now includes three labels: the signature Brut Cuvee Nina, the Rose and the Blanc de Blancs. Hand-picked by Rita and her husband Andre to carry on the tradition of their iconic La Caravelle restaurant, these Champagnes have been crafted in the traditional style using only the best-quality grapes from Epernay in the Champagne region of France. The signature Brut is named after one of the "Caravelle" ships built by Christopher Columbus for his voyage to the New World. The multi-vintage Cuvee features a blend of 40 percent Chardonnay, 30 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Pinot Meunier, with an elegant floral nose and notes of yuzu, white peaches and gingerbread. Also available in magnum bottles. Suggested retail: $34 for 750 ml. Imported by USA Wine Imports. For more information, call 212-517-9122.CLICK VENDOR LINK NO. 435French Picardie TumblersPicardie tumblers have served as the classic wine glass of French taverns, bistros and inns for decades. Duralex"s French casual, bistro style wine glasses are easily stacked or carried on a tray for alfresco dining. The glass is extremely tough and durable, and with even a little bit of care, will last for decades without breaking or chipping. The tumblers fit easily on the shelf of a dishwasher, unlike stemware, and their high-quality material and construction help maintain a brand-new appearance for years. Founded in 1929, Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware and tabletop products for over 80 years in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin in the very heart of France. Since 1939, when Duralex invented the glass-tempering process, the name Duralex has been associated with toughened glassware, utilizing this proprietary process. For more information, call 302-326-4804 or visit Home Wine Glass SetFrom Mud Pie, this gift set includes four clear wine glasses with a sandblasted initial. These sparkling clear wine glasses hold 12 ounces. The set comes packaged in a striped window gift box with black accent bow. Available in 20 letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, V, W. MSRP: $48/set. For more information, call 800-998-1633 or visit VENDOR LINK NO. 437Mauviel"s Hammered Aluminum BarwareMauviel USA presents an extraordinary collection of Hammered Aluminum Barware. Each piece is hand-hammered in the Mauviel factory in Normandy, France. The four-piece collection includes an ice bucket, an oval double champagne bucket, a round single champagne bucket and a wine cooler. The ice bucket retails for $120; the round single champagne bucket retails for $135; the double champagne oval bucket retails for $350; and the wine cooler retails for $200. The company is located in the Normandy countryside of France in the town of Villedieu. These beautiful barware pieces are each hammered by artisans, making each piece unique. For more information, call 302-326-4803 or visit Miguel Gascon MalbecDon Miguel Gascon Malbec is deep in color, full-bodied and elegant with soft, round tannins, layered with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry and a hint of mocha. Pairs well with hard cheeses, red meats, game and chocolate. For more information on this and other wines from the Gallo Brands, visit SparklersVersatile and food-friendly, sparkling wines conquer new territory.By Susannah GoldWhile most people drink sparkling wines only on special occasions, they are now widely used as an alternative to still wines for everyday use. Thanks to their generally high acidity levels, sparkling wines are easy to pair with a variety of different dishes and cuisines.Arguably the most well-known and still the preferred bubbly is Champagne. Thanks to stricter legislation, only sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France can use this name. In the old days, many products labeled their product as "Champagne" but the category is now wisely called sparkling wines. Before getting into the specific wine regions and their sparkling wine offerings, it is important to differentiate between the different styles of sparkling wine. Champagne and a number of other high-quality sparkling wines are made using the traditional method with secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle. This long and elaborate process can be time-consuming and costly, but makes without a doubt the finest sparkling wines -- both in terms of the aromas and flavors they present as well as the perlage and aging ability of the wines.There are very strict rules governing both the viticultural and vinification techniques for making sparkling wines using the "traditional" method. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the principal grape varieties used to make Champagne in France, and in many other parts of the world. In Champagne, Pinot Meunier is also used. A second method, called the Tank Method or the Charmant method, is where secondary fermentation takes place in a tank. This method is used for many sparkling wines that can be sold at a cheaper price point. When making any sparkling wine, the key is the quality of the base wine that you begin with.A third method is known as the Asti method, used to make the very well-known Asti Spumante sparkling wine from Piedmont, Italy. This wine is made from the Muscat a Petits Grains grape. The process involves preserving the must at 0 degrees Celsius for a period of time.Producers use one of these methods when making their sparkling wines, based on the grape varieties they have at hand, their unique traditions and the kind of product they want to make. For example, in the Veneto, a sparkling wine is made from the Prosecco grape and has almost become a household word here in the United States. Prosecco is made using the Charmant method. This light and fruity wine has taken America by storm thanks to the marketing efforts of firms like Mionetto and Zardetto. Smaller producers and importers, such as Dancing Bear Cellars in New York City, have their own private-label Prosecco. Eric Munson, Dancing Bear"s founder, wanted to add a sparkling wine to his portfolio and had a producer from the Veneto make him one. "It"s a top seller," he says, "a perfect way to begin a meal." The Spanish have also been making sparkling wines for many years. They make Cava from indigenous varieties such as Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. Cava is made in five different provinces in Spain, although 90 percent of it comes from Penedes. Big producers such as Freixenet and Codorniu dominate the Cava scene.According to Esteban Cabezas Mendez, director of the Spanish Wine Academy in Madrid, "Cava is selling better than ever. It has the quality of excellent sparkling wine but at a most affordable price, which is quite an advantage in these difficult economic times. Data proves that people are not giving up on wine, they are just more price-conscious." While Cava can be a more affordable choice, there are also Cavas capable of aging for many years, such as those from a producer called Gramona.Wine producers in the Americas are getting into the act as well. Sparkling wines from California, such as Korbel and Schramsberg, have been well-known for decades, but other areas in the United States are also making sparkling wines, such as the New Mexican producer Gruet. This delicious and well-priced bubbly is everywhere. Many European sparkling wine concerns have bought property in the United States and have been making great sparkling wines here as well.Brazilian brand Miolo is also catching on with those in the know such as Mollie Battenhouse, wine director of Maslow 6"s new wine shop in the Tribeca area of New York. Mollie says she is a big fan and keeps it in stock in the store. "Clients are always interested in this wine," she said at a recent tasting.Whatever your price point, aroma profile or purpose, there is a world of sparkling wines available to meet your needs. If Champagne is too costly, look to the United States or to England. Yes, even England is making sparkling wines. Global warming has had some positive side effects.
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