Introducing February's new featured product releases courtesy of Beverage Media Group's latest print edition. This edition features a limited edition collaboration with Doritos, a collection of unique, terroir-driven rum, and a non-alcoholic Italian amaro that's a perfect botanical-forward substitute for gin and vodka in mocktails. Read more about these new releases and the full list below.
Contraluz 11:11 Reposado Mezcal Artesanal
Housed in a dark crystal bottle, Contraluz 11:11 reposado mezcal is the follow-up to the brand’s cristalino expression. Like the original, it’s distilled from 100 percent Espadin agave, but aged in American oak bourbon and Sakura Japanese whisky casks for 11 months and 11 days, yielding notes of vanilla, cherry blossom, and gentle smoke.
Brigid Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
New Zealand’s Forrest Wines, long a champion of screw caps, has launched its low-ABV Brigid label with an herbal Sauvignon Blanc and red fruit-laden Pinot Noir. Both of these 2022 vintages, from grapes grown in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, contain just 9.5% alcohol (and 80 calories per serving) via a new viticulture practice led by winemaker Beth Forrest that naturally restricts the vines’ ability to produce sugar as they ripen.
Cruz Garcia Real Sangria Peach
Peach Fuzz is Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year, and the soft hue continues to make a splash in the flavored wine category, too. For example, the newest addition to the red and white varieties of Cruz Garcia’s Reál Sangria from Spain stars the refreshing, aromatic fruit. This ready-to-drink, 8% ABV beverage, found on sangria and sweet wine shelves alike, also brightens such easy-to-make cocktails as the spritz.
Paulaner Original Munich Lager (19.2-oz Can)
Consumer demand has given way to a taller, bigger 19.2-oz can of Paulaner Brewery’s Münchner Lager. Imported by Paulaner USA, the German beer’s large, single-size format, more convenient than a six-pack, is ideal for toting around to concerts and sporting events.
Grenada-made Renegade Rum has debuted a flagship range of four terroir-driven Caribbean spirits. The aged All-Island Cuvée: Nova, the Single Farm Cuvée: Dunfermline, and MicrOrigin: Hope, which is distilled from a single field of cane on the eastern side of the island, all explore the notion of cuvée in rum. By contrast, Cuvée: Aura is an unaged, pre-cask assemblage that highlights pure cane flavors.
Empirical Spirits Limited Release Doritos
Empirical, the flavor company founded by alums of Noma in Copenhagen, has teamed up with Doritos, part of the PepsiCo and Frito-Lay North America portfolios, to create a limited-edition innovation. Empirical x Doritos Nacho Cheese Spirit employs Empirical’s savvy vacuum distillation process to preserve the umami taste of Doritos tortilla chips. Layers of nacho cheese and corn make it ripe for spins on the Bloody Mary and Margarita.
Victory Brewing Company Koffee Kake Ale
Pennsylvania craft-beer pioneer Victory Brewing Company, an Artisanal Brewing Ventures brand, has partnered with Tastykake snack foods, another Keystone State success story, on Koffee Kake Ale. An ode to Tastykake’s crumb-topped, cream-filled cupcakes, the sweet ale is redolent of cinnamon and pound cake.
Lucano Amaro Non-Alcoholic Aperitif
Historic Lucano’s versatile zero-proof (0.5% ABV) herbal counterpart, Amaro Lucano Non-Alcoholic, can be sipped neat or as a botanical-forward substitute for gin and vodka in mocktails. Aromas of myrtle, citrus, rosemary, and chamomile lead to an equally harmonious bitter, floral, and sweet palate.
Casa Lumbre Alma Finca Orange Liqueur
Imbibers are transported to the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico’s citrus capital, with Alma Finca Orange Liqueur. Casa Lumbre’s most recent creation, it is made by cofounder and master distiller Iván Saldaña from a blend of sweet and bitter orange peels, fresh Persian lime leaves and citrus blossoms, and local spices harvested between October and December by a cooperative of local farmers in the town of Oxkutzcab. Try it in a Cosmopolitan or all-Mexican Margarita.
Lang & Reed Napa Valley California Cabernet Franc 2022
The devastating impact of wildfires on the North Coast County AVA has forced Lang & Reed Napa Valley to look beyond its usual vineyard sources for the tart, juicy California Cabernet Franc 2022. Joining fruit from the trusty local Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard and T Bar T Ranch in the Alexander Valley, which were planted with the Entav 214 Cabernet Franc clone from the Loire Valley, are grapes grown in Cienega Valley, on the Central Coast, and from Sonoma’s Rockpile AVA.