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December 2013

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Celebration Station Whether 2013 has been kind to you or you're happy to see it on its way out, there's plenty to celebrate this month: new beginnings, fantastic friends and another year surviving the holiday crush. So come midnight on December 31, we know you and your customers will be looking to fill your glasses with something celebratory, fun and vivacious to usher in a very Happy New Year! by Rachel Burkons Exotic Brunch Cocktails Made Easy After a night of all-out revelry, few things are more delightful than a tasty, refreshing and reviving Mimosa. But sometimes, especially when the holiday bonanza turns your brain to mush capable of remembering little more than the lyrics to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," you'll find yourself with sparkling aplenty, yet nary an orange in sight. Thankfully MoscaMango simplifies things, coming to the rescue with a readyto-pour sparkling wine cocktail that'll get your day off to a good start. Made with real mango pulp, MoscaMango is sweet, bright and fruity, with a palate pleasing weight that adds a creaminess to the Moscato base. As the Moscato category continues to heat up this winter, Amore Frutti Pomegranate offers another fresh and fruity cure to the winter doldrums. Bright, sweet and ruby-red, this sparkler is another consumer crowd pleaser, and will make a mean mimosa-variation or other brunch cocktail base. A Toast to Equality 2013 was a banner year for the LGBT community, with victories on the national and state level leading to an increasingly equal footing on the marriage landscape. With so many victories to celebrate, raise your glass to marriage equality with Égalité, the first nationally-distributed wine created in support of the LGBT community. With a portion of every bottle sold benefitting organizations aiding LGBT youth, in less than one year, Ègalité has donated more than $20,000 in direct funding and product to LGBT groups nationwide. Now that you've got your warm and fuzzy feeling firmly in place, rest assured: The juice is equally pleasing. A dry Burgundian Crémant, Égalité offers warm peachy-honey flavors and a crisp finish. 102  /  the tasting panel  /  december 2013 TP1213_064-103.indd 102 11/23/13 8:35 PM

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