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October 2016

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14  /  the tasting panel  /  october 2016 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT October Is International Merlot Month F or the last three years, hundreds of Merlot producers worldwide have been mount- ing a movement to celebrate Merlot, designating October as International Merlot Month. More than 100 Merlot producers, wine merchants, restaurants and con- sumers will taste and toast online (using #MerlotMe) at events, in wine stores and in restaurants and homes across the world this month. For trade informa- tion, go to for-the-trade/ Better Together C ooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants and Buena Vista Winery celebrated their "Collaboration" wine on September 27 at Danada House in Wheaton, Illinois. Together, they have crafted a wine that honors California's tradi- tion of bold, full-bodied wines. "Collaboration" is a rich, deep wine loaded with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cherry, plum and baking spices. Guests enjoyed a seasonally inspired menu compliments of Cooper's Hawk Chef Matt McMillin served alongside thoughtful pairings from both wineries. The evening featured a "fireside chat" with Cooper's Hawk founder and CEO Tim McEnery and Buena Vista President Jean-Charles Boisset, who shared personal stories about their adventures in winemak- ing and experience working together. Buena Vista President Jean-Charles Boisset (left) and Cooper's Hawk founder and CEO Tim McEnery introduced their "Collaboration" wine in Chicago last month. For a Good Cause F or the entire month of October, The Bitter Truth— makers of cocktail bitters, spirits and liqueurs—will contribute $2 for every bottle of its Pink Gin sold on- and off-premise to benefit breast cancer research. In addition to the per-bottle contribution, several on-premise accounts are joining the efforts by agreeing to make a donation for every Pink Gin cocktail they sell throughout the month. Branded merchandise, cocktail promotions and trade marketing will help to broaden awareness of the program. The Bitter Truth Pink Gin is imported by Vision Wine & Spirits of Lyndhurst, New Jersey. It's available in 50mL and 750mL for an SRP of $34.99 (40% ABV, 80 proof). For more information, visit

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