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August 2012

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ALTERNATIVE BEVERAGES UGH, AUGUST. YOU ARE A HOT, STICKY MONTH. THANK GOODNESS WE'VE GOT A LINEUP OF BEVERAGE PRODUCTS TO CUT THROUGH THE SWEAT AND HELP MAKE THIS A Summer Rockin' by Rachel Burkons When the energy drink category was born, no one could've predicted the slew of bizarre flavors and artificial ingredients that would soon pop up in our glasses. But taking this classically energized category into the future is INTO Energy Drink, made from fresh ingredients and purified water sourced from the Austrian Alps and offering a lightly-carbonated quaff that's extra-awesome, thanks to the additions of some top-secret vitamins. With three flavors leading the energy drink category into its next phase, we're putting our money on INTO Cranberry, with a clean, fruity flavor that's just-right sweet and a perfectly energized swap for any classic-cran-cocktail. Into the Future Pretty in Pink We see lots of lovely bottles make their way into our offices at THE TASTING PANEL, but Prévu, a sparkling liqueur, was an instant standout. With a vibrant pinky-red hue and garden-fresh-gorgeous bottle design, Prévu sure is pretty, but the liquid in the bottle is downright dreamy. Organic French vodka and cognac mingle with enticing black currant and lively 80 / the tasting panel / august 2012 blackberry and raspberry, as a seductive kiss of sweet violet flower rounds out this sparkler's sweet charms. Fresh and tasty on the rocks with a twist, we also got into the sparkling spirit by adding half an ounce to our weekend cava, result- ing in a spruced up sipper with a touch of unexpected elegance. Made-for-TV Wine As any TV-watcher who takes their food and drink seriously knows, Top Chef is television's favorite battle-at-the-butcher-block competition show, with some of the best rising chefs in the country going knife to knife for their chance at celebrity chefdom. Offering retailers a chance to cash in on this cachet is Terlato International's newest line, the Quickfire series, designed to inspire the consumer's inner chef by referencing the TV's show's famously difficult quickfire chal- lenges. But this is more than just marketing mumbo-jumbo: The line includes seven varietal offerings, and we loved the bright citrus-forward notes in the 2009 Sauv Blanc, a perfect summer white for al fresco din- ing—no competition necessary.

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