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June 2015

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june 2015  /  the tasting panel  /  27 Out and About: No glass by the pool. No glass at the park. No matter how you swing it, glass and the outdoors don't mix. But does that mean palates should suffer for a little extra vitamin D? Heck no. So instead of having your customers go without or risking a broken bottle, try out these summer savers. Fliin' Gd Nothing says summer quite like a pair of sandals, or in this case, flip-flops, as in flipflop wines. Now avail- able in 250-ml. cans—containing the equivalent of two glasses of wine—the lineup includes Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, as well as two new offerings, Fizzy Sangria and Fizzy Crisp White, which exhibit a slight, refreshing effervescence. With this high-quality wine in a handy format, the question isn't where will you take these . . . it's where won't you take them? THE WINE GROUP Grn with Envy Not only is Bandit Wines' lightweight packaging easy to take on any adven- ture, the Tetra Pak—made from largely renewable sources—is good for ol' Mother Nature too! Available in both 1-liter and 500-ml. sizes, Bandit's award-win- ning portfolio includes a Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Red Wine Blend, all designed and blended by winemaker Joel Gott, one of the notorious "Three Thieves." Stock up now, because customers will be raiding your shelves for all their upcoming travels before you know it! TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES Mobile Mixologi We would all love to take our bars and cocktail ingredients along with us wherever we went, but as anyone who has ever tried to lug anything across the sand will tell you, that's a pipe dream. Before you start packing your shaker, let LIQS Cocktail Shots do the work for you. These super-premium, ready-made cocktail shots are perfect for that remote beach lounge, music festival or boat bar . . . you name it. Sans any artificial flavors or preservatives, the lineup features flavor combos like tequila, cinnamon and orange; vodka, cucumber and lime; and vodka, lychee and grapefruit. Bottoms up! A Guilt-Fr Treat With all the parties and get-togethers, this time of year can lead to overindulging; undoubtedly, guests will be looking for alternatives that will be kind to their body inside and out. Organically sweetened and flavored, as well as being free from gluten, sulfite and GMOs, SOCIAL Enjoyments—a line of sparkling saké wines—fits this bill. Weighing in at only 88 calories per can, the Hibiscus Cucumber and Toasted Coconut Almond flavors have just one-third the calories of a regular glass of wine, and they're tasty! That's what we call a win-win!

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