The Vine (February 2009)

Eco-Friendly Wine Packs

The Wine Group has replaced its 187 ml single-serving glass bottles for the popular Glen Ellen and Fish Eye brands with environmentally friendly 250 ml Tetra Paks. The premium wines rolled out in this portable pack are Glen Ellen Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Fish Eye Chardonnay and Merlot.  The Wine Group LLC, based in San Francisco, produces Franzia, Concannon, Big House, Glen Ellen, CorbettCanyon, Foxhorn, Fish Eye and Mogen David. For more information, visit www.tetrapakusa.com.

Perlage Commercial Champagne Systems

Perlage Systems Inc. has appointed Rinaldini Distribution as its global master distributor of Perlage's commercial line of Champagne systems. Available in both commercial and home versions, Rinaldini Distribution strives to increase Champagne by the glass programs in restaurants and hospitality environments worldwide. Currently used in more than 1,000 restaurants, Perlage quickly and safely restores the headspace of the bottle to the original pressure and composition of gases that existed before the cork was removed.  For more information, visit www.rdwine.com.

Brix Chocolate for Wine

Brix Chocolate's makers call it the first chocolate designed specifically to complement wine. Dr. Nick Proia, a practicing pulmonologist and a professor of medicine at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, created the chocolate after finding that cheese, the traditional accompaniment to a glass of wine, counteracts wine's unique health benefits. Unable to find a chocolate on the market that complemented wine, Dr. Proia developed Brix, his own line of chocolates specifically designed to enjoy with wine. For more information, visit www.brixchocolate.com.

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