US Briefs

27 August, 2008
Page 9 
l In a tasty promotion celebrating 125 years of winemaking, Bolla wines of Italy, owned by Brown-Forman, has declared itself the Official Wine of Pizza and will launch a multi-city wine and pizza tour of the US this year.

l Anchor Distilling of San Francisco has released Genevieve Gin distilled from malted grains in a pot still, before being flavored and redistilled in another pot still. Anchor, which also makes Anchor Steam Beer, has a column-distilled gin, Jun ípero.

l McCormick Distilling's 360 Vodka, the "green " vodka, from one of the oldest distilleries in the US, is the official spirit of the Sundance Film Festival, the Robert Redford-backed festival in Utah. McCormick will donate $1 to environmental causes for every wire top mailed back.

l Underdog Wine Merchants, of California , has imported from Alsace a wine designed to accompany Chinese food. Now & Zen is a blend of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, at a suggested price of $9.99.

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