European Ale
Grolsch, the Dutch imported beer managed and marketed domestically by United States Beverage LLC, has introduced its Amber Ale nationwide. Grolsch Amber Ale is a top-fermented beer made by Grolsch master brewers who have brewed the beer with a special proprietary yeast, two varieties of two-row European spring barley malt, a small amount of wheat malt and a blend of several types of hop. The resultant beer is amber colored and features a slightly bitter taste, according to the company. Grolsch Amber Ale is available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles.
Grolsch Amber Ale
United States Beverage LLC Stamford, Conn.
Telephone: 203/961-8215
Distribution: Nationwide
Tantalizing tangerine
Made with organic hand-harvested tangerines grown near the Mt. Etna Volcano in Sicily, Italy, Dream Foods International’s Italian Tangerine Juice is now available in the United States. The juice is USDA-certified organic, kosher and not from concentrate. Available in 8.4-ounce, 750-ml. and 1-liter bottles, the juice ranges in price from $1.99 to $5.49.
Italian Volcano Tangerine Juice
Dream Foods International LLC Santa Monica, Calif.
Telephone: 310/392-6324
Distribution: Nationwide
Caffeinated brew

MoonShot beer, a light-bodied pilsner-style brew with 45 mgs. of natural caffeine, the equivalent of half a cup of coffee, has debuted in Massachusetts and Atlanta. Developed by Rhonda Kallman, chief executive officer and founder of New Century Brewing Co., MoonShot is positioned to take advantage of two consumer goods segments: caffeinated beverages and beer. MoonShot has 128 calories, 9 carbohydrates and 4.8 percent alcohol by volume. The beer's packaging pays homage to the glory days of airplane nose art. MoonShot is contract brewed at Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, N.Y., and is being distributed in Massachusetts by United Liquors Ltd. Each six-pack retails for $6.99 to $7.49. The brand will be marketed primarily to men 21 to 34 years old.
New Century Brewing Co.Randolph, Mass.
Telephone: 781/963-4007
Distribution: Massachusetts and Atlanta  

Bordeaux inspired
Murrieta's Well Winery has released its 2001 Vendimia Red Meritage, a Bordeaux-style wine. Sourced from the winery's 92-acre Livermore Valley estate vineyard, the wine is a proprietary blend comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon. The ultra-premium 2001 Vendimia Red Meritage retails for $32 and is available nationwide. Murrieta’s Well Winery also has introduced Murrieta’s Well 2001 Zarzuela Livermore Valley Red Wine, which offers blackberry, currants and anise notes. Each 750-ml. bottle retails for $12.
2001 Vendimia Red Meritage
Murrieta’s Well Winery Livermore, Calif.
Telephone: 925/456-2390
Distribution: Nationwide
Vitamin-packed tea
No Carb Diet Pomegranate White Tea has been debuted by Fuze Beverage LLC. The tea is part of the brand’s “healthy infusions” line of products, and offers no carbs, no sugar and no calories. Loaded with vitamins C, E, B3, B5, B6, B12 and folic acid, the tea is available in 18-ounce bottles for $1.29 to $1.49.
No Carb Diet Pomegranate White Tea
Fuze Beverage LLC  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Telephone: 201/227-0380
Distribution: Nationwide
Ingredients: Filtered water, natural pomegramate, passionfruit flavor with other natural flavors, white tea solids, malic acid, white tea extract, ascorbic acid (C), acesulfame potassium, citric acid, sucralose, niacin (B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin E acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), folic acid, cyanocobalamin (B12)
Carb free
Energy Multi-Vitamin Enhanced Water Corp. recently introduced No-Carb Replenish and No-Carb Refresh as part of its 20-ounce, low-carb product line. No-Carb Replenish features orange and carrot flavors, while Refresh is peach and melon flavored. Each 20-ounce bottle provides 125 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 40 percent of vitamins A, E, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. Each 8-ounce serving of the two new no-carb varieties also has 0 calories.
No-Carb Replenish/Refresh Energy Multi-Vitamin Enhanced Water Corp., Brentwood, N.Y.
Telephone: 631/436-4400
Rapid rehydration
X-Cell performance water has been debuted by A.C.T.I.O.N. Health International. The premium rehydration and energy beverage is infused with Crystalloid electrolytes and oxygen. According to the company, clinical studies prove that crystalloid electrolytes are able to rapidly penetrate the body’s cells, resulting in rehydration and energy. The suggested retail price is $1.70 per 20-ounce bottle.
X-Cell Performance Water
A.C.T.I.O.N. Health International Inc. Estero, Fla.
Telephone: 239/349-0636
Distribution: Nationwide
Ingredients: Purified water, oxygen, Crystalloid electrolytes
Nectar news
Food Collage Inc. has introduced three new flavors in its Jammin! Nectars product line: Pure Passion, recently awarded best new beverage at the Savor Virginia Food and Beverage Show in Richmond, Va.; Ginger Party, pressed with pineapple juice; and Guanabana Limbo, guanabana puree with passion fruit juice. The three new flavors will join Mambo Mango, C-Beta Carrot and Razz-Ade. The nectars also feature new packaging in 10-ounce glass bottles with shrink-wrapped labels. The suggested retail price for each bottle of Jammin! Nectars is $1.49, and nationwide distribution is expected in six months.
Jammin! Nectars Food Collage Inc. Sterling, Va.
Telephone: 866/JUICEMON
Distribution: East Coast
Ingredients: Pure Passion: Double filtered water, passion fruit puree, evaporated cane juice, fruit pectin, guar gum, lemon juice concentrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid natural flavor extract, natural exotic spices
Commemorative bourbon
Wild Turkey Tribute, a limited-edition, 15-year-old, small-batch bourbon has been introduced by Pernod Ricard USA, White Plains, N.Y., to commemorate Master Distiller Jimmy Russell’s 50 years of working for the Wild Turkey Bourbon Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky. Only 5,500 of the 750-ml. bottles, which were specially designed for the release, are available. The retail price per bottle is $90 in fine wine and spirits outlets nationwide.
Italian flair
Támas Estates Winery has released its 2001 Barbera and 2001 Sangiovese, two California-style Italian varietal wines from the Livermore Valley. The rich, flavorful wines can be paired with hearty pasta and roasted meat dishes, according to the company. The Barbera and the Sangiovese are $12.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Two thousand cases of the 2001 Barbera and 1,000 cases of the 2002 Sangiovese are available nationally.
Dundee brews
High Falls Brewing Co. LLC has launched two new J.W. Dundee craft brews: American Pale Ale and American Amber Lager. The two beers capitalize on the success of J.W. Dundee’s Original Honey Brown, which received a gold medal at the 2004 World Beer Cup. The Amber was brewed with four different crystal malts and features a crisp finish, and the Pale Ale uses Cascade, Amarillo and Tomahawk hops, according to the company. An eight-pack sampler offering six bottles of Honey Brown and one bottle each of Pale Ale and Amber Lager will be available for a limited time where High Falls products are sold.
J.W. Dundee Pale Ale and American Amber Lager
High Falls Brewing Co. LLC Rochester, N.Y.
Telephone: 585/546-1030
Distribution: 41 states, Canada, Ireland, England and China
Light line
R.W. Knudsen has introduced Spritzer Lights, all-natural carbonated juice drinks. The new line contains 60 percent fewer carbs (14 grams) and fewer calories than the original R.W. Knudsen Spritzer line, but remains free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, colors and preservatives. Available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans wherever natural products are sold, Spritzer Lights include Tangerine, Mango, Red Raspberry, Black Cherry, and Lemonade flavors. Suggested retail price per six-pack is $3.49 to $4.99.
Spritzer Lights
Knudsen & Sons Inc. Chico, Calif.
Telephone: 530/899-5010
Distribution: Nationwide
Ingredients: Lemonade: Sparkling water, white grape and lemon juice concentrates,
natural flavors, lo han extract
Cachaça invasion
Excalibur Enterprise, New York City, has launched a line of super-premium cachaças, a Brazilian-style rum, in the United States. The Excalibur portfolio includes an un-aged cachaça as well as six handcrafted, aged Cachaças from small producers. In addition to Beleza Pura Cachaça, an un-aged, super-premium Cachaça produced with selected lots of sugar cane and wild yeast, the offering will include two varieties of Cachaça Rochinha: Single Barrel 5 Year-Old and Single Barrel 12 Year-Old; GRM Silver, Small Batch 2 Year-Old; and Armazem Vieira in three styles: Esmeralda Solera 4 Year-Old, Rubi Solera and Onix Solera 16 Year-Old. The cachaças will be sold in 750-ml. bottles and range in price from $27.99 to $84.99.
Excalibur also plans to unveil a ready-to-drink version of Brazil's national drink, the Caipirinha, in January 2005. Beleza Pura Caipirinha is a blend of lime, sugarcane and Beleza Pura Cachaça.
Signature whisky

Dewar's, imported by John Dewar & Sons Co., Miami Fla., has announced that 1,000 bottles of Dewar's Signature Scotch Whisky are available this month in select areas including Chicago. Retailing for $200 per 750-ml. bottle, Dewar's Signature comes in a crystal bottle with a polished copper stopper. The bottle features an embossed symbol and a hand-crafted ceramic label. The whisky is housed in a silk-screened wooden tartan gift box.
Dewar’s Signature
John Dewar & Sons Co.
Miami, Fla.
Distribution: National