Wine of the Week -Les Clos 2017

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Vincent Careme’s Les Clos 2017 comes from a single block of very old Chenin Blanc vines steep slope that overlooks the Loire Valley in France. Hand-harvested, they are matured in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is rich in hand-harvested organic grapes.  The honeyed fruit has finesse and minerality, the winemaker says. Visit for more information.



New Products: A special reserve coffee from New Guinea

Gevalia Kaffe Special Reserve Single Origin from Papua New Guinea offers excellent flavor and character in a medium bodied coffee. The coffee makers

add Arabica beans from Java’s top plantations to “Hurrar Moka” beans from Ethopia to create a spicy, full-bodied and slightly sweet beverage. An iced coffee concentrate is also available. Check out

Kentucky whiskey maker wins 2 medals

Bardstown, KY – Two of Barton 1792 Distillery’s whiskies received medals at the 2020 American World Whiskies Awards presented by Whisky Magazine.

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a Gold Medal and 1792 Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey won a Bronze Medal at the awards event in New York.

“We are very thankful to receive these recognitions,” Master Distiller Danny Kahn says. “Producing top-quality whiskey is truly a team effort and everyone at Barton 1792 is dedicated to accomplishing that goal. These awards are another indication of that commitment.”

Whiskies in each category were subject to blind tastings in a three-round judging process to reward and promote the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.  The winners from the American World Whiskies Awards 2020 will now compete with counterparts from all over the world, and global winners will be announced March 26 in London. For more information about the World Whiskies Awards visit

The purveyor is part of Barton Brands  which has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans since 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” It is located on 196 acres with i 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  To learn more visit

Dunkin’ introduces new Matcha lattes

CANTON, MA – Dunkin’ Brands introduces two new healthy products – Matcha lattes and a protein muffin.

Paul Racicot, director of Global Culinary Innovation for Dunkin’, points out that whether customers are avid Matcha Latte drinkers or just trying it for the first time, they can expect “an authentic, quality experience that matches the they know and love” from the brand.

Matcha is created by stone grinding young green tea leaf buds to a fine powder. It is made with high quality produced in the Nishio region of Aichi prefecture in Japan.

The product will be available starting February 26, says Racicot. The lattes were tested last year in Springfield, MA and Phoenix, AZ. “Whether you’re an avid Matcha Latte drinker or are trying it for the first time, guests can expect an authentic, quality experience with Dunkin’s Matcha Lattes. We’re excited to offer millions of Americans a delicious new way to run on Dunkin’ that perfectly matches the iconic brightness and energy that they know and love from our brand,” Racicot declares.
Another new product, a protein muffin with 16 grams of protein, pairs well with the new latte, he notes, and features blueberries, cranberries, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The muffin will be available for a limited time at participating restaurants across the U.S. starting February 26 as well.





Faces & Places

ROTI MODERN MEDITERRANEAN – Justin Seamonds, former president of Dean & DeLuca, replaces Carl Segal  as CEO. Segal moves to new CEO of information at Reef Technology. Seamonds was also CEO of Snack Street which has Mediterranean bowls, sandwiches and salads at 42 sites.

DENNY’S – Mark Wolfinger succeeds John Miller as president. Miller remains in the CEO post. Separately, Robert Verostock moves up to CFO where he succeeds Wolfinger.