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Downton Abbey Wines Launch Bordeaux Collection

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Downton Abbey Wines Launch Bordeaux Collection

British period drama Downton Abbey has fast become a global sensation, with around 120 million viewers glued to TV screens worldwide. Now, it's possible for fans everywhere to bring a taste of Downton Abbey home with a collection of wines inspired by the award-winning television series. The Downton Abbey Wine Collection features two enticing blends from the Bordeaux region of France: a "Blanc" white wine and a "Claret" red wine available in the United States on November 1, 2013 and in Europe and Australia later this year.

In creating this unique collection, Downton Abbey Wines looked to Grands Vins de Bordeaux, a family-owned Winery with more than 130 years of winemaking experience in the prized Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France. Winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong enlisted time-honored winemaking practices as well as modern techniques to create a collection of finely balanced, elegant wines that are eminently drinkable: Downton Abbey Blanc is a light and crisp white blend, while Downton Abbey Claret is medium-bodied red with bright fruit and a silky finish.

"We are excited to launch the Downton Abbey Wine Collection, made in the finest Bordeaux winemaking tradition," said William Zysblat, co-creator of the wines. "Our collaboration with the Dulong family made perfect sense, as we wanted the same vines, soil and region used to produce the wines from the Downton Era. Having Dulong as our winemaker allows us to create accessible wines that we truly believe the Crawley Family would have been proud to serve at their table.

Winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong added, "It is exciting for me to think about my Bordelaise ancestors crafting their clarets and blancs in the Downton Abbey era. Their know-how, passed down to me through five generations, has inspired my own winemaking. With Downton Abbey Wines, I have strived to capture the essence of Bordeaux in this collection of delicious and approachable wines."

Downton Abbey Wines are available online at www.Wine.com and www.DowntonAbbeyWine.com, and will also be available at specialty wine retailers and supermarkets nationwide including Cost Plus World Market beginning November 1, 2013 for $14.99 per 750-ml bottle.

For sales and distribution inquiries, please contact PL360 Beverage Partners at biz@downtonabbeywine.com/ (303) 949-9317.

About DOWNTON ABBEY WINES

The Downton Abbey Wine Collection is inspired by the critically acclaimed and award winning drama Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey Wines are produced from grapes grown in the famed region of Entre-Deux-Mers by The Dulong Grands Vins de Bordeaux, France. The family-owned vineyard has over 130 years of experience in creating the world's best wines.

About PL360 Beverage Partners

PL360 Beverage Partners is both the Importer and Sales representative for the Downton Abbey Wine brand in the U.S. market. Led by Bob Falvo, PL360 is the point of contact for all sales-related activities, including sales presentations, programming and distributor management. All sales and distributor inquires for Downton Abbey should be directed to Bob Falvo at biz@downtonabbeywine.com or direct via phone at (303) 949-9317.


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