Absolut testing vodka-wine hybrid

In a conversation the other day with a former newsroom colleague, he informed me an acquaintance was hard at work on a new hobby -- blending wines and spirits together to come up with "something new ... Yeah, i know, it sounds kind of low rent."

Not necessarily. He might want to apply for employment at Absolut.

The Swedish distiller is quietly testing Tune, a "sparkling fusion" of vodka and white wine in a limited trial run in Australia this month. It's a 60%-40% blend of Absolut vodka and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine from Brancott Estate in New Zealand.

An Absolut spokesperson described the product as having "fresh tropical fruits with a balanced sweetness through the front- and mid-palate which is brought to life through the bubbles ... with a persistent medium strength Absolut vodka flavor and balanced sweetness leading on to a dry finish."

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