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Eastside Distilling to start canning full lineup of Dear Mom's wines

Published 07 March 2018

Eastside Distilling, through its MotherLode subsidiary, has agreed to provide canning services for Oregon-based wine-producer Dear Mom Wine Co.

Dear Mom Wine Co. is an emerging Portland-based producer of premium Oregon wines, including an Oregon Red, Rosé, White and soon-to-be-launched Sparkling. Launched in 2017, Dear Mom Wine Co. pays homage to the women who create us and inspire us to dream and thrive.

Dedicated to providing a premium and convenient wine experience that will have a far-reaching impact, each month they will donate a percentage of proceeds to a charity whose work benefits moms locally and globally. Dear Mom Wine Co. was started by two high school friends, Robert Karmin and Jonathan Canter.

Eastside CEO Grover Wickersham said: “This is the quarter when our vision of being in on the ground floor of single serve wine canning starts to take shape as promised. We expect to launch wine canning this month with our first production and ramp the business as fast as we can reasonably and practically do so.

"Having product on shelves is going to go a long way towards establishing our credibility with the scores of wineries in Oregon and Washington that we see as potential customers.”

Eastside’s custom built canning line will help drive efficiencies and meet the expected growth demands for Dear Mom Wine Co. in 2018. Dear Mom expects to ramp their production from 6,000 cases in 2017 to 16,000 cases in 2018 with current distribution into Oregon and Southwest Washington and planned expansion into the Northeast and Florida in 2018.

Currently, Dear Mom offers multiple unique Oregon-based canned wines, including:

Oregon Red: A syrah and viognier blend from Applegate Valley. The grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel and then blended late in the winter. With a ruby red appearance with great clarity, hints of dark cherries in fields of lavender on the nose, and plums, cherries and cranberries on the palate;

Oregon Rosé: Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the prestigious Willamette Valley. The fruit was picked early, de-stemmed, and immediately loaded into the 7-ton press on a gentle setting. The juice had 11-14 hours of “skin time” producing a light, elegant shade of pink. The resulting wine is quite dry and has quintessential pinot noir qualities with a nose of cherry blossoms and such a lovely texture on the mouth. Light hints of strawberry and floral tones in the mouth with great acidity.

Oregon White Wine: the blend is a tribute to those wines - Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne - grown sustainably and at high elevation in the Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. The higher elevation allows for nighttime cool air to pass through which lends a positive influence by adding acidity, and character. We love the intense aromatics which remind us of wild lavender and citrus, and the palate shows some crisp notes and stone fruit along with hints of Meyer lemon and more savory herbs like rosemary.

MotherLode and Dear Mom Wine Co. are capitalizing on significant growth trends taking place within the canned wine market. The canned wine segment is growing due to new entrants and innovation, primarily due to a new wave of consumers seeking convenient alternatives to fit their active lifestyles, as well as the sustainability benefits of cans. Reports show that the sales of canned wine have doubled for each of the last two years.

MotherLode’s wine canning line includes such features as a 5-head counter pressure filler and single head seamer and will allow for production volume of 3,000 24-can cases per day. The custom built canning line is designed to produce Ball Corporation's popular "slim can" in 187ml, 200ml and 250ml sizes.

For Dear Mom Wine Co., MotherLode will be canning 187ml cans, allowing for a four-pack case to be the equivalent of a typical 750ml wine bottle. With its strikingly slender silhouette, the slim can cuts a fine figure, making it the perfect away-from-home companion. The slim can is a smart format for brands seeking to target single-family households, and time-constrained consumers looking for high-quality, convenient, immediate drink solutions. This is a convenient alternative for those who have active lifestyles. Overall, the line will be able to can wine and RTD beverages containing up to 20% alcohol by volume.

Dear Mom Wine partner and winemaker Robert Karmin said: “At Dear Mom Wine Co., we look to go beyond standard. We have produced exceptional wine, developed from the highest quality fruit, picked by extraordinary people that are good stewards of the land. As we look to grow our business, we were looking for a partner that shared in those same values, and had the capabilities to help us maintain the growth in our business going forward. MotherLode is that partner. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship.”

Wickersham said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be helping Dear Mom Wine Co. to drive their business forward. Our canning capabilities allow for customers to become more efficient in their canning operations, while meeting the surge in demand that many canned wine companies are witnessing.

"The trends are definitely in canned winemakers' favor, and as one of the few companies in the western U.S. that has this canning capability for third party applications, we look forward to helping other customers meet this demand into the future.”

Source: Company Press Release