RingsLot18 and Warner Bros. Consumer Products unveil new The Lord of the Rings-inspired wine collection.

Winemaker Lot18 has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to produce a limited-edition collection of wine inspired by New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Worthy of a Hobbit gathering in the Green Dragon Inn itself, these bottles make a great gift for any fan of the film series, or fine wine lover. Each bottle includes a specially designed label, making it the perfect beverage to accompany your next meal or Middle-earth marathon.

These delicious wines are limited to 6,000 bottles each, so even after you finish them, the bottles and their exclusive labels will make a great addition to your assortment of wine favorites and Lord of the Rings memorabilia. The special collection went on sale Dec. 18, and can be ordered exclusively here. while supplies last. The wine collection honors some of the film series’ most memorable members of the Fellowship, including Aragorn, Frodo Baggins, and Gandalf, as well as Galadriel, Lady of Lothlórien.

The new The Lord of the Rings wine collection includes:

2015 Aragorn Appellation Lussac - St. Émilion Contrôlée

If ever there was a wine fit for a king as mighty and honorable as Aragorn, this is it. A blend of 80 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Malbec, this unmatched red is from the Lussac-St.-Émilion appellation, once the site of historic battles and dreams of victory. Rich, concentrated and built to last, it’s intensely expressive of its terroir, displaying black-fruit flavors and polished tannins on the palate. Your quest for the consummate drinking experience ends here.

2016 Galadriel Bordeaux Blanc

The most noble and powerful of the Elves is honored by this high-toned wine, a Bordeaux Blanc with piercing citrus flavors and remarkable concentration. Just as Galadriel is revered by all those graced by her presence, this impressive white is a true testament to her strength and wisdom, imbuing an immediate sense of devotion with its graceful palate. Take a sip and fall under its ethereal spell.

2016 Frodo Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

As honest and pure as a Hobbit’s heart, this zinfandel is crafted in honor of the most adventurous one of them all: Frodo Baggins, keeper of the Ring. And just as Hobbits are sturdier than they appear, so are the old vines that produced this red, which have endured for decades to survive - and flourish - against all odds. Vibrant flavors of blackberry, fig and spiced plum carry through the warm, pleasing finish of this reliable wine.

2016 Gandalf Monterey County Pinot Noir

The great Wizard Gandalf can only be embodied by a variety as respected and celebrated as Pinot Noir. Like the wise old wanderer, this subtle, yet complex red is unassuming at first glance, but quickly revealed to be spirited and persuasive, with black raspberry, alpine strawberry, and forest floor flavors casting a spell over your palate, bringing you back sip after sip.

downloadArtificial intelligence, sports tech, smart cities, design and source, high-tech retailing and digital money are sure to make headlines.

Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2018 kicks off tomorrow, Jan. 9 and will run through Friday, Jan. 12, in Las Vegas. CES 2018 will once again feature breakthrough products and services across a range of industries and consumer interests. New this year are dedicated areas and programming focusing on sports, smart cities, artificial intelligence, high tech retailing, digital money and more. CES 2018 will showcase life-changing technology across more than 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space - the largest show floor in its 51-year history.

One of the fastest growing areas at CES, Eureka Park, will feature more than 900 startups from 42 countries, up 50 percent from last year. CES will also showcase the latest in vehicle technology, with more than 400 exhibitors making the automotive footprint at CES the fifth largest stand-alone auto show in the U.S. More than 170 government officials will attend CES to use the show and the Innovation Policy Summit conference track to examine hot-button policy topics that drive innovation and advance the industry. Last but not least, C Space returns for its fourth year and brings together the world's innovators, content creators, marketers and creatives in one venue including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Hulu, NBCU, Spotify and more. 

"CES is constantly evolving to capture the technologies and innovation of the future, it changes as our industry morphs and showcases the most cutting-edge work the tech world has to offer," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA in a release. "CES 2018 has more new dedicated technology areas than I can ever remember us having in one year, and that speaks to the way technology is now in every single part of our lives, to make living easier through connectivity." 

CES 2018 is the global stage for innovation and will feature technology that changes lives. Additional expected trends include: voice and deep machine learning, 5G connectivity, self-driving tech, smart home, robotics, AR, VR, biometrics, security, sports and more.

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LogoBurts Chips to bring Tony Roma’s signature BBQ sauce flavors to the snack market.

Romacorp, Inc., parent company of Tony Roma’s, is expanding its licensing program into a new retail category with the company’s latest licensing deal with Burts Chips. This agreement, brokered by Broad Street Licensing Group, will bring Tony Roma’s world-famous BBQ sauce flavors to the potato chip category for the first time. A new brand extension for Tony Roma’s, the world-famous restaurant brand continues its recent licensing growth as it expands its retail presence globally.

“Our goal is to continually elevate our brand experience by joining forces with best-in-class retail and restaurant business partners around the world, and we are excited to work with the innovative team at Burts Chips to bring our signature BBQ sauce flavors to the snack market,” says Bradley Scher, president and CEO of Romacorp Inc. in a release.

This is the latest in a string of transformational announcements for Tony Roma’s as it celebrates its 45th birthday. Recent Tony Roma’s announcements include new licensing deals in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, renewed USA restaurant growth with new development and franchise agreements in Tennessee, Colorado, Idaho and West Palm Beach, Florida, accelerated international restaurant growth with new development agreements in Spain, Nicaragua and Bolivia, and the launch of Tony Roma’s new global prototype restaurant in Orlando, Fla.

MasterChefCAMP MASTERCHEF to launch with two locations in Summer 2018.

Endemol Shine North America, the producers behind MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, announced a partnership with Campus Cerdanya to launch CAMP MASTERCHEF, culinary camps for kids and teens ages 8-16 beginning June 2018. The one or two-week overnight camps with themed programming will debut in two locations Rabun-Gap, Ga., and Kent, Conn., with additional locations to be added in 2019. Programming will include special competitions, hands-on cooking lessons, outdoor sports activities, interactive challenges and more.

Campers will stay in accommodations with premium facilities at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun-Gap and The Kent School in Kent. Endemol Shine joined forces with Campus Cerdany to successfully launch CAMP MASTERCHEF in Spain in 2014.  

“Making the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR brand come alive for kids and teens, while offering a quality experience that parents can trust is a responsibility in which we take great pride,” said Tamaya Petteway, Senior Vice President, Brand and Licensing Partnerships, Endemol Shine North America. “Having led the hospitality industry for over 20 years, including creating innovative summer camps, educational and sports programs for kids and adults, Campus Cerdanya was the ideal partner to launch this important initiative.”  

CAMP MASTERCHEF gives kids and teens the chance to experience MASTERCHEF JUNIOR first hand. The CAMP MASTERCHEF mission is to engage aspiring home cooks with an exciting, enriching culinary experience. Campers develop strong cooking capabilities, healthy lifestyle habits, and personal growth skills while having the time of their lives. Through team challenges and competitions, they form strong connections and create unforgettable memories together. The camp welcomes all skill levels and offers various culinary programs and activities based on age and experience.   

UnknownThe acquisition allows Disney to create more appealing content, build more direct relationships with consumers around the world and deliver a more compelling entertainment experience to consumers wherever and however they choose.

The Walt Disney Company and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses, for approximately $52.4 billion in stock (subject to adjustment).

Building on Disney’s commitment to deliver the highest quality branded entertainment, the acquisition of these complementary assets would allow Disney to create more appealing content, build more direct relationships with consumers around the world and deliver a more compelling entertainment experience to consumers wherever and however they choose.

Immediately prior to the acquisition, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders. Disney’s international reach would greatly expand through the addition of Sky, which serves nearly 23 million households in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy; Fox Networks International, with more than 350 channels in 170 countries; and Star India, which operates 69 channels reaching 720 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries.

“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company in a release. “We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building.

“We’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings,” he adds. “The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”

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