To boldly Merlot… Star Trek launches range of wine

Yes, really - and meanwhile pop stars Hanson have brewed a beer called Mmmhops

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We’ve heard it through the grapevine that Star Trek is to release a new range of wine. To toast the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise, a trio of limited-run vinos have been made available, named after “three of the most beloved episodes of all time” – The Trouble with Tribbles, Mirror, Mirror and The City on the Edge of Forever. 

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Described as a “medium bodied blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc”, the Trekkie tipples are said to show “unique character for a balanced and complex wine that’s pleasurable from start to finish.”

Each bottle is adorned with a label featuring artwork based on the original series by Juan Ortiz, and will retail for $24.99, or $74.97 as a trio (around £16 and £49, respectively). A half case (6 bottles) will set you back $149.94, while a full twelve-bottle order will cost you a hefty $285.00. 

The limited 1,701 cases are currently available from members-only wine site Vinport.com but only until 1 July.

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And while we’re on the subject of novelty alcoholic beverages, pop star brothers Hanson have also announced plans to launch their own branded tipples. The brilliantly-named Mmmhops was tested out on attendees of last week’s The Hangover Part III premiere in Los Angeles following the inclusion of the boys’ anthem MMMBop in the final instalment of the franchise. 
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Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac who, incidentally, are now old enough to drink, have brewed their beer to coincide with their sixth album, Anthem, and will make it available for fans later this year when they embark on their Anthem World Tour, with proceeds donated to the Red Cross to help with the Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.