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New Products for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

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2014-01-23T18:30:00Z New Products for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014Compiled by Philip Potempa,, (219) 852-4327

Wine time

Whether entertaining or enjoying a weekend away, consider celebrating this President's Day with the Federalist Zinfandel. Inspired by the roots of zinfandel, which began to take hold in the United States just as the Federalists were establishing the nation's independence, this Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is an ode to the noble grape that has made its mark on American soil. Made from 100 percent estate grown fruit, the Federalist Zinfandel is distinguished with robust blackberry and black cherry aromas and spicy notes. Its lively acidity is balanced with a rich texture and long finish. Founding father Alexander Hamilton graces the label.

WHERE TO BUY$24.99 in stores or at

Just fur you

Valentine's Day is also just around the corner. Author Jennifer Holland's book "Unlikely Friendships" was so popular, zooming to the front of the New York Times list where it lived for 46 weeks, she now has a follow-up page-turner. Using the same journalistic format, adding even better photographs and all new stories, her new book "Unlikely Loves: 45 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom" (Workman Press) is an exploration of animal attachments. Whether it's parental love, playful love, or the love of a big, wild, modern family, it is perfect for animal lovers of all ages and makes a wonderful gift.

WHERE TO BUY: $13.95 in stores or online

A sweet idea

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is Feb. 7 and 8 and for the first time ever, the Girl Scouts have unveiled a delicious new gluten-free cookie: The Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie. Since it's estimated that three million people have some type of gluten-intolerance, the Girl Scouts expect this cookie to be a huge hit. Additionally, the new bite-size cookies are made with real chocolate chips and real butter, and they contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, no palm oil, and no hydrogenated oils. The Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is the world's largest girl-led business is a $790 million generating cookie program aims to teach girls five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills.

WHERE TO BUY: $4 from your local girl scout representative

Slice of life

The AnySharp Edge is designed to give the perfect edge every time and can be used for a number of applications, in place of gardening tools, lawnmower blades, workshop tools, around the home and fishing/hunting blades. The rigid finger guard gives full protection allowing a molded design with right-handed and left-handed users in mind for ease holding the thermoplastic rubber handle for optimum grip.

WHERE TO BUY: $24 at

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