updated 11/10/2010 4:45:51 PM ET 2010-11-10T21:45:51

LAKE BLUFF, Ill., Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Mediterranean is a body of water? Well, technically, sure; but for most Americans the word describes a lifestyle, evocative of sunshine, family and friends gathered together, a table filled with great food—and wine. Got to be wine.

That's where Elios fits in. Elios Red and Elios White, innovative blends introduced today by category-leader Terlato Wines International, capture the essence of the Mediterranean, bursting with warmth, freshness and purity at an affordable price.

"The Mediterranean and wine are inextricably linked, and our goal with Elios is to bring that connection to wine lovers in America in a new, intriguing way," TWI President William A. Terlato said. "These bright, expressive wines will appeal to people who demand quality yet are looking for something original."

The name, Elios, comes from Helios, the personification of the sun in Greek mythology. Not surprisingly, Elios wines pair with a dazzling range of the cuisines associated with the sun-splashed Mediterranean, where food is an integral part of culture.

The Elios White is a light, crisp and refreshing blend with complex citrus and floral aromas. Combining Chardonnay and indigenous Mediterranean varieties, it's ideal with French, and Greek fare, but sings with the fresh flavors of Pan-Asia and Nuevo Latino cuisines, as well.

The rich and flavoral Elios Red blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with Agiorgitiko, a Greek grape that provides fresh acidity and fruit, making the wine just as comfortable at a backyard barbecue as with pasta and lamb.

Two years ago, Terlato rocked the innovative blend category with its hugely successful Seven Daughters Winemaker's Blends from California. In extending its leadership in the category and creating Elios, the company partnered with Boutari, one of the Mediterranean regions' most renowned wineries.

Elios Red and Elios White are now available at fine wine shops, retailers and restaurants across the country. The suggested retail price for both wines is $12.99.

Terlato Wines International has a global portfolio of more than 50 brands from a host of world class wine producers and presently markets more than one out of eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America. Terlato, with more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world, is the flagship company of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company of several independent businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family, the Group also includes the family's winery investments and partnerships in some of the world's most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhone Valley in France; and Montalcino, Italy.

The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes: Napa Valley: Brandlin, Chimney Rock, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Luke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks and Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County: Alderbrook, Hanna, Rochioli and Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Sanford and Tangley Oaks; California Appellation: Glass Mountain and Seven Daughters; Oregon: Sokol Blosser; Italy: Ca' Marcanda (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez Marsala, GAJA, Il Poggione, Kettmeir, MAZZONI (Toscana), Santa Margherita, Tiramisu, Torresella and Nonino (Grappa); France: Champagne Bollinger, Domaine Chanson, M. Chapoutier, Josmeyer, Langlois-Chateau and Mischief and Mayhem; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Tournon and Two Hands; Argentina: Tamari; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine; Greece: Boutari; New Zealand: Wairau River; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Cirrus, Guardian Peak, Ernie Els Signature and Rust En Vrede; Japan: Shimizu-No-Mai Sake.

For more information, visit www.terlatowines.com .

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