News Briefs for December 4, 2012December 4, 2012
•Texas retail giant Spec’s is planning its third store in the San Antonio area, according to local reports. The new unit, to be located in a 41,600-square-foot facility at 819 E. Rector Street, just south of the San Antonio International Airport, could open by February, reports My San Antonio. Houston-based Spec’s, which has more than 135 locations Texas-wide, entered San Antonio in 2009 and added its second area store this past summer.
•Patrón Tequila has teamed up with fashion designer John Varvatos to create a limited edition bottle stopper for its Añejo expression. Varvatos created a stopper featuring a miniature guitar head design, made of metal and complete with tuning keys. Patrón will release the limited edition bottles early this month to select retailers, packaged in a unique gift box. The partnership marks the first time ever that Patrón has changed a design feature of its recognizable Tequila bottle. Patrón is the Tequila category’s second-ranked brand in the U.S., selling 1.8 million nine-liter cases annually.
•Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs has inked a deal to appoint Des Plaines, Illinois-based A. Hardy USA as its national sales and marketing agent. Thatcher’s, a certified organic line of 30-proof liqueurs, is in national distribution and retails for around $20 a bottle. The portfolio includes Blueberry, Chocolate, Elderflower, Cucumber, Apple Spice Ginger, Tres Chiles, Dark Chocolate, Chipotle, Pomegranate, Coffeehouse, Prickly Pear, Blood Orange and Yumberry. Thatcher’s joins an A. Hardy brand stable that includes fast-rising RumChata liqueur, as well as Hardy Cognacs, Drappier Champagnes and a host of other spirits and wines.
•New York-based Frederick Wildman & Sons has been named the national importer for Bodega Luigi Bosca wines beginning in January. Based in Mendoza, Argentina, the Luigi Bosca portfolio includes Finca La Linda, Luigi Bosca Reserva, Luigi Bosca Malbec DOC and a range of Icon wines. The wines were already available in select markets in the U.S., previously handled by Chicago’s Atlas Imports. Wildman’s Argentina portfolio currently includes Astica and Michel Torino.
•Fine wine retail site Bestwinesonline.com has made its debut, focusing on premium wines from major regions around the world. Founded by former Wine Exchange employees Tristen Beamon and Kyle Meyer, Bestwinesonline.com says it will offer a comprehensive selection of wines at all price points, from $10 to $10,000 a bottle, providing what Beamon calls “a more complete online shopping experience.” Additionally, the site offers older vintages straight from the wineries, a selection of Bordeaux and discounted specials. In order to educate consumers, Bestwinesonline.com also features short interactive videos—including video tasting notes from Beamon and Meyer—as well as vineyard photos, notes from top critics and customer reviews.