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News Briefs for May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013

Trinchero Family Estates has partnered with South Australia’s Angove Family Winemakers to debut the first vintage of Dr. Angove, a new red blend. Priced at $12.99 a 750-ml., Dr. Angove is made up of 50% Shiraz, 30% Grenache and 20% Petit Verdot. The offering is intended to be a modern take on red wines originally created by winery founder Dr. William Angove, who began winemaking in the Adelaide foothills during the 1880s. Dr. Angove joins Angove Family’s Angove Vineyard Select, Nine Vines, Zibibbo Sparkling Moscato, Warboys and Medhyk brands in Trinchero’s U.S. import portfolio.

•Jackson Family Wines has added to its properties in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with the purchase of two vineyard sites—Zena West and Gran Moraine. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zena West is in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, and makes up the Zena Crown with Zena East and Zena Middle, also owned by Jackson Family. Zena Crown, which has 164 acre parcels and 80 total planted acres, supplies fruit to wineries such as Penner-Ash Wine Cellars and is considered a highly promising site for Pinot Noir. Jackson purchased Zena East and Middle in March, along with Maple Grove Vineyard, as part of a strategy to expand its Pinot Noir range under the La Crema label, ranging in price from $23 to $90. Gran Moraine, meanwhile, is located in the Yamhill-Carlton district with 200 planted acres.

•Single malt Scotch whisky brand Jura has been lined up for a makeover by brand owner Whyte & Mackay. Moving forward, each whisky in the Jura range will be distinguished by its own color palette, with each decorated with a different image of the Isle of Jura. Whyte & Mackay says the new look will allow Jura to stand out better on the shelf, while also better delineating each of its various expressions. Owned by India’s United Spirits Limited (USL), Whyte & Mackay set up its own U.S. import unit in January of last year. In addition to Jura, that unit, Whyte & Mackay Americas, handles the Dalmore, Cluny, John Barr, Glen Salen, Whyte & Mackay and Mackinlay’s whisky brands, as well as Glayva Liqueur, Snow Leopard and Pinky vodkas in the U.S.

•Heaven Hill’s Burnett’s vodka has added two new flavors to its lineup—Blackberry and Tropical Fruit. Both are line priced at $10.99 a 750-ml. The Burnett’s portfolio now includes 33 different flavors. The launch of Blackberry and Tropical Fruit comes on the heels of the recent release of Cherry Cola and Strawberry Banana to the portfolio, as well as a package redesign for the brand. The new packaging, which will roll out across all variants and sizes this spring, features an enlarged and repositioned brand name, crest, flavor image and descriptor. Burnett’s was up 10% in 2012 to cross the 2-million-case mark in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved Central European Distribution Corporation’s reorganization plan, clearing the way for the ailing CEDC to execute its pre-packaged bankruptcy and shed $665.2 million from its balance sheet. CEDC already received approvals from regulatory authorities in its key markets of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. The restructuring will see Roustam Tariko’s Roust Trading take control of 100% of the outstanding stock of the reorganized CEDC. Tariko is also CEDC’s chairman.

•Tequila Tapatio has unveiled a new Blanco Tequila bottled at 110 proof, the highest proof allowed by law for the Mexican spirit. Created by Tapatio distiller Carlos Camarena, Tapatio’s 110-Proof Blanco is characterized by an array of flavors, including florals, cinnamon and chamomile. Tapatio’s 110-Proof Blanco will be available California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Missouri, priced at $48 a 1-liter. The Tapatio range—which also includes a Blanco, Reposado and Añejo—is imported into the U.S. by Napa Valleys Charbay Distillers.

•Celebrity chef and restaurateur Masaharu Morimoto is opening an outpost of his Morimoto restaurant at the Mirage in Las Vegas early next year. The Japanese chef opened his first Morimoto in Philadelphia in 2001 with restaurateur Stephen Starr. The Mirage location will be the seventh Morimoto worldwide. Morimoto Las Vegas will take over the space that currently houses Japonais and will join chef Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, which is slated to open at the Mirage in July.

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