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News Briefs for July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

•Four dining spots—La Ciau Del Tornavento in Italy, Per Se in New York, the Royal Mail Hotel in Australia and the Village Pub in Woodside, Calif.—are this year’s new Wine Spectator Grand Award winners, marking them “must-visit” destinations for wine lovers. They join 69 other restaurants around the world that successfully renewed this exclusive honor as part of Wine Spectator’s 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards. A full list of the 3,793 winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which also includes analysis of the current restaurant wine scene and profiles of this year’s new Grand Award winners.

•Heaven Hill Distilleries is extending its Fulton’s Harvest seasonal liqueur brand with a new apple pie offering. Rolling out this September, Fulton’s Harvest Apple Pie Cream liqueur blends apple pie flavors with notes of cinnamon and caramel. The 12.5%-abv entry will be available for a limited time through November, priced at $10.99 a 750-ml. Apple Pie Cream is the second liqueur in the Fulton’s Harvest range, which debuted in 2010 as a seasonal Pumpkin Pie Cream offering, also only available from September through November.

•Laurent Lacassagne has officially stepped into his role as chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers unit. Lacassagne reports to Thierry Billot, Pernod’s managing director, brands, and is based in London. He previously served as chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard Europe, which he’s been since 2008. He takes over for Christian Porta, as reported in Shanken News Daily on February 28. Porta, meanwhile, has become chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe, reporting to Alexandre Ricard, deputy CEO and group COO. He was at the helm of Chivas Brothers since 2004.

•Spain’s Gonzalez-Byass has launched a new Rioja white, Beronia Viura, in the U.S. market. Located in the Rioja Alta area, Bodegas Beronia specializes primarily in Tempranillo, but also grows Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura grapes. The winery’s latest offering, which is made with 100% Viura, is unoaked and characterized by a crisp, acidic profile. Beronia Viura is priced at $12.99 a 750-ml. Handled in the U.S. by San Francisco Wine Exchange, Gonzalez-Byass’s wine portfolio also includes the Viñas del Vero, Finca Constancia, Finca Moncloa and Vilarnau Cava brands.

•Huneeus Vintners’ Chilean wine brand Veramonte has added a new red blend to its lineup. The new offering is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Veramonte’s Apalta estates, Merlot from its Casablanca estate, and Carmenere and Cabernet Franc from the Marchigue vineyard in Colchagua Valley. Veramonte Red Blend, which features Veramonte’s signature red and black label, joins the brand’s seven existing varietals. In addition to the Veramonte range, Huneeus’s South American portfolio also includes the Primus red blend, The Ritual and Neyen labels.

•Phillips Distilling is adding to its Prairie Organic line with two new spirits—Prairie Organic Gin and Prairie Cucumber-Flavored Organic Vodka. Both will be priced at $19.99 a 750-ml. and join the original Prairie Organic Vodka in the brand’s lineup. The Prairie Organic line of spirits is produced in a partnership between Phillips and a co-op of over 900 Minnesota farmers, all of whom are stakeholders in the Prairie Organic brand.

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